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

Greetings friends, a few weeks ago I was showing you everything we need to know about Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure, in case you haven't been paying attention, I'm posting the blog series here (in Spanish): This whole series is very complete and I hope you like it. Today I bring you one more step on how to correctly secure our instance of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure.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!

OBS: How to get professional, and informative-looking video calls

Greetings friends, we have been working from home for several months now, as much as possible, and video calls have become very popular, in fact, the preferred way for social interaction, with clients, etc.Although it is known that backgrounds are now very fashionable, and everyone is free to use them, I see more professional some backgrounds that look like offices, or even the blurring of the background more than enough if we are in our bedroom, it always depends on who we talk to and everything.Today I bring you some steps to get something similar to the following, which is just adding some titles on the image of your camera:In order to do that we're going to need:
  • A webcam, I use a Canon Alpha 6000 with an Elgato
  • Game Capture HD60.
  • A Windows PC, Linux, or Mac, works in all.
  • OBS Studio
  • NDI Plugin for OBS
  • NDI Tools

Looking for the Perfect Dashboard: InfluxDB, Telegraf, and Grafana – Part XXV (Monitoring Power Consumption)

Greetings friends, for some time now I have been thinking and thinking about how I could monitor all the electricity consumption in my house, I have found many different ways, and in the end, I have opted for the cheapest and simplest.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 XXIV (Monitoring Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure)

Greetings friends, I bring you a new entry about Grafana and Veeam, which I'm sure you'll like and put in your labs. Veeam has recently announced Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure. Along the ton of functionalities that the product includes, one is a public RESTFul API, and I thought it could be a good idea to create a Dashboard for this solution.Today, I am pleased to bring you a complete and finished Dashboard to monitor Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure, without limit of VMs, jobs, or Repos.You will see that there is a Map inside the Dashboard, and that's because I consider quite important to be able to look globally and see what regions have unprotected VMs.

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure Dashboard

When you finish the entry you will have something similar to this Dashboard:

Looking for the Perfect Dashboard: InfluxDB, Telegraf, and Grafana – Part XXIII (Monitoring WordPress with Jetpack RESTful API)

Greetings friends, since 2016 I have been showing you how to get the Perfect Dashboard using Grafana, InfluxDB, and Telegraf, we have come a long way together, and we have seen how to monitor a myriad of critical components, such as SSLweb page responses, VMware vSphere, Veeam, and much more.The other day I was telling you how to extract the metrics from Cloudflare, that there we can have a professional website, blog, etc. But it is true that many times we do not have something so sophisticated, and we have a blog in Wordpress with Jetpack installed.So today, we'll see how to extract information (no limits or restrictions) from the Wordpress.com Jetpack API.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 XXII (Monitoring Cloudflare, include beautiful Maps)

Greetings friends, since 2016 I have been showing you how to get the Perfect Dashboard using Grafana, InfluxDB, and Telegraf, we have come a long way together, and we have seen how to monitor a myriad of critical components, such as SSL, web page responses, VMware vSphere, Veeam, and much, much more.Today we return to the basics, exploring some of the more visually appealing plugins, and giving it a more personal touch, how it is to analyze Cloudflare's statistics where we have our blog, personal website, e-commerce, etc. cached.Note: As the API has been deprecated. Cloudflare now publishes everything by GraphQL, I have corrected the whole script to make it work smoothly.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:

Nutanix: Deploy, install and configure Veeam Availability for Nutanix v2.0, the indispensable backup for Acropolis environments

Greetings friends, today I bring you a very interesting post, it's about everything you need to know about Veeam Availability for Nutanix v2.0, from its deployment to its installation and configuration.Veeam Availability for Nutanix v2.0 was released just a few days ago, and that's why we're going to see the whole process.It includes video and theory, let's go! As this post is a bit long, I leave you the menu in HTML as usual:

Veeam Availability for Nutanix - What is it and why do we need it in Acropolis environments?

Many years ago, back in 2015, I told you that Nutanix was launching its own Hypervisor, distancing itself from VMware or Hyper-V and including its own hypervisor to have better control of the hardware that Nutanix provides.It is true that Nutanix allows replication of VMs between different clusters, and of course, the Acropolis itself and the Nutanix topology offers high availability for all VMs.

Nutanix: Deploy Single-Node Nutanix Community Edition 5.11.1.2 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 using a simple OVF image  I've created ready for you to try Community Edition today.

System requirements to deploy Nutanix Community Edition 5.11.1.2 in OVF format

I want to emphasize that this image is based on the latest version of Nutanix Community Edition 5.11.1.2, which was announced a few months 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. I will recommend something in the order of 24 or 32GB.
  • 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 an SSD of 1TB and launched there all the OVF with their disks and everything.

Veeam: What’s New in Veeam Backup & Replication v10 – XFS (Reflink) and Fast Clone Repositories in Veeam

Greetings friends, a few years ago I told you all the advantages of using Microsoft's ReFS file system to accompany it to our Veeam as a Backup Repository where the synthetic full is generated every week.Veeam has been recommending for a long time to use this technology to make the disk operations that are made when a synthetic is generated really fast, so fast that Veeam marks it in its GUI as [fast clone].So far, everything is wonderful, and I'm sure you are already using it in your Datacenter, but one of the new features that Veeam Backup & Replication includes in v10, is the possibility of using Linux-based repositories formatted in XFS with the Reflink flag, which is basically the same as ReFS.

Officially supported in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, experimental in the rest of the distributions.

XFS (Reflink) explained in conjunction with Veeam Backup & Replication

If we want to take a closer look at how XFS works with Reflink enabled. For example, let's think of a case with NTFS, where we have the typical full copy of each week, the incremental ones and the synthetic full backup, this would look like this in NTFS:If we use XFS with Reflink enabled, we can see that the full synthetic copy instead of having to move all the incremental blocks to produce the new synthetic full, what it does is use the Reflink attribute of XFS to use the references to them to get a fast clone, which makes the copy much faster, and takes up less disk space. This way, we can safely say that using XFS repositories with Reflink enabled, will allow us to reduce the size of our synthetic copies, and get them to go faster.

Veeam: How to design and implement a policy-based SLA backup system – Part V – Monitoring the Veeam Backup & Replication environment with Veeam ONE

Greetings friends, we are approaching the last entries of this interesting series on how to protect the VMs using SLA policies, we have seen previously from the beginning of how to raise this protection system and to begin to create them in vSphere, how to create the policies in Veeam Backup & Replication, to assign the vSphere tags to the VMs that we want to protect and a very useful basic report for the administrators of each application.Today we are going to see in detail, how the Backup Infrastructure Administrators don't get their fingers caught in the resources, and how to create reports that help them understand which environment is busiest.

Veeam ONE Heatmap - A quick look at how busy our environment is

One of the best bird's eye views we have is the one called HEATMAP, which can be found in Veeam ONE Reports, in the Dashboards section. With a simple glance we can see that it is in amber or red, besides being able to see it by each component of the Infrastructure: