Disaster Recovery across regions in AWS

Disaster Recovery across regions in AWS

Last week I wrote an article on how Veeam Cloud Protection Manager can be used to protect your instances in AWS.  This week I want to look at how you can use Cloud Protection Manager for Disaster Recovery across regions in AWS. With Cloud Protection Manager, you also have the ability to replicate and failover your instances across regions in AWS.  Why would you do this?  Not only are you protecting your instances with managed backups in the same region, you can also provide business continuity in the event of a region failure within AWS.  With Cloud Protection Manager, you also have the ability to protect workloads across multiple AWS accounts to replicate across regions.  This makes it even harder for a “Codespaces” type disaster to ever happen again.  AWS gives great guidance on when to use multiple accounts for security boundaries. So how do we setup workloads in Cloud Protection […]

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Disaster Recovery across regions in AWS

Business Continuity in AWS with Cloud Protection Manager

In January Veeam acquired N2WS Software, which provide cloud backup and disaster recovery solutions.  One of the products N2WS has is Cloud Protection Manager.  This product allows anyone using AWS to easily schedule automated backups and disaster recovery snapshots and have them distributed across availability zones and regions. Cloud Protection Manager supports the following targets: EC2 Instances Volumes RDS Databases Aurora Clusters Redshift Clusters DynamoDB Tables Cloud Protection Manager is deployed easily through an AMI in the AWS Marketplace.  You can read the installation instructions here So what does Cloud Protection Manager do that you can’t already do in AWS? Cloud Protection Manager provides the ability to have a Simple UI to manage all snapshots and recovery.  Using Cloud Protection Manager you can easily configure policies and schedules and set up Disaster Recovery replication. An example is creating a backup policy.  Once you have defined your backup schedules (think daily/weekly/monthly […]

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Start of a new journey

Today I am announcing that I have left VMware after 8 years at a great company. I don’t want to start one of those this is my life story blogs, as I typically find them a bit awkward and I am not interested in trying to create any drama about my own personal choices. What I do want to say is thanks to a few people.  During my time at VMware I have made some amazing and incredible friends.  I have worked with some of the most outstanding individuals this industry has ever seen.  Four of those people have been instrumental in helping my career and without them I wouldn’t be where I am today.   Chris Colotti Duncan Epping Jenny Fong Mathew Lodge So, where am I going?  Well I have decided to join Veeam and will be working in the Product Strategy group with Rick Vanover, Anthony Spiteri, […]

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General Availability of VMware vCloud Director 9.1

  VMware announced today on the VMware blog site the release of version 9.1 of vCloud Director. This latest version is packed full of features and updates to help the ever growing VMware Cloud Provider Program deploy enterprise grade public cloud offerings. So whats key about this release?   These are: HTML 5 Tenant and Administration Portal User Interface Extensibility Orchestration Services Python SDK and CLI Multi-Site View SR-IOV (Single-Root Input/output Virtualization) FIPS Mode Standalone VMRC For me this has been a milestone release personally.  The last time I worked with vCloud Director was back in version 1.5, so being able to see how the HTML 5 UI has progressed since the awful days of the Flex UI is nice. To read about the new features in-depth VMware (and I) have released a white paper, you can read it here. The VMware vCloud Director 9.1 release notes can be viewed […]

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Microsoft Windows MMC shortcuts .msc

Application Command Active Directory Domains and Trusts domain.msc Active Directory Management admgmt.msc Active Directory Sites and Services dssite.msc Active Directory Users and Computers dsa.msc ADSI Edit adsiedit.msc Authorization manager azman.msc Certification Authority Management certsrv.msc Certificate Templates certtmpl.msc Cluster Administrator cluadmin.exe Computer Management compmgmt.msc Component Services comexp.msc Configure Your Server cys.exe Device Manager devmgmt.msc DHCP Management dhcpmgmt.msc Disk Defragmenter dfrg.msc Disk Manager diskmgmt.msc Distributed File System dfsgui.msc DNS Management dnsmgmt.msc Event Viewer eventvwr.msc Indexing Service Management ciadv.msc IP Address Manage ipaddrmgmt.msc Licensing Manager llsmgr.exe Local Certificates Management certmgr.msc Local Group Policy Editor gpedit.msc Local Security Settings Manager secpol.msc Local Users and Groups Manager lusrmgr.msc Network Load balancing nlbmgr.exe Performance Monitor perfmon.msc PKI Viewer pkiview.msc Public Key Management pkmgmt.msc Quality of Service Control Management acssnap.msc Remote Desktop tsmmc.msc Remote Storage Administration rsadmin.msc Removable Storage ntmsmgr.msc Removable Storage Operator Requests ntmsoprq.msc Routing and Remote Access Manager rrasmgmt.msc Resultant Set of Policy rsop.msc Schema […]

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Getting Started with VMware Cloud Provider Program (Technical Tips and Tricks) – LHC1661BU – VMworld session

Enterprises globally are enthusiastically embracing the hybrid cloud as both a way of reducing costs and improving the quality of service IT provides to its end customers. To achieve this, enterprises are looking to VMware and the VMware Cloud Provider Program to help them run in a hybrid cloud model. Participants in this session will leave with a technical understanding of how to leverage the hybrid cloud to gain benefits of geographic diversity and agile scaling for growth, while continuing to use the tools they have already invested in.

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VMworld vBrownBag – Building a cloud solution

“Service Providers globally are enthusiastically embracing hybrid cloud as both a way of reducing costs and improving the quality of service they provide to end customers. To achieve this, Service Providers are looking to VMware vCloud Air Network and Veeam to help them build a scalable cost-effective cloud solution. In this session, we will get into the details of the technology. We’ll focus on how these solutions are architected and what that implies in real-life implementations. A participant in this session will leave with a technical understanding of how to leverage technology from Veeam and VMware to provide a successful cloud-based storage service.”

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vCloud Air Network VMworld sessions

Hot on the heels of Antony Spiteri’s blog post titled VMWORLD 2017: VCLOUD AIR NETWORK AGAIN OUT IN FORCE I wanted to give my own take on the vCloud Air Network sessions being presented at VMworld. This year is a good year for Cloud at VMworld, alongside the VMware on AWS sessions, the vCloud Air Network has a number of sessions, plus a ton of sessions being led by some of the cloud industries biggest players, IBM, iland, Navisite, CenturyLink to name a few. The full list of vCloud Air Network sessions with dates and times are: Session ID Title US Time EMEA Time LHC2424BU 200 to 40,000 VMs in 24 Months: Building Highly Scalable SDDC on Hybrid Cloud: Real-World Example Wednesday 8:00 Thursday 13:30 LHC2573BU Achieving Hybrid Cloud Data Agility Securely with VMware NSX Tuesday 17:00 LHC3139SU Achieving Success in a Multi-Cloud World Wednesday 11:00 Tuesday 14:00 LHC1746BU Automating Disaster […]

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VMware vCloud Availability – Looking for more information

Recently I have been receiving a number of requests from Service Providers looking for more information on VMware vCloud Availability.  This is a short list of reference materials that will help direct people. VMware vCloud Availability Documentation  VMware vCloud Availability FAQ Q. What is VMware vCloud Availability for vCloud Director? A. VMware vCloud® Availability for vCloud Director® enables vCloud AirTM Network service providers to o er simple, cost-e ective cloud-based disaster recovery and migration services that seamlessly support their customers’ vSphere® environments. This solution is designed expressly for VMware service providers to be easy to operate and to integrate with their existing VMware cloud environments. Only service providers in the vCloud Air Network can purchase this solution from VMware; Enterprise customers must consume this o ering from a vCloud Air Network service provider who is o ering this service from their cloud. VMware vCloud Availability Homepage  VMware vCloud Availability Documentation […]

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VMware vCloud Availability Logical Architecture

VMware vCloud Availability Logical Architecture

VMware recently launched a new version of VMware vCloud Availability for vCloud Director, with the latest version being 1.0.1. I wanted to talk about the VMware vCloud Availability Logical Architecture, and how a public cloud consumer using a vCloud Availability offering from a vCloud Air Network provider can easily build a Disaster Recovery offering. Let’s first quickly look at what it is: The vCloud Availability offering is a warm stand-by capacity failover solution that is easy to deploy and uses the VMware vSphere Replication appliance (VSRA).  This is a single appliance deployed into your on-premises vSphere environment and leverages vSphere Replication to replicate and migrate you’re on-prem virtual machines to the cloud. VSRA is a secure end to end replication technology, encrypting the virtual machines the moment it leaves the ESXi host, until it is stored on the provider side environment. Logical Architecture So how does it work?   The […]

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Install Windows Server 2016 GUI Desktop Experience

If you have installed Microsoft Windows Server 2016 and are wondering where the GUI now called Desktop Experience is, then unfortunatly the only way to have the Desktop is to re-install the OS. I have just installed Windows Server 2016 today for the first time, and as its just for testing purposes, never really paid much attention to the installation procedure. I’ve installed Windows countless times, so just always click next, next select disk finish. Unfortunatly this time, Windows Server Core (thats what it was called in the old days) appeared. No big deal, lets have a quick google and install it. The first article you come to is from petri.com (everyones favourite source of Windows fixes) and it gives you some tips on how to install the GUI using PowerShell.  Perfect!  Unfortunatly no!  It doesnt work.  This article was written when W2k16 was in Tech Preview.  The install feature […]

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