Over the past few weeks and months, I have been having a lot of conversations with people about automation and the use of tags within AWS. Tags within AWS are nothing new, and AWS provides a vast amount of information on how to use them. First of all lets think of a use case for AWS tags. Backups are a good use case. You can easily apply an AWS tag to an EC2 instance so that you know whether this should be part of a backup policy or not. For example, you can create a simple tag called backup and have true or false as the value. AWS has a number of documents that are really helpful to understand what tags are and how they can be used. I have listed two of my favourites here: Tagging your EC2 resources AWS Tagging strategies With the recent release of Veeam Backup […]
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Recently Veeam announced Veeam Backup for AWS. This is a brand-new product bringing enterprise class backup protection to the AWS public cloud. I wrote an article on Veeam.com describing some of the details this product brings but wanted to dive in deeper through this blog. Veeam Backup for AWS brings enterprise class capabilities to Amazon AWS EC2 to protect instance-based workloads. With Veeam Backup for AWS you can store your Amazon AWS EC2 backups in Amazon S3 object storage and restore to any Amazon AWS EC2 region. Veeam Backup for AWS has several features and capabilities: Native backup and restore for Amazon EC2 instances In-place and Out-of-Place restores Granular File Level Restore Long term data retention with Amazon S3 Cloud Native Backup Automates Amazon EBS snapshots for frequent backup and fast restores Policy based protection Deployed from Amazon Marketplace to provide simple web-based management UI Cost Effective Built in cost […]
One of the cool use features in N2WS Backup and Recovery is the ability to automate adding your EC2 instances to your backup policies. By leveraging tags this allows you to launch EC2 instances and assign them specific tags and never worry about those instances being protected. This works across AWS accounts too. Whats makes this even easier is when your using something like cloud formation to deploy anything in EC2 you can just have these tags propagated immediately. Lets take a quick look at how we do this. First we need to make sure that N2WS Backup and Recovery is configured for tag scanning. This is really simple. Go to General Settings Locate Tag Scan and turn Scan Resources to Enabled You can specify how long the scan interval is. Default is 6 hours. Once you have this configured, you need to define the tags in EC2. How this […]