VeeamON 2017 – Part 3

This will be my last article on VeeamON 2017, which will be a mix of my thoughts from the event. I meant a lot of great people throughout the entire event. Everyone was eager to offer their ideas and help. Customers and partners traveled from all over the world and I saw some as far as Singapore. The Canadians were my favorite to hang out with!

Veeam had a nice lounge area filled with Veeam employees. Attendees could ask technical questions directly to the support staff at the event. If they didn’t know the answer or needed logs, they would give priority to a ticket once it was created.

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Above is a photo of the show floor with the vendors and dining area in the back. Does not look like many attendees around, but that is because this photo was taken in between back to back breakout sessions. The back side of each vendor you see actually has an additional company behind it. There was a good mix of vendors from big names, such as Microsoft and VMware, to smaller cloud based companies.

I couldn’t miss talking about the food and parties. Veeam made sure to keep everyone busy all day and night. If all that wasn’t enough, there was always Bourbon Street for some late night fun. A lot of the food during the event was traditional New Orleans dishes and it was delicious. There was a pub crawl Wednesday night that spanned across four venues and each venue was unique. Then the Veeam party on Thursday night was amazing. The party was filled with live music, food, and drinks at a beautiful venue called Generations Hall.

I had a blast at VeeamON and I have enjoyed looking back as I wrote these articles. I’ve always been a fan of Veeam and now I am an even bigger one. If all this talk got you excited for attending next year, then you can now start making your plans. Veeam already announced VeeamON 2018, which is scheduled for May 14-16 in Chicago.

 

VeeamON 2017 – Part 2 – Breakout Sessions

I’m still amazed Veeam and it’s partners squeezed in 85 break out sessions throughout the event. I had a tough decision most of the time on which session to attend as many sessions shared the same time slot. Fortunately, the schedule listed details for each session saying if it was business, partner, or technical. Then technical had a few levels so that helped to describe how deep the session will go.

My favorite session was How to Back Up and Restore VMware vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) and Platform Controllers Properly. The session was hosted by a Emad Younis, Technical Marketing Engineer from VMware, and Mike White, Technical Evangelist from Veeam Software. They started off talking about VMware Platform Services Controller. The PSC was new to vSphere 6 so it’s been around for a little while now, but good to get a refresher. Then they went into backing up and restoring the vCSA and PSC. Backing up the vCSA in 6 is the same as previous versions. Do not bother backing up the vCSA’s databases. Use Veeam or another product to back up the vCSA and PSC VMs. Then restore the vCSA VM directly to a host. However, the PSC is a little different if using Enhanced Linked Mode, which means there will be more than one PSC. Deploy a new PSC and join to the existing SSO domain. Replication will simply kick in and bring the PSC up to speed. If only one PSC, then just restore it.

I thought there would have been more love for Veeam ONE. There were actually only two sessions! I know it’s the sidekick to Back and Replication, but more sessions on it would have been appreciated. I attended one of the two. The second one wasn’t relevant to me since it was about how to scale Veeam ONE. My Veeam ONE server is fine. The session I attended,  Take Out the Guesswork with Veeam ONE & Chargeback, went into some reports and alarms. A couple of the reports, powered off VMs and VMS with no archive copy are ones that I never looked. There are a great many of reports so nice to get some tips on others to look at outside of my routine ones. They talked about a useful tip on creating an alarm for a VM that has not be backed up for defined amount of time. This is good to catch a bug that sometime stops backing up VMs within a vApp with no warning or error.

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The photo above was from What’s New in v10: A Deeper Dive, hosted by Anton Gostev. His sessions seemed to be the most popular by far. People were lining up for his sessions that were in the smaller rooms, but at least the deep dive was in the big hall.

The breakout sessions were hit and miss as some of the presenters did a better job than others with going through their topics. However, I certainly understand that every presenter puts in a lot of time and effort. I got something out of each session I went to. Perhaps one day I can think of an interesting topic to present and start small at a local VMUG.

VeeamON 2017 – Part 1

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I had an amazing time attending VeeamON last week. The event during the day was packed with many presentations and nights were filled with parties. There was a lot going on from a company that doesn’t have many products. However, they are the best at what they do and have a strong following.

The keynote on Wednesday focused on availability. Peter McKay, co-CEO, described data being as valuable as oil was last century. I understand where he was going with the comparison, but hard to compare a natural resource to data. He talked about how Veeam has been growing at a steady rate since the company formed 10 years ago. Though, they added 1,000 employees in the last year and will add hundreds more the next year.

I always wondered how the name Veeam was created. Turns out it is basically how saying the letters V and M sound. I thought that was interesting for how simple it is. After all, they are, of course, all about virtual machines from backing up and monitoring so makes sense.

John Metzger, VP product marketing, made announcements for version 10 of Backup and Replication, which is the next major release. There will be a new feature called continuous data protection. RPO can be set to seconds if someone has the bandwidth for it. There will be native object storage support to take advantage of a service, such as AWS’s S3. There will be a new Veeam agent for Windows. Backing up to a NAS will be supported. He said that a lot of customers have requested it, which I didn’t realize. New APIs for storage vendors; IBM, Lenovo, and Infinidat. A Microsoft fail over cluster will now be able to be backed up. Check out Veeam’s official page on version 10 for more details.

I’ve never used VMware’s Log Insight, but I have always wanted to Implement it. Veeam will have integration with Log Insight. I’m sure customers with Back and Replication, and Log Insight will appreciate one place to review logs with products that work so closely together.

The keynote had a few live demos. Veeam had their engineers discussing and showing the audience some of the new features. One of the first things I noticed when the version 10 client was opened was finally a tab on the left of the client for history. In the current version, it was a gear with no label, which made it look like it was for some sort of settings. Anyway, just glad they finally made where to view the history more obvious as everyone I worked with surprised that’s the history button.

To be honest, I wasn’t too interested in the keynote on Thursday. The speakers focused  mostly on Azure. I have nothing against Azure. Looks better than AWS in many ways. Just something I haven’t worked with yet. Anyway, nice that everyone that attended received the book Zero Day: A Jeff Aiken Novel.

Everything still looks green to me as if I have a filter on my glasses. Veeam loves the color green and makes everything a shade of green. Some of the speakers even joked they must wear at least 3 things that are green. I’m still slowly catching up at home. I will make my next article on the breakout sessions.