Supermicro: Analysis of the best Home Lab Server 2020 – Supermicro M11SDV-8C+-LN4F

Greetings friends, I told you in 2016 how I found the best homelab, so far, with the fantastic Supermicro Superserver 5028D-TN4T, I made a very complete review with an official discount by Serverfactory: The truth is that this equipment is still working giving me the best performance I've had in years, so even if you wanted to, now it would still be a really good buy.But as the 4 years have passed, it is time to pass the baton, I bought some time ago a Supermicro Superserver E-300-9D-8CN8TP, which certainly has a lot of power and is a piece of good equipment to replace the 5028D, but the E-300-9D has several very negative points:
  • The noise is immense, it has three fans that are set at 7000rpm practically during all use, making it unusable if you have it near your desk.
  • Being a small format, Supermicro people put a fanless heatsink, which is impossible to lower the temperature without having the fans at 7000rpm which can destroy a marriage, and surely your health if you have it close 24x7.
  • Being small format, you can put up to 3 m.2 (one on board and two by PCI-e) and if you hurry a lot of space two SSD in the housing, which is located above the RAM and CPU, imagine how long it will last the SSD withstanding temperatures of 80C.
On the other hand, very positive points:
  • If you have this computer in a rack away from people and well ventilated, supports up to 512GB of RAM.
  • The equipment occupies very little, and if you buy the accessory can be racked without problem in your rack of confidence.
  • Includes 2x10GbE Ethernet, and 2x10GbE SFP, plus another 4x1GbE
  • A very powerful, state-of-the-art processor that can handle any load

HPE: How to configure HPE StoreOnce Catalyst Copy in Veeam Backup & Replication v10

Greetings friends, we have finished the series of Veeam and HPE StoreOnce, or maybe not? Reviewing the Veeam v10 documentation, I have seen that Veeam now supports Catalyst Copy, which is nothing more or less than replicating backups from one StoreOnce to another using all the advantages of HPE StoreOnce Catalyst. Without having to reinflate and deduplicate again, etc. I have decided to split this series into several blogs, to make it more comfortable for you to consume, please click on the article that suits you best:

A quick look at HPE StoreOnce Catalyst Copy with Veeam Backup & Replication

I leave you with this detailed diagram in which we can see the data flow. We have our VMware Infrastructure, Hyper-V or Nutanix, then we have Veeam and proxies, which can be physical or virtual, launching backups to a StoreOnce HPE, or several, local.The normal thing once we have this, is to launch a second copy to another HPE StoreOnce in another location or Datacenter, to comply with the 3-2-1 rule:

HPE: How to configure Veeam Backup & Replication with HPE StoreOnce and Catalyst Store

Greetings friends, we arrive at the last entry about HPE StoreOnce for now, today we will talk about how to present a Catalyst Store in Veeam Backup & Replication. Remember that we have been talking about the great HPE StoreOnce, the appliance par excellence of HPE that allows us to achieve unthinkable ratios of deduplication, in addition to giving us extra security as immutability for our stores, replication, etc. I have decided to divide this series into several blogs, to make it more comfortable for you to consume, please click on the article that suits you best:

How to configure a StoreOnce Catalyst Store HPE as a Veeam Backup & Replication Repository

If we have followed the steps of previous blogs, we already have our HPE StoreOnce Catalyst Store created and ready to be consumed, in the Veeam console, we will go to Backup Infrastructure:

HPE: How to configure HPE StoreOnce VSA G4 to create a Catalyst Store

Greetings friends, we continue with this interesting series very about one of the best veterans in the art of storing backups for years, without giving any problem. I'm talking about the great HPE StoreOnce, the HPE appliance par excellence that allows us to achieve unthinkable ratios of deduplication, in addition to giving us extra security as immutability for our stores, replication, etc.I have decided to divide this series into several blogs, to make it more comfortable for you to consume, please click on the article that suits you best: We have seen in the previous entries what is HPE StoreOnce, and how to download and deploy the VSA G4, today we will see a quick look at the interface of HPE StoreOnce and how to create a Catalyst Store.

A very quick look at the GUI of HPE StoreOnce VSA G4, and how to activate the free 1TB license

Let's start by getting our free 1TB license, for life, which will allow us to store quite a lot of backups, since it is 1TB once it is deduplicated, and if you give us a 20:1 ratio as promised, this would be 20TB 🙂We logged into our HPE StoreOnce to get our Serial Number:

HPE: Deploying HPE StoreOnce VSA G4 in VMware vSphere 7

Greetings friends, we continue with this very interesting series about a veteran player in this to store backups for years, without giving any problem. I am talking about the great HPE StoreOnce, the HPE appliance par excellence that allows us to achieve unthinkable deduplication ratios, as well as giving us extra security such as immutability for our stores, replication, etc.I have decided to divide this series into several blogs, to make it more comfortable for you to consume, please click on the article that suits you best: Without further ado, let's go to the second article, today we will see how to launch the image we downloaded in the first article and its initial configuration.

HPE: What is HPE StoreOnce? And how to download HPE StoreOnce VSA G4 in VMware vSphere 7

Greetings friends, we begin a very interesting series about a player who has been a veteran of storing backups for years, without giving any problems. I am talking about the great HPE StoreOnce, the HPE appliance par excellence that allows us to achieve unthinkable deduplication ratios, as well as giving us extra security such as immutability for our stores, replication, etc.I have decided to divide this series into several blogs, to make it more comfortable for you to consume, please click on the article that suits you best: Without further ado, and as this is the first article, we are going to learn more about this technology, some history, indicative prices, etc.

What is HPE StoreOnce?

Does data growth leave you struggling with complex, distributed, and expensive data protection? Do you have data that is not being protected because backup windows are not long enough or backup jobs are failing? Do you want to use local, or cloud-based storage to take advantage of hybrid data protection? Are you concerned about the threat of ransomware?If we've answered all or any of the questions positively, then we'll most likely need HPE StoreOnce. Specially designed for disk-based, deduplication, cloud-integrated backup systems that provide automated backup, data recovery, and data retention for hybrid IT.

Looking for the Perfect Dashboard: InfluxDB, Telegraf and Grafana – Part XXVIII (Monitoring HPE StoreOnce)

Greetings friends, a new week is a week with a new dashboard, this is so, I would like to be able to offer you many more use cases, with many other technologies, but time is very limited and I only have some nights to prepare this.Today we are going to see a very interesting topic, I was talking about HPE StoreOnce in previous posts, so as you can imagine, today this Dashboard is about this technology, from which we will extract information using the RESTful API that it brings with it.Once you have finished this tutorial, you will have something similar to this, it is better to give it several days or weeks to see the full potential:In awesome light-mode:In the always Matrix-look dark-mode:

Looking for the Perfect Dashboard: InfluxDB, Telegraf and Grafana – Part XXVII (Monitoring ReFS and XFS (block-cloning and reflink)

Greetings friends, a new week is a week with a new dashboard, this is so, I would like to be able to offer you many more use cases, with many other technologies, but time is very limited and I only have some nights to prepare this.Today we are going to see a topic that I have heard for at least 5 years, I mean to know and to know the amount of disk that we are using and saving, when we make use of technologies like ReFS, or XFS, together with Veeam Backup & Replication.Once you have finished this tutorial, you will have something similar to this, it is better to give it several days or weeks to see the full potential:

Looking for the Perfect Dashboard: InfluxDB, Telegraf and Grafana – Part XXVI (Monitoring Veeam Backup for Nutanix)

Greetings friends, since a few years ago, Veeam has native protection for workloads in Nutanix Acropolis, I told you how to deploy the Proxy and configure jobs, also the article contained the new report of Veeam ONE.But it is true that the monitoring of jobs, restore points, etc. in Veeam ONE can not include as much information as we need, so I decided to expand the possibilities with Grafana.Once you have finished this tutorial, you will have something similar to this, it's better to give it several hours or days to see the whole potential:

Veeam: How-to Deploy, and Configure MinIO with Erasure Coding Enabled, Immutability, and Let’s Encrypt

Greetings friends, just a few days ago Veeam officially announced the support for MinIO Immutability on its HCL. This is wonderful news for us to test this functionality in our labs, or in case we are using Linux storage with MinIO for production.In this blog entry, we're going to jump into the pool and see: how to install and configure MinIO with Erasure Coding Enabled, Immutability, Let's Encrypt, and finally, we'll see how to configure it in Veeam. As it has gone out of my hands, I leave you with a menu to move faster:
  1. MinIO System Requirements
    1. What is MinIO Erasure Coding?
    2. Why use MinIO Erasure Coding?
    3. Disk Configuration to use MinIO Erasure Coding
  2. How-to Deploy, and Configure MinIO, including object Immutability, and Let’s Encrypt
    1. How-to configure  Let's Encrypt for MinIO
    2. Run MinIO with Erasure Coding
    3. Creating a new Bucket in MinIO with the Immutability attribute
  3. Veeam Backup & Replication Configuration with Immutable Storage
    1. Backup Repository Creation – Object Storage
    2. Scale-out Backup Repository Creation – with MinIO Immutable as Capacity Tier
    3. Backup Copy Job creation, pointing to this new SOBR with Immutability
    4. Trying to delete Backups from an Object Storage with Immutability Enabled

MinIO System Requirements

In this guide, we are not going to try to deploy MinIO in production, as it usually requires about 96GB of RAM, certain cores, etc. In my case I am deploying everything in 4vCPU and 16GB of RAM since I will have only one VBR sending backups, so nothing serious.One of the most important things to be able to run Immutability in MinIO, and that it is supported by Veeam, is that we need the MinIO RELEASE.2020-07-12T19-14-17Z version or higher, and also we need the MinIO server to be running with Erasure Coding.