VBO-365 Portal: A nice project just behind the corner – Part 2

This second article will complete the deployment scenario that began with Part 1. If you didn’t read it yet just click here.

The first important step is to enable VBO-365 to work with RestFul-API. Pictures 1 to 4 show the steps to perform the task

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Now from a web browser insert the IP Address of the VBO-Portal.

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The login credentials are: username Admin, password the one you choose during the setup ( ‘new_password‘).

After completing the login phase, add a name to the tenant and its e-mail address (don’t worry, nothing will be sent to that e-mail address for now). Click the save button and make a note of the automatically generated. password (Picture 7)

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Now it’s time to add your VBO installation to the portal

On the left menu, click on “create instance” and after selecting the just created tenant (My-Lab-Environment), at the voice Instance Type select choose “Existing instance” as shown in Picture 3.

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In the last blanks insert the data of your VBO installation.

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Now log out and re-login with the credentials just created (new tenant) as shown in picture 10

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The Dashboard is still empty (Picture 11), don’t worry it’s because the portal is not still connected to VBO.

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On the left menu, select list instances and from there just select connect (Picture 12)

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After the connection has been successfully completed (Picture 13), the dashboard is filled up (Picture 14) and you are ready to work with it.

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Some interesting items to watch from now:

At the jobs menu, you can see the scheduling, disabling, or start the job (Picture 15)

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Picture 16 shows the license status and 17 the activity restore logs.

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In my next article, I’ll write about restoration options.

Stay tuned and see you soon.

8th December update:  If you see the connection is looping please download from this link the securerestore.php file and replace the old one.

Restart the configuration steps from picture 5.

8th January update: Good news, it works with VBO-365 v.5 too!

The only modify to perform is to change an entry inside the file named veeam.vbo.class.php located in /var/www/html/core.

At line 35
From: ‘base_uri’ => ‘https://’.$host.’:’.$port.’/v3/’

to ‘base_uri’ => ‘https://’.$host.’:’.$port.’/v5/

VBR & Cloud Business Model – Part 3

This article will cover the topic of license in VCSP scenarios.

Please refer to the official documentation to get more details on it.

The easiest way to explain the license model is by thinking of a basket.

a. What is present in the basket?
It is the container of the licenses. The licenses belong to the Service Provider.

b. What the Service Provider can do with licenses?
It can assign them to his customers (you can call them end-users or tenants).

c. Does the services consume different amounts of licenses?
The cost depends on the supplied service.

The example below will clarify the licensing method; the units I will use to explain the model are apples 🙂
(numbers written here are not real, contact the local Veeam sales representative to have a correct quote).

A Service Provider supplies three types of services to his customers;
DraaS, BaaS, RbcS(Remote Backup Copy Service)

Every single month the Service Provider buys 100 “apples” and put them into the basket.

Let’s suppose that:

1) DraaS consumes 10 apples for VM a month (VM/m)
2) BaaS 4 apples  VM/m
3) RbcS 6 apples VM/m
4) Every tenant has 5 VMs
5) Service Provider customers are: Green – White – Red
6) Green bought DraaS
7) White bought BaaS
8) Red bought RbcS

How can I measure the apple-eating?
With an easy math operation 🙂

Green = 5VM*DraaS = 50 apples
White = 5 VM*BaaS = 20 apples
Red=5VM*BbcS=30 apples

Total = 100 Apples

Note 1: If the Service Provider adds new customers or the present tenants more VMs the Service Provider license can be enlarged on-fly easily contacting the Veeam team.

But, if the license count it’s quite simple with few customers it can be more difficult with hundreds of them.

In aid of of the Service Provider Veeam released a  very useful and powerful software named  Veeam Service Provider Console (VSPC)

What are the common VSPC use cases?

1) Remote monitoring and management
2) Licensing engine and usage reporting
3) Billing
4) Integration and automation (RestFul API)
5) Multi-tenant serviceability

(To have more details please click here)

Picture 1 shows which services can be managed via VSPC.

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Please remember that cloud connect is mandatory work with VCSP.

The official guide shows the requirements to work with it:

Note 2: The software provided by Veeam enables any partner to create his own cloud services. To example performing a backup service for workstations and laptops  of employees that working from home (a common scenario in these unlucky last months)

Note 3: To create a price list every single Service provider will have to add all costs of Infrastructure, Managing etc

That’s all for Cloud Modelling.