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Review Veeam One Part 2 First time start

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After installing (check my post here) it’s now time to check out Veam ONE.

There are 3 new icon’s, let’s use the first (Veeam ONE Monitor)

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Veeam ONE is starting..

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When first starting Veeam, you are asked to give you mailserver credentials :

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Which user is going to get which notification mails?

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You are given the option to create some policy’s :

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Enter your snmp string for monitoring purposes :

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Ok, ready to finalize the changes :

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And here you are….

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(For privacy reasons I removed some information)

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Review Veeam One Part 1 Installing

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I recently installed Veeam in my home environment. These are the steps I went through when installing Veeam ONE.

We start with the Windows Metro style installation menu :

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The installation procedure is straight forward.

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There are 2 options, I’m using the full product. :-)

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I choose the typical installation, you might want to change that although.

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A very very nice feature is that Veeam checks for the requirements and automatically installs them :

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And as you can see the requirements are installed :

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Give the service accounts credentials :

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Provide the SQL Server instance credentials :

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Make sure the following ports are free :

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Provide the VMware vCenter credentials : (or Hyper-V)

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Give the credentials and IP address of your Veaam Backup & Replication server :

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Check the summary and hit next to install the software :

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After 1 or 2 minutes Veeam ONE is installed..

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Yesss, VMware vExpert 2014!

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I’m very honored to be awarded vExpert 2014! A vExpert is an active member of the community who impacts his or her knowledge on others. VMware uses the following explanation : “ A vExpert is not a technical certification, VMware selected people who engaged with their community and who had developed a substantial personal platform of influence in those communities. There were a lot of very smart, very accomplished people, even VCDXs, that weren’t named vExpert this year. “

 

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You can find the full list of members here.

The proof :

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VMware vCenter virtual appliance : schedule reboot

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My experience is, in my whitebox environment to reboot the VMware vCenter virtual appliance from time to time. I used to do this manually but I decided to create a scheduled task. Hey we are IT people right? :-)

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First login to the console with your password (I hope you changed the default root/vmware password combination :-))

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go to the /etc directory and open the crontab file

Edit the crontab (just press the i key for insert, and go to the bottom line).

As you see there are 5 options before the command :

  • minute (from 0 to 59)
  • hour (from 0 to 23)
  • day of the month (from 1 to 31)
  • month (from 1 to 12)
  • day of the week (from 0 to 6, 0=sunday)

If you use a * it means every, In my example every friday at 1 o’clock in the morning my appliance will reboot itself)

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VMware : System logs are stored on non-persistent storage

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I recently reinstalled my VMware servers using USB sticks. After the first reboot I noticed an yellow warning. When highlighting the different servers I noticed the “System logs are stored on non-persistent storage” warning.

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This is how you can fix that :

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Select a persistent (SAN?) storage that you can use and go to Browse Datastore.

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Create a new folder

 

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Give it a name.. :-)

 

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After that go to advanced settings bij the configuration tab of your ESX server.

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Go to the Syslog tab.

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Give the name of the datastore between brackets and the name of the folder you just created. Hit ok and you notice that the warning is gone :

 

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Free NFR license Veeam Backup & Recovery

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Do you want to demonstrate or test Veeam Backup and Recovery V7?

When you are holding the vExpert/VCP/MCP/MCTS or MVP status then you’re entitled for a free 180-day NFR license for Veeam Backup & Recovery for the new 7 version.

Check it out here.

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ESXi : Kill running(?) Virtual Machine

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This is how you easily can kill an running VM :

  1. Login to your VMware server
  2. Start esxtop
  3. Press c to show CPU resource screen
  4. Press Shift-V to show only virtual machines
  5. Press f to add a column (Leader World ID)
  6. Identify the machine you wish to kill (LWID)
  7. Press K and enter the ID
  8. Wait for a couple of seconds
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Howto : mount NFS datastore from Synology NAS (ESXi)

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The following describes how to connect your Synology NAS to your ESXi host using NFS :

First make sure NFS is enabled :

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NFS has to be enabled ofcourse Glimlach

 

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Then create an shared folder (or use an existing one)

 

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Add NFS rights, specify the host (ESXi server) and read/write access :

 

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Now goto your ESXi server, configuration –> storage :

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Now Add Storage..

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Choose Network File System :

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Specify you folder (go back 4 screenshots for the information you specified)

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Click next and you have an extra NFS datastore!

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How to : Extend diskspace Windows 2008 (R2)

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Many times people asked me how to extend a disk or I see them running Gpart or CLI tools while it’s not necessary. For those people I decided to write this blogpost.

Step 1 : Extend your disk in VMware settings

Go to you vCenter server and extend the disk. Simply go to the server you wish to edit, choose edit settings and click on the hard drive you wish to extend. Make sure you select the right drive! Glimlach

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Now just fill in the amount of disk space you want for this drive. In mine example (I took this picture after resizing the disk) it was 30 GB and I added 20 Gb so the total is 50 Gb of storage.

Step 2 : Check your drive and extend it Glimlach

Before I extended the drive it was 30 Gb, check this picture :

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Now we are going to extend this drive. Go to server manager/storage.

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Click rescan disks, because Windows doesn’t see the extra available space right yet. After the rescan you must see extra unallocated space. Now select the volume (partition) you wish the extend. See below :

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Just go through these simple steps :

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Et voila, the disk is extended :

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Disable ESXi SSH warnings

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Today a customer wanted SSH by default on for specific reasons and didn’t like the yellow warning on their ESXi servers. This is how you disable this :

First enable SSH :

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Go to Security Profile –> SSH –> options and enable it.

Notice that now you have a yellow warning neir your hosts :

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Now this is how you can disable the warning :

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Go through Advanced Settings –> UsersVars –> SuppressShellWarning and change the value from 0 to 1

Notice the warning sign is gone :

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You can also use the CLI :

esxcli system settings advanced set -o /UserVars /SuppressShellWarning -i 1
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