Attending VeeamON 2022

I am attending VeeamON 2022

Yes, I am attending VeeamON 2022. So should you! I mean it. Data protection is becoming ever more diverse. That means you need to keep up and invest in yourself. That is what I do, nearly every day. I want to, I need to and I like to do so.

Attending VeeamON 2022
https://www.veeam.com/veeamon

The landscape has fragmented due to locations such as on-prem, hybrid, cloud, service models like IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, and technologies such as virtual machines and containers. And that is only scratching the surface of the challenges we face while protecting our data. We often have a wide mix of the above and technology trends evolve fast.

Keep learning

The key is to keep learning. That takes a never-ending commitment and effort. We learn in many different ways and VeeamON caters to all of them. Theory, practical guidance, hands-on labs, exams, interaction with peers and industry experts. You name it, VeeamON has it!

Education

Education leads towards a better understanding so you can analyze challenges, design solutions, see relations, and understand dependencies. It is acquiring knowledge that is used to become better at your job by using the technologies optionally in the ecosystem where they need to deliver their value.

Training

Training is getting ready to deploy and operate solutions. It is very focused on specific jobs at hand. That doesn’t necessarily make it easy. On the contrary, it can be difficult but well-trained people can make the hard look easy and look smart because the knowledge and skill have been drilled into them. It is that simple, but again, that doesn’t make it easy.

Networking

Exchanging ideas, experiences, solutions, techniques with others helps us all learn and grow. It builds professional relations that source the common brain of the community so everyone gains. It helps your clients, your employers, your colleagues, and yourself grow and learn. That is good for your job, your career, or your business, whichever it happens to be in your case.

Join me in attending VeeamOn 2022

Join me and the excellent crew Veeam is bringing to bear at VeeamON 2022. You can join online or in-person in Las Vegas. Register here! Online is free, bar the investment of your time. But trust me, you are not a second-class citizen, it is a real and valuable conference. If you are attending in person, be ready for an immersive experience!

Las Vegas – oh my, I want to attend VeeamON 2022 and go on a long road trip after.

I would love to go in person and enjoy the immersion in a world of expertise and learning at the conference, but alas, it will not be this year. If you can attend, do whatever it takes to convince your boss or yourself, it is a rich and rewarding experience, that pays itself back in no time. If you can’t make it, don’t despair, join online like I will. Know that there will be other chances to attend and if the boss is the biggest issue, there are better bosses out there ;-).

I am a Veeam Vanguard 2021

I am a Veeam Vanguard 2021

This afternoon I received an email notifying me that my 2021 Veeam Vanguard Renewal Nomination has been approved! That means I am a Veeam Vanguard 2021!

I am a Veeam Vanguard 2021
Honored and proud to be a Veeam Vanguard again in 2021!

The Veeam Vanguard Program

You can read all about the Veeam Vanguard Program here. It is Veaam’s top-level influencer community. We share our insights, provide feedback, and help each other, as well as Veeam, succeed. The Veeam Vanguards are a varied group of people and combine a wide range of expertise in different verticals and in different disciplines. We all contribute to the community at large in different ways. What unites us is that we all share a passion for our industry and show technical thought leadership for the different technical communities in which Veeam exists.

Now I would not call myself a technical thought leader but I do know that via this program I get to stand on the shoulders of giants. Doing so gives me a majestic view over this industry segment, a view I would not have without it.

Thank you!

This is a very nice way to head into the weekend. I am both honored and proud to be a Veeam Vanguard. Veeam as a company has won my respect many years ago and it has only grown. They focus on customer value, deliver an excellent high-quality product, offer top-notch support, and finally offer great tools to the community. I can honestly say that I enjoy working with their products as well as the company and the individuals I know at Veeam.

I am looking forward to another year in this program and the opportunities this brings to us all for sharing, learning, and growing.

Thank you, we’ll make 2021 a good community year!

Change the service account on a Veeam hardened repository

Introduction

In Veeam Backup & Replication (VBR) v11 we have the new hardened repository host. I Have also shared some other findings in previous blogs. You add this to the Veeam managed servers via single-use credentials. These are not stored on the VBR server. That account only needs permission on the repository volumes after adding the repository server to the VBR managed servers. Let’s investigate how to change the service account on a Veeam hardened repository in case we ever need to. Warning, this early info and not official guidance.

Where is that account configured for use with Veeam?

Naturally, we created the account for adding the hardened repository to the Veeam managed servers. We also set the correct permission on the backup repository volumes. After adding the repository host to Veeam managed servers, with the single-use credential method, we removed this account from the sudo group and that’s it.

The VBR server itself does not hold the credentials. The credentials only live on the repository host. But where is that configured? Well under Under /opt/veeam/transport you will find a config file VeeamTransportConfig.

Change the service account on a Veeam hardened repository
Under /opt/veeam/transport you find a config file VeeamTransportConfig

Open it up in your favorite editor and take a look.

Change the service account on a Veeam hardened repository
ServiceUser is where the user account is configured

Change the service account on a Veeam hardened repository

From my testing, you can simply change the user account in the VeeamTransportConfig file if you ever need to. When you do, save the file and restart the veeamtransport service so it takes effect.

sudo service veeamtransport restart

When you change this service user you must also take care of the permissions on the repository folder(s).

We change the ownership recursively for the drive mount to that user.

sudo chown -R newveeamrepouser: newveeamrepouser /mnt/veeamxfsrepo01-02

The permissions for the user should still be what it needs to be (chmod 700)

Now, due to the immutability of the backup files changing the owner will fail on those files but that is OK.

Change the service account on a Veeam hardened repository
Don’t panic, you’ll be fine. Backups & restores will work.

For reading and restoring then tests show that this still works. Backup wise this will run just fine. It is all pretty transparent from the Veeam Backup & Replication side of things. I used to think I would need to run a full backup afterward but Veeam seems to handle this like a champ and I do not have to take care of that it ssems. We’ll try to figure out more when V11 is generally available.

Now, you still might want to give Veeam support a call when you want or need to do this. Remember, this is just informational and sharing what I learn in the lab.

Conclusion

Normally you will not need to change this service account. But it might happen, either because of a policy that mandates this, etc. That is the reason I wanted to find out how to do this and if you can do this without breaking the backup cycles. I also think this is why you can convert an existing Linux repository to a hardened one.

Register for VeeamON 2020 Virtual

VeeamON 2020 is on in a few days!

I advise you to Register for VeeamON 2020 Virtual asap. Corona and Covid-19 have pushed VeeamON 2020 to a virtual format but it will rock anyway, Veeam cannot be stopped by a mere global pandemic. While we are all sad we cannot meet up in real life it also has its advantages. Everyone can join in free of charge from the comfort of your (home) office. That’ right. Free, bar the time you invest. A lot of people saw the value in that investment because last week a tweet went out over 22K people had registered already!

The event takes place on the 17th and 18th of June 2020, so you can still register and attend. Simply click here or on the image below.

Register for VeeamON 2020 Virtual
Register for VeeamON 2020 Virtual.

You will find plenty of information on the web site but trust me, I have attended VeeamON before and it is worthwhile. They have their management, technical architects and experts available to you. The speakers are masters of their craft and you get the opportunity to interact with them. For that purpose they will host interactive chat rooms, live expert sessions etc.

So join, learn and share on how to manage and protect your data on-premises as well as in hybrid and cloud environments in the years to come. Veeam evolves with the times and plans to help you move along. You can learn how by attending VeeamON 2020.