Month: May 2015

Lobstah, Chowdah, and Virtualization Field Dah – Here I come #VFD5

Boston is known for many things – as the title suggests they have their lobstah and chowdah, the infamous and tasty Boston cream donut (don’t know if that’s an actual Boston thing but it is at Tim Hortons) – outside of food they have the New Kids on the Block (don’t ask how I know, wait, I mean, I don’t know anything about them 🙂 ).  They have the perhaps the biggest rivalry in the NHL with my beloved Habs having played the Bruins over 350 times.  Aside from all this perhaps the biggest thing they are known for, or soon will be, is that they are the host of Virtualization Field Day 5 – and lucky for me I’ll be there to see it all go down live! If you haven’t had the chance to check out one of the Tech Field Day events then you should probably peruse over to the their site and have a look at all the resources they have to offer.  I really like the format of these events, essentially stuffing vendors and delegates into a room together to have a deep, technical discussion about their product or offering.  The action is streamed live and the back channel on Twitter is a lot of the time just as, if not more amazing then the discussion in the room. I was lucky to be...

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What does VMTurbo, Starwind, Unitrends and the Habs have in common? Friday shorts that’s what!

And another installment of Friday Shorts – a spot for me to share some awesomeness I’ve found on the interwebs, upcoming events and info from some awesome blog sponsors, and just random thoughts around events and news that might not quite fit within the niche of this blog – basically a mashup of my brain! First up – free passes to VMworld VMworld is sneaking up faster than you think!  Have you got your conference pass yet?  If not why not help ease the pain on your company by letting VMTurbo pick up the conference pass for you?  Along with ensuring performance and maximizing efficiency in your data center the folks at VMTurbo are doing their best put a full VMworld US conference pass in the hands of three people – you can sign up here and the drawings for the three passes take place on May 29th, June 19th, and July 10th!  Good luck! More freebies from Unitrends So VMTurbo has you covered for the conference pass how’s about getting a little money to help cover the travel costs from Unitrends (trust me you will need it – the prices of hotels are crazy this year in San Fran).  Just this week Unitrends released Unitrends Free – a completely free, full featured backup solution for up to 1TB of data – I reviewed it here if you missed...

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Unitrends Free equals Free Unitrends!

Recently Unitrends have released a free product cleverly titled Unitrends Free.  The product, which is unlimited in terms of VMs, sockets, scheduling will allow members of the Unitrends community to protect 1TB of VMs absolutely free, forever!  I had the chance to get on the beta for this product and loved every bit of it.  It’s a great product with a beautiful UI – and given the price (FREE) I would certainly recommend you give Unitrends Free a shot to see if you have a place for it. Installation Installation of Unitrends Free is a breeze – after meeting a couple of requirements in terms of .net 3.5 and 4.0 configurations you simply point the installer to either and ESXi host or vCenter server within your environment – from there you specify desired storage locations and IP information for your Unitrends appliance.  You can also chose to size your backup storage at this point – allowing you to add a disk to the appliance. From there the magic of automation takes over as your Unitrends Free appliance ovf is deployed, powered on, network configured, virtual disk for backup storage is added and finally a browser is opened putting you directly into a configuration wizard where items such as NTP, SMTP, hostname, and root passwords are setup. Once completed we move directly into the newly redesigned Unitrends Free user interface....

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Silently installing Veeam v8 Update 2 – at scale with vRO

It’s no surprise that most Veeam customers live with one or two Veeam Backup and Replication consoles – hey, it’s easier to manage, easier to report on, and easier to upgrade come update time if you keep your footprint to a minimum.  That said, I’m not most customers   I have multiple Veeam B&R consoles – not necessarily because I have to, but it’s a preference – It allows me to split out functionality and services, I can have a self contained DR site, and I can also instantiate local backup functionality at multiple sites, leaving them to be non reliant on the main datacenter.  It’s working for me but there’s one caveat – come update time it’s a real big pain having to go out and click through a wizard 20 or so times. Needless to say I was quite thrilled when I saw the following within the v8 update 2 release notes…. w00t!  No more wizard driven day of click craziness for me.  After getting a little bit of help from Anton Gostev in the forums (if you have been in the Veeam forums you know this guy) I was off to the races in my automated install. The command Installing Veeam Update 2 silently is basically done in two steps; first we need to unpack the files from the installer and second we simply execute the...

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