Month: February 2016

Nice to meet you Altaro VM Backup

I’m happy to announce that Altaro is now a sponsor of this site and as I normally do with new sponsors I always like to give a little introductory post containing background on the company and the products they provide.  Altaro was founded in 2009 and have been making a stand in the VM backup space ever since.  Altaro’s early focus was within the Microsoft space, providing backup and restore operations on the Hyper-V platform with their product Altaro Hyper-V Backup.  Everything changed in September of 2015 when their product was renamed to Altaro VM Backup and support for...

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February 25th Toronto VMUG Agenda Finalized

Consider this post what you will – call it self promotion, a plea to get more registrations, an advertisement for the VMUG – it really doesn’t matter.  The truth is I’m just excited about the Toronto VMUG UserCon coming up on Feb 25th and wanted to spread the word about what we have put together on the agenda for the day.  Last years UserCon was a good one – everything went off without a hitch and honestly it will be hard one to top but I think we’ve done a pretty good job…  With that said, before you even read on I’d suggest you register below – then come back! First up let’s start with the keynote!  We are super pumped this year to bring you Nick Marshall (blog / twitter) from VMware to deliver our morning keynote – from what I can gather Nick will be talking about IT careers and how to develop and elevate your own IT profession.  Judging by past conversations at VMUG events with attendees, and listening to where a lot of the “hallway” conversations end up I think this subject will be a GREAT fit with our Toronto VMUG attendees and I for one am very excited to hear what Nick has to say.   Although Nick works at VMware he’s done a lot of community driven work in his own time, including...

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Quick Fix – Making your inactive NFS datastore active again!

Sticking to my rule of “If it happens more than once I’m blogging about it” I’m bringing you this quick post around an issue I’ve seen a few times in a certain environment.  Although this is solved by only a few esxcli commands I always find it easier for me to remember (and find) if I post it here… 🙂 Anyways, as it is I have a couple of NFS datastores that sometimes “act up” a bit in terms of their connections.  For the most part they are fine and dandy – however every now and then they show up within the vSphere client as “inactive” and ghosted.  After checking the network (I always try and pin things on the network) it appears that all the connections are fine – Host communicates with storage, storage with host – the same datastores are even functioning fine on other hosts.  Logically my next step is to remount them on the host in question but when trying to unmount and/or remount them through the vSphere client I usually end up with a “Filesystem busy” error. Thankfully it doesn’t take a lot to fix this issue, but could certainly become tedious if you have many NFS datastores which you need to perform these commands on… First up, list the NFS datastores you have mounted on the host with the following esxcli storage nfs...

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