Veeam: How to deploy Dell EMC ECS Community Edition (OVA) to have Object Storage on-prem and use it as Cloud/Capacity Tier

Greetings friends, some time ago I showed you all the news of Veeam Availability Suite v9.5 U4, and among them, I have told you in several articles all the power of Veeam Capacity/Cloud Tier, which allows us to take advantage of Object Storage providers to store large numbers of backups that normally require a long retention, months, semesters or years.Many of you, and in the Community, have wondered if you can use storage that we have in our Datacenters that offer Object Storage services, and the answer is YES, of course, as long as the product publishes the S3 service following modern standards should work. Veeam has an unofficial list of products and solutions that you can deploy in your Datacenter.And it's from this list that I've got one of the products that most caught my attention, because of the company behind it, Dell EMC, and because they have a Community Edition, I'm talking about Dell EMC ECS.As this blog entry is quite long, I leave you the menu here to jump wherever you want:

Dell EMC ECS at a Glance

Dell EMC ECS is an industry-leading object storage platform designed to support traditional and next-generation workloads. Available in multiple consumer models: it is defined software and can be purchased as a turnkey device or as a service operated by Dell EMC-ECS. It enables organizations of all sizes to economically store and manage unstructured data at any scale and for any length of time.EMC ECS is an object storage system that makes use of persistent storage containers for cloud storage protocols. ECS supports AWS S3 and OpenStack Swift. In file-enabled buckets, ECS can provide NFS exports for access to file-level objects.We find two main models, in the smallest we can start with a not inconsiderable 60TB and in the largest we can find configurations of up to 8.6PB per rack.As we can imagine what Dell EMC ECS provides us with is object-based storage, scalable and at a reduced price, if we think of an architecture in which a user writes a block using an S3 connector, it would be like this: We see how all nodes are replicated between them, and that only if the block has been stored in all nodes is considered valid.If we thought of a similar operation, but this time reading an S3 block, it would be like this:We see how the request enters through Node 1, which gathers the information of all nodes and at the end it is sent from node 3 to node 1 and from there it is presented to the client.

Veeam: How to obtain the full size of an Office 365 organization that you want to protect with Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office v3.0

Greetings friends, I announced a few days ago that Veeam has announced Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v3.0, and with this new version many improvements, some already told you in the previous post, and others are somewhat more hidden between the RESTfulAPI and PowerShell.Today I come to talk about a Powershell cmdlet called Measure-VBOOrganizationFullBackupSize that will allow us to know information about the organization or organizations we want to protect, without having to go to the Admin Center and review one by one the elements, as I told you in this other post.

Measure-VBOOrganizationFullBackupSize at a glance

With this new cmdlet it will literally take us a few seconds to know the full size of the organizations we want to protect, is very useful when creating repositories, and even to divide repositories by applications for example, or tenants, etc.

VMware: How to solve the error with Telegraf and vSphere “Task Name: Remote View Manager, Status: The request refers to an unexpected or unknown type”

Greetings everyone, if you have followed this blog for quite some time, I am sure you have stopped by the blog entry about How to Monitor a vSphere Environment using Grafana, InfluxDB and telegraf. That blog post has tons of comments, and feedback from all of you around the Globe, which is great. Lately I've started receiving some comments about a common error that some of you have seen once deployed the solution, the error should say something like this:
Task Name: Remote View Manager, Status: The request refers to an unexpected or unknown type
And it will look this on the vSphere Client, thanks to Stuart Kennedy for the screenshot:This is due to an old telegraf version you might be using, and the solution it is quite simple, upgrade to the latest telegraf version.

Nutanix: Deploy Single-Node Nutanix Community Edition 5.10 over VMware vSphere 6.7 in Nested Mode – OVF Format

Greetings friends, I have told you on numerous occasions how to deploy Nutanix Community Edition on different platforms such as VMware Fusion, using ISO, using PowerShell to create a cluster of three nodes, and so on.Today I bring you something much simpler, it only takes 5 minutes to have a Single-Cluster since I have altruistically created an OVF image ready for you to try Community Edition today.

System requirements to deploy Nutanix Community Edition 5.10 in OVF format

I want to emphasize that this image is based on the latest version of Nutanix Community Edition 5.10, which was announced a few days ago, and that this OVF is intended only to be deployed nested on vSphere or ESXi, we go with the requirements, the image is consuming the following, but you can edit CPU and RAM:
  • Intel CPU, 4 cores minimum, with VT-x support enabled. The image has 8 Cores, 2 processors of 4.
  • Memory 16GB minimum. The image has 24GB
  • Hot Tier (SSD) One SSD for each minimum Server to install Hypervisor Acropolis, ≥ 16GB
  • Hot Tier (SSD) One SSD for each minimum Server, ≥ 200GB per server. We'd better deploy it over SSD.
  • Cold Tier (HDD) One SSD for each server minimum, ≥ 500GB per server.
If we meet the requirements, for example in my case I have a SSD of 1TB and launched there all the OVF with their disks and everything.

Veeam: Whiteboard Veeam Live Recording Next-level data protection: Veeam Availability Suite v9.5 U4

Greetings friends, a few weeks back I had the pleasure to co-present a Whiteboarding live-session with Alex Fraser (Senior Systems Engineer UKI).The session which you can watch for free, and without any registration, if you do a little scrolling covers a few of the new announcements with Veeam Availability Suite v9.5 U4, not just we present it by a diagram and with a brief explanation, but also we jump into de Console to show how actually does it works.The topics covered are:
  • Cloud Tier: Provide unlimited capacity for long-term data retention by using native, cost effectiveobject storage integrations.
  • Staged & Secure Restore: Remain compliant by streamlining GDPR right to be forgotten requests and reduce security risks by automatcially scanning and verifying backups after malicious attacks.
  • Cloud Mobility: Provides easy portability and recovery of ANY on-premises or cloud-based workloads to AWS, Azure and Azure Stack.

Veeam: Veeam Announces Veeam Backup and Replication 9.5 Update 4

Greetings friends, Veeam has announced its new Update 4 for the already long-lived version 9.5 of Veeam Backup and Replication. The previous update was released in July and included support for vSphere 6.7 among many other things, but it is true that a lot of time has passed since then and that there were certain features that we were waiting for in this new Update 4. Recording of the release of Veeam Backup & Replication v9.5 u4 live from Orlando

VMware: Attend for free to the first North East VMUG of 2019 – Thursday 7th February

Greetings friends, 2019 it is here, and not only that, all the Community events start now to kicking off another season which will be much better than previous years in terms of content and of course new products and integrations.The best option to be on top of all the information out there, presented and delivered by great speakers whom are subject matter experts is to attend to your local VMUG, yo can find your local VMUG and when it will be at https://community.vmug.com/home

North East VMUG Thursday 7th February 2019

I was lucky enough to be selected as an speaker for the upcoming North East VMUG, which will take place on Thursday 7th February, among an impressive list of speakers, if you are around the area I will encourage you to attend, learn something new this day, and have the chance to speak with great professionals, not just the speakers but of course the rest of the attendees, which it is really the best of this VMUG the chance that we have to meet new peers, share some designs around our Datacenter, gather feedback and opinions and learn something new.Keep reading to know more about all the sessions, speakers and location for the North East VMUG happening on 7th February 2019

Looking for the Perfect Dashboard: InfluxDB, Telegraf and Grafana – Part XIV – Veeam Availability Console

Greetings friends, I have already mentioned all the advantages that a monitoring and dashboarding system has. In fact, you can find all the entries about InfluxDB, Telegraf and Grafana here. Today I bring you a new entry focused on Service Providers of Veeam using Veeam Cloud Connect, in this case it’s a Dashboard that will increase the visibility that Veeam Service Providers has thanks to the Veeam Availability Console. Veeam Availability Console it is free for any Veeam Service Provider, and among the tons of features that it has, it does include as well a RESTfulAPI which we will leverage for this Grafana DashboardGrafana Dashboard for Veeam Availability Suite - SP OverviewGrafana Dashboard for Veeam Availability Suite - Tenant OverviewThe project it is on a very early state, v0.1 you can call it, so your feedback it will be important and very valued.

VMware: How to configure VCSA 6.7 HA in vSphere Client HTML5, the New High Availability of vCenter Server Appliance

Greetings friends, I told you exactly a year ago about the new HA that VMware had included in vSphere 6.5 for vCenter, you can browse the article here if you continue in vSphere 6.5.Today I bring you the updated article for vSphere 6.7 Update 1 and later, since now everything is done from the HTML 5 Client, aka vSphere Client.

What is vCenter HA, and why is it important?

The HA for our vCenter Appliance was announced a year ago. This new HA allows us to add extra protection to our most critical element in any VMware Infrastructure, the vCenter. For years we have had to use HA on SQL Server, and manage to give a HA to services on Windows, but it has never been fully supported by VMware, and they have always recommended using its basic HA function, which is nothing more than lifting the VM on another Host.But since VMware vSphere 6.5, VMware already brings native HA for vCenter, only for the Linux appliance, not supported for Windows since this implementation is already in End-of-Life, besides configuring it is a job that will take just a few minutes, and suitable for any level of Admin VMware.

Veeam: Free Veeam licenses for our virtualization Home Labs

Veeam reminds us that it offers free licenses for our virtualization home labs, which gives us the opportunity to test all the power of Veeam products in our environments. Not only this, but it also comes in handy to have Backups of our demo environment.

Veeam Agent for Windows NEW

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows is an agent that is easily installed in any modern version of Microsoft Operating Systems, and that allows us to protect physical environments such as workstations or laptops, or Windows servers with Active Directory or complex applications that require to be physical, also allows us to protect Microsoft Windows environments in the Public Cloud.

Not-For-Resale Licenses (NFR) for Veeam Agent for Windows.