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Master Veeam Tricks Volume 1

About the Book

This book is a compilation of Veeam topics written by experts from around the world.  Topics include troubleshooting, installation, vendor configurations (Nutanix, Amazon Web Services, StarWind, Microsoft Azure, and NetApp), and much more. The authors in the list are some of the most widely respected Virtualization professionals in their industry and the fact that they all came together for a book like this is impressive.  Each of them is a member of the prestigious Veeam Vanguard program that has a mere 50+ members worldwide.  

What you will learn by reading this book is some of their Master Tricks for working with Veeam Software.  We know that you will enjoy the book and be left wondering “When is Volume 2 or 3 coming out”.

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Dave Kawula
Dave Kawula

Dave is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) with over 20 years of experience in the IT industry. His background includes data communications networks within multi-server environments, and he has led architecture teams for virtualization, System Center, Exchange, Active Directory, and Internet gateways. Very active within the Microsoft technical and consulting teams, Dave has provided deep-dive technical knowledge and subject matter expertise on various System Center and operating system topics.

Dave is well-known in the community as an evangelist for Microsoft, 1E, and Veeam technologies. Locating Dave is easy as he speaks at several conferences and sessions each year, including TechEd, Ignite, MVP Days Community Roadshow, and VeeamOn. 

Recently Dave has been honored to take on the role of Conference Co-Chair of TechMentor with fellow MVP Sami Laiho.  The lineup of speakers and attendees that have been to this conference over the past 20 years is really amazing. Come down to Redmond or Orlando in 2018 and you can meet him in person.

As the founder and Managing Principal Consultant at TriCon Elite Consulting, Dave is a leading technology expert for both local customers and large international enterprises, providing optimal guidance and methodologies to achieve and maintain an efficient infrastructure.


Twitter: @DaveKawula

Dave Kawula

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Cristal Kawula
Cristal Kawula

Cristal Kawula is the co-founder of MVPDays Community Roadshow and #MVPHour live Twitter Chat.   She is the President of TriCon Elite Consulting where she manages the day to day operations of the field consulting and sales teams.

Cristal is also only the 2nd Woman in the world to receive the prestigious Veeam Vanguard Community excellence award.  In July of 2017 she was awarded the designation of Microsoft MVP.  

Early in her career Cristal worked as a consultant with Microsoft authoring content for internal SMSGR and GTR teams.   This content was used to train internal support engineers and global escalation engineering teams.  

Cristal can be found speaking at Microsoft Ignite, MVPDays, and other local user groups.   She is extremely active in the community and has recently helped publish a book for other Women MVP’s called Voices from the Data Platform.  



Twitter: @supercristal1

Markus Kraus
Markus Kraus

Markus is living the IT Pro live since more than 10 years as a consultant, Architect and Systems Engineer. He is focusing on virtualization and automation technologies. In addition to his second Veeam Vanguard nomination in 2018, he was 2016-2018 awarded as a VMware vExpert. 


Twitter: @vMarkus_K

Didier Van Hoye
Didier Van Hoye

Didier Van Hoye is an IT veteran with over 20 years of experience and accumulated hands on expertise in ICT. He specializes mainly in Microsoft technologies (storage, virtualization,networking, cloud) to design and build highly available, high performance solutions that scaleboth efficiently and effectively without breaking the budget. He works mainly as a subject matterexpert advisor and infrastructure architect in Wintel & Hybrid Azure environments, often leveraging DELL EMC hardware to deliver exceptional value for the money.

As a Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter, a member of the Microsoft Extended Experts Team in Belgium, a DELL TechCenter Rockstar and a Veeam Vanguard he contributes his experience and knowledge to the global community. He’s a trusted adviser, blogger, writer and public speaker on his areas of expertise.


Twitter: @workinghardinit


Karl Widmer
Karl Widmer

Karl is a Veeam Vanguard and VMware vExpert with 15+ years of experience in the IT industry. He started his career as an IT support technician and worked for several years at small IT company with many vendor partnerships.

After a year in the military (Swiss national service with the achievement of the officer rank) he went back to the IT, to be more precisely to a software vendor and was responsible for the internal IT systems and support for several years.

But Karl wasn’t a software-type of guy. He liked, and still likes, to get the hands-on the hardware. So he switched the job again after several years, back to the hardware sector, again at an IT support company. He worked the ladder up from an IT supporter to the Engineering and was responsible for the biggest customers of that company. All kinds of support, up to cloud offerings and virtual infrastructure went over his desk.

After many years of customer support and consulting he decided to switch the job again, but this time he went to the customer side. At a global acting company, Karl is now responsible in the virtualization team for all things about the cloud, from private to public cloud, and also for everything that he calls «basic infrastructure» like on-premises HCI systems and ESXi hosts.

Karl is also very active in the vCommunity as a VMUG leader, he writes blog posts with a focus on products from Veeam and VMware, and also for solutions if there is an issue to solve. He has been awarded twice Veeam Vanguard and also VMware vExpert, and he holds several certifications in IT. 


Twitter: @widmerkarl

Craig Dalrymple
Craig Dalrymple

With over 25 years experience within the IT industry Craig Dalrymple is one of the original members of the Veeam Vanguard program and was select as VMware vExpert 2018. 

Craig has been involved with implementing and providing support for systems ranging from the early days of x386 to present day, with a background predominantly in field engineering. Nowadays dealing primarliy with virtualization technologies.

Craig is also one of the founding leaders of the Veeam User Group UK, and can be found presenting at these events from time to time.

Away from technology Craig helps run the vGamers discord channel and on the odd occasion can be found playing a game of rugby now and then.


Twitter: @cragdoo

Mike Conjoice
Mike Conjoice

Mike is a Veeam Vanguard and vExpert with over 17 years’ experience in IT. Working from the humble beginnings of a helpdesk, Mike has worked at a range of companies, from Start-ups, to Multinational Corporations.  


Mike’s experience is primarily in the Microsoft ecosystem, moving through Infrastructure, Unified Comms, and now to Azure. He has a strong passion for PowerShell and will automate as much as he can throughout the day.  


Mike now works as a Solution Architect at Bupa Dental Care, one of the UKs largest dental chains, helping lead the strategy and architecture design for the business through a vast change of Digital Transformation. 


Along with his technical work, Mike has a love of teaching and sharing knowledge, speaking at many events across the globe, including VeeamON and Gartner in not only technical sessions, but business and strategy forums. 




Twitter: @mikeconjoice 


Eugene Kashperovetskyi
Eugene Kashperovetskyi

Affectionately known as Eugene K, is a highly experienced web hosting professional with over a decade of hosting solutions support, design, implementation and automation, primarily focused on Cloud Platforms, Business Continuity and Security Services at INAP. Whether performing minor system optimizations or handling big projects with different unknowns involved, Eugene believes there is always a way to make it run smoothly, seamlessly and at a high rate of automation applied for routinely performed operations. He likes to be challenged with the tasks and do the research to approach the goal desired.

Ian Sanderson
Ian Sanderson

Ian has over 15 years’ experience working with Windows server and virtualisation technology supporting organisations of varying size. Ian cut his teeth in the virtualisation space using Hyper-V 2008 but has been primarily focused on the VMware stack since 2010.

Ian is a Veeam Vanguard, vExpert and a member of NetApp United as well as being one of the Veeam User Group UK leaders and can be found presenting at events round the UK.

Ian can be found on social media at the following locations:

Twitter: @ian0x0r


Veeam User Group UK:

Rhys Hammond
Rhys Hammond

Rhys Hammond is a Senior Systems Engineer specialising in Data Availability. One of his goals is to help the IT community understand more of what Veeam can offer, as part of that effort,  he maintains, a Veeam and Virtualization-centric weblog providing information, insight, and technical knowledge on all things Veeam related.

  • In 2018, Rhys became a Veeam Certified Architect which is the highest level of Veeam technical certification.
  • In 2017, Rhys was awarded VMware vExpert for having demonstrated significant contributions to the community and a willingness to share expertise with others. VMware grants the vExpert as an honorary title for advocates of the company's products.
  • Also in 2017, Rhys was selected to join the Veeam Vanguard program, the Vanguard program is a global hand-selected list of people who represent Veeam's brand to the highest level in many of the different technology communities in which they engage. These individuals are chosen for their acumen, engagement and style in their activities both on and offline.
  • In 2015, Rhys was awarded Veeam Technical Champion for ANZ as a result of his passion and knowledge for the product.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by: Rick Vanover iii

Acknowledgments iv

From Dave iv

About the Authors v

Dave Kawula – MVP / Veeam Vanguard v

Cristal Kawula – MVP / Veeam Vanguard vi


Ian Sanderson – VMware vExpert / Veeam Vanguard vii

Karl Widmer – VMware vExpert / Veeam Vanguard viii

Rhys Hammond – VMware vExpert / Veeam Vanguard ix

Markus Kraus – VMware vExpert / Veeam Vanguard x


Mike Conjoice – VMware vExpert / Veeam Vanguard xi


Craig Dalrymple – VMware vExpert / Veeam Vanguard xii

Didier Van Hoye – MVP / Veeam Vanguard xiii

Eugene Kashperovetskyi – MVP / Veeam Vanguard xiv

Technical Editors xv

Emile Cabot - MVP xv

Cary Sun – Microsoft MVP / Cisco Champion xvi

Contents xvii

Introduction 23

North American MVPDays Community Roadshow 23

Sample Files 24

Additional Resources 24

Chapter 1 26

Upgrading a Veeam Backup Repository from Server 2016 to Server 2019 + ReFS DeDuplication 26

Upgrading to Windows Server 2019 27

Install and Configure Windows Deduplication 37

Tweak Windows Deduplication 43

Chapter 2 49

Veeam RESTful API and Postman 49

Postman 49

Veeam Enterprise Manager 51

RESTful API Authentication 52

Using Postman GET to obtain login sessions 52

Using Postman POST to obtain login session authentication token 55

Adding a header 59

Example of making API call and information 61

Summary 61

Chapter 3 62

Sizing Veeam for Office 365 Backup Storage 62

Background 62

Getting Started 62

Calculation 67

Chapter 4 68

HTML Report of all Veeam Backup Copy Jobs in PowerShell 68

Chapter 5 73

Troubleshooting Veeam B&R Error Code: 32768 Failed to create VM Recovery Snapshot 73

Chapter 6 80

Install Veeam Backup and Replication using PowerShell 80

Chapter 7 97

Veeam for Nutanix AHV 97

Background 97

Before you begin 97

Appliance Setup 97

Veeam and Nutanix Integration 103

Creating a Backup Job 109

Chapter 8 118

Veeam Backup and Replication and SMB MultiChannel 118

Introduction 118

Proving Veeam Backup and Replication leverages SMB Multichannel 118

Conclusion 121

SMB Direct Support 122

More SMB3 and Windows Server 2016 Goodness 122

Items to investigate further 122

Chapter 9 124

Veeam Backup and Replication Preferred Subnet and SMB Multichannel 124

Introduction 124

Veeam Backup and Replication Preferred Subnet & SMB Multichannel 125

So how do we control the NICs used with SMB Multichannel? 133

Some additional things to note 133

Conclusion 136

Chapter 10 137

Using StarWind Cloud VTL for AWS and Veeam 137

How does the Solution Work? 138

Download the Software 139

Installation of StarWind VTL 140

The configuration of StarWind VTL 147

Creating an Amazon S3 Bucket 157

Setup Cloud Replication 161

Configure Microsoft ISCSI Initiator 164

Installing HPE StoreEver Tape Drivers 171

Add the Virtual Tape Library to Veeam 176

Configure a Tape backup Job 179

Conclusion 195

Chapter 11 196

Configure Azure Direct Restore with Veeam 9.5 196

Setup your Azure Proxy VM 197

Restore a VM to Azure 212

Chapter 12 226

Configure 2 Factor Authentication (2FA) for Veeam with DUO 226

Important Notes 228

Creating a DUO Account 228

Configuring DUO 235

Installing the DUO Client 237

Adding DUO Users 241

Chapter 13 247

The Secret Life of VBM Files 247

What do VMB files do? 247

Why do we create VMBs? 247

When are VMB files Created? 247

Where are VBM files stored? 248

What is inside of a VBM file? 248

When do we use VBM files? 249

What happens if I don’t have a VBM file? 249

Chapter 14 250

Efficient Veeam NetApp Backups from Storage Snapshots 250

Storage Design for NetApp Backup from Storage Snapshots 251

Storage Snapshot procedure 252

Storage Snapshot Configuration 253

Veeam Setup 254

VSphere Infrastructure 263

Chapter 15 264

Sizing your Backup Storage and Saving Money 264

Step One – Assess the Job Setup and Key Requirements 265

Step Two – Make sure the backup Windows Align with RPO/RTO 266

Step Three – Make Sure the network can handle the Backup Jobs 267

Step Four – Calculate Total Backup Storage Requirements 267

Step Five – Map your Provisioning Plan 271

Step Six – Plan How to Spend your Savings 271

Chapter 16 273

Join us at MVPDays and meet great MVP’s like this in person 273

Live Presentations 273

Video Training 273

Live Instructor-led Classes 274

Consulting Services 274

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