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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Winter 2018/2019 Quiz: PRTG & Paessler

Interested to win Amazon voucher worth 100 EURO?

If yes, kindly proceed to test your PRTG knowledge from this link

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Unofficial Mobile App to Monitor Veeam Backup - "Weeatcher"

There is an unofficial mobile app called "Weeatcher". Weeatcher is powered by Veeam Enterprise Manager RESTful API. To use this mobile app, you need to have Veeam Backup & Replication Enterprise Plus and installed Veeam Enterprise Manager.

Currently, this mobile app is free & currently available at Google Play. Let walk through this mobile app:

1. Enter your enterprise manager hostname

2. Provide correct credential to access Enterprise Manager

3.Once authenticated, you can view your summary of last job - 24 hours, 7 days & 30 days.

4. Click on each job to view the backup status. You can perform action such as START, STOP, RETRY and DISABLE Job.

5. Under Report tab, you can view the status of VM protection, backup vm, replicate VM and repository usage.

6. Under Manage tab, view your job and & perform recovery.

That's all on the quick walkthrough

Do check it out and tested it yourself. To download, click here.

Monday, November 26, 2018

How to Backup MacBook Pro?

In this post, we are going to look into how to backup your existing Macbook Pro. Tool that we are going to use is default tool called "Time Machine".

a) External HDD larger than your Macbook Pro. Make sure it is empty as any data inside will be erased.
b) Macbook Pro
c) Asus Router (optional). You can plug your HDD directly to the macbook pro. For my case, my hdd is plugged to Asus Router. I love asus router as it has multiple capabilities such as file share, download torrent movie, firewall, vpn , media server & lastly Time Machine target. Check out below screenshot on the capabilities.

Access the router UI

Let get started by select USB Application | Time Machine

Enable Time Machine, select the HDD (hard disk) and click Apply
We have completed the router configuration. Next step you need to configure Time Machine from your MacBook.

Enter Time Machine Preference program, select Disk which is pointing to your Asus Router. Provide the credential to access to the router & you are good to go.

* recommend using Ethernet for 1st time full backup.

That should do the trick and you may check if your existing router support this feature.


Monday, November 19, 2018

How to Create an Empty Folder for VAO Templates?

In this post, we are going to look on how to create an empty folder for VAO Template to re-protect VM.

When you want to create a backup job for VAO Template, you cannot select Host, Cluster or VM. You should point to an empty folder.

To do so, follow this steps:

1. Access to vcenter console
2. On the Host, right click select New Folder | New VM and Template Folder. Name it "Empty for VAO'

3. Return to Veeam Backup Console, create a new job with description put [VAO TEMPLATE].

4. Navigate to VM & Templates object & select "Empty for VAO" folder

5. Final result your job should consist only Empty Folder with the size 0.

That should do the trick! Complete the wizard to create a VAO Template to reprotect your VM.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Live Demo Webinar: Windows Server 2019 in Action

So you’ve heard all about Windows Server 2019 - now you can see it in action in a live demo
webinar on November 8th!

The last WS2019 webinar by Altaro was hugely popular with over 4,500 IT pros registering for
the event. Feedback gathered from that webinar and the most popular features will now be
discussed and tested live by Microsoft MVP Andy Syrewicze. And you’re invited!

This deep-dive webinar will focus on:
• Windows Admin Center
• Containers on Windows Server
• Storage Migration Service
• Windows Subsystem for Linux
• And more!

Demo webinars are a really great way to see a product in action before you decide to take the
plunge yourself. It enables you to see the strengths and weaknesses first-hand and also ask
questions that might relate specifically to your own environment.

With the demand so high, the webinar is presented live twice on November 8th to help as
many people benefit as possible. The first session is at 2pm CET/8am EST/5am PST and the
second is at 7pm CET/1pm EST/10am PST.

With the record number of attendees for the last webinar, some people were unable to attend
the sessions which were maxed out. It is advised you save your seat early for this webinar to
keep informed and ensure you don’t miss the live event.

Save your seat:

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Create Self Signed Certicate to Use For Minio

By default minio is using http. To configure minio to use TLS, you need to create a self signed certificate. Original post is taken from here:-

But it take me a while to figure out. Therefore, i come out a guide with screenshot.

In our lab scenario, we are using Windows based system.

Let start the configuration
1. Use GnuTLS. Download GNUTLS for Windows from here.
2. Set the system variable to include the path.[Under environment variable] Example my GNUTLS has extracted to C:\Backup\gnutls-MinGW64.DLLs-gnutls_3_6_4\win64-build\bin

3.Use command line to execute:-
certtool.exe --generate-privkey --outfile private.key
Generating a 3072 bit RSA private key...

private.key is generated.

4. Create a cert.cnf file and put this entry:

# X.509 Certificate options
# DN options

# The organization of the subject.
organization = "Example Inc."

# The organizational unit of the subject.
#unit = "sleeping dept."

# The state of the certificate owner.
state = "Example"

# The country of the subject. Two letter code.
country = "MY"

# The common name of the certificate owner.
cn = "Lai"

# In how many days, counting from today, this certificate will expire.
expiration_days = 365

# X.509 v3 extensions

# DNS name(s) of the server
dns_name = "localhost"

# (Optional) Server IP address
ip_address = ""

# Whether this certificate will be used for a TLS server

# Whether this certificate will be used to encrypt data (needed
# in TLS RSA cipher suites). Note that it is preferred to use different
# keys for encryption and signing.
5. Run

certtool.exe --generate-self-signed --load-privkey private.key --template cert.cnf --outfile public.crt
It will create public.crt
Generating a self signed certificate...
X.509 Certificate Information:
        Version: 3
        Serial Number (hex): 59d89416fe9279c1e7967dd8c1ed165cc7a42587
                Not Before: Sat Oct 20 11:15:46 UTC 2018
                Not After: Sun Oct 20 11:15:46 UTC 2019
        Subject: C=MY,ST=Example,O=Example Inc.,CN=Lai
        Subject Public Key Algorithm: RSA
        Algorithm Security Level: High (3072 bits)
                Modulus (bits 3072):
                Exponent (bits 24):
                Basic Constraints (critical):
                        Certificate Authority (CA): FALSE
                Subject Alternative Name (not critical):
                        DNSname: localhost
                Key Purpose (not critical):
                        TLS WWW Server.
                Key Usage (critical):
                        Key encipherment.
                Subject Key Identifier (not critical):
Other Information:
        Public Key ID:
        Public Key PIN:

Signing certificate...

6. Copy private.key and public.crt and put into C:\Users\UserProfileName\.minio\certs

7. Final verification, execute "minio sever C:\Backup\Minio [depend on your folder]

use Minio Client to verify:

Hope this help!

Install NFS Server Roles on Windows Server 2016

In this post, we are going to install NFS Server roles on Windows Server 2016. NFS share is different from SMB share.

  • SMB is the standard for Windows
  • NFS is perfect for UNIX

Both are good for file sharing purpose.

It is a simple step. Just go to Server Manager | Add Roles & Features

NFS Server roles are located under "File and Storage Services"

If you fail to install the role, do refer to this post.

Once role installed, proceed to create an NFS share.

1. Create a new directory called "NFSRepo". Right click | Properties. Select Manage NFS Sharing

Tick share this folder. Leave the setting default. Click on permission to set security right

Add a new permission. Enter
  • Unix Server IP
  • Read-Write permission
  • Allow root access

Below is how it look like:-

The NFS share path will be "Servername:/NFSShare format

We're all done on the NFS Server side configuration.

Unable to Install NFS Server Roles on Windows Server 2016

When you try to install NFS Server Roles on Windows Server 2016 by using server manager, you were not able to. The system keeps requesting you to restart the server. [Pending restart]

But restart the server still does not allow you to install NFS Server roles.

Next step:-
This may be due to other application is using same port 111. Example:- Veeam vPower NFS Service

[ Resolution ]
1. Temporary disable the Veeam vPower NFS Service services
2. Install NFS Server Roles using Server Manager
3. Restart Veeam vPower NFS Service

That should do the trick!