Monthly Archives: October 2012

Friday Shorts – Moving Veeam Backups, More Veeam, and Props to Angelo!!!

Migrating Veeam Backups between drives

I recently ran into a situation where I needed to migrate a set of Veeam Backups from one local drive to another.  Now I had quite a few restore points and did not want to lose these so I was weary about just tackling this without looking on the Veeam forums or Google for people that have done this before.  I ended up following this blog post step by step and had no issues whatsoever. I certainly would recommend this way of doing it if you ever run into a situation where you need to do so.

More about Veeam

Yup, version 6.5 of the their flagship Veeam Backup and Replication has now went GA.  You can go on over to their website and start using it today.  For those early adopters, this means that you can now safely upgrade to vSphere 5.1 and be fully supported from Veeams’ end of things.  I’m not going to rhyme off all of the new features as I’ve already done that in a post here.  I will say however that some Exchange Explorer looks very very cool and is worth checking out!.

Shout out to Angelo

And just a personal shout out to Angelo Luciani – over the past few weeks this guy has helped me out and hooked me up with information I needed on multiple occasions and I just wanted to thank him for that!.  For those that don’t know, Angelo is the Toronto VMUG leader, a vExpert and just a fabulous guy.  Follow him on Twitter and you will never miss any virtualization news related stories…EVER!  And don’t forget, Toronto VMUG is Tuesday, November 6!  Be there!!

 

Using the new Tag features of vSphere 5.1

So the release of vSphere 5.1 has brought us many new features;  we have integrated backup, integrated replication, the vCloud Suite, Network HealthChecks…way to many to mention.  One however that I haven’t seen very much buzz about is the ability to assign tags to your inventory objects with vCenter.  Now it’s not near as sexy as something like vSphere Data Protection but it still has it’s place within my favourite features.  Why?  Just think, say you have hundreds, or thousands of VMs.  You can now more align the way you categorize things inside of your business within vCenter, and sort/search on those custom tags.

Either way, I think they are cool and I’ve done up a short video outlining how to create and assign them to objects.  This is my first crack at a video so cut me a little slack 🙂  One of my objectives is to try and get more media on this blog so I’m sure I’ll have lots of practice..

The infrastructure behind this post was provided by #vAutoLab.  What?  Serious?  You’ve never heard of it?  Craziness, get on over to www.labguides.com and give it a go!  It’s awesomesauce!

Friday Shorts – VMworld Announcements, Modern Family and Hockey Liars!!!!

vCenter Operations 5.6

Announced at VMworld in Barcelona this week was vCenter Operations 5.6  I’ve always been a huge fan of vCOps and have been using the product ever since the beta release of 0.9.  It’s been awesome to see this application grow and mature over the years.  When VMware claims that they have done studies that show you can have a significant cost savings by deploying vCOps alongside your vSphere environment they are not joking.  So have a look at it if you have a chance. This release gives you the ability to now group your workloads together and apply flexible and custom policies to them.   I know for myself it has enabled me to pinpoint issues much faster as well as determine where I can reclaim wasted capacity.

vCloud Automation Center 5.1 released

Again more VMworld news.  VMware’s acquisition of DymanicOps has finally came to life as the rebranded vCloud Automation Center.   In a nutshell vCloud AC will give you the ability to provide policy-based self-service provisioning portal (that’s a mouthful) to your end users which operates across private and public clouds (including AWS) as well as supporting multiple hypervisors (including Hyper-V).  The vCloud AC will also be fully integrated into vCloud Director as well.

Phil’s-osopy

Now I don’t really have a lot of time to sit around and watch TV but one show that I always try to make time for (on the dvr) is Modern Family. Also, I know this has nothing to do with tech, but my sole reason for creating this series of blog posts (Friday Shorts) was to enable myself to ramble on about whatever I want, so it is what it is… If you haven’t seen this show you really should try and catch an episode every now and then and I’m sure you will be hooked.  Phil Dunphy is one of the main characters in the show and has a humour to him that I really relate to.  This past week he was reading quotes out of a book that he had wrote titled Phil’s-osophy which actually made me, how do you say it, lol!  “When life gives you lemonade, make lemons, then life will be all like what!!?!?!?!”  You have to see it for yourself 🙂

Will you still watch hockey?

An interesting poll on TSN.ca right now is going on which asks the question “Will you return to following NHL hockey when the work stoppage is over?”  Now what really sparks my interest about the results are that currently 44% of people say NO!  Now, I’m not saying that those people are lying but I think that they are, well, lying!  There’s no question to be asked really.  Nobody will stop watching a sport and a team that they love just because part of a season is lost!  It just doesn’t make sense.  Maybe it’s just the die hard fan in me (HABS fan) but I just can’t understand how you could answer No to that question.  People who truly love the sport will support their team through thick and thin…I mean, there’s still leaf fans out there!?!?!  Sorry!

 

It’s #Veeam time again! – Backup & Replication 6.5 is here…Almost!

It’s that special, magical time again, time for yet another sweet release from Veeam.  Now, it’s nothing new and shouldn’t be surprising to anyone that I just love Veeam releases and this one is no exception.  Although a minor release they have squeezed a couple sets of new awesome functionality into the core product that can only continue to get more and more awesomesauce as time goes on.  So with that said let’s have a look at a few of the features and enhancements that I find are crazy cool…  Keep your eyes pealed as we should see this release come to life sometime this quarter!

vSphere 5.1 Support

First and foremost support for VMware’s recent release of vSphere 5.1  From what I’ve heard the platform and architecture inside of ESXi 5.1 has changed significantly making it quite the challenge for backup and replication vendors to get to the point where they can say their products are supported.  It’s nice to see Veeam as one of those first supporters of vSphere 5.1

Full Support on Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8

Support for both backing up and running on Windows Server 2012!  Meaning you can now take advantage of some of the new Windows Server 2012 features with your Veeam Server/Repositories on top.  Think about it, you can now place your backups on the new deduped file system of Win 2012 and obtain deduplication across your Veeam jobs…pretty cool!

Veeam Explorer for Exchange

Although this was released to beta earlier as a separate application it’s now bundled into Veeam 6.5 as a feature set.  Meaning you will see this crazy one-click mailbox item level restore awesomesauce inside of the core Veeam Backup and Replication.  Oh, guess what?  It’s also included in ALL Veeam B&R Editions – Including the free version!  Apart from the inclusion of this in the core product they have also made a number of enhancements to it such as mailbox datastores are now auto detected and mounted and the ability to restore directly back to the original location is now available within the Enterprise version of Veeam B&R.  On top of that, there is support for any offline edb file, meaning it could be used with existing backups or SAN snapshots.  Nice!

Veeam Explorer for SAN Snapshots

I’m seeing a trend here with the Veeam Explorer for ___ ____ title!  Although right now this is only supported with certain HP arrays and VSA’s containing the SANiQ storage functionality,  this technology is pretty cool and I’m sure you will see the vendor array support expanded in the future.  The ability to restore/run VMs directly from SAN Snapshots as well as restoring individual files is pretty crazy!  Kudo’s to Veeam for building this in…and again, across all editions, including the free one!

The Core Product Enhancements

  • Veeam ONE integration – The release of B&R 6.5 is coupled with a release of the Veeam ONE product as well.  With this they have added a tight integration between the two products allowing you to monitor and report on the health of your B&R infrastructure and jobs from with Veeam ONE.  Don’t be surprised if you see a nice little ‘suite’ containing both products.
  • DR for your DR – Finally this is here!  The ability to schedule, automate and run backups of the Veeam Backup server itself.  You can now easily create backups of your Veeam configuration (containing infrastructure and job information) and restore them back to the same or another server.  So when disaster hits it’s now easy to recover your disaster recovery solutions.
  • Engine Enhancements – the core has been updated to provide further enhancements to your deduplication and compression as well as performance gains when it comes to reverse incremental s and large files.
  • Recovery Enhancements – You can now do that ever so awesome 1 click file level recovery, but this time direct it right back to it’s original location.  Suweeet!
  • Scheduling – ability to chain scripts is now available.
  • Management – More powershell cmdlets have been developed to support failover and failback for replicas as well as perform the new VeeamZip functionality!

So that’s all for now (all I know about) 🙂  Don’t delay, head on over to veeam.com and read up  for yourself and check it out!  Be sure to include your Exchange Admin on the Explorer for Exchange functionality – It’ll drive them crazy!!!!  In a good way!

 

Friday Shorts – Visual Studio 2010 and BIDS, AJAX Toolkit Combo Boxes and the Great One

No support for BIDS development in Visual Studio 2010

Ahh Man!  I ended up rebuilding one of my work machines this week and during the process I thought I would be smart and maybe upgrade my Visual Studio from 2008 to 2010.  Now I do a lot of SQL report designing with SSRS and at times heavily access the BIDS functionality within VS2008.  Well guess what?  In VS2010 there is no support for SSRS projects!  WTF!  Every time I turn around Microsoft has a new and crazy problem they are throwing at me!  Official message from there ‘Introducing Business Intelligence Development Studio‘ page (pictured above)  basically says the solution is to run both of them along side each other!  Wow, great solution, you know, since the applications are soooo small <sarcasm>.  #FAIL

AJAX Toolkit Combo Box and Firefox

So another AJAX .net issue that I’ve ran into.  When utilizing the ajax toolkit with .net, more specifically the combo box control, and even more specifically the autosuggest / auto complete functionality  for some reason it will not accept any keyboard input from Firefox.  I.E. and Chrome seem to work fine.  The fix; Simply make sure that your maxlength attribute is set to a number greater than 0.  After doing that, Firefox should work fine.

Gretzky says they will get a deal done

If the great one says get a deal done you better get a deal done.  During an interview on Monday about nothing to with hockey the topic quickly changed to hockey and the NHL lockout.  The all time leading point getter said he was very optimistic that the NHL and the NHLPA will have a deal done before the Winter Classic this year, meaning we should all be watching hockey before Jan 1.  Wayne, you’ve been right a lot of times and I sure hope you are right about this one too!  #GOHABSGO

 

vCommunity Trust – Helping to grow the infrastructure technologies community

Not sure if you have noticed but for the past few weeks there has been a new banner ad on the left side of this site.  This is my attempts to help increase awareness and provide people with a little more visibility into the vCommunity Trust organization   vCommunity Trust is a non profit organization whose main goal is to provide free training to the general public as well as financial assistance to to those who need to help them obtain technological certifications.

Now I’ve heard of vCommunity Trust before but didn’t know a lot about them but after meeting and getting to talk for a little bit with one of the founders, Paul Valentino (blog/twitter) at VMworld this year I thought I would try and help the cause where I could.  vCommunity Trust currently has a couple of programs in action right now outlined below, for more information or to determine eligibility for either program you can find more here.

The vCommunity Trust Certification and Training Program for vProfessionals

The vCommunity Trust Certification and Training Program’s goal is to provide at least four students per year from around the globe with the training requirements to pass the VCP exam and to provide the vouchers required to pay for both the training and the certification exam. As the program, volunteer support, and corporate sponsorship expands we would like to extend this program to include training and certification in additional areas including but not limited to Operating Systems, Security, Storage, and Networking related certifications. The goal is to make training for datacenter technologies available to those who would not normally have the opportunity and who truly desire a technical education.

The vCommunity Trust Datacenter Training for Public Schools Program

Help us to help your community! The vCommunity Trust Datacenter Training for Public Schools Program is aimed at providing datacenter training labs to public schools around the globe whether it be onsite, remote or a combination of the two. All donations to support this program will be handled at a regional level through the support of local volunteers and businesses. Donors will have the option of choosing the region they would like to allocate their donated resources to. For the purposes of this program a region is defined as a State, Province, or the equivalent. The goal is to coordinate the delivery and storage of equipment donations for this program through volunteers from each regions local technical user group/s. This program depends upon support from local individuals and businesses in every part of the world and is their opportunity to help educate their own communities without requiring them to obtain IRS designation as a public charity – a savings of approximately one year in effort.

Aside from just the programs there is a ton of training, guides and slides available to the general public for free.  Again, you can find these over at the vCommunity Trust site.  I encourage everyone to visit the site and learn more about what they are offering.   And if you are looking for some assistants and you qualify for one of the programs get your name in and apply, you never know and they are currently looking for students.  If you think you can do more to help out via lesson wise, spend some time and put something together  they would love to have it.  And of course with any non profit organization donations are always welcome, this helps to keep great organizations such as these up and running and they are always appreciated.