Ok, backups, the bain of my life, I remember in a previous role we had to split this job, each of us doing a one week rota on backups as they should be the kind of thing that you run and everything is fine, but did they ever work ? No.
Anyway enough about my hate of backups and tape library’s etc, time for the cool stuff that changed my mind !
Veeam are a company of “firsts”, there is nothing Ricky El-Qasem from Veeam likes telling you more than how Veeam have done something first and to be honest I couldn’t agree more, they do always seem to have the latest of technologies in their software, the first people to use the latest features or to make things easier.
Veeam backup and replication has always been a great product and with the latest version the have done it again, there are many “firsts” in there again, mostly to do with the way the backups and restores are performed by totally slashing the time using vSphere’s new “vStorage API’s” technology.
Another great feature from Veeam is that now they have PowerShell cmdlets for V4, imagine being able to kick a backup job off before a important import or script running, imagine being able to script the adding and removal of jobs, imagine no longer, as you can see from the below cmdlet list they have done a great job with 34 cmdlets for you to script with.
|Add-VBRESX||Add ESX server|
|Add-VBRBackupJob||Create a backup job|
|Add-VBRReplicaJob||Create a replica job|
|Add-VBRLinux||Add Linux server|
|Add-VBRVCenter||Add VirtualCenter server|
|Add-VBRCopyJob||Add a File Copy job (FastSCP)|
|Get-VBRJobDestination||Get destination remote or local|
|Get-VBRJob||Get job list|
|Get-VBRJobOptions||Get additional backup job settings|
|Get-VBRReplicaJobs||Get additional replica job settings|
|Get-VBRJobVSSOptions||Backup Consistency VSS|
|Get-VBRJobRestorePoints||Get restore point|
|Get-VBRServers||Get hosts list.|
|Remove-VBRJob||Remove the job|
|Remove-VBRServer||Remove a server.|
|Set-VBRESX||Set ESX server options you want to work with to Veeam Backup and FastSCP.|
|Set-VBRESXi||Set ESXi server options you want t o work with to Veeam Backup and FastSCP.|
|Set-VBRBackupJob||Edit a backup job|
|Set-VBRJobOptions||Edit additional backup job settings.|
|Set-VBRReplicaJob||Set a replica job|
|Set-VBRLinux||Set the job Linux server options|
|Set-VBRRestoreVMFiles||Restoring VM Files: VMX, VMDK, etc|
|Set-VBRVCenter||Set VirtualCenter server|
|Start-VBRGuestFileRestore||Start file restore|
|Start-VBRJob||Start the job|
|Start-VBRReplicaFailover||Start the replica|
|Stop-VBRGuestFileRestore||Stop file restore|
|Stop-VBRJob||Stop the job|
|Stop-VBRReplicaFailover||Stop the replica|
Think that would be the wrong way to go. They’d better make FT machines snapshotable.
Fantastic Idea !
Imagine being able to turn off Fault Tolerance before backup 😉