Category Archives: Virtualisation

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

How to resolve VMware ESXi 6.0 only detects first NIC when nested in VMware Workstation

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I’m updating my certifiactions at the moment and to help with my VCP I’m in the process of building a vSphere 6 home lab. I’m using VMware workstation and within it I’m setting up two ESXi 6.0 hosts, a vCSA and a single DC. Each ESXi host has ten NICs with will be distributed and teamed onto five different networks, Management, Storage, vMotion, and two sudo VLANs for VMs. The problem is only the first Network Adpater which was bridged has been detected correctly.

At first i didn’t notice it, as in VM Workstation everything looks ok. The Network Adapters were added in VMware Workstation with out an issue, and assigned to the correct custom virtial networks. 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

Free ebooks: Microsoft Azure Essentials series: Fundamentals of Azure and Azure Automation

Microsoft Azure Essentials - Fundamentals of Azure

I’m playing catch with a few blog posts as the blog has taken a back seat recently while I have been working on a large project, so you may already know about these!

Microsoft Press have released a couple of new ebooks about Microsoft Azure, in a series entitled Microsoft Azure Essentials.

The first is Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure by Michael Collier and Robin Shahan.

From the Introduction:

“This ebook covers the fundamentals of Azure you need to start developing solutions right away. It concentrates on the features of the Azure platform that you are most likely to need to know rather than on every feature and service available on the platform. This ebook also provides several walkthroughs you can follow to learn how to create VMs and virtual networks, websites and storage accounts, and so on. In many cases, real-world tips are included to help you get the most out of your Azure experience.”

See the MS Press blog post here, and download the ebook from the MVA here.

Microsoft Azure Essentials- Azure Automation

 

The second ebook is Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Automation by Michael McKeown.

From the Introduction:

“This ebook introduces a fairly new feature of Microsoft Azure called Azure Automation. Using a highly scalable workflow execution environment, Azure Automation allows you to orchestrate frequent deployment and life cycle management tasks using runbooks based on Windows PowerShell Workflow functionality. These runbooks are stored in and backed up by Azure. By automating runbooks, you can greatly minimize the occurrence of errors when carrying out repeated tasks and process automation.”

See the MS Press blog post here, and download the ebook from the MVA here.

Don’t forget all Microsoft ebooks can be found on the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA).

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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

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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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