One of my customers replaced the old Veeam environment with new gear. The HW was pretty simple designed: two HPE ProLiant per server two HPE D3610 enclosures with 6 TB disks ~ 5km between backup server and backup copy destination One server was designed to act as the Veeam backup server and repository, and the second server was designed to act as the backup copy destination. Both servers were running Windows Server 2019 Standard.
I got this error in a new deployment of Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4. The error occured every day at 9 pm. 24.02.2019 21:00:11 :: Error: Remote deployment and management is available for licensed agents only. Please change your backup server settings to allow managed agents to consume the license, then perform a protection group rescan. The solution to this issue is pretty simple. Make sure that you allow the consumption of licenses for free agents.
To backup a virtual machine, Veeam Backup & Replication needs two permissions: permission to access and backup the VM, as well as the permission to do specific tasks inside the VM to guarantee a consistent backup. The former persmission is granted by the user account that is used to access the VMware vCenter server (sorry for the VMW focust at this point). Usually, this account has the Administrator role granted at the vCenter Server level.
One of my customers bought a very nice new backup solution, which consists of a HPE StoreOnce 5100 with ~ 144 TB usable capacity, and a new HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 with Windows Server 2016 as new backup server. StoreOnce and backup server will be connected with 8 Gb Fibre-Channel and 10 GbE to the existing network and SAN. Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 U3a is already in use, as well as VMware vSphere 6.
When taking a backup with Veeam Backup & Replication, a VM snapshot is created to get a consistent state of the VM. The snapshot is taken prior the backup, and it is removed after the successful backup of the VM. The snapshot grows during its lifetime, and you should keep in mind, that you need some free space in the datastore for snapshots. This can be a problem, especially in case of multiple VM backups at a time, and if the VMs share the same datastore.
Last week I had an interesting incident at a customer. The customer reported that one of multiple Veeam backup jobs jobs constantly failed. The backup job included two VMs, and the backup of one of these VMs failed with this error: Error: Failed to open VDDK disk [[VMDS-SAS-01] VMDC1/VMDC1_1.vmdk] ( is read-only mode - [true] ) Failed to open virtual disk Logon attempt with parameters [VC/ESX: [vcenter.domain.tld];Port: 443;Login: [ADAdministrator];VMX Spec: [moref=vm-59];Snapshot mor: [snapshot-20226];Transports: [san];Read Only: [true]] failed because of the following errors: Failed to open virtual disk Logon attempt with parameters VC/ESX: [vcenter.
I’m using Veeam Backup & Replication (currently 8.0 Update 3) in my lab environment to backup some of my VMs to a HP StoreOnce VSA. The VMs reside in a NFS datastore on a Synology DS414slim NAS, the StoreOnce VSA is located in a local datastore (RAID 5 with SAS disks) on one of my ESXi hosts. The Veeam backup server is a VM and it’s also the Veeam Backup Proxy.
While upgrading a rather old (but very stable) Veeam Backup & Replication 6.1 installation to 8.0 Update 3 (with intermediate step to 6.5), I ran into a curious error. Right after the welcome screen, this error message Patrick Terlisten/ vcloudnine.de/ Creative Commons CC0 appeared. A closer look into the BackupSetup.log (you can find this log in the %temp% dir. Just enter %temp% into the Explorer address bar) resulted in this very interesting log entry:
HP StoreOnce Appliances or VSA offers three different types of backup destinations: Virtual Tape Library (VTL) NAS (CIFS or NFS) StoreOnce Catalyst If you use Veeam Backup & Replication, the NAS feature is possibly worth a try. Using the NAS feature, the StoreOnce appliance or VSA offers a CIFS or NFS share, which can be used as a backup destionation. Today I want to show you how you can use a NAS share of a StoreOnce VSA with Veeam Backup & Replication.