Monthly Archives: February 2016

How to produce good documentation – Part 5 – Diagraming your (Veeam) Backups

So it’s just been a little over a year since Part 4 of my how to document series was posted. I hoped to keep adding to the series, but at the same time, only do it when I felt I had relevant content to share. So this post is to show how I have documented some recent backup configurations. Note: I mainly work with Veeam, but hopefully this will give you idea’s of how to present the setup of your other backup software

Below are the previous posts;

The challenge

Note: The Visio file for these examples can be found at the end of the blog post.

Your backups evolve over time, as does your environment. Your backup schedules become more complex, and its hard to remember, what does what.

As past of my job, I setup backup solutions for customers, and then have the task of documenting how they are setup. I used to do this in a table format. It was quite simple

  • Backup/replication job name
    • Services backed up
    • Job settings
      • Storage/environment used

When you have a number of backup jobs, you have a lot of jobs and information to dig through. Its not user friendly.

Veeam backup job settings table 1 Veeam backup job settings table 2

So I re-visualised the way to present the data, I still have the detailed tables, however I also have three Visio diagrams

  • Backup Architecture setup
  • Backup and Replication jobs – Servers/services included
  • Backup and Replication job settings – high level

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Finally, a OneDrive for Business client for Mac OS X, that works!

Great news, Microsoft have finally got their backsides into gear, and produced a working OneDrive for Business Client, for Mac OS X. That actually works!

Two of the things that were keeping me from moving fully away from my windows machines were;

  • OneDrive for Business
  • Microsoft Visio

Now it looks as if I’m down to one reason, 🙂

You can read the official Office365 blog post here – Get started with the OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client on Mac OS X.

One of the best features, is selective folder sync!

Installation and Setup
  1. Install the OneDrive App from the Apple AppStore.

If you have not setup OneDrive yet;

  • Open up terminal and enter the following commands
    • defaults write DefaultToBusinessFRE -bool True
    • defaults write EnableAddAccounts -bool True

Then open up your OneDrive app and sign in with your Business account.

If your have setup OneDrive with a personal account;

  • Quit OneDrive first, then launch Terminal and enter
    • defaults write EnableAddAccounts -bool True
  • Open OneDrive again, open up preferences,
  • Click the account tab, click “Add a business account”