The IT is changing

Over the last couple of years a lot of things changed in the IT business. Looking back in the early 21. Century there was one vendor introducing the virtualization on commodity hardware. VMware was for sure the big horse driving this business. Since then we saw a lot of other products coming up in the market. Lot of them appeared and disappeared over the time. Right now we are facing to environments where 80-95% of all systems are running in virtual machines. More than that we’ve much more virtualization coming up in the last years. In a modern data center you can find virtualized storage as well as virtualized applications. And the network virtualization is already there already. You will find data center where the IT staff if facing to multiple depending layers of virtualization to deliver the services. Virtualization is making thing easier and more flexible for sure but on the other site it is adding a lot of complexity as well. It’s not that easy to understand all the different layers and especially not that easy to know what to do in case of and failure. That’s the reason why lot of companies are thinking about orchestration and management these days. When we look to the availability demands in these data center we see that the company are depending on their infrastructure and data more or less to 100%. At the end they need to make sure that the systems are online and accessible 24/7 and any kind of downtime is unacceptable. It is mandatory to have the right tools and design in place and you need to make sure that in case of a disaster there is somebody who can handle the tools and manage to come back online as soon as possible. That’s exactly what Veeam is thinking about and what the availability suite can deliver. Make the availability easy to focus on the core business in your data center.

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE – Review

Today I was about to upgrade my laptop to Windows 10. But as you know the most important thing before starting with such kind of activities you should create a full backup of your existing, fully functional windows to make sure you can restore in case of any problems.

To create these kind of full backup I used Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE which can be downloaded here:

The software is free of charge and requires no license key to work. Some features are:

Full backup:
Get image-based backup for your entire PC while automatically excluding unnecessary files, like the Recycle Bin contents, temporary and page files

Volume-level backup:
Utilize block-level backup for selected drives or volumes on your computer (e.g., system volume, data volume, etc.)

File-level backup:
Choose individual file masks and folders to back up; built-in wizard helps you to quickly include standard system folders and personal files

Flexible configuration:
Create file masks to include or exclude specific file types from your backups, define retention periods, backup schedules and estimate backup file size on the fly

Trigger backup jobs based on specific events, such as when backup storage is connected, when PC is locked or when a user logs off; smart enough not to start a backup more often than needed

Backup throttling: Reduces the priority of the backup job process if the PC is busy with other tasks

This software is very very easy to use and does exactly what is promise. It creates a image level backup of either the whole system or particular volumes of the PC. The nice thing is, that it will be a block level incremental forever, means you will see one full backup and then only incrementals which are very very fast as the only backup the changed blocks. Veeam Endpoint was developed to provide backups for PCs/Notebooks/Tablet but there it is also supported for Windows Server. The supported Windows Versions are:
Windows 7 SP1 – Windows 10
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 – 2012 R2

You can use Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE to back up those few remaining physical Windows servers in their environment. Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE does not scale beyond a few servers, however, and does not implement server-specific backup features (e.g., Veeam advanced application-aware processing, support for server clusters, etc.).

Let’s have a short look how it is configured.

There are 2 steps you should perform. First of all you should create a boot-able USB stick or ISO image in case you need to do a bare-metal restore when your system is totally crashed. Therefore open the configuration interface and follow the instructions on the screen to create the media. Select what kind of boot-image you like to configure (in my case ISO image) and click next. Now define the destination for the ISO image and start the task.

After the task is finished you will find th ISO image which now can be burned to a CD/DVD or copied to a USB stick to use it as disaster media.
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Now that the boot media is ready you can create the backup job to backup your system.
Therefore click on “Configure Backup” and follow the wizard.
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Select how you system should be backed up, in my case “Entire Computer” and define where you like to save the backups. Here you can either choose a local storage (USB drive, internal disk…), a Shared Folder (SMB share on Windows, Filer…) or a Veeam Backup Repository.
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I selected Local Storage because my destination should be an external USB drive. In the next step you define the destination path.
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Finally define a scheduler.2015-11-29 14_52_24-Configure Backup
Now you have finished the wizard and the job is ready to run. If you want you can run the job immediately.
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As soon as the job runs you will see a processing info in the main interface. And you will see how far the job is.
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In my case the job processed 313 GB within 90 minutes which is not to bad for a fully system backup. To get the details simple click on the backup point.
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To restore files or volumes simply select a restore point and click on “Restore Files” or “Restore Volumes”.
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As a summary I can say this tool does exactly what it is there for and is very simple to use. And last but not least is it free.

Like always – It just works