Disaster Recovery for the smaller organization – Part 3

In my first post on DR for the smaller organization I touched on the concepts involved as well as on two Backup products that work well – Veeam and Altaro.  My second post highlighted the backup   process on-prem and remotely…

Disaster Recovery for the smaller organization – Part 2

In Part 1 of this series I described the basics for DR for a smaller organization and that included things like running in a virtualized environment and using virtualization-aware backup tools such as Altaro or Veeam. One of the main…

Disaster Recovery for the smaller organization – Part 1

I have published many posts on backup and on virtualization, this post will bring both areas together for “the win”.  And what is the win, you may ask?  That’s simple, it is Disaster Recovery that even small businesses can afford! …

A (Non) Profitable Journey – Part 4

Things continue apace at Swan Lake.  I’ve been fooling around with various things and I’m slowly rolling in the changes that I and they want to see in place.  It’s a slow process as I have to grab time to…

A quick followup on Veeam DR recoveries

We have been using Veeam with a number of our ESXi and Hyper-V customers with great success.  Frankly, backup is always a pain in the backside and Veeam makes backing up virtual environments just a little bit easier. One thing…

How to recover from BackupExec files when nothing else seems to work

We recently had an issue at a customer where a whole pile of BackupExec disk-based archive media seemed to be “bad”.  By bad I mean cataloguing the media would fail part way through the process.  We needed to find a…

Veeam Backup–Project A–Second Update

I’ve managed to get a lot farther with the backup process.  All of the issues with the second VM have been fixed and the remote backup of that VM has been successful.  Throughput for it is the same as that…

Veeam Backup–Project A

As promised, this is the next instalment in my Veeam posts, specifically on Remote Backup (backup to a remote site across the WAN). This has been a learning experience even though I already had one site doing remote backup for…

Revisit your DR strategy

Backup is one of those “non-sexy” things that often gets ignored while companies focus on the latest shiny bits.  After all, it’s very much like insurance; we all have to have it but we pretty much ignore it until the…

Replication is NOT backup!

This is a little bit of a rant, so be prepared. I have lost count of the number of times I come across people in the “biz” who tell clients, or anyone else who will listen, that replication is the…