Month: October 2015

Veeam Vanguard – more than just an influencer program

Back in July when I was selected to be part of the Veeam Vanguard program I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  Sure, having been part of other influencer programs I assumed the basics – swag, early briefings, access to product teams, etc.  But after spending a day at VeeamON 2015 with my fellow Vanguards that made the trip I’m realizing that it’s much much more than just an influencer program, but more of an opportunity to learn and explore other technologies that I may not have on other terms… A bit about the Vanguard day There were a lot of things happening at VeeamON during the Monday of the conference.  There was a partner track happening, the VMCE training was going strong, but most importantly to me was the Vanguard day.  For 6 or so hours the Vanguards gathered in a room to talk about everything Veeam.  We got an overview of the program, why it was started, where Veeam sees it going and not to mention we got a lot of cool swag (means a lot to me as I packed really light and needed some clothes .  Unfortunately most of what we spoke of was under strict NDA and embargoed till a later date – I can’t remember which was what so I’ll just take the safe road and not mention any of it!  Aside from...

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A free backup for a free OS – Veeam Backup for Linux announced

Yesterday during the opening general session at VeeamON CEO Ratmir Timashev announced that Veeam is set to release yet another free tool into their backup arsenal, Veeam Backup for Linux.  Roughly one year ago at Veeams inaugural conference he took the stage across the street and surprised most with their Endpoint Backup solution, allowing organizations to backup their physical desktops, laptops, and servers, so long as they were Windows based.  Veeam Backup for Linux fills a hole that was left with Endpoint Backup, the millions of physical and cloud based Linux distributions that are out there “running the world”.  And just like Veeam Endpoint Backup, Veeam Backup for Linux comes in at the low low price of FREE! What we know so far Veeam Backup for Linux works by placing an agent into your OS – Distribution wise we are limited to just Debian and Redhat based builds right now, with more to come as Veeam get’s set to go GA with the product.  From there Veeam has built a proprietary Change Block Tracking (CBT) driver within their agent, allowing them to perform their ever popular incremental backups just as they would with any other Windows device utilizing VMware’s CBT capabilities.  As far as snapshots go Veeam has gone custom on that play as well – although they fully support LVM capabilities, they’ve opted to use their own snapshot...

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m1000e Firmware Update – Start to Finish

Have you ever tried to update the firmware of a blade chassis full of blades from start to finish?  It’s an absolute pain!  There are so many different components and pieces that need attention and there is about five different processes for appying updates – some working some way and other requiring a completely different process.  Honestly, it’s a hot mess.  Below is a method that can be performed mostly from within the GUI of the CMC and iDRACs – there are other ways of doing so by creating a bootable USB drive however I wanted to try and get the process down without using a USB key at all – and this is the best I could come up with. Keep in mind we will be using the Dell Repository Manager to perform some of these updates, so if you don’t have that setup for your m1000e or VRTX go ahead and check out this post which explains exactly how to export your inventory and create a CIFS share to pull your firmware from.  For the sake of this article I’ve applied the updates in the following order… CMC Firmware IOMINF Firmware iKVM Firmware Update iDRAC to version supporting network share updating. Apply any updates from the Dell Repository Manager (BIOS, LifeCycle, iDRAC, PERC, Network, Mez cards, Storage Controllers, Drive Firmware, etc…) Blade CPLD Remaining components in blades. So...

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Friday Shorts – Veeam Endpoint Multi-boot, Community Awards, New Pernix UI and more…

It became very clear to me sitting out there today that every decision I’ve made in my entire life has been wrong. My life is the complete opposite of everything I want it to be. Every instinct I have, in every aspect of life, be it something to wear, something to eat – it’s all been wrong. – George Costanza Multibooting Veeam Endpoint USB Veeam has a pretty nifty little product in their Endpoint Backup solution.  Honestly just the other day I was wondering if it was still installed on my laptop as I haven’t even noticed it at all...

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Update m1000e/VRTX firmware with a network share from the Dell Repository Manager

If you’ve ever tried to tackle all the firmware on an m1000e/VRTX and its’ respective blades you probably know what a hot mess it can be – using various different methods to update different pieces of hardware, some requiring a Live CD, some requiring a boot-able USB key, some requiring you to extract an EXE and find secret payload files,  and some being installed through the GUI.  It’s a full time job just to keep track of all the different pieces of firmware and how they are installed.  Now in order to help minimize this Dell has introduced the...

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