Review – 10 most popular posts on my blog in 2017

review

Call it a review or a look back. Or a time travel if you like to. I’d like to introduce you the 10 most popular posts on my blog of 2017. And a short reflection what happend in 2016.

Very much happened last year (you don’t say?). I had the opportunity to work on many interesting customer projects. Preparing and planning a huge cloud migration for one of my customers was and still is one of my favorite projects. But there were not only projects in my company and for customers but also many personal projects. I invested much effort, time and money to build a small vSphere homelab as preparation for my VMware VCP and Veeam VMCE-ADO exams (where i failed twice VCP in 2016, dang it, and i’m still learning for it). In 2017i attended also one great event in New Orleans, VeeamON.

This event was great. Exhausting. Interesting. I met so many cool people, had interesting chats with them. All about virtualization and data protection. I would like to mention the Veeam team, especially the people behind the Veeam VVanguard program, when i had the opportunity to meet them and have a good chat. Really cool guys there at Veeam, thank you!

The year before i really started with blogging. In the meantime i really like it and i was able to publish some good articles i think. Sometimes i don’t know what to write. I’m not a fashionista, or a foodie, that puts every bit on the internet. I’d like to provide content which hopefully help people to get their job done and i’d like to help solving a problem. Most of my blog posts are based on problems which i struggled with, and a solution i found for. Bang. Put that on my website. Because mostly you’re not alone with a specific IT problem. And if you find a solution here on my blog, you’re welcome. I’m here to help. Some other blog posts are based just on my personal interest in all kinds of IT belongings. Is there a new feature in Veeam or a new version? I’ll go out and test it. Bang. Blog post done.

But now let us focus on what happened on my blog last year. What are the 10 most popular blog posts of 2017? Here they are!

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Veeam – What’s new? Agent Management in Update 3

Veeam recently released the update 3 for Veeam Backup & Replication. One of the biggest innovation is the integrated management of Veeam Agents for Windows and Linux. Veeam didn’t wait until the release of version 10 with this feature, but have brought it now.

With the integrated agent management you have the total control of your physical and cloud workloads. If you have some physical servers, like special database applications or a domain controller, or workloads in public or privat cloud environments, which are not running in your on-premises infrastructure, then Veeam Agent is the perfect solution for you.

You can backup your physical servers located in your own datacenter by using Veeam Agent. But not only limited to servers but also for workstations. Like the very important laptop from your boss, or other special computers with complex software configuration.

And you can also reach out to the cloud with Veeam Agents. Imagine you’ve got some web and database servers running in the cloud, but there is no backup available. With Veeam Agent you can backup also these workloads to your local repository, to be able to restore things to the cloud or your local infrastructure.

In this what’s new article i’ll show you how the agent management works, how you create protection groups and backup jobs.

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VeeamON Tour Virtual – Big Availability Event on your Desktop

VeeamON Tour Virtual 2017

Ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seatbelts! Veeam announced the biggest online Availability event in EMEA! VeeamON Tour Virtual!

You’ll get the latest insights about upcoming Veeam product innovations, like Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 3. There will be also a special track only for the industries hottest trend – Cloud. And last but not least meet and network with the industry’s most influential experts at this virtual exhibition.

And did i already mention the best? It’s FREE! You don’t have to travel, there is no entrance fee. You just have to register to get your virtual seat for this huge event. You can participate at your office or at home, you just need a browser and an internet connection.

For more information and registration click here.

VeeamON Tour Virtual is available in three languages, English, German and French.

VeeamON Tour Virtual Agenda Sneak Peek

This event starts at 11am and lasts until ~6pm. You can attend three tracks: Business, Technical, Cloud. Let’s have a look into the agenda.

Business Track

  • Peter McKay and John Metzger start with Veeam predicitons for 2018
  • Massimo Merlo will talk about how to help IT departments secure their availability goals
  • Luca Dell’Oca is talking from From Cloud to Cloud — How to Easily Move Your Data
  • Gianluca Mazzotta, James Castro-Edwards and Massimo Merlo are clearing the buzz around the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regulation
  • William Howell from Cisco will tell you why HyperFlex & Veeam is “Better Together”
  • Allan Hammond from HPE shows you why Veeam and HPE Storage is the perfect combination for application data protection

Technical Track

  • Paul Szelesi will give you some Best Practices of Backup and Replication 2017
  • Niels Engelen and my fellow Veeam Vanguard Jorge de la Cruz will give you a deep dive about Managing, Reporting and Visibility
  • Michael Cade will tell you more about the new Continuous Data Protection feature in Veeam Availability Suite v10
  • Stéphane Estevez from Quantum shows you the 1st and only inline deduplication appliances that fully support instant VM recovery, synthetic full-backup creation and more
  • Mikhail Vasiliev will be hosting the LIVE Q&A session with all the experts. Feel free to ask your questions right there!

Cloud Track

  • Yuri Sukhov will give you examples about how bad it is to loose access to your email, and he shows you how easy it is to protect and restore Office 365 or a hybrid Exchange deployment
  • Luca Dell’Oca showy you in his session that the NEW Veeam Availability for AWS is the industry’s first cloud-native, agentless data protection and Availability solution for AWS applications and data
  • Irina Lentsner has the focus on the service provider and tenant roles and detail Veeam’s existing and upcoming vCloud Director support

Please click “Read more” to get the short German version

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Veeam Webinar “Alles über VMware vSAN”

Das Live Webinar ist durch, die Nervosität wieder weg, und die offenen Fragen konnten im Nachgang beantwortet werden. Die Vorbereitungen zum Webinar waren interessant und lehrreich, konnte ich doch mein Wissen über bestimmte Gebiete regelrecht updaten. Ich danke alle Teilnehmern für ihr Interesse und ihre sehr guten Fragen. Aufgrund der Zeitverhältnisse konnten wir leider nicht alle Fragen beantworten. Dies wurde diese Woche per Mail noch nachgeholt.

Falls ihr das Webinar verpasst habt könnt ihr es gerne unter folgendem Link nachschauen:

Die Slides zum Webinar gibt es hier. Und wer wissen möchte was für Fragen gestellt wurden, kann sich die Fragen & Antworten hier herunterladen.

Übrigens, falls ihr es noch nicht gehört habt…

Am 5. Dezember 2017 findet der grosse VeeamON Tour Virtual Event statt. Einen Tag lang gibt es live online Sessions und Recordings über alle wichtigen Themen. Wie Cloud Migration, Datenschutz, Best Practices, Management und Reporting, Continous Data Protection, Sicherung von AWS Instanzen und vCloud Director. Meldet euch an und reserviert euch einen Sitzplatz, egal ob zu Hause oder im Büro, der Event läuft online 😉

How to delete and change VMware vSAN disk groups

Since few months i’m working with VMware vSAN in my own vSphere homelab. And i tell you, i really like vSAN! If you’re looking for an easy, affordable, very well performing and scalable storage solution, there you go. VMware vSAN is ready to take all your workloads. It doesn’t matter if it’s just your nested lab environment, or something more serious like a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), big data or business critical applications like SQL databases and Microsoft Exchange servers.

How does vSAN work?

VMware vSAN takes the local disks of an ESXi hosts and puts them in a storage pool, a so called disk group. Put all disk groups of your ESXi hosts together in a cluster and you’ve got a vSAN datastore. It’s that easy. And it’s also easy to make changes to those disk pools. Add disks, remove disks, or change the complete layout of a disk pool.

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