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Mike Mosley

Mike Mosley

Mike Mosely is a cloud engineer at iland and has worked at the company for over 3 years. He holds a number of VMware certifications including VCP5 as well as the Veeam VMCE certification. Mike works closely with customers to build cloud solutions that fit their requirements.

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DRaaS with Veeam – Failover and Failback Procedure

Mike Mosley

Now that we have replicated all of our servers and created a failover plan, it is time to test our failover process. There are several items you will want to test and verify before a real disaster strikes, such as network access, application functionality and data integrity. The best way to ensure the DR environment will operate as expected during a disaster is to periodically run a failover test of your replicas. Previously, we discussed the considerations and differences between a full failover and partial failover with Veeam. Now we will walk through the technical process of starting a failover in both instances, as well as failing back to production.

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Topics: DRaaS, Veeam

DRaaS with Veeam – Failover and Failback Notes and Considerations

Mike Mosley

Now that we have setup our Veeam replication jobs and created a Veeam Failover Plan, we are now ready to test our failover functionality. A failover can be initiated in two different ways depending on your failover scenario. In the event that the full environment is down, you can conduct a full failover using the Veeam Hardware Plan. Alternatively, if your data center is online with just certain servers down, you can choose to failover only the affected servers for a partial failover. Depending on which method and networking device you use, there may be differences in how you can access the replicas. Below, I will detail the differences between a full and partial failover, as well as considerations to keep in mind when performing a failover.

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Topics: DRaaS, Veeam

DRaaS with Veeam – The Veeam NEA and Failing Over

Mike Mosley

The Veeam Network Extension Appliance (NEA) is the default template deployed by Veeam on both source and target data centers. When used with a failover plan, this appliance will handle the outbound and inbound communication for the servers you failed over. During a partial failover, the source and target NEA’s create a peer-to-peer connection. This allows your remaining production servers to communicate with, and access, the failed over server with no additional routing configuration. In this article, we will go into more detail regarding the Veeam NEA and how it works during failover procedures.

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Topics: DRaaS, Veeam

DRaaS with Veeam – Creating a Replica Job

Mike Mosley

In this article, we will walk through the process for creating a Veeam Replication Job to the iland VCC cloud. There are several options when creating a job and this guide should help you understand these settings a bit more. This will be an overall guide for a typical job, however, you may change the settings to fit you own DR strategy needs.

Now that you have an idea on how you would like to group your VMs and have a retention policy in mind, you are ready to begin creating your replica jobs. You can use the below guide to get started with your jobs:

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Topics: DRaaS, Veeam

DRaaS with Veeam – Replica Job Considerations

Mike Mosley

In this post, we will go over some of the options and considerations when creating a replica job to a Veeam Cloud Service Provider. A replication job’s settings can be changed, and VMs included in a job can be removed or added at any time. However, it is a good idea to have a replication strategy in mind when creating jobs.

VM Grouping Considerations

Typically, the first option to consider when creating a job is what servers you would like to add. Many users have debated the best setup for grouping servers: one large job with all VMs, one VM per job or somewhere in between.

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Topics: DRaaS, Veeam

DRaaS with Veeam – Adding a Service Provider and Creating Replica Jobs

Mike Mosley

The first step in configuring DRaaS with Veeam Cloud Connect is adding a Service Provider in your Veeam environment. This will be done from your Veeam console under the Backup Infrastructure tab.

Connecting to a Veeam Cloud Connect Service Provider 

To add iland as a Service Provider, you will first need to ensure that port 6180 is allowed both outbound and inbound to your Veeam server. You will receive an SSL certificate when connecting that will authenticate the server to connect to the iland VCC stack. After your VCC environment is deployed, you will be given the information to connect by the iland Cloud Services team.

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Topics: DRaaS, Veeam

DRaaS with Veeam – Introduction and Considerations

Mike Mosley

Building on some of my previous blogs on Veeam cloud backup, I’d now like to provide an overview of Veeam DRaaS. Increasing cybersecurity threats from hackers, viruses and ransomware are prompting many IT teams to move beyond cloud backup to a cloud-based disaster recovery strategy.

DRaaS with Veeam allows customers to use their existing Veeam infrastructure to replicate servers offsite to the iland Veeam Cloud Connect service. The only change to the customer’s Veeam infrastructure will be to add iland as a VCC Service Provider. Once that is complete, customers will be able to replicate and failover their servers in the iland Secure Cloud.

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Topics: DRaaS, Veeam

Zerto Replication to the Cloud – Failover Considerations and Best Practices

Mike Mosley

Previously in this blog series, we have installed Zerto, created our VPGs and monitored the replication to ensure everything is meeting the required SLA. Unfortunately, a meteor has just plummeted to earth and destroyed our datacenter. All systems and access to our production is offline and we need to get our business back online ASAP. Luckily, all we need is a phone, or internet access to restore business functionality.

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Topics: DRaaS, Zerto

Zerto Replication to the Cloud for DR – Management and Monitoring

Mike Mosley


So, in my last blog, I covered best practices relating to Virtual Protection Groups (VPGs). Once you have your VPGs set up and replicated, you can monitor and manage the service through your Zerto console. With the iland Secure Cloud Console, you can also check the status of your VPG replication under the Continuity tab. Let’s take a deep dive into managing and monitoring your Zerto replication to the cloud.

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Topics: DRaaS, Zerto

Zerto Replication to the Cloud – VPG Considerations and Best Practices

Mike Mosley

So, having covered an introduction to Zerto and installation and configuration best practices in my two most recent blogs, I’m now going to tackle the very important topic of Virtual Protection Groups (VPGs). Zerto VPGs allow you to create a group of VMs to be protected together, giving you many different options for replication and recovery configuration. With your ZVM and VRAs installed, you are now ready to create Virtual Protection Groups (VPGs). In this blog, I’ll delve into the key things you need to consider when creating a VPG as well as best practices to ensure your Zerto cloud DR environment is optimized.

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Topics: DRaaS, Zerto