Month: February 2013

Friday Shorts – Virsto, Horizon Mail, Speaking In Tech, Topless @sakacc and more….

“I see you’re drinking 1%. Is that ’cause you think you’re fat? ‘Cause you’re not. You could be drinking whole if you wanted to.” – Napolean Dynamite Yup I did it, I put a random quote there – It’s Friday right, laugh a little ūüôā VMware to¬†acquire¬†Virsto VMware announced on Monday that they have signed an agreement to buy Virsto Software. ¬†After aquiring Nicera last year and gaining momentum into the Software Defined Networking world, they have now pulled in Virsto in efforts to push their Software Defined Storage initiatives. ¬†There’s a lot of Software Defined everything going on right now. ¬†I’m interested to see as to how VMware will pull Virsto into future releases of vSphere. ¬†If Nicera didn’t, this¬†acquisition¬†most certainly should, show that VMware’s vision of the datacenter goes far beyond simple server and desktop virtualization. Zimbra client for Android now Horizon Mail For all those Zimbra client Android users, your mail application is now called Horizon Mail. ¬†Also on Monday VMware has announced the availability of Horizon Mail on the Google Play store. ¬†IMO this is one of, if not the best mail client available for Android today. ¬†And guess what, you don’t have to connect to Zimbra Collaboration Suite to use it, it’s¬†compatible¬†with any Microsoft ActiveSync server (you know, those Exchange ones :)) ¬†If you are an Android user I would for sure check it...

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Veeam Backup and Replication Cloud Edition!!!

Today Veeam has announced the release of a new addition to their flagship Veeam Backup and Replication software.  This edition, labelled Veeam Backup Cloud Edition adds additional capability to automatically sync or copy your VMware or Hyper-V backups to the cloud.  And when they say cloud they really mean it.  This bad boy comes with support for 15 of the most popular cloud storage providers (Amazon, Glacier, Rackspace, Azure) making it very cost effective for customers to get some offsite disaster recovery type solutions in place without the need for a second site or even more infrastructure. All or selected backups (and even other files you select) are compressed and deduped yet again, then sent to the cloud provider in a secure, encrypted fashion (up to 256 AES encryption).  Again, the support for the most popular cloud providers eliminate the need for you to learn complicated cloud APIs and just like every other Veeam product, this seems to be fairly easy and simple to setup, configure and use.  It provides the ability to schedule limits on your bandwidth used and provides some nifty reporting features as well to inform you that your backups have been successfully copied offsite.  Also included is a cost estimator to help you gauge just how much those monthly storage bills are going to be.  Have a look at the following video to see all of the new features...

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Nakivo the latest to offer NFR lisenses to VMware professionals for FREE!!!

If you are a VCP, vExpert, VCI or even a VMUG member you have no excuse to not try out Nakivo. ¬†In a press release yesterday Nakivo announced that they are now handing out free 2 socket NFR lisenses of the latest version (2) of their flagship product Backup and Replication. In addition to their day-to-day duties, VMware professionals run their home and work labs to try and learn new software, verify new concepts and ideas, and run pre-production tests. ‚ÄúWe are pleased to provide VMware professionals with a fully-functional, yet a free data protection solution for their home and work labs allowing them to drive innovations in business and technology, enhance their IT infrastructure, and improve professional skills,‚ÄĚ said Bruce Talley, CEO at NAKIVO. IMO this is a good move by all companies. ¬†vExperts, VCPs, and VCI’s are on the verge of the latest technologies and often throw these products into their homelabs to evaluate and try out, which normally results in some free marketing and exposure to the companies as blog posts and tweets go flying out about the products. So, if you qualify and are looking for your lisenses, head on over here and sign up to grab yourself a couple of sockets worth. ¬†I know I...

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Veeam Job taking a crazy long time on Processing Configuration…Check your destination!

As of late I’ve found myself engulfed in configuring and tuning some Veeam replication jobs. ¬†As I’ve been monitoring these I’ve noticed that there were a few VMs that seemed to be taking what I considered too long to replicate. ¬†After a little bit of investigation I realized that the majority of the job was spent on the Processing Configuration section of the Veeam job. Now after a look into the logs it appeared that the VM replica in question was actually living on a different datastore than was setup for the destination location of the job. ¬†Also, when i went to browse that destination datastore, there were a ton of folders labelled VMName_Replica_1, Replica_2, Replica_3 and so on and so forth, around 50 or so :). ¬†So, the solution to solve this issue is either to change your job destination to the proper datastore (where the replica actually is) or to Storage vMotion your replica to the original job destination. ¬†I chose the latter as I had many other VMs in the job that already resided on the correct datastore. ¬†Anyways, after that the next round of replication sat on Processing Configuration for 30 seconds instead of 40 minutes. Moral of the story, if you are Processing Config for a long time have a look at your job definitions, more¬†particularly¬†your destination datastore and where your actual replicas are...

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Upgraded to vCenter 5.1 – now I need to login using DOMAIN\Username ?!?!?

Something I’ve noticed on my 3 upgrades of vCenter so far is that after implementing SSO and upgrading to vCenter 5.1 users now have to log into the clients using the format DOMAIN\Username. ¬†Not a big deal, but different than what they are previously used to, and different in most cases is not good. ¬†Honestly, it drives me a little crazy too ūüôā Thankfully it’s not a big job to get things back to the way they were. ¬†All that needs to be done is to actually set up your domain as one of the default domains, something which doesn’t seem to be applied by default (in my case anyways). ¬†To do so you will need the new web client and you will need to login using your administrative SSO credentials that you setup during that install. ¬†By default the username is admin@system-domain and the password is one that you have created (can’t tell you that ūüôā ) Once your in select Administration from the left hand navigational menu and then Configuration in the Sign-On and Discovery section. ¬†First off you should see your domain configuration listed in the top section of the Identity Sources tab. ¬†Simply select it and then click the Default Domains button (shown left) to add it to your list of default domains. ¬†You may experience a warning at this pointing, something about locking out...

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