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Monday, December 5, 2016

How to Setup NFS Server Using Windows Server 2016?

In this post, we are going to look on how to setup NFS Server by using Windows Server 2016 & use by Vmware ESX (i) as NFS datastore.

NFS stand for "Network File System". It is tradisional and most popular file shared method for the Linux, UNIX system and Vmware. NFS shared folder can then used to share files and data between NFS Server & NFS Client.

[ Install NFS Server ]

In Server Manager, click Manage , Click Add Roles & Features
 Install "Server for NFS" on File and Storage Services

[Configure NFS Server ]

On new empty drive, right click and select Properties
Click NFS Sharing Tab, select Manage NFS Sharing

Tick Share this folder
Enter Share Name
Click Permission

Set type of access "Read Write"
Tick "Allow root access"

Now our NFS server is ready! Last step, configure on Vmware side.

[Configure NFS Client]

On ESX(i), click on Configuration, Add Networking

Select VMKernel

Create a new standard switch and bind to a physical NIC
 Enter network port name
 Enter IP Address (same network as your storage -NFS Server)

Now vkernel port is ready.

Lastly, start to mount the NFS share to vmware as new datastore.

Click on Storage | Add Storage

Select Network File System
Enter NFS Server IP
Enter NFS Share Name
Enter NFS datastore

Complete the wizard. Your new NFS datastore is added into Vmware ESX (i) host.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Protect Linux VM on Microsoft Azure

In this post, we are going to look on options available to protect Linux VM on Microsoft Azure.

There are two recovery that you can perform:
a) Recover entire Linux VM
b) Granular Item Level Recovery for Linux VM

To Recover entire Linux VM on Microsoft Azure, the best option is using Microsoft Azure IaaS VM Backup which is part of Azure fabric. Backup data is store on Azure Backup Vault.

When disaster, you can restore entire vm image. Please refer to 
Next, how about granular item level recovery? Let check out on each options:

a) Azure Backup Agent - N/A. Only protect  Windows VM (Azure)
b) System Center DPM - N/A .Only protect Windows VM (Azure)
c) Azure Backup Server - N/A. Only protect Windows VM (Azure)
d) Azure IaaS VM Backup - Protect entire VM image for Windows & Linux (Azure)

So the only option that available is use 3rd party. We had tried Veeam Agent for Linux.

Check out our previous post about Veeam Agent for Linux:
To download, click here.

Feel free to check it out!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Free Routing Product - Freesco Router

During setup my lab environment, i need to do routing on different subnet on virtualization. Basically i can do so by setting up RRAS but i come across of this product called "Freesco Router".

FREESCO was developed in the open source tradition as an alternative to routing products offered by Cisco, 3-Com, Accend, Nortel etc. The best of all, FREESCO is FREE!

FREESCO is based on the Linux operating system. And incorporates many of the features of other Linux distributions into software that fits onto a single 1.44 meg floppy diskette. With FREESCO, you can configure:

  • a simple bridge with up to 10 Ethernet segments
  • a router with up to 10 Ethernet segments
  • a dialup line router
  • a leased line router
  • an Ethernet router
  • a dial-in server with up to 10 modems (with multiport modems).
  • a time server
  • a dhcp server
  • a http server
  • a ftp server
  • a dns server
  • a ssh server
  • a print server (requires TCP/IP printing client software)
FREESCO also incorporates firewalling and NAT, which are resident within the Linux kernel, to help protect you and your network. All of these features can be used in conjunction with each other or individually.

Create a virtual machine with 1 vcpu, 256 MB of memory & attached to FREESCO iso. Remember to add multiple ethernet.

For authentication, you can use root & admin to login in and change some settings.

You can use web based to configure some setting as well. Use http://ip address:82

I'm personally love to use it since it don't need Windows OS and consume less resources compare to use RRAS. With additional capabilities, no harm to use it on lab environment.

Give it a try and good luck on your testing .

To download:- Click here

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Webinar :- Demystifying Windows Server 2016 Licensing

Do you want to know about Windows Server 2016 Licensing?

Feel free to attend the webinar about Windows Server 2016 Licensing with Andy Syrewicze and Thomas Maurer. They will go through Windows Server 2016 own set of licensing rules and guidelines.

Webinar subscribers also get an early preview of our new Windows Server 2016 Licensing Guide ebook! So you don't need to wait for the January release

Target date: - 29 Nov 2016

Check it out!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Ebook - Supercharging Hyper-V Performance

Hey folk,

Interested on free ebook to learn more about Hyper-V Performance fine tuning?

The book is divided into two (2) parts:-

  • Diagnosing & remediating Performance issues
  • Planning is better than remediating
Just 24 pages! Interested, please go to here.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

GA: - Veeam Availability Suite 9.5

VAS 9.5 has GA !

Veeam® Availability Suite9.5 builds even further on a number of enterprise enhancements that were introduced in v9 last January to help customers meet today’s service-level objectives by enabling the recovery of any IT service and related applications and data within seconds and minutes. With this release, 9.5 introduces over 175 new features and enhancements to deliver Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™.

Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 includes the following new capabilities:

·        Enterprise Scalability Enhancements to help users scale more efficiently and effectively, regardless of environment size and the number of VMs
·        Advanced ReFS Integration offering greater performance and capacity efficiencies for large-scale datasets while ensuring backup data resiliency and the protection of business critical applications
·        FULL integration with Microsoft 2016 data center technologies to help users modernize their private cloud platforms and enterprise applications
·        Direct restore to Microsoft Azure to optimize resource allocation and help users gain new DR options with cloud restore for ANY Veeam backup to Azure
·        Integration with Nimble Storage snapshots to help Nimble users reduce the impact on their production environments and achieve lower RTPOs
·        VMware vCloud Director Support to simplify management and increase efficiency for service providers by empowering tenants with self-service backup and restore capabilities

And much more, including chargeback and billing for virtual and backup infrastructures in Veeam ONE 9.5! For more info, please go to

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Build Nano Server Using Nano Server Image Builder Tool

Time for us to build nano server, the easier way by using Nano Server Image Builder.

To do so, you need

Start the builder!
Here is quick screenshot:-
(a) 2 options - create an virtual image or to bootable USB media.

I just select "Nano Server Image" as i am going to use on my lab environment.

p/s:- click the image to view in large mode

(b) Enter Windows Server 2016 iso

(c) Select Virtual machine image, output name, size and log 

(d) Select Nano server edition & select packages to deploy. I'm selecting Hyper-V roles.
Now it is much more easier.

(e) any driver. Just add-on

(f) enter nano computer name & administrator password

(g) Select join to domain and enter domain name

(h) Put network information.

(i) Finally click "Create Nano Server image"

It will take the builder to create an image. Without you realise, it will complete within few minutes.

Give it a try! Enjoy!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Restore Linux Data on Microsoft Azure Using Veeam Agent

Contacted by customer. They have Linux workload on-premise & would like to use Microsoft Azure as DR site.

  • Linux workload on-premise
  • Use Microsoft Azure -Compute VM as DR site
  • Able to restore data backup from on-premise/Azure
  • No recovery of virtual machine. Just data
  • Linux Azure VM has created with application without latest data
p/s:-click on image to view in large mode

Here is my proposal:-

  • Veeam Agent for Linux install on Linux physical/Linux VM. Configure to backup and store into Veeam Repository
  • Use Centralize Veeam Repository to store backup data. Customer able to restore on-premise & Azure Linux VM.
  • Configure Backup Copy Job to Veeam Repository on MS Azure. This will copy backup data to MS Azure via site to site VPN. Customer will have a copy of data on-premise & a copy of data on MS Azure.
When disaster happen,

a) customer can restore from on-premise or
b) customer can restore from MS Azure or
c) Use Veeam Explorer on-premise to restore item level recovery. Must have FLR appliance on-premise hypervisor.

Let look into situation that we want to use MS Azure VM as a place where entire production site is down. Here is the configuration that you need to configure:

1. Initially has export Veeam Configuration from Linux on-premise using cmdline- "veeamconfig config export --file config.txt

2. Install Veeam Agent on MS Azure Linux VM. 
3. Transfer the configuration to MS Azure Linux VM. Don't import first.
4. Pres C to configure a dummy backup job with this settings: 
  • Use different backup job name than the original name.
  • Use VBR as Destination
  • Choose Repository - (Veeam Repository at MS Azure) - location where backup copy job data is stored.
  • Uncheck "Run the job automatically"

You also can configure backup repository from cmdline:- veeamconfig repository

We just create a dummy backup job so it is connected to Veeam Backup Repository to get the backup data.

Then import the Veeam Backup Configuration file - veeamconfig config import --file config.txt

  • Open Veeam Console by type command "veeam"
  • Press "R" to recover file
  • You able to view your previous backup job and you can start to restore the file.

To learn more on Veeam Agent for Linux, feel free to check out:-