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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Webinar: Ben Armstrong AMA on Containers



Think containers are just for developers? Think again. Containers have recently gained massive industry adoption and many IT pros are now being asked to support this new disruptive technology. Are you in the know?

Join us on April 24th for a very special webinar with the co-creator of Hyper-V, Microsoft’s very own Ben Armstrong. Andy Syrewicze from Altaro will be moderating this AMA-styled webinar with Ben to answer all your burning questions about containers in the Microsoft ecosystem.

The discussion will include:

Industry adoption of containers

  • Container and micro-services examples
  • Best practices for deployment
  • The future of containers
This webinar is a rare chance to ask your technology questions directly to Ben Armstrong drawing on special insights from the inner workings of Microsoft and over 20 years of experience working with operating systems and virtualization. It’s an opportunity you cannot miss!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday April 24th 2018

Webinar presented live twice
  • Session 1: 4pm CEST
  • Session 2: 1pm EDT / 10am PDT
To register, please click here

Upload your questions to Ben through social media in the coming days until the webinar and include #AskBenArmstrong hashtag, so he’ll be able to see them!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Archiving to Microsoft Azure

In this post, we are going to look into how to replace traditional physical tape and use the public cloud to store long-term archival data. We will look into using Microsoft Azure Storage - Cool Storage Tier. Currently when writing this post Archive Storage Tier is not available in South East Asia Region.

Microsoft Azure Blob storage is divided into 3 tier
a) Hot Tier - optimize to store data that frequent use
b) Cool Tier - storing data that is infrequent access and stored for at least 30 days
c) Archive Tier - optimize to store data that is rarely accessed and stored for at least 180 days

To calculate the cost of Azure Blob Storage according to tier, you can refer to https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/storage/blobs/

[Environment]

  • Microsoft Azure 
  • Veeam Backup & Replication
  • Starwind VTL

[Pre-requisite]
1. Go to Azure Market Place, deploy Starwind VTL Appliance

2. Setup site to site vpn between on-premise and Microsoft Azure
3. Create new Azure Storage, upgrade it to v2 (Storage | Configuration | Upgrade)


Set to Cool  Access Tier

4. Add a new data disk into the VTL and point to Cool Access Tier Storage


[ Configure Starwind VTL]

1. Add Tapes and point it to Data Disk (where Cool Access Tier Storage) is located



[Configure Veeam Backup and Replication]

1. Use iscsi initiator and connect to VTL which located in Microsoft Azure.
2. Rescan your tape server and able to see drive & tape



3. Create a GFS Media Pool which the setting : Weekly -4, Monthly - 12, Yearly - 1
This pool has the retention:-

  • 4 weekly
  • 12 monthly
  • 1 yearly

4. To protect the tape store in cloud, configure to use encryption and define the password.



5. Create a Tape Job and run the backup.


Lastly, backup successful transfer to Microsoft Azure Blob Storage (Cool Access Tier) using VTL.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Failed to create persistent connection to ADMIN$ Error

Encountered an error message "Failed to create a persistent connection to ADMIN$" when try to add managed server become a proxy. Particular Proxy is a stand-alone and not join to the domain.

Product:- Veeam Backup & Replication

[Resolution]
Try to disable UAC from registry

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System.

Create a DWORD value called LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy and assign it a value of 1.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Part 2-Setting Up DR Orchestration Using Veeam Availability Orchestrator

Ready for Part 2...
In previous post we have look into how to configure VAO. Next, we will start to use VAO.

BUILD


  • Start by build a failover plan with one VM
  • Create a failover plan by selecting VM Group
  • Assign step that you want it to perform. 
  • In VAO, have several step that you can use and few test to perform for Microsoft workload.

Example:-

  • Shutdown VM
  • Process Replica VM
  • Verify SQL Database
  • Verify SQL Port

etc...

To backup VM after failover, select Template Job that you have created in Part 1.

Once created a failover plan, you can perform "Run Readiness Check" to verify that step is working fine.


Once  verification passed, you can add more VM Group

TEST

Next step is to put the DR Plan to test in isolated environment. You can manual run or schedule to run a test.


On VAO UI, you can view the test status




On Veeam Console, you can view from history


DOCUMENT 

Lastly, you can generate report. Here is one of the sample report on readiness check report.

That's all for today. Give VAO a try if you're interested to orchestrate DR Plan.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Part 1-Setting Up DR Orchestration Using Veeam Availability Orchestrator

In this post we are going to look into how to build DR orchestrate using Veeam Availability Orchestrator (VAO).

VAO is an add-on for Veeam Availability Suite to orchestrate disaster recovery task, allowing DR plan creation, testing and execution and documentation in Vmware vSphere environment.

At this moment, it won't work for Hyper-V environment.

You can use VAO to



[Pre-requisite]
  • Environment :- Vmware 5.x, 6.x
  • Vcenter with vm tag
  • Veeam Backup & Replication v9.5 update 3 -Enterprise Plus
  • Installation of the VAO server on a machine already running Veeam products is not supported
  • SQL Server
[Lab Environment]
  • Single VAO environment - mean multiple Production sites, but one DR site
  • Install VAO on a single server
    • will install embedded VBR 
    • will install embedded Veeam One
    • VAO components
  • Use SQL Express


[Access VAO Server]

Use browser to access VAO UI:
https://<vao server>:9898




Once access, you can follow the configuration wizard to perform initial configuration.
1st step, set as DR site for 1st VAO Installation.


You can set initial setting to connect to standalone VBR Server & Vcenter. Else skip first.
To add these settings later, you can use the wizard to configure.

STEP 1:- Connect to Infrastructure

  • Connect to VBR Server to inventory Veeam data
  • Connect to vCenter to inventory Vmware vsphere infrastructure object


STEP 2:- Manage Access
Then enable the component before it visible for use.

  • Enable VM Group

















  • Enable Plan Steps




















  • Enable Credential




















  • Enable Virtual Lab

 After you create a virtual lab on any Veeam Backup & Replication server in the DR VAO site, VAO will discover the virtual lab and make it available in the VAO UI.

VAO will not discover virtual lab which located in Production Site.



  • Enable Templates Job

To protect VM included in the plan after failover, you need to create a backup job at the DR Site.
Criteria:-
a) Create an empty folder in VM & templates - in VCenter
b) put [VAO Template] text in Job description


c) Select the folder that you've created earlier


d) The backup job must not contain any VMs

After job created, VAO will collect and display in the VAO UI.



STEP 3:- Add Users to Roles

We assigned Domain Admins Group with the role: Site Administrators.

STEP 4: Configure an email notification



That should do the trick. We have complete setup VAO and ready for use.
Stay tuned for Part 2- Click here (ready soon)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Increase Memory of Nutanix CVM

Insufficient memory & CVM is crawling require more memory...

In this post, we will look at how to increase CVM memory.

Before that, turn off the entire virtual machine before shutdown CVM.

[Get CVM name]
virsh list








[Get CVM properties]
virsh dominfo <CVMName>

[Shutdown CVM]
virsh shutdown <CVM Name>


[Change memory]

virsh setmaxmem <CVM Name> 12GB --config
virsh setmem <CVM name> 12 GB --config

[Start CVM]
virsh start <CVM Name>

That should do the trick!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Upload Existing Image Into Nutanix AHV

We go an existing vmware virtual image & would like to load into Nutanix AHV. To do so, here is a simple step.

1. Go to top right, select Image Configuration


2. Enter image details
- image type -> DISK
-Image source -> Upload a file


3. Select the image that you want to upload


4. Voila ....done. the image has successful to uploaded. Nutanix AHV will convert the disk and when state is ready, it will display "ACTIVE"
You can use the same method for uploading ISO files.


Once uploaded, you can create a new VM using this image.