Cisco HyperFlex Integration with Veeam Backup & Replication

With Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 2, it can support the integration with Cisco HyperFlex Platform. This integration allows the backup jobs to take advantage of native Cisco HX snapshots. Backup from Storage Snapshots minimizes the performance impact on production virtual machines (VMs) during their backup window.

The data flow goes as follows:

  1. Analyzes which VMs in the job have disks on supported storage.
  2. Performs Veeam’s agentless application-aware processing and consistency for a VM
  3. Creates HyperFlex VM snapshot, leveraging the HyperFlex API.
  4. Releases the consistent state of the VM.
  5. Retrieves the CBT information for VM snapshots.
  6. Reads new and changed virtual disk data blocks directly from the HyperFlex VM snapshot and transports them to the backup repository or a replica VM.
  7. Triggers the removal of the HyperFlex VM snapshot once the VM has been backed up.
  8. Truncates database logs within the VM.

How to configure the Cisco HyperFlex integration

Launch the Veeam Backup & Replication Console, check Windows session authentication and click Connect.

Ensure that the Veeam proxy server can access the HX IOvisor, by verifying open firewall ports on the ESXi host on which the IOvisor is running. Verify that the VeeamCiscoHXFirewall rule is available in the Incoming Connections section.

Now we can add HX Data Platform Storage to Veeam backup server. Go to Storage Infrastructure, click “Add Storage“.

Add the Management IP address of the Cisco HyperFlex Platform, then Next.

Define the login credentials for the HX management.

In the Access Options screen, click Choose to select the Veeam proxy server that will be accessing the HyperFlex Data Platform. Click Next to see the summary page, then click Finish.

The storage discovery process starts which will scan the storage and validate NFS connectivity to the storage for Veeam. When the process completes and the success message appears, the storage has been successfully added. Click Close.

Cisco HyperFlex will be listed under Storage Infrastructure in the inventory pane.

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2017 Cisco Champion Certificate

Waiting for a few years, I received the 2017 Cisco Champion Certificate from Cisco Champion team. Thank you for Cisco Champion program.

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Deploy and configure Dell EMC IsilonSD Edge Cluster

IsilonSD Edge is software-defined storage for small businesses and remote offices of enterprise companies that need to manage a growing amount of unstructured data. IsilonSD Edge runs on your industry-standard server hardware (not included) while delivering the advantages of the Dell EMC Isilon OneFS operating system.

Key features:

  • Ideal for locations with limited IT resources
  • Flexible multiprotocol support and unmatched storage utilization
  • Tightly integrated with VMware ESX (not included): use within your virtual environment and manage through vCenter

This IsilonSD Edge package includes:

  • One software-defined storage instance supporting up to 36 TB of capacity
    Isilon OneFS operating system
  • Data management: Isilon SmartQuotas, SmartPools, InsightIQ, and SmartDedupe
  • Data protection: Isilon SmartConnect, SnapshotIQ, SyncIQ, and SmartLock
  • 1 year of Enhanced Software Support

The following is the high level diagram of Dell EMC IsilonSD Edge Cluster in this scenario: We will build one IsilonSD Edge Cluster with 3 nodes in VMware vSphere environment.

NOTE: The software release of Dell EMC IsilonSD Edge is 1.0.1.

Now we start to deploy Dell EMC IsilonSD Edge Cluster, the configuration includes the two parts:

  • Deploy Dell EMC IsilonSD Management Server.
  • Deploy Dell EMC IsilonSD Edge Cluster.

Part1 – First we need to deploy the virtual appliance of EMC IsilonSD Management Server in the VMware vSphere environment.

When we deployed IsilonSD Management Server, boot it up and login into Management Server.

Then register the IsilonSD Management Server with VMware vCenter.

When the registration is completed successfully, we can see the IsilonSD Management plugin in vCenter server.

Back to IsilonSD Management Server, add the required license and import the template of IsilonSD Edge into IsilonSD Management Server.

The configuration of part1 is completed.

Part 2 – Now we can start to deploy IsilonSD Edge Cluster.

Back to vCenter server and go to IsionSD Cluster, click “Create IsilonSD Cluster“.

Choose the IsilonSD license and input the following field, we will deploy 3 nodes cluster in this scenario,

In the Number of Nodes field,
In the Number of vCPUs per Node field,
In the Memory Per Node field,
In the Cluster Capacity field,
In the Number of Data Disks Per Node field,

Then we will select the disks to be used for boot, journal, and data disks on each node.

  • The disk for IsilonSD Disk Type Journal.
  • The disk for IsilonSD Disk Type Boot Disk.
  • The disks for IsilonSD Disk Type Data Disk.

Then configure the external and internal network for each node.

In the External Network Port Group Primary list box, select you defined network port group.
In the Internal Network Port Group Primary list box, select you defined network port group.

When we finished the configuration of disk size and network on each node,  then define the Cluster Name and its credentials.

Then define the required IP address and Gateway for the internal and external network.

Finally we can start to build up the IsilonSD Edge Cluster.

When the building is completed, we can see the cluster includes three nodes.

Go to the administrator page of OneFS storage.

The Cluster Overview page appears, we can see the three nodes.

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DellEMC & VMware CO-SKILLED – VxRAIL 2017

Today I just received the welcome kit of DellEMC & VMware CO-SKILLED – VxRAIL 2017. 😍😍

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Cisco Champion 2018 Program

Today I received the announcement from Cisco Champion program, I am happy that I was selected to be part of the 2018 Cisco Champion program. Congrats to all Cisco Champion 2018.

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New Features in Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0

Tape Backup Support:
Vembu extends its support to native tape backup through the Vembu BDR console. You can utilise the best known 3-2-1 backup strategy of having 3 copies of backup data in 2 different media and 1 off-site location for an efficient DR plan. This secondary backup approach will help you to archive the image based backups in both virtual and physical environments like VMware, Hyper-V and Windows Servers and recover them in multiple formats like VHD, VMDK, VHDX, VMDK-Flat and RAW.

Auto Authorization at Off-site DR:
Enabling the auto authorization feature will allow only the authorized Vembu BDR servers to get connected with Vembu OffsiteDR servers (Replication) using the registration key.

Quick VM Recovery on ESXi for Hyper-V and Disk Image Backups:
Instant recovery of backed up data on VMware ESXi is now made available for both the Hyper-V VMs and Windows Servers backup jobs for an effective Disaster Recovery. This recovery of the virtual machines happens in a matter of seconds by booting the backed up machine directly from the backup storage repository, from where all the files, folders and applications can be accessed.

Windows Event Viewer Integration:
All the events of the Vembu BDR, Off-siteDR & agents like information on critical, warnings and major events are updated in the Event Viewer of Windows Servers when enabled for better management.

Advanced Backup level encryption for all agents:
Users will be able to configure AES-256 bit encryption for all their backup jobs of VMware, Hyper-V, Disk Image through their customized passwords using corresponding password hints as well.

OffsiteDR Server retentions using Vembu Network Backup:
OffsiteDR retention policies is now available for the Network Backup plugins too, like the image based backups of VMware, Hyper-V and Disk Image backups at the too.

Listing of files & Folders in aciTree structure:
The listing of files and folders while configuring backups on a Network Backup plugin is now up with the aciTree structure for easy and quick navigation.

Pre/Post backup scripts for all Network & Image Backup clients:
This feature provides the ability to configure running custom actions before and after the execution backup schedule. The custom actions may include running an application using some script files.

AngularJS conversion of UI for Vembu OnlineBackups:
The overall UI of Vembu OnlineBackup is improved for better performance like the current Vembu BDR and Off-siteDR.

Update of consumed space on the Vembu Portal:
Based on the display of the consumed space of Vembu Online Backup and SaaSBackup plugins, the customer will be able to allocate and purchase further cloud storage post purchase and upgrade.

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vExpert 2018 Applications are Now Open

New for vExpert 2018

New this year is a completely new vExpert website for applications, data management, vExpert directory. vExperts will be able to manage your own data (email address, employer, and many others), update your applications, download your license keys and download your vExpert Certificate. Apply at

Returning vExperts, you have a different process. Please check your email for a password recovery link to reset your password for If you do not have an email to reset your account, please use this URL to reset your password. Use the same email address you use to receive email for the vExpert program.

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