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Overview of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook

  • Take advantage of numerous Hyper-V best practices for administrators
  • Get to grips with migrating virtual machines between servers and old Hyper-V versions, automating tasks with PowerShell, providing a High Availability and Disaster Recovery environment, and much more
  • A practical Cookbook bursting with essential recipes .

How to Enter

To win the book leave a comment below why you would like to  win this book. Winners resides in the USA or Europe, get a printed copy. Others would be provided with a eBook copy.

Deadline

The contest will close on December 17th 2012 12.00 CET. Winners will be contacted by email, so be sure to use your real email address when you comment!

Upgrading the vSphere Data Protection (VDP) appliance

Here are the steps outlined for upgrading the vSphere Data Protection (VDP) appliance.

1. Check the version of the VDP.  SSH to the VDP appliance and use the following command:

rpm –qa | grep vdr

The current version of the VDP appliance is  vdr-1.1.53-53

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2. The vSphere (web) client displays version 5.1.0.0 (5.1.0.0). This version will not change after the upgrade.

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3. Shutdown the VDP appliance.

4. The virtual disks used by the vSphere Data Protection appliance are set to be “Independent – Persistent.” However, in order to take a snapshot, the disks will have to be temporarily changed to “Dependent.” Starting with Hard disk 2 till disk 7image.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Take a snapshot.  This must be done else you wont be able to upgrade the VDP appliance

6. Start the VDP appliance. Wait till the VDP appliance is started. It can takes 10 minutes!

7. Download the VDP upgrade ISO needed and verify the checksum of the ISO!

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8. Mount the upgrade ISO to the VDP appliance using VM Edit Settings.

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9. Connect to the appliance using the following URL:

https://ip address of VDP appliance:8543/vdp-configure/

10. Login the appliance (username is root)

11. Go to the upgrade tab. Click check upgrades (be patient it will take some time to see the upgrade package)

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12. Select the package and press the upgrade VDP button

13. The warning “No valid Integrity Check taken Today of Yesterday”  appeared.

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Run a manual Integrity Check by using the  vSphere Web Client, select “Run Integrity Check” in the vSphere Data Protection plugin.

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14. Watch in the tasks till the VDP Integrity check completes

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15. Select the package and press the upgrade VDP button

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16. Wait till upgrade completes

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17. Shut down the VDP appliance

18 . Delete the snapshot

19. re-enable the independent disks

20 . Detach the ISO VDP upgrade

21. Start the VDP appliance

22.  Check the version of the VDP appliance. Make a SSH connection and use the following command:

rpm –qa | grep vdr

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The new version of the VDP appliance is: vdr-1.1.56-56.  The vSphere (web) client displays still version 5.1.0.0 (5.1.0.0).

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Veeam Expands Strategic Initiatives with Support for HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 Storage

Veeam Expands Strategic Initiatives with Support for HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 Storage

News Facts:

  • Veeam Software, innovative provider of backup, replication and virtualization management solutions for VMware vSphere and Windows Server Hyper-V, announces it has expanded integration with HP to include SAN snapshot recovery for HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 Storage using HP 3PAR Virtual Copy Software. Currently, Veeam Explorer for SAN Snapshots enables IT administrators to recover virtual machines (VMs) or data directly from HP StoreVirtual Storage snapshots within the Veeam Backup & Replication application. Veeam support for the new 3PAR StoreServ 7000 Storage and all other 3PAR models is expected to become available in the first half of 2013.

  • Most industry experts agree that modern data protection should include the use of storage snapshots as part of a comprehensive data protection strategy. Veeam Explorer for SAN Snapshots was created to combine recovery from SAN snapshots and backups into a cohesive, multi-tier solution with no compromises. Multi-tier recovery offers the best of both worlds: fast recovery from frequent SAN snapshots and the security of a second copy of data.
  • Veeam Explorer for SAN Snapshots has capabilities that are:
    • Powerful
      • Fully automated process mounts the selected SAN snapshot and protects integrity of production LUNs.
      • Recover single files from SAN snapshots in a few minutes.
      • Restore VMs without staging or intermediate steps.
      • Recover an entire VM in two minutes or less.
    • Easy-to-Use
      • One integrated recovery environment for every recovery scenario.
      • Easy-to-use wizards for recovery of VMs, files and application items.
      • No agents to deploy on hosts or VMs.
    • Affordable – Included in all editions of Veeam Backup & Replication 6.5, as well as Veeam Backup Free Edition.

 

Availability:

Veeam Explorer for SAN Snapshots with support for HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 Storage and all other 3PAR models is expected to be available in the first half of 2013. To learn more, visit: http://go.veeam.com/san-snapshot-explorer.html .