It was my second stint at presenting at a Tech Field Day event after back in April 2019 we came out to the Bay Area to participate in Cloud Field Day 5, you can find those recordings here. Tech Field Day this week was a special one, #TFD20 was the 10 year anniversary of the event. That’s a pretty impressive achievement when we live in a world full of influencer programs within our community, some things come and go but TFD is the constant. This time round we brought the boss with us, El Rickatron. Two reasons 1. He is the boss and he wantedRead More →

This post will highlight the capabilities of the Veeam CHEF cookbook and walkthrough getting things going. The first deployment mode is “Simple” this is a single Windows machine that will act as the all in one server, this server will contain all the mandatory components required for Veeam Backup & Replication to function. Next, we have the Advanced Deployment; this breaks up those components and allows us to deploy multiple nodes for different Veeam functions. Orange Lines are request and send cookbooks to and from CHEF Server. Black lines are initiating the bootstrap process for each node / component to be deployed. In advanced deployments,Read More →

As part of my #SummerProject of exploring deeper into Infrastructure as Code, Public Cloud and Cloud Native it led me back to a session that I delivered last year at VeeamON. The concept of the session was to highlight some of the things we had done from a community point of view with CHEF and Veeam to really show Day 0 operations and getting Veeam up and running in a declarative fashion. Why did we choose to automate Veeam deployments? We wanted to come up with way to consistently deploy Veeam servers. When you look at the difference between simple deployments and more advanced environments,Read More →

Yesterday at Nutanix .NEXT in Anaheim, CA Nutanix Mine was announced. “Nutanix Mine provides a single platform for organizations experiencing the benefits of Nutanix Enterprise OS, as these organizations can simply extend their existing integrated data protection to include secondary data backup and archiving all in a turnkey backup solution powered by our platform partners.” One of the benefits here from a Veeam point of view is the benefit to choose where and what you use for your Veeam Availability, choice is very important, the ability to roll your own hardware and storage targets for your backups is great and that works for some butRead More →

Based on some work myself and Anthony have been doing over the last 12-18 months around terraform, chef and automation of Veeam components I wanted to extend this out further within the Veeam Availability Platform and see what could be done with our Veeam Availability for Nutanix AHV. I have covered lots of deep dive on the capabilities that the product brings even in a v1 state, but I wanted to highlight the ability to automate the deployment of the Veeam Availability for Nutanix Proxy appliance. The idea was also validated when I spoke to a large customer that had heavily invested in Nutanix AHVRead More →

A couple of weeks back at Cloud Field Day one of the questions asked by the delegates was would the conversion process for the Direct Restore to AWS be faster if we stored the data within AWS as part of the backup process, for example if we were to have our on-premises operational restore window local to the production data but have a backup copy job sending a retention period to a completely separate Veeam Backup & Replication server and repository that is located within AWS.     I wanted to check and compare the speed and performance of this but also if we didRead More →

This will be my first Cloud Field Day, I wasn’t lucky enough to attend as a delegate, I put this down to the fact that I managed to get myself into vendor land around the same time I was really putting a lot of effort into this blog and other social media facets. However, I have been a huge fan of the Tech Field Day brand and I would often find myself keeping a keen eye on the various sessions that were happening throughout the year. Ever need to see in a few short videos what a company is doing in a space, then TechRead More →

ONTAP 9.5 went GA a few weeks back, waking up this morning to see the weekly digest from Anton Gostev mentioning the support for ONTAP 9.5 with Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4a. This will not support the new feature released with ONTAP 9.5 synchronous SnapMirror. I have been preaching the powers of NetApp & Veeam for a few years now, but if you have not seen the power of the integration between the two vendors then I am going to summarise everything in this post here today. Explorer Let’s start with the free stuff you can do with Veeam in a NetApp ONTAPRead More →