Office 365 is getting a lot of well deserved attention, it’s an easy to use platform to provide your company with lots functionality without the need to heavily invest in on-premises infrastructure and hardware. Microsoft makes sure Office 365 is highly available and have all bits and pieces redundant. However, Microsoft does not own your data – You do! There are lots of different ways you might lose data: accidental deletion, ransomware and so on… A good read on the subject is a white paper from Veeam wich discusses 6 different areas:
Retention policy gaps and confusion
Internal security threats
External security threats
Legal and compliance requirements
Managing hybrid email deployments and migrations to Office 365
Since it’s your data it is also your responsibility to protect your data. Now, how would you go about doing that?
Veeam Backup for Office 365 is currently in version 1.5 and supports backing up the mail environment of Office 365. Release 2.0 has been announced and will be released sometime later this year (at VeeamON maybe?), with version 2.0 you will be able to also backup OneDrive and SharePoint. And if you buy Veeam Backup for Office 365 today (version 1.5) you will get the added features down the line with no additional fees or purchases, just upgrade the installation with the latest bits. Great stuff!
Another cool feature of Office 365 / Veeam Backup for Office 365 is that since both Office 365 and an on-premises Exchange server uses the same APIs you can use Veeam Backup for Office 365 to back up both environments if you have a hybrid installation, or you can even use Veeam as a migration tool – unidirectional of course!
But what does it take to start protecting your Office 365 mail environment? As it turns out, not a lot! It is REALLY simple to start backing up. As the video will show you, it took me no more than 3 minutes to start the first backup, quite impressive and again so simple to install.
See for yourself, the video shows installation of both Veeam Backup for Office 365 and Veeam Explorer for Exchange and configuring a new backup job in under 3 minutes:
Who doesn’t love PowerShell and PoweCLI? I use it to automate as much as I can. Building demo environments, upgrading stuff or just playing around. The list is just a few examples of available modules from the Microsoft PowerShell Gallery, you can spend hours exploring interesting modules there. The list below is mostly a reminder for myself but feel free to explore!
Update 3 has just been released for Veeam Backup & Replication. Update 3 comes with a lot of new cool functionality:
Storage Snapshots Integrations New strategic partnerships and storage integrations include:
IBM Spectrum Virtualize – IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) and the IBM Storwize family
Lenovo Storage V series
Bringing functionalities to these arrays like Backup from Storage Snapshots, Explorers for Storage Snapshots
Recycle bin for Cloud Connect
As a way of protecting backups from maliciously being deleted if someone gets access to the tenants credentials, deleted backups will now be placed in a recycle bin for a configurable amount of days but to the user they’re gone. This way it will still be possible to retrieve backup files and restore VMs and/or files even though from a user perspective the backup files seems lost. Once the backup files have been deleted and temporarily placed in the recycle bin, the backup files will not consume valuable resources from the disk quota. When the deleted backup files needs to be used the tenant has to contact the service provider to have the service provider restore the backup files from the recycle bin back to the tenants repository.
VMware Cloud on AWS Support for backing up VMs running och VMware Cloud on AWS
Veeam ONE Agent monitoring and reporting
Agent backup status
Identify agents with no backup copy
Backup Compliance reporting
Geolocation of Data Protection Report: List all data sources grouped by production location and location of their copies/replicas
Data Geolocation Mismatch Report: List all data sources that have one or more copies where the location is different from the production data
Agent only use: 0-socket license required for enabling advanced funtionalities (Scale-Out Backup repository, Tape, WAN accelerator) in Backup & Replication when using agents if you’re not using Backup & Replication for backing up any virtual environment.
Veeam Agents Centralized deployment and management giving you a single pane of glass for all backups and restores regardless of location in the environment – VMs or physical servers, you can even install Agents on VMs running in the Cloud or on any hypervisor.
Veeam Agents for Microsoft Windows 2.1
Windows Failover Cluster
Includes SQL AlwaysOn, Windows Failover Cluster and Exchange Database Availability Groups
Change Block tracking driver for faster incremental backups of Windows Servers
Microsoft OneDrive support as a backup target
This means you can you Veeam Explorers to restore application-items from Exchange, SQL
And yet another series, I’d like to call it – Whiteboard. It’s about me trying to give a little deeper dive into a specific subject in the format of whiteboarding. So the first session will be a closer look at VMware vSAN.