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Friday Shorts – #Veeam SureReplica, #TOVMUG wagging, Au Revoir Les Habitants!

And now a 24th Stanley Cup banner will hang from the rafters of the famous Forum in Montreal! The Canadiens win the Stanley Cup!. – CBC’s Bob Cole in the dying seconds of game 5 of the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals

Veeam v7 adds SureReplica

veeamlogoVeeam has announced another feature of their upcoming release of Backup and Replication v7.  This time, applying the virtual lab and their SureBackup technology to your Veeam Replica’s – SureReplica.   A lot of environments I have seen that use Veeam use it to backup locally and replicate to a DR site.  So being able to put all of those dedicated resources in your DR site to work and spin up those replica’s inside isolated labs is a pretty awesome feature.  Aside from simply ensuring the integrity of the replica there are many use cases for an isolated virtual lab.  Think of things like patch management testing, application update testing, penetration testing, the list goes on and on!  This was only the 7th feature unveiled of v7 and Veeam has a couple more to showcase before finally releasing the product sometime this year 🙂   Sign up if you interested in being on of the first to know the new features.

TOVMUG Represent!

TorontoVMUG1-300x79You can’t be involved in the virtualization community and not know about Mike Lavericks’ chinwags!   If you don’t, certainly his latest one with Toronto VMUG Leader Angelo Luciani is a good one to start out with.  They had a great conversation in regards to VMUGs and community participation.  I’d definitely recommend checking it out!

Hey!  They were supposed to be 14th!

No surprise to anyone that follows me, or even reads the odd rant on this blog that I’m a huge Montreal Canadiens fan.  Well last night was a hard one to swallow but the team I’ve watched rally to 2nd place in the East were eliminated from the playoffs.  As much as I’d like to place blame on the refereeing, the 6 key injuries, the horrible icing calls, the fact of the matter is the Habs just weren’t good enough and Ottawa wanted it more.  Also they ran into some pretty steller goaltending by Anderson and it’s hard to beat that.   Either way its been nice to see that spark back into the Habs lineup, the one that used to be there when I was a kid.  For once in the last 10 years it’s evident that the habs have a future ahead of them with some great young players.  Au Revoir Les Habitants.  Lever Le Flambeau!

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Happy New Sphere Winners Announcement!!!!

winnerannouncementFirst off I wanted to say a big huge Thank You to the sponsors for my Happy New Sphere contest this year; Trainsignal for the Designing VMware Infrastructure training and Angelo Luciani and the Toronto VMUG for the Administering VMware Site Recovery 5.0 book.  It’s companies and people like this that help me to help others by giving away some awesome knowledge and swag, so Thank You!!!!

So on to the draw and my overly complicated way of determining the winners

trainsignal winner excel

I took every tweet and comment and put them into a spreadsheet, then assigned a random number to them, then sorted from smallest to largest, then went and got two random numbers from random.org, the first, the Trainsignal winner, second, the book winner…So without further ado here are the winners….Rex Choi ended up securing himself a copy of Trainsignals Designing VMware Infrastructure by Scott Lowe (blog/twitter) and Mike Baranski got himself a copy of Mike Lavericks Administering VMware Site Recovery 5 – Congrats to both of you and thanks for all of the entries, comments, tweets and retweets from everyone….

Also, Mike Baranski, if you are reading this please send your shipping info over to me ( mwpreston@mwpreston.net )  I’ve yet to hear back from you 😉

Happy New Sphere everyone ( I know, it’s a cheesie tag line 🙂 )

Happy New Sphere is back!!! Win a copy of Designing VMware Infrastructure by @TrainSignal and @Scott_lowe

It’s that special time a year again, a time for family, friends, laughter, food, fixing your sister-in-laws friends computer, oh, and giving!  And that’s just what I want to do…GIVE!  Back for a second year (that’s right, I have done something twice on this blog now) is my Happy New Sphere Giveaway!  Last year we handed out a copy of Trainsignals VCP 5 Training and this year we have a copy of TrainSignals Designing VMware Infrastructure to place in somebody’s hands.  If you haven’t already you can check out a previous review of this course that I’ve done.  It’s full of great information that any VMware designer, architect, or even administrator should know.  I thought this course was awesome!   Also, to one lucky runner up we have a copy of “Administering VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.0” by Mike Laverick (blog/twitter)  Because what’s a great design with a continuity/disaster recovery plan right?  Actually, it’s because I have one sitting around here from the Toronto VMUG to give away!!!!!!

So, here’s the answer to the question everyone has been asking!  How do I win?  What does it take?  Well, simply leave a comment on this post…Not really concerned about what is in it…leave your best design tip, what type of content you’d like to see on this blog in the coming year, your best #scottlowefact, a comment about either of the sponsors (Trainsignal or VMUG)…whatever you wish…

And wait, OMG a second entry!!!  Yes, just help me spread the word about the contest by sending out the following tweet.  That’s kind of a double edge sword as it actually decreases your chances of winning by the more people that sign up 🙂  Oh well, the price you pay for that precious second ballot!  Honestly, don’t be too concerned, there was only like 60 entries last year…The tweet and hash tag is below!

 

 

I’ll leave the contest open for new entries up to January 4th.  I’ll try to draw a winner sometime around then as well….don’t hold me to it though… 🙂  Either way, good luck and a big huge thanks goes out to Trainsignal and Angelo Luciani of the Toronto VMUG for graciously providing the prizes.  Oh, and Happy New Sphere!!!!!

Toronto VMUG – November 6th Recap

Once again i was lucky enough to attend my local quarterly Toronto VMUG meeting at the convention center in Toronto   Since i missed the last one i was beginning to run short of my VMUG fix but this one certainly fulfilled that. All in all it was a fantastic day getting to talk to VMUG leader Angelo Luciani and fellow member ( and presenter for the day) Eric Wright (blog/twitter).  Below are my thoughts and comments from the presentations for the day.  As the slide decks come in i will be sure to add them to this post.

Angelo started off the day with a brief overview of what’s new and upcoming with the Toronto VMUG.  Honestly, the amount of work and time this guy puts into making each and every one of these days informative and a success  is amazing.  He is a great advocate for the VMware community as he seems to be in the know about almost everything that is happening within it.  The full day VMUG regional conference is coming up sometime in February and I can’t wait till that one, as they are always a huge benefit to anyone in any stage of virtualization.

 

 

 

Next up Mike from VMware Canada gave a brief presentation outlining some of the announcements and releases that came out of VMworld.  Included in this was a great explanation on how VMware is perceiving the vCloud Suite as the building blocks or the infrastructure behind the cloud and more specifically the software defined datracenter.  It’s too bad that these presentations don’t have audio because I found this slide deck very beneficial in my understanding of where VMware stands with these products as well the various pieces that are  included within them.

 

 

 

And now on to the sponsors, McAfee gave a great presentation on how they have aligned a number of recent acquisitions and products to the complete datacenter stack and how each and every component of the datacenter requires an effective level of security.  They spent a great deal of time displaying features and different configurations on how customers can deploy their MOVE AV solutions.  This looks like a pretty solid piece of technology and has an interesting take on providing security by white-listing safe applications to protect against zero day exploits.  As consolidation ratios continue to grow our perception on how to tackle antivirus will certainly have to change and I think McAfee has certainly taken a step in the right direction in providing customers with different options.  As always, any presentation revolving around security sparked a ton of conversation within the room, and McAfee did a fabulous job at fielding all the questions.

 

 

 

PureStorage was the next sponsor on stage…well kinda.  There was an unfortunate event (SANDY) which resulted in the presenter not being able to attend, however as always, Angelo did a great job at setting up a go to meeting with another presenter.  PureStorage did a great job at attempting to present offsite as well as field questions (a tricky combo).  They have a pretty niche product in their all flash array and have done a great job at keeping that price point down into an affordable range as well as providing some pretty nifty looking software management tools around it.  I thought that the go to functionality worked fine (well, till the end) and hope this can help to open up more doors for the Toronto VMUG.  Angelo’s already begun to envision the presenters and subject matter experts that we may be able to facilitate presenting in a web-ex fashion whom otherwise may not be able to.

And finally to cap off the day we had a great presentation titled BCP for VMware environments put on by community member and blogger Eric Wright.  Eric first talked to the audience about BCP in general and how he has tackled setting up various teiring levels to protect his critical VMs based on RTO, RPO, and SLA’s defined within his corporation.  He then went on to talk about how he has applied three separate products (Double Take, Veeam Free Edition, and vSphere Replication) to those different protection levels.  Eric is a great speaker and I’m glad he decided to share this with the group.  It’s always great to hear it from a community member as there are no sales or pitches included in the presentation, just what he has done, how he did it, what worked, what didn’t, etc…  Invaluable to other community members like myself.  If you don’t already I would recommend following Eric on Twitter and reading his blog.   Hats off to Eric, great presentation!

 

 

 

So as always I encourage everyone to get out and attend your local VMUGs (not sure if you have one, find out here) !  Every time I attend one of these I always come back with some great takeaways and benefits that I can immediately begin to implement or adjust in my current environment.  Big thanks once again to Angelo organizing this awesome day!  As always there are multiple ways to stay connected with the Toronto VMUG (and they are always updated and active)  including reading the blog, follow them on twitter, connect on LinkedIn  and circle them on Google +.  See you all in February!!!!

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!!

 

Friday Shorts – .net AJAX Autocomplete with no webservices, youcanthavethisforapassword, Education VMUGS and more

Alright, here we go, week 2 of this series of posts…enjoy 🙂

Using the AJAX Autocomplete in .net without engaging web services

I’ve found a new appreciation for the autocomplete functionality that languages such as ColdFusion provide out of the box. In a .net project I have been working on I simply wanted to have a textbox where the end user could begin typing in a students name and have the application make suggestions based on what they were typing and what was stored in one of my database tables. Easy enough right? No! You see, most of my googling resulted in setting up webservices to serve the data to the textbox. All in all it seemed pretty ugly. In the end I figured out how to avoid the webservices call altogether following a great article on aspsnippets.com. Obviously you need to tweek to get the results you want, but it all works in the end…trust me!

Seriouisly Microsoft – Only 16 character passwords

I seen a tweet from John Troyer this week which eventually lead me to this article. Now it seems kind of ridiculous to me! What’s the logic in only letting people have a 16 character password? Now my password is a lot less than that and I probably wouldn’t have one any bigger than that but still…It just doesn’t make sense why they would limit a password length – why lessen your security? And what have they done with those users that are already over 16 characters. The section on whether or not they have only hashed the first 16 characters of your password is interesting and honestly I wouldn’t be surprised if that is the way they went. Either way, it’s a great article, have a read and see if you are as dumbfounded as me…

Vertical based VMUGS

In an effort to share knowledge, learn from our peers and just plain ol’ get together we are now, along with a handful of other public school districts are getting together to share ideas, fixes, scripts, etc with each other. So this is planned for a few times a year and based on certain common types of technologies that we all work with, VMware being one of them. That got me to thinking. I love the structure of the VMUGs and I find them extremely valuable on a personal and a business level. However, implementing something into an educational environment vs almost any other environment is a completely different type of beast! There’s a slew of requirements and constraints associated with education. I’d love to see a series of VMUGs or learning sessions or whatever they could be called be held based on business vertical. Off the top of my head you could have Education, Healthcare, Government, etc…. Not saying we need one per quarter, but a couple per year would be cool…ah well, a man can dream…