Category Archives: Storage

Dell PS Series Configuration Guide version 17.1 (formerly EqualLogic Configuration Guide)

Dell EqualLogic

I’ve been working with storage recently and looking back on my blog I’ve realised I’ve not updated the EqualLogic Configuration Guide for some time.

Dell released the latest version 17.1 of the Dell PS Series Configuration Guide, formerly the EqualLogic Configuration Guide in December 2016.

The guide is designed to help storage administrators build an iSCSI infrastructure for use with a Dell EqualLogic SAN solution.

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PowerShell: How to check for drives with less than 10GB of free diskspace

PowerShell

I’ve been working on a simple PowerShell command today to import into our endpoint management solution so we can alert on disks with low diskspace. It’s been a while since I’ve dabbled with PowerShell, and it reminded me just how flexible it is and much I love it!

So I thought I would walk you through the evolution of the command I ended up with.

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Veeam Availability Suite 9 New Feature: Standalone console

Veeam it just works

Last week Veeam released the latest version of the Veeam Availability Suite v9. Over the course of the next few weeks I’ll be looking at some of the new features included in the latest release, and to kick off I’ll take a look at the Standalone console.

Veeam have added many ground breaking features to the product; Scale-out Backup Repository, Bitlooker, EMC Snapshot integration, Direct NFS Access, ROBO enhancements, Tape enhancements, Veeam Explorer for Oracle, Cloud Connect Replication, and Standalone console to name just a few of them.

But after upgrading our Veeam Cloud Connect infrastructure the first thing I tried was the Standalone console. If you are a Managed Service Provider or Value Added Reseller, then the convenience of being able to launch a local Veeam Backup & Replication console from your desktop to connect to a remote Backup & Replication server will save so much time if you have to manage a large number of clients backup infrastructures. Continue reading

Veeam Backup and Replication v8 Update 3 with support for Windows 10 VMs

Veeam it just works

A few days ago Veeam released Update 3 for the latest version of their Backup and Replication software.

The update includes full support for Windows 10 VMs and support for VMware vSphere v6.0 Update 1. See the Knowledge base article kb2068 for a list of fixes and enhancements.

This is great timing for me as I’ve just deployed a Windows 10 VM to our Hyper-V infrastructure and came up against the error message:

“Task failed Error: Wrong IP address The following Msvm_KvpExchangeDataItem.Name keys are deprecated: NetworkAddressIPv4, NetworkAddressIPv6, RDPAddressIPv4, and RDPAddressIPv6. Please configure guest IP addresses using Msvm_GuestNetworkAdapterConfiguration.” Continue reading

Released Today: Veeam Availability Suite v8 Update 2

Veeam it just works

Veeam have just release Update 2 for the latest version of their Backup and Replication software – Veeam Availability Suite v8.

The update includes full support for vSphere v6, and support for Veeam Endpoint Backup Free. See the Knowledge base article kb2024 for a list of fixes and enhancements.

As a service provider I got my hands on the update last week to apply to our Cloud Connect Solution and we’ve not had a problem with it, still you may want to wait a few days just in case there are any bugs to iron out. Continue reading

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE – Released Today!

Veeam have been hard at work recently and have just released Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE. I’ve been using the Beta version for the past few months and it has worked really well, so I’m really excited to take a look at the full version and see what it has to offer.

The backups can be volume or file level, and bare metal restore is available for the volume level backups, but what is really exciting is the ability to backup to a current Veeam Backup & Replication repository.

Read the official blog post here:
http://www.veeam.com/blog/veeam-endpoint-backup-free-is-here.html

Download and further information can be found here:
http://www.veeam.com/endpoint-backup-free.html

Related Posts:

1. Veeam – Task failed Error: No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it.

2. Veeam PowerShell: How to schedule an inventory of a drive and mark the media as free

3. Free eBook from Veeam – Hands-on Guide: Understanding Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012

4. How to add a USB disk to a Windows 2012 Hyper-V VM

How to convert a Hyper-V VHDX to VMDK for VMware Workstation

Starwind Software

In this post we’ll look at how to convert a Hyper-V virtual machine using the VHDX format virtual disk to a VMware Workstation virtual machine using the vmdk format virtual disk.

Until Windows 8 I’ve used VMware Workstation for testing, but with the advent of  Windows 8 and the built in Hyper-V I decided to give it a try and have been using it quite happily ever since. In the near future though I’m going to be looking at some vSphere testing, and from memory recall that you can nest it within VMware Workstation, so I thought I would give the latest version a go.

The only problem is I don’t want to rebuild my current test environments so I need some way of converting the VHDX that Hyper-V uses to vmdk that VMware Workstation uses.

My first thought was VMware converter, but that doesn’t support VHDX, so looking around on the Internet I cam across a nifty bit of FREE software from StarWind Software- StarWind V2V Converter.

You have to register to download the product, but once you have and installed it below are the steps I took to convert a UEFI Boot, Gen 2, 2012 R2, Hyper-V VM using VHDX to vmdk for VMware Workstation.

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