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vSphere 6.7 – announcement

VMware is announcing vSphere 6.7 – as the latest release in the Hybrid Cloud era bringing the new features and delivers key capabilities to enable IT organizations address the trends that are putting new demands on their IT infrastructure.

vSphere 6.7 vCSA delivers phenomenal performance improvements (all metrics compared at cluster scale limits, versus vSphere 6.5):

  • 2X faster performance in vCenter operations per second
  • 3X reduction in memory usage
  • 3X faster DRS-related operations (e.g. power-on virtual machine)

And much more:

  • Eliminating one of two reboots normally required for major version upgrades, now with Single Reboot.
  • The HTML5-based vSphere Client – (Fully Featured HTML5-based vSphere Client Coming in Fall 2018)
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 hardware devices and also introduces Virtual TPM 2.0
  • Simplifies workflows for VM Encryption.
  • Encrypted vMotion across different vCenter instances.
  • Enhancements to Nvidia GRID™ vGPU technology.
  • vCenter Server Hybrid Linked Mode
  • Cross-Cloud Cold and Hot Migration

For all other details: Intro vSphere 6.7

Upgrade Info:
vSphere 6.7. will support upgrades and migrations only from vSphere 6.0 or 6.5. vSphere 5.5 does not have a direct upgrade path to vSphere 6.7. Customers still on vSphere 5.5 will need to upgrade to vSphere 6.0 or 6.5 first and then to vSphere 6.7. Also, a vCenter Server 6.0 or 6.5 managing ESXi 5.5 hosts cannot be upgraded or migrated until the hosts have been upgraded to at least ESXi 6.0.

Stay Tuned …

 

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RVTools new version 3.10 …

I can say that the RVTools is one of the best and an awesome free tool to collect almost all the necessary information about your vSphere environment! Number of the downloaded copies can talk a lot, so there are around 900 000 downloads

Check out the new version of the RVTools 3.10

New version details:

  • Upgraded RVTools solution to Visual Studio 2017
  • Upgraded RVTools to .Net Framework version 4.6.1
  • Upgraded Log4net to version 2.0.8, Waffle.AD to version 1.8.3 and NPOI to version 2.3.0
  • Connection error when TLSv1.0 and TLSv1.1 are disabled and only TLSv1.2 is enabled is solved by using .Net Framework 4.6.1
  • vInfo tab page new columns: The latency-sensitivity setting of the virtual machine, Change Block Tracking (CBT) and disk.EnableUUID values
  • vDisk tab page new columns: SCSI label, unit number and sharedBus
  • vHost tab page new columns: Assigned License(s), ATS heartbeat, ATS locking values. 0 = disabled 1 = enabled, Host Power Policy shortname, CPU Power Management current policy and CPU power hardware support
  • When Export to xlsx is executed a metadata worksheet with version number of RVTools and date time stamp is added to the output xlsx file
  • All columns in the RVTools export xlsx file(s) now have a filter
  • When export to csv newline characters are replaced by spaces
  • When started from cli and login fails an error message and login box was displayed. Now RVTools will exit with exit code -1, without showing the error message and login form.
  • Added an example PowerShell script with which you can merge RVTools export xlsx files
  • Added a example PowerShell script to start Export all to xlsx for multiple vCenters
  • vDatastore tab page: For NFS datastores the address column is now filled with remote host and path info
  • vDatastore tab page new columns: Datastore Cluster Name, Cluster capacity and Cluster free space
  • The upper limit on the Health check for number of VMs on a datastore is now 9999
  • vHealth tab page: new column “message type” which can be used as a filter in Excel
  • vHealth tab page: hbrdisk.RDID files are no longer reported as possible zombie files
  • vHealth tab page: low disk space messages no also show the free space in MB.
  • All tab pages: Refresh or auto-refresh will respect your sort order
  • CLI export2xls parameters changed to export2xlsx (old parameter will still work)
  • Bug Fix: invalid “Horizontal Alignment” value in xlsx style sheet.
  • Bug Fix: Calculation of total snapshot size was not always correct
  • Bug Fix: Child snapshot hierarchy was not always correct
  • Default installation directory is changed to C:\Program Files (x86)\RobWare\RVTools without the version number

If you like this tool you can donate it here!

 

Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0 is now Generally Available

It is highly important that data needs to be backed up and there should be an effective Disaster Recovery plan in case of data threat or a catastrophe. While data continues to grow and there are number of technology providers who offer better and comprehensive storage techniques to businesses, there has not been an alternative to the concept of backup. While costs are a major factor for businesses, having a steady backup plan to counter data threats and compliant to strict regulatory standards(including the upcoming EU’s GDPR) is necessary. Be it virtual environment backup like VMware Backup, Microsoft Hyper-V Backup or legacy environment backup like Windows Server Backup, Workstation backup, Vembu BDR Suite has been offering Backup & Recovery with their own file-system, VembuHIVE thereby easing the backup process, storage management at an extremely affordable pricing.

Last week, they did announce the release of Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0 which offers manifold features and enhancements to meet the different needs of Diverse IT environments. According to them, the overall goal of the new version v3.9.0 is to provide advancements in terms of Storage, Security, and Data Restoration.

Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0 release is distinct because a number of critical features are incorporated for maintaining business continuity and to function effectively for high availability. Here are some of the key highlights of this release:

Tape Backup Support

Vembu now provides the popular 3-2-1 backup strategy( copies of backup in 2 medias(Disk and Tape) and 1 backup copy at offsite) to businesses by announcing the support for Native Tape Backup for  Image-based Backups (VMware, Hyper-V, and Physical Windows Servers & Workstations) providing an option for Long-Term Archival and Offsite storage.  Also, Vembu Tape Backup Support makes the DR possible on any physical or virtual environment. Thus Vembu Tape backup is designed keeping in mind the future needs of the ever evolving IT demands.

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Quick VM Recovery on ESXi host for Hyper-V and Windows Image Backups

As we speak of data backup, recovery of data is equally important, if not more. While data recovery is crucial, the amount of time taken to restore data decides the business continuity of any organization. In the previous versions, Vembu has provided instant recovery capabilities only for VMware Backups from the GUI. From this release v3.9.0, Vembu makes the instant recovery process much simpler and quicker than before by making the Quick VM Recovery possible on VMware ESXi from Vembu BDR backup server console for all image-based backups(VMware, Hyper-V and Microsoft Windows). Thus, Vembu lowers the Recovery Time Objectives of the organizations and provides quicker data regain and access.

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Backup-level Encryption

 With the newest release, Vembu provides the ability to encrypt the data while creating a backup job. Each backup job that is configured from the distributed agents or through the Vembu BDR backup server is now highly secured through Backup-level Encryption. By using customized passwords, users will now be able to enable additional security for their backup jobs. And the backup data can be restored/accessed only by providing the password. Thus, the data is encrypted and can only be accessed by authorized users. This step is to fight data threats and also to ensure data compliances.

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Auto Authorization at Vembu OffsiteDR Server

Offsite data protection is critical in terms of business continuity and is primarily done to keep a backup instance of key business data. To increase data security, Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0 has Auto Authorization feature at Vembu OffsiteDR server that lets only the registered BDR backup servers to connect to the OffsiteDR server. Vembu BDR servers are authorized through unique registration key generated at the OffsiteDR server. Thus, safeguard all your backup data even if they are transferred to offsite through Auto-Authorization at OffsiteDR server

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Pre/Post backup scripts

Many businesses are in a need to execute certain business logic before or after a backup job. But running these logics manually through scripts is difficult and is not feasible for organizations having multiple backup jobs running in their IT infrastructure. To make this process simpler, Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0 provides a separate wizard in NetworkBackup, OnlineBackup and ImageBackup clients, where one can add a number of pre and post executable commands/scripts. This helps in automatically executing the added commands/scripts at specific stages based on the configuration and provides the ability to run the custom actions before/after the backup schedules.

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Besides all the listed features, Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0 has few interesting features like Windows Event Viewer Integration along with some Enhancements.

Interested in trying Vembu BDR suite?, Try Now on a 30-days free trial

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Vembu 3.9.0 – new features are coming… (partner post)

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Vembu soon will bring out the new version 3.9.0 and they just prepared some new cool features that will be very welcome to the current customers and also to those who wants to have a complete tool for the Backup and DR.

Take a look to the new incoming features:

Tape Backup Support:

Vembu extends its support to native tape backup through the Vembu BDR console. You can utilize the best known 3-2-1 backup strategy of having 3 copies of backup data in 2 different media and 1 off-site location for an efficient DR plan. This secondary backup approach will help you to archive the image based backups in both virtual and physical environments like VMware, Hyper-V and Windows Servers and recover them in multiple formats like VHD, VMDK, VHDX, VMDK-Flat and RAW.

Auto Authorization at Off-site DR:

Enabling the auto authorization feature will allow only the authorized Vembu BDR servers to get connected with Vembu OffsiteDR servers (Replication) using the registration key.

Quick VM Recovery on ESXi for Hyper-V and Disk Image Backups:

Instant recovery of backed up data on VMware ESXi is now made available for both the Hyper-V VMs and Windows Servers backup jobs for an effective Disaster Recovery. This recovery of the virtual machines happens in a matter of seconds by booting the backed up machine directly from the backup storage repository, from where all the files, folders and applications can be accessed.

Windows Event Viewer Integration:

All the events of the Vembu BDR, Off-siteDR & agents like information on critical, warnings and major events are updated in the Event Viewer of Windows Servers  when enabled for better management.

Advanced Backup level encryption for all agents:

Users will be able to configure AES-256 bit encryption for all their backup jobs of VMware, Hyper-V, Disk Image through their customized passwords using corresponding password hints as well.

OffsiteDR Server retentions using Vembu Network Backup:

OffsiteDR retention policies is now available for the Network Backup plugins too, like the image based backups of VMware, Hyper-V and Disk Image backups at the too.

Listing of files & Folders in aciTree structure:

The listing of files and folders while configuring backups on a Network Backup plugin is now up with the aciTree structure for easy and quick navigation. 

Pre/Post backup scripts for all Network & Image Backup clients:

This feature provides the ability to configure running custom actions before and after the execution backup schedule. The custom actions may include running an application using some script files.

 AngularJS conversion of UI for Vembu OnlineBackups:

The overall UI of Vembu OnlineBackup is improved for better performance like the current Vembu BDR and Off-siteDR.

Update of consumed space on the Vembu Portal:

Based on the display of the consumed space of Vembu Online Backup and SaaSBackup plugins, the customer will be able to allocate and purchase further cloud storage post purchase and upgrade.

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Stay Tuned …

Vembu BDR Suite Free Edition …

Vembu is a leading software product development that has been  focussing on Backup and Disaster Recovery software for data centers over a decade. It’s flagship offering- the BDR Suite of products consists of VMBackup for VMware vSphere and Hyper-V, Disk Image backups for Physical machines, Workstations. Backing up individual files and folders to physical servers and cloud can be performed with Vembu Network Backup and Online Backup respectively.

Moreover, it has multiple flexible deployment like on-site, off-site and to the cloud through single user interface. Another offering of the Vembu BDR Suite is to be able to configure item level backups like Microsoft Exchange Servers, Sharepoint, SQL, My SQL, Office 365, G Suite etc., This latest version of Vembu BDR Suite v3.8.0 has come out with the few notable features in two major offerings- one unlimited features for three virtual machines and the second thing being able to backup unlimited virtual machines with restricted features.

This latest Free edition of Vembu BDR Suite was designed understanding the setbacks by any common IT Administrator. Thence  making Vembu an important name in the market for backup vendor for its enterprise level product for SMBs. This free edition is free forever and IT administrators can continue managing their backups with the trial version without any feature restriction. Let’s take a plunge into the detailed features of this Free edition.

Unlimited features for Limited environment(3 VMs):

Using the Vembu BDR Suite in its trial version does not require purchasing a license. This category of the Free edition offers unlimited features and few of them are listed below:

  1. Agentless VMware backups for multiple VMs: Configuring backups for protecting multiple VMs without physically installing any agent.
  2. Disk Image Backups from BDR Server: Disk Image Backups can now be configured and managed via Vembu BDR Server. Relying on proxy agents is no longer required, unless it’s a distributed deployment which require individual proxy agent installation.
  3. Full VM Backup: Will backup the entire VM including OS, applications and the data.
  4. Storage Pooling: Storage Pools are used to aggregate the space available from different volumes and utilise them as a storage for specific backups. The hybrid volume manager of Vembu BDR Server supports scalable and extendable backup storage for different storage media such as Local drives, NAS(NFS and CIFS) and SAN(iSCSI and FC). Vembu BDR provides storage pooling option for both backup level and group level.
  5. LAN free data transfer using SAN and Hot- Add modes:Vembu VM backup support Direct SAN, Hot-Add and network transport mode to backup the VM data.
  6. Auto Authorization: Enabling Auto authorization in Vembu BDR allows proxy agents to get registered to backup server using unique registration key generated by respective BDR server.
  7. Automatic Backup Scheduling: Backups can be automatically scheduled as per the user’s flexibility
  8. Encryption Settings: Users can now provide additional security to their disk based backup jobs by assigning custom-password to backup server, such that all their backup data will be encrypted and can be restored/accessed only by providing the custom-password.
  9. FLR from GUI (Backup & Replication): File Level Recovery(FLR) is now available for both backup and replication jobs where user can choose specific files and folders from VMware/Hyper-V/Disk Image backups and VMware replication, to be restored in a quick fashion.

All the above major features are included in this free edition for 3 virtual machines. Let’s get to know those restricted features for unlimited virtual machines.

Restricted Features for unlimited virtual machines:

All the features mentioned above for limited business environment will be applicable for this categories with few restrictions in the features. They are:

 

  1. Application aware processing: Configuring them for a Hyper-V environment is restricted but that does not hold good with VMware vSphere Esxi(s).
  2. Changed Block Tracking: Only the incremental blocks which are changed since the previous backup will been tracked and  backed up in the successive backup schedule thereby reducing disk space and time
  3. Retention Policies: User can retain any number of recovery points of his own choice. They come to great use when it comes to store the backup data.
  4. Near CDP: Incremental backup can be scheduled every 15 mins to ensure the RPO < than 15 mins
  5. Quick VM recovery to ESXi: Incremental backup can be scheduled every 15 mins to ensure the RPO < than 15 mins.
  6. Automated Backup verification: Verify the recoverability of the backed up images and screenshot of the booted Image backup will be mailed

Backup and recovery holds good for both physical and virtual environments and makes granular recovery possible with great ease.You will able to scale out your storage, secure your individual backup jobs with in-built deduplication, encryption and compression that makes its own file system called, the VembuHIVE.

This latest Free edition thus becomes one of the most business-friendly and a complete backup solution. That being said,  It can be suitable for both testing and production environments! Their out-of-the box policy- backup for all was hailed even at the recent VMworld event, Las Vegas.

Well, there is nothing left to ponder now. It’s time to make the right decision. It could be done right away with getting started with their Free edition of Vembu BDR Suite on a 30 days free trial. Click here.

SQL Server SSMS 16.3 Release

SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) is an integrated environment for accessing, configuring, managing, administering, and developing all components of SQL Server. SSMS 16.3 release includes initial beta support to allow SSMS to display appropriately on high-resolution monitors.

For more info about this update you can read >>> here

For everything about the SSMS you can check >>> here

Stay tuned …!

How to get a free Veeam NFR key

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Veeam recently comes out with version 9 of their suite named “Veeam Availability Suite v9” for your Data Center available for the virtualization environment like vmware & Hyper-V. They have decided to give a free NFR (Not-For-Resale) key for the Veeam Availability Suite v.9, now for 1-year retention period, instead of just 30 days.

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Check this Link for more details and how to get a free key …

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