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Veeam Logoby Cragdoo » Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:41 am 5 people like this post

Yesterday I noticed a very interesting tweet pop up in my time line, the tweet was by Michael Cade (Global Technologist), who is currently attending NEXTConf in Nice. For those who may have missed the tweet here's the link https://twitter.com/MichaelCade1/status ... 6037042178

now what got me curious was the wording
A sneak peak of how that new Prism "like" interface will look


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Not Prism interface ...but Prism like. To me this meant a new Veeam interface, and looking at the interface a nice shiny new HTML one at that. I asked Michael to clarify if this was a new Veeam dashboard or a new section of Prism. His reply was an unexpected one

https://twitter.com/MichaelCade1/status ... 6597282818

This is a standalone Veeam appliance that will run within the AHV cluster and is presented via a Web interface


WOAH ... a Veeam Linux appliance with its own Web interface.


1) people have been asking about appliances for a while now, so are Veeam starting to take notice. Things like the VMware move to a Photon appliance for vCenter is a good thing, so why not Veeam?
2) people get to save money by *not* needing Windows licenses to run VBR servers
3) more secure (less patching....but that's up for debate)
4) the illusive HTML management console so many people ask for.

This got me very excited and my mind started turning over possibilities. Now it was pointed out this is very much v1.0 but still got me thinking about future possibilities, so while I appreciate this is very much v1.0 ...how can we *not* get excited by a new Veeam product/technology.
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Re: Veeam Linux Appliance

Veeam Logoby nitramd » Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:38 pm

Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Veeam Linux Appliance

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:37 pm 1 person likes this post

Yeah... #3 is very debatable indeed, based on the last couple of years ;)
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Re: Veeam Linux Appliance

Veeam Logoby anthonyspiteri79 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:08 am 1 person likes this post

Agree with Anton there on point #3 ...you need to look only at VMware's VCSA. They have now got a out of band OS patching program for that appliance that goes hand in hand with standard vCenter patch releases...even for PhotonOS.

Don't get me wrong, I love a good appliance, but there is a difference between a pre packaged OVA with bits installed on a standard OS vs a cut down lean appliance with a purpose built minimal OS with the bits integrated.
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Re: Veeam Linux Appliance

Veeam Logoby bpayne » Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:11 pm 1 person likes this post

This is a fantastic idea and I've been suggesting this to Veeam's customer feedback program for 2 years now (Veeam linux appliance). I'm glad to see there is movement on this topic.

Please look at building an Active/Standby setup to the appliance as well.
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Re: Veeam Linux Appliance

Veeam Logoby dkvello » Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:39 pm 1 person likes this post

I'm awaiting the Photon 2.x based Veeam appliances for Management, Proxy and Repository. Or maybe not repository unless they can get ReFS features and speed to match 2016 ReFS)

But management should be there already, together with IPV6... :P
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Re: Veeam Linux Appliance

Veeam Logoby daniel.farrelly » Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:05 pm

Should we be concerned the last time a backup ran was two months ago?
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Re: Veeam Linux Appliance

Veeam Logoby bdufour » Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:02 pm 1 person likes this post

the VCSA (vcenter appliance) has its own issues. i speak from experience - it's well known that restarting it or just doing simple functions in the GUI can cause the postgresql DB to fail. Not sure if it's completely resolved in the latest build, but i've had it fail on me with older builds.....the most common, fastest, and easiest 'fix' is just to redeploy the appliance. but if you redeploy a new appliance - veeam will see a new VCSA and that will cause issues with your jobs and the veeam DB bc of the unique identifiers. I've actually figured out a way around that without having to edit the veeam DB. you just need to create a cname record in DNS pointing to the old server name. without doing that, you would have to re-replicate and re-backup all VMs upon connecting veeam to the new VCSA. not the end of the world with backups over the LAN, but there was no way we could have re-replicated all of our VMS over the WAN. some may think, 'well - why not just restore a back up rather than redeploying?' according to my judgment - you would be restoring a faulty appliance to have the issue arise again. so i just redeployed to the latest build in hopes that the issue is resolved.
MORAL of the story is twofold i think - wait until all of the kinks and such are worked out before jumping on board (goes without saying, bc that's pretty obvious), and also consider using an diff external DB other than postgresql....
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Re: Veeam Linux Appliance

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:35 pm 3 people like this post

daniel.farrelly wrote:Should we be concerned the last time a backup ran was two months ago?

Not if your RPO is 3 months ;)
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Re: Veeam Linux Appliance

Veeam Logoby kawiMTF » Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:06 am 5 people like this post

I'm still dreaming about Linux VMs which can be deployed with proxy role. That would be a great thing. It would also help save money because you don't need a Windows license for a VM which is only working during backup (if proxy role is not on a production VM). This new Prism like interface looks nice. Looking forward to the next great Veeam release ;)
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Re: Veeam Linux Appliance

Veeam Logoby SBarrett847 » Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:44 am

Considering that the network proxy is Linux based I'm surprised we don't have a Linux backup proxy yet - would be very useful for me, to have in cases where cloud connect isn't suitable.
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Re: Veeam Linux Appliance

Veeam Logoby knalbone » Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:22 pm 1 person likes this post

+1 for a Linux backup proxy. I think that would be the single most useful appliance Veeam could develop.
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Re: Veeam Linux Appliance

Veeam Logoby Didi7 » Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:26 am

+1 for a Linux backup proxy, really nice idea
Using Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 2 on every backup server here!
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Re: Veeam Linux Appliance

Veeam Logoby nitramd » Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:40 pm

Another +1 for a Linux backup proxy.
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Re: Veeam Linux Appliance

Veeam Logoby Delo123 » Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:23 am 3 people like this post

Please don't remove the "windows application", ever. Please please please no HTML5 stuff as main application.
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