Posts by Brandon Lee

How to Backup VMs to Azure – Part 2

In the first post of this series on how to backup VMs to Microsoft Azure, we looked at using an Azure VM running the transporter service and then provisioning a remote repository. The second method to achieve offsite backups to Microsoft Azure uses the SMB protocol to copy our NAKIVO backups to an Azure file […]

Posted on June 19, 2017 by

Exchange Log Truncation in VM Backups

One of the tremendous benefits to application-aware backups is being able to perform application-aware tasks such as truncating log files. Application-aware backups are able to flush any application specific data out of memory and pending I/O operations to disk so that backups are consistent from an application standpoint. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, we are […]

Posted on June 16, 2017 by

How to Backup VMs to Azure – Part 1

One of the hard and fast requirements of today’s modern backup solutions is the ability to be able to push data to the cloud as an offsite backup option. Offsite backups are essential as they protect organizations from potential data loss when losing an entire site. With the 3-2-1 backup rule standard of 3 copies […]

Posted on June 14, 2017 by

The Importance and How to Offsite Backup | Disaster Recovery Scenarios

When thinking about disaster recovery and protecting backup data, we always want to have more than one source of being able to restore our production systems. There is an industry suggested standard of the 3-2-1 rule that says we ideally have three copies of our data on two different mediums, and one offsite copy of […]

Posted on June 12, 2017 by

Benefits of Windows Server 2016 ReFS File System

Windows Server 2016 offers many exciting benefits across the board. However, when thinking about new storage features with this release and more importantly how it affects backups, one updated feature we want to take a closer look at is Windows Server 2016 ReFS file system 3.1. It offers huge improvements over previous file systems in […]

Posted on June 5, 2017 by

Setting up Backup Verification

Perhaps one of the most overlooked areas when it comes to backup processes in general that most organizations fail to execute in their backup plans is backup verification. Often, many administrators may simply assume backups to be good and the topic goes no further than that. However, this is a dangerous routine to become accustomed […]

Posted on May 31, 2017 by

VMware Backup Best Practices

Backups are a critical part of our VMware virtual infrastructure. These days with mission-critical 24 hour a day, 7 days a week, the always-on infrastructure behind many web-facing businesses, business continuity is essential. When thinking about backing up our VMware virtual environments, what are some best practices to make sure we are getting effective, efficient, […]

Posted on May 24, 2017 by

What is Application-Aware VM Backup?

When it comes to backups, there is a wide range of options that must be considered such as backup type, frequency, source, destination, and many others. Back in the early days of traditional backups, most backup solutions simply captured files on disk. However, in today’s modern backup technology world, most servers are application centric. Flat […]

Posted on May 19, 2017 by

What is Crash-Consistent Backup?

In the world of backup technology, things have come a long way since the early days of backup software simply capturing files on disk. In the early days of backup software, backups would parse through files on the disk(s) in a server and literally run a file copy of the data that was included on […]

Posted on May 8, 2017 by

Protecting Your Backups with Backup Copy

In thinking about making an enterprise environment resilient against a disaster whether natural, malware, or self-imposed, we need to think very carefully about our backups. It is extremely important to not only make sure we have good onsite backups but also copies of those backups elsewhere. Malware and other ransomware infections these days are making […]

Posted on May 3, 2017 by