Veeam Best Practices for VMware on Nutanix

Note: This article has been significantly updated on 4/18/14 with new information, in a great collaborative effort with Luca Dell’Oca (@dellock6) from Veeam. The official whitepaper can be downloaded here.

The goal of the joint whitepaper between Veeam and Nutanix is to help customers deploy Veeam Backup & Replication v7 on Nutanix, when used with VMware vSphere 5.x. This post will highlight some of the major points and how customers can head off some potential issues. The whitepaper covers all the applicable technologies such as VMware’s VADP, CBT, and Microsoft VSS. It also includes and easy to follow checklist of all the recommendations.

And the Top 2014 Blogger results are in!

2014_Award-Banner_Top-25So almost two weeks after voting was closed for the 2014 Top Blogger voting, the results are out! The live web cast was running concurrently with a meeting I was attending virtually, so I had one ear in the meeting and one on the web cast. Eric and his crew were reading off the top 25, just like they did last year. For me, 2013 was pretty funny. I was the second name they got to, at #24, and as I recall most of his panel was like, “Who is this Derek guy?”. I got a good laugh out of that, and was shocked to be voted so high.

VMware vSphere 5.5 Update 1 Released

Hot off the presses is VMware vSphere 5.5 Update 1. Unlike prior “update” releases which are mostly bug fixes, this update packs more of a punch. Full vCenter release notes can be found here. ESXi 5.5 Update 1 release notes are here.

What’s New:

  • vCloud Hybrid Services vSphere client plug-in now works in the vSphere web client
  • You can install vCenter on Windows Server 2012 R2 (Whoohoo!)
  • Support for VMware VSAN (the “punch” in this update)

Notable Bug Fixes:

  • vCenter fails to install on Windows Server 2012 R2
  • A couple of Windows ‘workgroup’ related SSO bug fixes

2014 Top Blogger Voting in Full Swing

hum-vote-buttonFor several years now Eric Siebert has held voting for the top Virtualization Bloggers. This is a huge undertaking, and this year he has over 300 blogs listed. You should keep in mind several factors when voting, such as longevity, length of content, frequency, and quality. Voting is now open, and will continue through 3/17/2014. Last year I was ranked in the Top 25, at #24. I really appreciated the votes, and was thrilled to be one of the top rated.

VCP5 to VMware VCDX #125 in 180 Days Pt. 2

In Part 1 of this two part VMware VCDX journey series I accounted for the first 120 days of my VCP5 to VCDX #125 journey. This post will cover the final 60 days, which were just as important, if not more so, than the first 120. In my last post we left off with my completed design package, application form, and a sacrificial payment of $300 was submitted to the VMware Gods. Would my application be chopped in half and sent back in pieces, or spared to live another day?

VCP5 to VMware VCDX #125 in 180 Days Pt. 1

This is Part 1 of my tale of the last 180 days of my life, my adventure from VCP5 to becoming …drum roll… VMware VCDX5-DCVVCDX #125. Yes, I successfully defended my design at VMware PEX 2014 in San Francisco this past week, which was for VCDX5-Datacenter Virtualization (DCV)! It was a fun, educational, and a surprisingly pleasant experience. I’m blogging about this experience because I know if I can become a VCDX, then anyone can do it with enough experience and dedication. Do keep in mind that prior to starting my 180 day adventure, I had approximately 4 years of VMware architecture experience for Government and commercial enterprise systems. Years of architecture-level experience is key, however VMware does not require a specific number of years or job title to apply for the VCDX certification.

vSphere 5.5 Toolkit v1.57 Released

Now that vSphere 5.5 has been out for a few months, if you haven’t already started working with it in your test environment, you should! A lot of great new features, and major improvements to the SSO experience. However, you still may find it a bit challenging to secure vCenter and ESXi hosts with trusted SSL certificates. So hot off the press is a minor bug fix version of my vSphere 5.5 Toolkit script. You can download the new version here. In case you aren’t familiar with it, here are some of the features:

vSphere 5.5 Toolkit v1.55 Released

Yes, time to update my vSphere 5.5 Toolkit with a few more features and bug fixes. For those of you that need to replace your vSphere 5.5 SSL certificates, the process can be somewhat cumbersome and time consuming. While VMware has a tool to help you replace the certificates once you create them (SSL certificate automation tool), it has limited functionality in helping you create all the files needed as pre-reqs to running the tool.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Two-Tier PKI CA Pt. 3

1-10-2014 6-57-56 AMNow that we have our Windows Server 2012 R2 certificate authority configured in Part 1, and our subordinate setup in Part 2, now we should setup autoenrollment and secure the subordinate’s web certificate services with SSL. Autoenrollment is where domain joined Windows computers are automatically issued a computer certificate. Services such as IIS and Microsoft SCCM can take advantage of these certificates. Finally, I’ll show you how to configure certificate delegation so authorized administrators in your organization can submit certificate requests for certain templates. This is a short series, at just three installments. But this should point you in the right direction for thinking about how to deploy your two-tier Certificate Authority on Windows Server 2012 r2.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Two-Tier PKI CA Pt. 2

1-5-2014 2-43-05 PMNow that our root Windows Server 2012 R2 certificate authority is installed and published to Active Directory from Part 1, it is time to bring online our subordinate CA. The subordinate CA will be our online issuing CA, since it will be the CA which issues all certificates, be they for users, computers, ESXi hosts, etc. The VM will be joined to the domain, and be online 100% of the time.

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