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  • What is the Veeam Vanguard Program?

    Last year I was tapped to spearhead a new project here at Veeam: launch a global influencer program. This honestly was something I was a bit timid about as I have no experience operating a program like this. I’ve happily been nominated as a VMware vExpert and a Cisco Champion for a number of years. Additionally on my team, Doug Hazelman, Luca Dell’Oca and Clint Wyckoff have been nominated as current and prior vExperts and Mike Resseler as a Microsoft MVP. We feel we have a good background on how these types of programs should operate and now we are happy to publically announce the Veeam Vanguard Program.

    The Veeam Vanguard Program is a hand-selected list of people of all backgrounds who Veeam feels embraces our brand best in their communities. Some Vanguards are bloggers, some are active on our Veeam Forums, some are active on Spiceworks sharing a lot of Veeam-specific information and the list goes on for all of the ways Vanguards have engaged.

    The Veeam Vanguard Program has exclusive perks as well! For one, this group will be provided an opportunity to attend VeeamON with a special day full of content just for them. Sure there is incredible swag as well with access to Veeam in a new way.

  • WARNING: Install Veeam Endpoint Backup NOW!

    Microsoft Windows 10 will hit the market in a couple of days, on the 29th of July. Just like many of you, I have accepted a free upgrade offer from the tray menu popup, since I am very much looking forward to this operating system after having spent the last months as a Windows insider testing its pre-release builds.

    There are quite a few enhancements that excites me, and my personal top 3 would be Microsoft Edge, Cortana and the new security measures for the enterprise.

    Are you as ready to upgrade as myself?

    WAIT, install Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE first!

    As with any upgrade there is a risk that things go wrong – so make sure you have a good rollback plan ready when the issues happens. And creating such a rollback plan is a breeze with Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE, which can protect your entire computer in a matter of a few clicks and in just a few minutes!

    So if you haven’t done yet, make sure you download and install Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE 1.0 now and get some backups ready. Also, remember to create the recovery media to be able to perform the entire computer recovery if the failed upgrade renders your computer unbootable. This recovery media will allow you to boot from the created USB stick (or other removable media) and perform a bare metal recovery in no time.

    You may wonder if Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE 1.0 compatible with Windows 10? No, it isn’t – but there is a simple workaround to make it continue to work after the OS upgrade that (stay tuned for the corresponding support KB). And moreover…

    Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE 1.1 is to be released SOON!

    Veeam has a track record of delivering support for the latest platform versions promptly and we don’t make an exception for Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE to support the latest client operating system. We had this new release in cooking for a while now – so on the 29th of July, our QC team will start doing a final round of stress testing against the final Windows 10 build, and after their GO we will be ready to provide you with the Veeam Endpoint Backup 1.1. Barring any unexpected issues, this should happen in early August!

    Meanwhile, here is a small teaser from its latest build:

    PROTECT YOURSELF against Automatic Updates

    So, your Windows 10 upgrade went fine? Don’t be so quick disabling Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE. Remember that Microsoft has announced that starting from Windows 10, updates will be downloaded and installed automatically. While Windows 10 Enterprise edition users will have the ability to postpone, most users simply have no option to opt out. In fact, your options will be limited to:

    Download, install and reboot automatically (when not in use)Download, install automatically and choose when to reboot

    Not too much flexibility there, right? Is that a bad thing? In my opinion it is not, as now most devices out there will be up-to-date and more secure than ever before. In fact, I will be very happy to see that the devices of my family (which I need to maintain) are already patched before they come into my hands.

    But as with all updates, there is always a risk that an update goes wrong and destroys data or render your computer unusable. Just like the recent Windows update that made thousands of Windows computers unbootable even in Safe Mode due to a font cache bug.

    So with Windows 10 updates becoming mandatory, Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE 1.1 becomes a MUST HAVE on your device so you can use any of our recovery options depending on the type issues you encounter. And it’s really not just about Windows 10 – I will not even mention that latest Cryptolocker-type threats that has already impacted a few folks I know personally. Endpoint backup is really NOT optional these days. Better be safe than sorry, folks!

    Conclusion

    Windows 10 is near and just like many others, I am looking forward to this new version. However, it is best to be protected and have a backup ready when things go wrong with the upgrade – and for when mandatory updates will start coming.

    So please, don’t wait to install Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE. If you are not running it today, then download it now and start protecting your computers already to make sure that you can roll back your endpoint from any issue at all!


  • Recovery media in depth – Bare Metal Recovery process

    In previous posts we talked about recovery methods that can be used with Veeam Endpoint Backup. While discussing volume recovery we mentioned a few limitations and how these limitations can be avoided via Veeam Recovery Media. Let’s take a closer look at the Veeam Recovery Media and how to start the Bare Metal Recovery process

    You need the recovery media

    To start with, you must create a recovery media: it’s almost a mandatory for protecting your computer. You may refer to one of my previous blogpost in order to get the clear understanding of how it works. Keep in mind, you can create a new Recovery Media any time you need it by simply launching one of the Endpoint’s tools - the Create Recovery Media wizard.

    Depending on the chosen media type for recovery media, you might need to adjust the BIOS boot order to force your computer using this media as a boot device. If all set correctly, once the computer is rebooted, you should be prompted to press any key in order to boot from the Veeam Recovery Media even before the original operating system starts to load. Now when the recovery media is booted, let’s run over the different options we have.

    Tools

    The last in the list comes first. Why? We have added a set of lifesaving tools so you can try to repair or troubleshoot the unresponsive PC first before doing an actual bare metal recovery.

    Command Prompt

    Well known by all IT pros and does not need an explanation.

    Reset Password

    If you forgot your computer’s password, use this tool to reset the local admin’s password to be blank. No worries if the admin account was disabled – this tool can enable in order to let you in. Of course, it is strictly recommended to change the password and disable the account afterwards. Additional note: this tool won’t work on domain controllers.

    Load driver

    In order to get access to the backup storage or network you must have a proper driver installed in the operating system – Recovery Media acts the same way. If you have the option to Include hardware drivers from this computer enabled while creating the recovery media, the drivers are loaded automatically. However, in case of dissimilar hardware, you can use this tool load additional device drivers if necessary

    Memory diagnostics (Microsoft utility)

    This is a known utility to check the system memory of your computer and detect potential problems. To learn more, see http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2008.09.utilityspotlight.aspx

    Startup repair (Microsoft utility)

    This utility can be used to fix system problems that may prevent Microsoft Windows from starting, for example, missing and damaged system files or the corrupted boot sector. For more information see http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/features/startup-repair

    Export Logs

    When something went wrong during recovery process, you can use this tool to export the debug logs into external storage in order to share it with our support department.

    Windows Recovery Environment

    One of the existing features on a Windows installation is the Windows Recovery Environment. If you have a Microsoft system image, you can use our recovery media to recover that specific one to your computer. The procedure to do this is the same when you would do it without our Recovery Media. For more information, see here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/restore-computer-from-system-image-backup#1TC=windows-7

    Veeam Bare Metal Recovery

    Now let’s have a look at Bare Metal Recovery process. Simply click the Bare Metal Recovery icon at the start screen of the recovery media. The recovery wizard will drive you thru a few steps:

    Backup location

    Depending on the location of your backups, you can choose the local storage (that includes removable devices when attached) or the network storage. Note that is perfectly possible that wizard finds the backup files automatically while crawling the local storage. If you choose network storage, you will need to tell the recovery media what network adapter to use (yes, it works over WiFi!) and configure it if needed. Once done you are good to go typing the proper share folder destination or Veeam Backup and Replication’s server IP address.

    Restore Point

    You must select a specific restore point you want to recover from. In many cases, this will be the latest one (to recover the most actual data) but there might be a reason why you would want to select an older one.

    Restore Mode

    There are three restore modes available. Entire computer and system volume modes are fully automated and perfectly work while performing a recovery to the original location or empty disk. Manual restore is for advanced users only because it allows manually mapping and relocating the volumes from the backup into existing disk – it might be tricky but brings the full control of volume management during recovery.

    Summary

    Simply review your settings and start the restore process. Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE will perform partition re-allocation if needed and restore the necessary data from the backup. Everything on those volumes and partitions will be overwritten.

    Conclusion

    Most people will see the Veeam Recovery Media only as a bootable device to perform a bare metal recovery. While this is certainly the use-case, it contains much more. Lots of handy tools are included for fixing your computer even before doing an actual restore. Additionally it can help you with Windows recovery images left in you system. Last but not least, there is indeed the bare metal recovery option which is very easy to use, can be started in seconds and gives you additional flexibility for recovery control if needed.