Veeam Backup and Replication Essentials and Basic Edition Missing Feature – Clone


So I’m trying to clone a backup job in VBR Essential Basic; you know, so I don’t have to waste time going through the wizard again just to change the destination… but ut oh… I discovered the “clone” menu item is greyed out…
Exhibit A: image

After a little trip to the google and back I found an article that states:

The job cloning functionality is available only in the Enterprise and Enterprise Plus editions of Veeam Backup and Replication.

^ boooooo hissssss



How to Retrieve Windows Server 2008r2 Product Key using Powershell

Magical Jelly Bean key finder and and others like it, as I have just learned, do not work with Windows 2008r2 because MS has encrypted the key in registry.

There are a few pay for programs that can retrieve the key for you, but luckily someone much smarter than me has written a very succinct PS script that returns the key, unencrypted 🙂

You can find the code here, or copy it below.

  • Look in the comments of the above linked page for specific instructions on how to save and run the script (if you’re not to sure on powerscript)

  • Don’t forget to run set-executionpolicy remotesigned first

PS Script:

How to Mount an NFS Share to Windows Server

…It’s not all that difficult. Who knew (shrug).

this should work for Windows 2008r2 and later

  1. Install the File Services Role

  2. If the role is already installed (like it was for me), you just need to enable the NFS Service for that role:


  3. Mount drive just like any other mapped drive:

  4. You will now see the drive mounted under Computer:

    Note: You can now use the mount and umount commands to manipulate NFS mounts through command line:


How to Install vSphere Client on a Windows Domain Controller

As of vSphere 5.5, installing the VIC on a DC errors out.

I read that it was done purposefully, to keep people from installing software on DC’s… which, makes sense for most situations – not so much for others. For instance, a small shop where one might need to utilize a DC for many other functions.


Anyway, to get to the meat of this article; in order to get the VIC to install you need to launch it from the command line with option /V.

  1. Make sure to run command prompt as admin: img2

  2. Then run the following command: VMware-viclient-5.5.exe /VSKIP_OS_CHECKS="1"

There you have it… you can now run through the install like usual. 🙂