Veeam Cloud Connect – Downloading and Applying Config File for OpenVPN

In this section, I am going to summarise how to download the config file for an Endpoint and how to apply it within the OpenVPN GUI.

Firstly, let us download the config file from the Veeam PN web portal. This can be done by the administrator under the ‘CLIENTS’ section of the portal. The ‘Download’ link next to each ‘Standalone’ client is the method used to download each config.

 

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Once downloaded and distributed, the user can apply the config to their OpenVPN software by implementing the following steps:

 

Search for the OpenVPN GUI

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In your taskbar, find the OpenVPN icon, right click and select ‘Import file’

 

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Once you select the provided. open file, you should see a ‘File imported successfully’ message.

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Upon failover, you should now be able to connect to the VPN. In the next chapter of this guide, we will perform a failover and confirm network connectivity can be established.

 

Testing Failover Plan / VPN Access

Now you are happy the VPN is ready for use by the End user and the replicated VMs are ready. You can test the failover plan to confirm everything works, as it should. To begin with, simply browse to your Failover Plan, right click, and select ‘Start’.

 

This will start the failover plan and begin to boot the VMs as configured by you within the Failover Plan. Once Veeam confirms the Failover Plan has finished, I would still give the Veeam PN appliance up to 5 minutes to boot as it can take a while.

 

The easiest way to confirm when the appliance is ready is to try to browse to the Veeam PN portal. This will be accessible on – https: // PUBLIC-IP-ADDRESS:6443

 

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Once you are happy, the portal is loading on port 6443. You can be happy the VPN is ready for use.

To connect to the VPN, the end user simply needs to right click on the OpenVPN icon and select ‘Connect’

 

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If the VPN successfully connects, you will see the following prompt appear:

 

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If this was only a test failover, you can now proceed with performing an ‘Undo’ so all changes are disregarded, however, you will know you’re ready in case of any disaster.

Contact the team today if you’d like any more information or to take advantage of Veeam Cloud Connect on our platform, with a 30-day free trial.

 

Do you have cloud superhero potential?

With virtualDCS, becoming an IT superhero isn’t as daunting as it seems and whether you realise it or not you’re already completing extraordinary feats.

You’re often already completing heroic tasks, rescuing customers and putting out multiple fires on a daily basis in an effort to keep your department running smoothly. We’re currently helping managers all over the world become cloud superheroes, with the ability to pilot their systems more efficiently, protect their business data and defeat potential threats.

As an IT manager do you have any of the following powers?

Super speed

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Do you have the ability to jump great heights from one task to another? Managers often have to be able to flick between tasks, monitor systems and staff under rapid time constraints. If so, you’ve got super speed.

Shapeshifting

The IT world is constantly changing, do you have to learn new skills daily and frequently change your role to fit around new technology? You can shapeshift.

Super strength

Have you ever pulled all-nighters and spent hours in front of the PC to be able to solve customer issues? What about lifting heavy equipment? You’ve got super strength.

Super senses

Can you immediately tell when something is wrong? Do you have a funny feeling when something is about to break? Gut instinct can play a great role in being a superhero. You’ve got super sense.

League management

Do you have to manage a team of heroes, finding their hidden talents and helping them reach their potential, solving customer issues along the way? You’ve got the charisma.

Anyone has the potential to become an IT superhero, especially with our team on your side. With virtualDCS as a sidekick, we’re here to back you up and we can provide you with a number of tools to help, from infrastructure hosting to managed services and Veeam Cloud Connect.

To find out more about how we can help your department, contact us using the form below or calling 03453 888 327.

 

72% of CIOs are leading the migration to cloud technology

The latest survey completed by Unisys found that in almost three-quarters of firms the CIO is spearheading the transition to cloud technology.

cloud technologyThe report took responses from over 200 IT and business executives, examining which factors influenced cloud adoption within their organisations.

63% of those polled argued that cost reduction was a major influence towards adopting cloud technology and 42% of participants said that security was the biggest challenge. Overall, 67% of respondents said they believe that at least half of their IT resources will be in the cloud by 2018.

The ability to enable computing capacity on demand was voted for by 62% of participants, whilst freeing IT staff to complete other tasks received a 51% share.

Steve Nunn, Unisys representative said:

“This study shows that far-sighted CIOs have a clear view of the competitive, operational and economic benefits of cloud computing, and are taking energetic action to realise them for their organisations, at the same time, those decision makers are clear-eyed about the need to secure both existing IT and new cloud resources in order to protect vital business assets.”

A Dragon in the Den

In partnership with the University of Leeds, Cloud Computing expert Richard May will be judging students through a series of ‘Dragon’s Den presentations’ on the 8th May.

The programme, sponsored by Santander, aims to support key stage three learners from local schools to enhance their financial literacy and inspire business creativity. The event will aid pupils in making a connection between personal and business money management, higher education and the influence that financial decisions hold over life ventures. Richard May Cloud expert

Sarah Hearfield, Financial Literacy and Employability Officer for Leeds University said: “It is important to both the University of Leeds and Santander that we have a number of influential business representatives, from as many industry sectors as possible judging the students, so we are really pleased that Richard has agreed to share his experience as a Dragon on our panel. The support of local businesses, such as virtualDCS, is vital in ensuring that the event is a worth-while experience. The opportunity to present to industry experts, as opposed to lecturers, makes the experience much more ‘real’ and meaningful for the pupils.”

“At virtualDCS we try to be actively involved with community projects, so I was thrilled with the prospect of collaborating in such a unique event. In today’s current financial climate it is especially important that pupils gain knowledge on how to take charge of their finances and the day acts as a fun and unique way in which to achieve this” commented Richard May, founder of virtualDCS and a HEART/Leeds City Region Higher Level Skills Ambassador.

The event takes place on Wednesday the 8th May at the Leeds University Business School.

For more information on virtualDCS, its services and involvement in the event email marketing [ @ ] virtualdcs.co.uk or call 03453 888 327.

For further information on the event call Sarah Hearfield on 0113 3437654 or email S.L.Hearfield [ @ ] adm.leeds.ac.uk.

For further information on HEART/Higher Level Skill Ambassador activities call Ian McGregor Brown on 0113 343 2312, heart [ @ ] leeds.ac.uk.

 

123-reg deletes customer websites

The website hosting firm 123-reg, which currently supports 1.7 million websites throughout the UK, has accidentally deleted a number of its customers’ websites while undergoing server maintenance.

According to reports it’s not yet clear how many websites have been deleted during the incident, with the firm stating that: “We can conclude that the issues faced have resulted in some data loss for some customers,” the firm admitted and that the fault was limited to 67 servers out of 115,000 across Europe.

123-reg123-reg has now started a recovery process, however it is still advising customers, which are lucky enough to have their own backup data, to rebuild their own websites. The company exclusively told the BBC that it did not have a backup copy of all its customers’ data, but was working with a data recovery specialist to “manage the process of restoration”.

“Our VPS product is an unmanaged service and we always recommend that customers implement backups to safeguard against unexpected issues,” the company said.

“Customers who had purchased 123-reg backups can be online now. Many of our customers keep their own backups.”

Meanwhile, many of 123-Reg’s customers have taken to social media to vent their frustrations and express concerns about the long term damage this issue would have on their business.

Incidents like these highlight the importance of having a comprehensive Disaster Recovery plan in place.

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