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Friday, September 21, 2018

Windows Server 2019 Webinar

With Microsoft Ignite just around the corner, Windows Server 2019 is set to get its full
release and the signs look good. Very good.

Unless you’re part of the Windows Server insider program - which grants you access to the
latest Windows Server Preview builds - you probably haven’t had a hands-on experience yet
with Windows Server 2019 but the guys over at Altaro have and are preparing to host a
webinar on the 3rd of October to tell you all about it.

The webinar will be held a week after Microsoft Ignite so it will cover the complete feature
set included in the full release as well as a more in-depth look at the most important
features in Windows Server 2019.

Whenever a new version of Windows Server gets released there’s always a lot of attention
and media coverage so it’s nice to have an hour-long session where you can sit back and let
a panel of Microsoft experts cut through the noise and give you all the information you
need.

It’s also a great chance to ask your questions direct to those with the inside knowledge and
receive answers live on air.

Over 2000 people have now registered for this webinar and I’m going to be joining too. It’s
free to register - what are you waiting for?

Save your seat: https://goo.gl/ELrs5F


Monday, September 10, 2018

Test Mac OS Sierra on AMD Ryzen Processor Using Vmware Workstation

I'm excited about the upcoming Apple event on Sept 12,2018. One of the new announcement will be the new model of Macbook Air (possible with Retina display). Before that, i never use MacOS before and been using Windows OS since day 1.



In order to familar with new operating system, the best is test MacOS on a virtual machine. While google around, manage to find a post from hackintosher which provide the guide to download the vmdk. A bit tricky is when running AMD processor and here is my tweak

My environment:-



  • AMD Ryzen 5 2400G
  • Vmware Workstation 14
  • Download vmdk (special for AMD processor) from here.
  • Unlock MacOS setting by download unlocker 2.1.1 from here. Execute win-install.cmd with "Run as Administrator"
  • Create a new VM with the custom setting, attach the existing disk (SATA) and maintain existing Format. Don't power on the vm first. Modify the following settings:
    • Processor - enable Virtualize Intel VT or AMD-V


    • Modify vmx settings
      • Add new entry:  smc.version = "0"
      • VirtualHW.version = "10"
      • firmware = "bios"

  • Boot up VM and install Vmware Tool. Use from VMware Unlocker 2.1.1\VMware Unlocker 2.1.1\tools\darwin.iso
  • Voila! You have MacOS Sierra running with your AMD processor

Enjoy your new MacOS! 


Sunday, September 9, 2018

Cryptocurrency Mining Guide

Hi guy,

Recently my friend been talking about cryptocurrency either mining or trading. Probably never too late to check out on how it's work as a hobby or learning experience.

Well, here is my experience during my testing on cryptocurrency mining.

[Updated: 9 Sept 2018]
CPU Mining

At this moment, not a good option to use CPU to mine unless you just want to try it out.
So far the best coin to mine using CPU is AEON. (subject to change)

Cloud Mining
Avoid using it. Recently most cloud mining starts to end contract due to unprofitable business when bitcoin value dropped till 7k.

GPU Mining
This is the best way to start small on mining. You can build a mining rig with a set of GPU. With the price of GPU goes down, you can probably get a reasonable price on GPU. As starting I've bought

  • Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti - 4GB
  • Nvidia GTX 1060 AMP Edition - 6GB
  • AMD Ryzen 5 2400G Processor
  • SSD HDD
  • Min 8GB RAM
  • Asrock Ab230 Pro 4 Motherboard (able to support 6 GPU)
  • PCI Riser
  • 600w PSU

Here is my testing on mining pool and my 2cents comments

a) Nicehash (https://www.nicehash.com/)

You can download Nicehash miner from here:- https://www.nicehash.com/cpu-gpu-mining
Just select CPU and GPU that you want to use to mine. It will auto-detect the best coin to mine and convert the payout to BTC (bitcoin).
Prons:-

  • Easy to use


Cons:-

  • Must mine till minimum 0.001 BTC


b) Honeyminer (https://honeyminer.com)

This is a new pool as an alternative than nicehash.To join, click on here. You will get 1000 satoshi when joining the pool. It also allows you to select mine using CPU or GPU.
Prons:-

  • Will get a bonus on every level (in satoshi). The longer you mine, the more bonus that you will get.
  • Coin mined, will convert to satoshi (BTC)
  • Able to withdraw without wait till high satoshi. Min 0.00002500 BTC and withdraw fees is cheaper (around 0.00000500 BTC) to any wallet

Cons:-

  • Not able to select which coin to mine
  • Withdrawal fees sometimes are high. But you can just wait till it drops to 0.00002500 BTC
  • Most of the time, the honeyminer software will have any issue with antivirus software. So you need to put exclusion.

c) Winminer (https://www.winminer.com/)

Another alternative mining pool called winminer.  It also allows you to select mine using CPU or GPU.

Prons:-

  • Has built-in monitoring on the web to monitor your mining rig. The best part is able to view your GPU temperature, stop/start mining and restart your mining rig
  • Mobile app (currently on beta) for monitoring your mining rig
  • Able to select coin to mine
  • Mine coin will auto-convert to USD
  • Variety of withdrawal option. You can use use the payout to Steam Gift card, Amazon Gift card, iTunes Gift card, Paypal or buy other coins such as BTC, ETH, LTC, BCH)


Cons:-

  • The daily earning benchmark is lower compared to Nicehash. But this is subjective, it just an estimation value and you won't know till the end of the day.
  • Auto convert to USD value on every coin that has been mined. This defeat the purpose of keeping the coin mine and hope the value will rise.
d) MiningPoolHub (https://miningpoolhub.com)

Good pool for getting others coin rather than just BTC. You can select which coin to mine.

Prons:-
  • Able to decide which coin to mine
  • Able to select AutoSwitch to let the system to select profitable coin to mine
  • Able to select Auto Exchange to convert another coin to your prefer coin
  • Payout according to your prefer coin
Cons:-
  • List of limited coin to mine
[Summary]
Overall, the pool above is best to use. You can opt for different pool according to your preference.
I strongly recommend that you refer to WhatToMine to decide which coin is most profitable to mine. Click here to check out:- https://whattomine.com/

Note:-
There is a lot of alternative mining pool and I am still exploring. Do let us know if you have a better mining pool to share with the reader.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

TOGAF 9 Certified Preparation (Level 1 & Level 2)

Just passed the TOGAF 9 Certified Exam. You can find the exam info from this sheet:- https://www.opengroup.org/togaf9/cert/docs/togaf9_cert.pdf 

TOGAF stand for "The Open Group Architecture Framework" & quite famous for Enterprise Architecture.

Here is my journey...

  • July 11- 14,2018 - Attended TOGAF 9.2 Training conducted by eLearning LaunchPad Trainer. 4 days class is quite packed with TOGAF architecture, principles & concept. 
  • July 23 -Aug 19 - Study for a month. Need to some time to study as the exam cost USD495.
  • August 20, 2018 - Exam Day
Study material

1. Lecture Slides - Book 1 (hardcopy) - Learn all the theory about TOGAF 
2. Lecture Slides - Book 2 (hardcopy)- Learn about ADM Phases (objectives, approach, steps, input & output). This book allows you to apply the theory in Book 1 into ADM phases.

Study once for both book study.

Additional material to get some understanding about ADM phases, i use YouTube. Just search "TOGAF" and you able to find some good material.

Here are some links:-


3. Study the last book -Reference Material (hardcopy)
The most important book which I spend more time on it. Its contain info such as ADM phases, general definitions, deliverables, principles & Stakeholder Management. Great material to recap what you've studied on Book 1 & Book 2.

Take L1 & L2 Practice Exam to familiar with the question.

4. Familiar with TOGAF standard and Core Concept from online:- http://pubs.opengroup.org/architecture/togaf9-doc/arch/index.html


Exam Day

Section 1 - 40 questions (60 minutes)
  • remember to draft ADM Phases into the paper before starting the exam.

Section 2 - 8 question with scenario (90 minutes)
  • Each question will have a scenario. On the left side is the scenario & on the right side is the answer. You can view in the same screen.
  • On top of the left side, you will have a REFERENCE button to assist you on Section 2. Refer to TOC first and scroll to correct page on the items that you want to refer to.
  • Tips for this section is
    • Read the scenario carefully
    • Understand the concern raised
    • Understand what the question wants
    • Eliminate the wrong answer to avoid get 0 score
    • Select those answer which helps to justify the concerned & more related to TOGAF. 

You will have plenty of time for both sections. 

TOGAF certification and Logo
At night, you will receive an email from The Open Group if you passed the exam. You can opt to join Association of Enterprise Architect as a member.



Hope this help on your study to become TOGAF 9 Certified! 

Good Luck!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Data Protection Nutanix Acropolis Using Veeam Availability for Nutanix AHV (VAN)

As the time of writing this blog, Veeam has just released a new hypervisor support:- Nutanix Acropolis.


To protect Nutanix Acropolis, you need three components
1. Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3a
2. Veeam Proxy Appliance. Refer to http://www.ms4u.info/2018/07/deploy-veeam-proxy-for-nutanix.html
3. Veeam Backup Repository (not supported scale out backup repository & dedup appliance).

Veeam Availability for Nutanix AHV requires a Veeam backup server and Veeam backup repository as a target for backups of AHV VMs. These components can be deployed via Veeam Backup & Replication.

Veeam Backup Server is require to configure backup copy, tape out and perform granular item level recovery.

To configure the policy on v1, you need to access to proxy web UI. Here is the screenshot of Veeam Virtual Appliance

Dashboard
a single pane of glass to monitor AHV VM protection, job status, repository status, backup server status and events history.


Backup Jobs
Configure backup policy and view backup history

Protected VM
To perform recovery VM and virtual disk


Settings

In this page, you can perform administrative configuration such
1. Integration with Veeam Backup Server
2. Integration with Nutanix Cluster
3. Manage Veeam Proxy Appliance such as create support log, backup catalog and some settings



 Note:- Gather log for support purpose

 Note: Backup Catalog

That's concluded our short sneak peak on VAN. Feel free to try it from here.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Deploy Veeam Proxy for Nutanix Acropolis Protection

Veeam Availability for Nutanix AHV (VAN) has just general availability (GA). Besides than backup Hyper-V and Vmware, Veeam just added support to backup Nutanix Acropolis hypervisor.

Veeam Availability for Nutanix AHV requires a Veeam backup server and Veeam backup repository as a target for backups of AHV VMs. These components can be deployed via Veeam Backup & Replication.

In this guide, we will focus on how to deploy and install Veeam proxy appliance.

[Pre-requisite]
For setup a lab environment, you can follow this guide:
a) Setup Nutanix Community Edition - http://www.ms4u.info/2018/02/setup-nutanix-ce-on-lab-environment.html
b) Download VAN - https://www.veeam.com/nutanix-backup-solution.html
c) Upload Existing Image which you have downloaded from step (b) into Nutanix - http://www.ms4u.info/2018/02/upload-existing-image-into-nutanix-ahv.html
d) Deploy Proxy VM from step (c).

[Deployment]

To access proxy VM, key in https://<proxy ip>:8100/ and enter default credential

  • user name - admin
  • password - admin



 Configure to install VAN proxy. Click INSTALL



Accept the EULA
Replace default password to new password


Define proxy appliance name and ip address

Review the summary and click FINISH.


Voila! You have successful deploy a proxy for Nutanix AHV data protection.


Thursday, July 26, 2018

Slide :- Visibility with Veeam One

During VeeamOn 2018 Malaysia, i have presented about Veeam One capabilities to monitor physical, hypervisor such as Hyper-V & Vmware platform & Veeam Infrastructure. End the session by introducing upcoming new features such as


  • Nanny features
  • Automated remediation
  • Application Level Monitoring


Date:- 18 July 2018
Total Pax : 400+
Venue: Sheraton Petaling Jaya



Slide


Friday, July 20, 2018

Slide:- What's New: Veeam Backup for 0365 2.0?

During VeeamOn 2018 Malaysia, i have presented a session about data protection for O365. You can protect Exchange online, Sharepoint online & OneDrive for Business.



Venue:- Sheraton Hotel Petaling Jaya
Date   : 18 July 2018
Total pax: 400+




Slides


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

FREE SCOM Management Pack



SCOM Files and Folders Monitoring Management Pack
This Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) was developed to simplify Windows files and folder monitoring. It adds a simple but powerful wizard that provides users with the ability to create rules for monitoring Windows files and folders.

With this Management Pack, you will be able to easily target the file(s) you want to monitor, either manually or using a wildcard. A few options are available in relation to the monitor:

Whether the files count is too high or too low
Whether the total file size (in kilobytes) is too high or too low
Whether the file’s recent date modified is too old
After choosing the preferred option, you will then have the ability to apply a sampling rate, and set a threshold that triggers alerts. The data the MP collects can be used for dashboards creation and it includes advanced scheduling features.

SCOM SLA Reporting Management Pack
This report allows you to:

Create a complete SLA overview report of all your Service Level Objectives (top screenshot)
Analyze why SLA expectations were not met by showing a list of the most common alerts that triggered the health state change of the Service Level Objective (bottom screenshot)
This report can be set up once and sent automatically via email at regular intervals.

The Management Pack is completely free. You do not need Live Maps to use this Management Pack in your environment.

To get it, please click here

Monday, July 2, 2018

MVP Renewed -2018/2019 : Cloud & Data Center Management

Just received an email from Microsoft on Microsoft Most Valuable Professional(MVP) award for 2018-2019 in Cloud & Datacenter Management.

This is my 9th Microsoft MVP award since 2010.


Saturday, June 30, 2018

Install Veeam Agent for Oracle Solaris

In this post, we are going to look on how to install Veeam Agent for Oracle Solaris (public beta) so we can start to protect this workload.

Veeam Agent for Oracle Solaris is a data protection and disaster recovery solution for machines running Oracle Solaris 9, 10 or 11 on the SPARC architecture and Oracle Solaris 10 or 11 on the x86 architecture. The product provides file-based backup and disaster recovery capabilities.

Veeam Agent for Oracle Solaris offers a variety of features to protect your data. You can create an entire system image backup, back up specific directories with files or individual zones. Backups can be stored in a mounted NFS directory, on a physical tape drive or in a tape library, on an IBM Spectrum Protect (Tivoli Storage Manager) device or a cascaded device.

Before proceeding, make sure you have

a) SunOS VM, do check out the post here to learn how to setup.
b) Upload the installer into the SunOS VM, do check out the post here.

For x86 architecture, the installer is
VeeamAgent-8.1.1.12-i86pc.pkg.tar.gz

[Installation]

1. To install, run the installer with root account privileges
2. Unpack tar gz file

tar -xzf VeeamAgent-8.1.1.12-i86pc.pkg.tar.gz


3. Execute the following command

pkgadd -G -d ./VeeamAgent-8.1.1.12-i86pc.pkg




4. One the installation has complete, type "veeam" to start the program









Transfer file to Oracle Solaris 11.3

In this post, we are going to look into how to transfer a file or installer into Oracle Solaris 11.3.

Firstly, download WinSCP from here


Enter the ip address of the SunOS VM and correct credential


Once connected, you can start to transfer a file. We are transferring  Veeam Agent for Oracle Solaris installer to back up this VM.


Currently, this product is available under public beta. Feel free to download from here.




Install Oracle Solaris 11.3

In this post, we are going to look on installation of Oracle Solatis 11.3 on virtualization platform (Hyper-V or Vmware).

Before we start, remember to download the installer from Oracle website. Click here to download.



[ Installation ]

1. Create a new VM
2. Mount the iso - sol-11_3-text-x86.iso & boot the vm to start the installation
3. The following was the screenshot of the SunOS installation process.
Start by defining the keyboard layout & language.




Let start the installation. Press [F2] to proceed on next screen



 Install SunOS on local disk & set partitition




 Define computer name


Set Networking by defining IP address, subnet mask, gateway or use DHCP


Select timezone




Define root password & create a new user account


Review the configuration & press F2 to start the installation


Just wait a while for the installation to complete.


Voila! Installation SunOS completed.