Looking for the Perfect Dashboard: InfluxDB, Telegraf, and Grafana – Part XXXII (Monitoring Veeam ONE – experimental)

Greetings friends, today I bring you a new post about Grafana, today's post is also one of the most special that I have written, since it is an experimental version, and we do not know if this will come to some port, or will be changed in the future.I am talking about nothing more and nothing less than a Grafana Dashboard for Veeam ONE! Yes, imagine combining all the potential that Veeam ONE has, which already analyzes VMware, Veeam, gives us recommendations, consumption, capacity planning, etc. And put all that data in a beautiful Grafana Dashboard, well that's what we are going to do today.Before we start, and in case the experimental is not enough, I want to remind you that this RESTful API of Veeam ONE is considered internal, so its use is not supported by Veeam, use this Dashboard at your own risk.

Veeam ONE Dashboard (experimental)

When we finish the entry we will have something similar to that Dashboard that will allow you to visualize:

Veeam: New and improved Veeam Backup for Azure v2 is now available – Veeam v11 deep-integration, intelligent storage tier, app-aware, and more

Veeam Backup for Azure v2 has been released and includes many new features, as you remember, I wrote before about how-to deploy it from scratch, and much more.I remember discussing this on the blog, and with so many other people during all these years, Microsoft Azure is a great Cloud Provider, ahead of AWS on so many things, and behind on some others, but reliable no matter what.I can see Azure adoption going over the roof over the last years, and interestingly enough, I see more and more people from the vCommunity getting Azure certifications (and that is always a good sign).But as per usual, and for any service that our business relies on, it requires Backup, trying to follow the 3-2-1 rule as much as possible, and test those backups frequently.It might not be always a corrupted instance, but it can perfectly be as well:
  • Human-error: And some instances, or instances get deleted. Especially with automation nowadays, one wrong character, comma, or dot, and can blow some resource groups within seconds.
  • Ransomware/attacks: The instances are running regular operating systems at the end, this means Microsoft Windows Server or Linux on all the flavors. And these are in constant evolution, so if ransomware takes hostage of your production instances, at least you know you can always rely on any of the copies of the data you have produced with Veeam Backup for Azure.
  • Testing/cloning: Well, why not? You have Backups, which can be snapshots or backups on Azure Blob, and you can recover from them within seconds to another Azure tenant, different networking config, resource groups, etc. Why not being proactive and test that critical patch, or upgrade to the applications on a different environment, using the backups as a data source. All good after testing? Alright-delete-all that environment.
  • Compliance: Sometimes all the use-cases are good, and we all understand them, maybe even we have all automated and it can be rebuilt, or we think it can, within hours/minutes, but still following some regulations we will still need to have a Backup Strategy in place for these workloads in Azure.
So, for all of these scenarios, and some more, Veeam Backup for Azure is always an amazing fit, and now it is just much better with this v2.

Looking for the Perfect Dashboard: InfluxDB, Telegraf, and Grafana – Part XXXI (Monitoring Unifi Protect)

Greetings friends, today I bring you a new entry about Grafana and Unifi, that I am sure you will like and that I hope you will put in your collection. Yes, I know there is a version called Unifi Poller, which does more or less what I explain here, but the complexity of adding it to my already running environment, and that for now, I do not need so much has made me create this lighter version, only for Unifi Protect (remember, the theme of the cameras).Today, I am pleased to bring you a complete and finished Dashboard to monitor Unifi Protect, without limit of Cameras, Cloud Key Gen2, or UDM Pro, or NVR.

Dashboard for Unifi Protect

When we finish the post we will have something similar to that Dashboard that will allow you to view it, click on each link to see it live:

VMware: How-to Secure our vCenter Server 7 (VCSA) with a Let’s Encrypt SSL Certificate

Greetings friends, for many years, changing or adding an SSL certificate to our VMware vCenter has been a real pain, there are tens of KB, and hundreds of posts in the Community with errors of all kinds once you flirt with the steps. But from 6.7 onwards it seems that the process has been simplified a lot, so today I come to show you the steps to install your own SSL Certificate in VCSA, also free created with Let's Encrypt.

Looking for the Perfect Dashboard: InfluxDB, Telegraf, and Grafana – Part XXIX (Monitoring Pi-hole)

Greetings friends, it has been a while since I expanded the series of In Search of the Perfect Dashboard, but it has taken time to continue. Today I bring you a very interesting entry, which I really wanted to add to the series, it's about how to collect Pi-hole statistics.Once we finish all the steps, you should have a result similar to the following:As you may know, if you use Pi-hole, the default interface of the solution is given an air.

The Blog in numbers, a look at 2020

Greetings friends, like every year on the Spanish Blog, I like to show you the summary of numbers, articles, and so on, which in the end is simply the combined effort of you visiting this blog, and me writing the articles.First of all, I would like to comment that it has been a very strange year, very complicated for all those who have lost not only their jobs but also their health and the health of those closest to them, besides having to juggle those of us who are lucky enough to work from home. This has conditioned and changed a lot the consumption of news, and of mobiles in general, at least it has made me write much less, and in turn, want to read less, or have less time to read many other blogs, etc.From here, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! and I hope that you and all of your relatives will continue with health, work, and prosperity for the year 2021. Let's go with the summary. For the Spanish blog summary visit here.

VMware: How to extract Temperature information from ESXi for ARM, send it to InfluxDB, and display it with Grafana

Greetings friends, I told you a few weeks ago what VMware had just launched, and that it was going to revolutionize the world of virtualization and make it, even more, accessible in many new use cases with the new ESXi for ARM.Well, one of the things that worried me the most, I think I mentioned it in the video, was being able to control the temperature of the Raspberry Pi with ESXi for ARM, as ESXi usually gets all this data from the IPMI, iDRAC, iLO, etc.But luckily we have a hero (Tom Hebel) who works in VMware and who has compiled a native driver to extract this information, besides being able to interact with many more things.

Diagram of how this solution works

It's fine, I think, just creating a .json that telegraf then parses and writes to InfluxDB, but if I find a better way to do it, everything will get better, here the diagram:

Veeam: How to create additional administrators to access the Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 Console

Greetings friends, I have told you many times all the advantages that Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 has, also remember that it allows you to protect 10 users, with 1TB of SharePoint, free and forever, I leave you some of the previous entries: Today we will see a topic that many people ask me, how can we create additional administrators that have access to the console.

Diagram of Administrators accessing Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 Server

This is what an environment of several administrators accessing their local Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 Server consoles would look like:

Nutanix: Deploying Single-Node Nutanix Community Edition 5.18 on VMware vSphere 7 in Nested Mode – ISO Format and with AHV

Greetings friends, some time ago I showed you how to install Nutanix Community Edition using the ISO, but it is true that it gave some problems, you could not turn on VMs, and in the end, deploy it on VMware in a nested way, gave us many problems.A few days ago, Nutanix surprised us with a new version, that if it works without any problem, in a very elegant and fast way, and with a surprise that I would like to try later. When you finish, you will be able to visualize a PRISM like this:

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, the Supermicro Superserver E-300-9D-8CN8TP, has 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