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:

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.

Veeam: How to Secure your Veeam Backup for AWS v2 instance with a Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate

Greetings friends, a few days ago I was showing you everything we need to know about Veeam Backup for AWS v2, in case you haven't been paying attention, I'm posting the blog here (in Spanish): Today I bring you one more step on how to correctly secure our instance of Veeam Backup for AWS v2.To do this we will rely on Let's Encrypt, the famous open-source project that allows us to generate free SSL certificates.NOTE: This process is not officially supported by Veeam, and any consequence of following the steps incorrectly, or any incidence derived from these steps will leave us without support. We will have to deploy the appliance again, keep that in mind!

Veeam: How to connect our Veeam Backup & Replication to Veeam Backup for Azure

Greetings friends, we have already seen in the previous posts that Veeam had launched Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure Free Edition, the solution to protect workloads in Microsoft Azure without the need of agents. Also, and as we all like it, with a free version of up to 10 Instances. In addition, we have seen how to deploy it step by step, and its subsequent configuration as well, today we are going to see how to configure Veeam Backup & Replication to access the backups created by Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure and stored in Azure Blob.If we look at the following diagram, we would be talking about points 5, 6, and 7:

Veeam: An in-depth look at the new Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure- Creating Backup and Restore Policies

Greetings friends, we have already seen in the previous entry that Veeam had launched Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure Free Edition, the solution to protect workloads in Microsoft Azure without the need of agents. Also, and as we all like it, with a free version of up to 10 Instances. Besides, we have seen how to deploy it step by step, today we are going to see how to configure and create policies in Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure.

Veeam: How to Deploy Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure – step by step

Greetings friends, we have already seen in the previous entry that Veeam had launched Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure Free Edition, the solution to protect workloads in Microsoft Azure without the need of agents. Also, and as we all like it, with a free version of up to 10 Instances. Let's see the step by step to deploy Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure.

Deploy Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure Free Edition

Before deploying Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure Free Edition we will need to have several instances of Azure VM running, security groups created, VPC, etc. I guess we are interested in this solution and I consider all this done.We will go to the Microsoft Azure Marketplace and if we search "veeam" we will find the product, we will click on Create to continue:

Veeam: Veeam announces Veeam Backup for Azure Free Edition

Greetings friends Veeam has announced its free version for the protection of workloads in Azure, Veeam Backup for Azure, now available in the Azure Marketplace.

What is Veeam Backup for Azure Free Edition?

Veeam Backup for Azure Free Edition is a native Azure VM workload protection solution. This means that Veeam snapshots the volumes of each instance and allows us to later launch a copy to a Blob Storage repository, for much longer retention.Veeam Backup for Azure Free Edition provides unlimited restores of any Veeam Backup for Azure, and allows backups of up to 10 Azure VMs. Veeam Backup for Azure provides secure, cost-effective, native cloud-based backup and recovery of Azure VM instances. Easily recover any data loss scenario in the cloud, whether due to disruption, accidental deletion, malware, and more, in minutes.