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Leverage the cloud for a Veeam backup repository

Recently I gave a presentation at VMworld alongside Rick Vanover where we discussed how you can leverage the cloud for backup image storage. So on that topic, I wanted to provide some information on how you can leverage vCloud Air to provide you with an endpoint for Veeam backups. First let’s take a high level look at what Veeam has to offer. Veeam uses a backup appliance, much in the same way a number of other vendors do. This appliance essentially takes snapshots of virtual machines running either on vSphere or Hyper-V. Once it has these snapshot images, it moves them off to an external storage area, whether it be a physical SAN or virtual storage in the cloud. It’s a very simple, but elegant solution that a number of VMware and Microsoft IT shops have deployed. One of the great lesser known features of Veeam is Cloud Gateway. Essentially […]

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VMware vCloud Air VMworld sessions available

VMware vCloud Air VMworld sessions available Now that VMworld has passed, I thought it would be a good opportunity to share the presentations that I gave. VMworld was incredibily busy time again this year, and the interest in VMwares’ vCloud Air continues to grow. Throughtout my time presenting and attending VMworld, it is interesting to see how the cloud interest has grown over the past 7 years. People are no longer only interested in private clouds, they also want to leverage the public cloud to help ease the pressures on the current on-premises infrastructure. One of my sessions talked exactly about that, the journey to cloud, and how there is a lot of similarities between the virtualization journey and the cloud journey. This session was my particular favourite to present this year. I was honoured to be asked to present the vCloud Air Spotlight session. You can watch the full […]

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VMworld 2016 – where will I be?

Wow!  Its that time again already!  The VMworld 2016 content catalog has been released.  Its going to be a busy one for me this year for sure! I hope you find these interesting, and come along. Group Discussion Dsiaster Recovery, Business Continuity and Object Storage in the Cloud David Hill Simon Momber Monday 2.00pm – 3.00pm Breakout Virtualization 2.0: How the Cloud is Evloving the Modern Data Center David Hill Tuesday 1.00pm – 2.00pm Breakout vCloud Air Recovery as a Service (RaaS) Deep Dive David Hill Tuesday 4.00pm – 5.00pm Quick Talk Backups to the Cloud – Leverage the cloud for Business Continiuty David Hill Rick Vanover (Veeam) Sunday 4.00pm – 4.30pm Quick Talk Top tips for moving to the Cloud David Hill George Kobar (Trace3) Sunday 2.00pm – 2.30pm

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OS X could not be installed on your computer – El Capitan

Installing El Capiton on an old Mac Book Pro today, I received the error: OS X could not be installed on your computer No packages were eligible for install. Contact the software manufacturer for assistance. Quit the installer to restart your computer and try again. I checked Apple’s support Matrix (it is a very old macbook pro) at https://support.apple.com/kb/SP728?locale=en_GB and it was listed as supported. After lots of Googling and investigation, I discovered that the date and time were not set to current, the macbook thought it was year 2000. You can easily reset the time and date by following the steps below: Click Utilities on the menu bar Select Terminal Type date Confirm the date is wrong Type date 062112422016 (example: June 21st 12:42 2016) Exit terminal Click Restart Once the Date and time are configured you will be able to install OS X. Easy fix, for a ridiculous […]

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vCloud Air Reference Architecture released

  Recently one of the projects I have been leading is to create reference architectures for vCloud Air. Lots of people have been asking me what the reference architectures actually cover, and what is the purpose of these. Firstly, I have produced a quick over video talking about a specific reference architecture “Data Center Extension”.  In this video I walk through at a high level what you can expect to achieve by reading and leveraging this reference architecture. These reference architectures are expected to be used to supplement the VMware Validated Designs for the Software Defined Data Center.  By leveraging this reference architecture you will be able to achieve a true hybrid cloud deployment as shown below: What can you expect from the vCloud Air Reference Architecture? Well here is a quick snippet from the overview section: This document describes, in general terms, what is required to extend an on-premises […]

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Configure Screen Rotation RaspberryPI

I have been playing with my Raspberry PI quite a lot lately, but one annoyance is that with some of the Operating Systems you can run on it, you cant change the screen rotation.  I use my Raspberry PI on a Dell Monitor that I have rotated 90 degrees.  Most of the time this monitor is used for producing documents on it, hence the rotation, but its a nice monitor with lots of inputs, so its great to use with the Raspberry PI.  Unfortunatly the OS I run (RISC OS 5) doesn’t support screen rotation natively.  However the Raspberry PI output can be rotated quite easily by simply telling the GPU to rotate the output.  You do this by editing one of the files in the root of the SD Card, config.txt. Depending on which Operating System your running on your Raspberry PI will depend on how simple or complex […]

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