[GIVEAWAY] All-inclusive VeeamON 2017 experience

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Re: [GIVEAWAY] All-inclusive VeeamON 2017 experience

Veeam Logoby SKratzTS » Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:32 pm 1 person likes this post

Veeam: Friends don't let friends use anything else.

As a senior systems engineer that also routinely looks at customer environments (we're a small MSP shop), I have routinely used Veeam to get our foot in the door. I'm passionate about Veeam, how easy it is, how well it works., and it's bailed my customers' rears out of tight situations more times than I can count. All I have to do to launch a p2v/VMWare project with Veeam backup and replication is to just talk about what it does and the amount of time it takes, and it really does sell itself. If they still need a little nudge, I have a demo Exchange server set up at work that I remote into, dismount the databases, delete the things, then show instant recovery off. 10-15 minutes later, they see my Outlook start connecting - I love seeing the look of amazement when they realize the server is "up" while it's still restoring data from the backup.
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Re: [GIVEAWAY] All-inclusive VeeamON 2017 experience

Veeam Logoby ronken » Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:14 pm

Our team loves Veeam B&R, but we've used another vendors software for backup to tape for many years. Our few remaining physical servers still use that software. I've been training in someone to do the restores that are occasionally needed. When I gave him another request recently, I told him it was on a VM, so just use Veeam. His reply: "Oh good. That's SO much easier to use." Roger that! :wink:

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Re: [GIVEAWAY] All-inclusive VeeamON 2017 experience

Veeam Logoby daniel.farrelly » Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:52 pm 2 people like this post

"You use Acronis, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You use Veeam, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how protected your data is.”
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Re: [GIVEAWAY] All-inclusive VeeamON 2017 experience

Veeam Logoby crazylefty » Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:52 pm

All I can say about Veeam, is that its ab out time that a software vendor produced a reliable backup product that just works. Plain and simple. It just works.
And not only backups, but I can also test my backups proceduraly in a lab environment. Talk about a huge sleep-saver! No more going to bed worrying if your backups are going to work, and if they do can you restore??
Having Veeam in place lets me get back to doing anything else but managing and maintaining my backups.
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Re: [GIVEAWAY] All-inclusive VeeamON 2017 experience

Veeam Logoby tiffaj03 » Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:27 am

The Veeam Self Service Portal for vCloud Director is amazing

The extra feature in update 1 which is not heavily publicised side by side restore is a game changer for us
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Re: [GIVEAWAY] All-inclusive VeeamON 2017 experience

Veeam Logoby kenmil66 » Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:42 am

Veeam.....It does a backup good!

Borrowed from a retro commerical for milk :lol:
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Re: [GIVEAWAY] All-inclusive VeeamON 2017 experience

Veeam Logoby seb1410 » Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:20 pm

Hi to everyone,
Here is my experience / story that straight made sense for me to be shared.
We all know every user has his little personal habits, ways of storing and sorting stuff especially when it’s down to email. The environment where this happened had no limit in mailbox size and someone quite high in the management had a very weird way of archiving his emails. He was storing everything in the deleted items folder but of course never ever emptying it. Mentioned him several times that this was a very special / dangerous way but the older you get the less you change your old habits.
Anyway, one morning, a special morning where all the staff is heading to a get together 2 day trip that occurs each year, I arrived in the office at 8:30. Buses were leaving at nine. On time, all fine…
Most of staff was having a good time in the lobby drinking coffee and making plans on the trip when suddenly that person came to me, with an expression on his face that made me think for a sec that I would not be able to get on the bus on time. He had accidentally emptied his deleted items and of course he needed urgently to find & send something before getting on the bus.
The restore was launched in no time from last night backup. Was a bit stressed as this was also my first Exchange restore with Veeam and turned out to be simple as 1- 2-3 . Even my 4 year old son could have done it, so intuitive…. Informed him that things would be back in within an hour and reminded him it could be good to change this archiving method.
We were all in the bus, on time and he quickly access his emails from his phone. That scary face went away, we had a great get together trip and admitted being impressed by our backup solution.
That day Veeam saved our life once again. Easy as 1-2-3 and just for the fun of the story, that guy job title was “Head of IT”
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Re: [GIVEAWAY] All-inclusive VeeamON 2017 experience

Veeam Logoby Marco.Teijido » Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:10 pm 1 person likes this post

I am from a small country in South America called Uruguay, and, although small, it is quite advanced in IT technology services.
The company I work for has almost 80 years in the market.
As a leader in the market in terms of IT technology, both hardware and software, to name a few brands we represent, are Microsoft, Vmware, Dell, NCR and Veeam of course.
As a specialist in backup systems, I have been suffering with many solutions from different manufacturers.
Everyday mistakes, escalating cases, random failures, were, as we say here "the daily bread", until we met Veeam.

I still remember what I thought when I implemented my first veeam project:

It works! It really works!! I do not have to make registry changes, nor adjust drivers, nor anything complicated solutions that I was used to until Veeam.

So the company and me, decided to priorize Veeam over other solutions, and we strive to aquire knowledge and experience with Veeam, implemented and recommended the product to all our customers, with excellent results.

Today Veeam is a great ally for us, it is our first card of introduction when we face a backup project with all our customers.

I am happy to recognize that Veeam is the only backup tool we work with, which have "zero regretted or frustrated" customers, as is usual with other backup solutions

Unfortunately, some priorities did not allow me to be with you in the Veeam-On event, which would be a great experience for me, since I personally am committed to the product, I have trained and become a Veeam referral specialist for our company, I have achieved the VMCE certification and I aim to achieve the VMCE-A soon.

Hope you'll consider me to be with you in VeeamOn this year, will be a wonderful expirience to be with you (pts... I also have passport and visa ready to go!!! hahaha)
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Re: [GIVEAWAY] All-inclusive VeeamON 2017 experience

Veeam Logoby GarrettL » Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:35 pm 1 person likes this post

I wanted to help share our story with Veeam and how much this product has meant to us.

We started off as a one-many shop over a decade ago in in the past 5 years have started to grow from that one man shop to a full sized office. We were growing and with that our standards jumped leaps and bounds, our professionalism matured, and all of this meant that our expectations for the solutions that we offer our clients were increasingly more demanding. We had been with a backup vendor for a majority of our company's history and about four and half years ago I began the search to take our company to the highest level of providing disaster relief in all forms, local and cloud. We had begun moving our clients to Hyper-V when our search started and our expectation of server recovery was anywhere from 3 hours for a small business such as a dentist office to sometimes an entire day if it's a large company with terabytes of data to recover. I began searched and vetting dozens and dozens of solutions spending countless hours, thousands of dollars in labor, and a lot of gray hairs. I can safely say I've tried nearly every backup vendor there is from the old days of BackupExec to Datto and everything in between. Nothing met my standards of what I envisioned.

I remember the first time I installed Veeam and ran a backup without any documentation, no pre-sales demo, nothing. I sat in the office of the owner and attempted to instantly boot a server as a demo of Veeam to him. I had never tried this nor had I even gone through any restore for that matter. On my first try and within only a few minutes, we sat there staring at our server in amazement. That is a statement by Veeam in that "It Just Works."

From then we signed on as a partner for local server backups and joined with a Veeam cloud provider. We've had our ups and downs with bugs and releases and later decided to drop our cloud provider in light of becoming our own provider. Now we've taken a step further with 9.5 in that our Cloud Connect server is using ReFS and Server 2016 allowing us to use the new spaceless backups and giving our customers 6 month retention in the cloud while keeping our Azure storage space to a minimum. This is truly remarkable and there is a lot of pride to this despite the constant battles I've fought in keeping this solution due to the thousands invested in engineering our solution. Coming from what we were and the archaic process of restoring a server to being able to say to a customer or prospect that our RPO is 6 months and RTO is under 10 minutes is a testimate to our partnership with Veeam. We've had a number of incidents occur over the years and each one with Veeam has saved our company from financial and legal disaster. Despite the challenges we've had, support has been phenomenal and reassures me that we'll get through any development challenges we face and their dedication to fixing our issues is paramount. It makes me pretty darn proud to endorse Veeam and given the hundreds of hours I've spent making it work for a small business like us, it shows that persistence and perseverance pays off!

Thanks everyone!
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Re: [GIVEAWAY] All-inclusive VeeamON 2017 experience

Veeam Logoby Kas_Tigar » Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:24 pm 1 person likes this post

I am Russian, born in Ukrainian, working and leaving in Germany using Veeam ;-)
it's kind of Ouroboros
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Re: [GIVEAWAY] All-inclusive VeeamON 2017 experience

Veeam Logoby superdekster » Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:40 pm 4 people like this post

First time I heard about Veeam from some virtualization forum in 2011. I tested several backup solutions for our VMware vSphere platform and noticed that Veeam B&R had great functions and amazing simplicity compared to other products. In that time my older brother worked as virtualization admin in big US Company.

I asked him, "What do you use to backup your virtual severs? Do you know Veeam?"
He answered, "Veeam? No, I don't know. We use [some famous expensive software]. It does it’s job well, try it!"

I spent several weeks in testing and chose Veeam. In 2 months later we bought our first licenses. In the end of 2016 my brother called me. He asked, "What did you tell about Veeam? Where I can download it to test?" It made my day ))

Now we have 50+ Availability Suite licenses, experience of dozens restores and 0 MB lost data in virtual infrastructure. Choose Veeam, choose future!

PS my brother is planning to visit VeeamOn in May, hope to see him soon )
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Re: [GIVEAWAY] All-inclusive VeeamON 2017 experience

Veeam Logoby jhottes » Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:11 pm 1 person likes this post

I wear my VEEAM shirt, given to me by our account exec, to every Commvault and Vertias meeting we have.
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Re: [GIVEAWAY] All-inclusive VeeamON 2017 experience

Veeam Logoby cookie-monster » Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:17 pm

At my work I'm known as the "Veeam guy" because I won't shut up about how great the product is 8)
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Re: [GIVEAWAY] All-inclusive VeeamON 2017 experience

Veeam Logoby cloudy » Thu Mar 30, 2017 4:20 pm 1 person likes this post

Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down. I'd like to take a minute, just sit right there, I'll tell you how Veeam became our invaluable availability platform.

A few years ago I was a week into leave after my first child was born. My colleagues in the office were in the process of a scheduled migration of our AD domain controllers, migrating all DCs from server 2008R2 to server 2012R2 and later upgrade the functional level to 2012R2. Pre migration tasks on each DC were AD backup, Veeam backup and VMware snapshot. Somewhere during the migration process replication across the domain became dysfunctional when a DC became only partially removed from the domain and some DCs were recognizing incorrect DCs with FISMO role(s) they didn't hold. Long story short AD was completely FUBAR, perhaps aided by user error. Our AD backups taken just prior to the migration didn't work when they tried to restore. I received a phone call outlining the above points and we figured we’d try using the VMware snapshots. Reverting from snapshots wouldn't fix the issues because of the tombstone lifetime age, each DC was in a state where the other DCs tombstone lifetimes had expired and could not be synchronized to. This is something we had not taken into account or event thought of beforehand would be an issue. AD was new to us and while not yet deployed to the desktop it was used widely across the organization and as a backend authentication source, the impact would be felt should AD not be back online the following business day. AD repair/recovery couldn't fix the issues. We quickly came to the determination that a complete Veeam restore of AD domain controllers was necessary.

I remoted into my workstation and began thinking out the restore process. While coming up with a restore plan I came to the realization that all of the backup infrastructure was AD authenticated, which obviously presented a rather large problem, no access to backup data. This prompted a complete reconfiguration of the backup infrastructure to use "workgroup" configurations on repos and other backup assets (something to keep in mind in case ship happens, no fault of Veeam). We had actually moved away from this model several months before in favor of centralized management using AD credentials, never thinking AD would be the single point of failure. Once reconfigured I was able to restore the domain controllers one by one. The secret to this success was Veeam’s ability to run through the Active Directory repair/recovery tools automatically thanks to its application-aware processing feature. One by one they came online and all was well, like nothing ever happened, successfully avoiding the weeks long process of rebuilding our AD infrastructure manually. I was then able to go back to enjoying life with my new little one :D . Thanks, Veeam!

I can't imagine using our old backup product in this situation with any modicum of success, file restores would frequently be unreliable, much less an entire server or VMs. I have to say that the Veeam Availability platform is the most reliable and consistently performing backup, replication and monitor system I've ever used. My inbox is always green instead of red and I can find and fix issues before they become problems.

TLDR; AD domain became FUBAR and Veeam saved the day with a full domain restore. Go Veeam or go home.
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Re: [GIVEAWAY] All-inclusive VeeamON 2017 experience

Veeam Logoby kaito » Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:54 pm

Veeam started slow Going Pro.

I have started using Veeam when I was Integrator in small company working with SMB and Gov, First months of using Veeam shows that it could be something more, when I get better, Veeam Also get bigger. I fallow the 3 simple rule:
"The 3-2-1 Rule of Successful Backup"
Have at least 3 copies of your data
Keep these backups on 2 different media
Store 1 backup offsite

It STILL makes sense. Until Veeam will go this road I will keep Using best Backup Software for All...
Keep on going Veeam Team.
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