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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Review – 10 most popular posts on my blog in 2016

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 2016. 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. Deploying VMware AirWatch for a customer was 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 VCP exam (which i failed twice in 2016, damn it). In 2016 i attended also two great events in Barcelona and Frankfurt.

I took the chance and went the first time to VMworld Europe last year. It was great. Exhausting. Interesting. I met so many cool people, had interesting chats with them. In Frankfurt i attended the VeeamON Forum which was also a cool event. All about virtualization and data security. I would like to mention the Veeam EMEA team, when i had the opportunity to join them for dinner. Really cool guys there at Veeam, thank you!

And i also really started with blogging. In the meantime i really like it. 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 it. 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 2016? Here they are!

Number 1

VMware – Read before upgrade to vSphere 6.5

vSphere 6.5 was officially announced at VMworld Europe 2016 in Barcelona. The world waited for it. But as always, there are some things to consider before you upgrade your infrastructure to the latest version.


Number 2

Veeam – Automatic backup tests with SureBackup

You probably know the movie „Groundhog Day“ with Bill Murray. Every day the same things happen. So with your backups. You backup your data each and every day. But do you also test it? What happens if you really have to restore something? There are many companies which don’t test their backups. With Veeam SureBackup you can fully automate it. And save your time for more important things.


Number 3

VMware vSphere – How to script vMotion for your VMs

Scripting can help you automate things. Just thinking about the batch scripts for network drive mapping at Windows login. And that’s a simple one. But we dig deeper and go to vMotion. This blog post based on a solution i found for a specific problem in my vSphere homelab. I had to find out how i can vmotion my VMs to one specific host so that i can backup them all. Et voila. A nice PowerCLI script arised from researching, trial and error.


Number 4

VMware Homelab – Hardware für den Homeserver

I have to excuse for the language. I’m a native german speaking person. And this was one of the first blog posts about my upcoming vSphere homelab. I had an old game rig and i upgraded with lots of memory, disks and stuff to become my ESXi host which is hosting three other nested ESXi servers. The hardware got a second life, and it is also the starting point of my certification preparations. I’ll probably review this post and make it also available in english.


Number 5

Veeam – Backup your Office 365 mailboxes (on a UNC path)

Many companies relay on their emails and email systems. Some companies have their own mail server, other companies are moving to the cloud. With Office 365 you’ve got different possibilities and you’ll find the one which suits you the best. Office 365 is not only, but also hosted Exchange. You can access your mails on every device at every time, wherever you are. BUT you are responsible to backup up those mailboxes. With Veeam Backup for Office 365 you can do that, fast and easy. I’ll show you how.


Number 6

Veeam SureBackup – Ping-Test Troubleshooting

When we’re talking about backups, we have to talk about recoverability and backup tests too. With Veeam SureBackup you can configure automated backup tests and save your time for more important things. But it’s possible that it doesn’t run out of to box just with clicking around and configure the things. Make sure you configure the virtual helper appliance correctly, according your networking needs.


Number 7

Veeam Endpoint Backup: error: Cannot find partition

I’m sure you’re backing up your personal computer, don’t you? Well, you should. Heard of crypto locker and other malware around the interwebz? At least that should worry you. But also when configuring your backup for your personal computer you can get some trouble. Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE is the right choice for you. Quick and easy setup and configuration. But you can also mess things up, or if your computer has some issues, then you’ve got problems. You can configure Veeam Endpoint Backup so that each and every partition is covered. This post shows you how to do that.


Number 8

VMware – vSAN Deploy and Manage course – Day 1

Just a few weeks ago a attended the VMware VSAN Deploy and Manage course. Three days packed full with information and hands-on labs. We had a great teacher, Paul McSharry. This guy knows the stuff. And of course i did a daily review.


Number 9

Microsoft Active Directory – Change UPN for all users

We’re back at scripting again. This time it’s an Active Directory topic. Many of you might know that. Changing the UPN for a bunch of Active Directory accounts can be frustrating, if not some pain in the b***. I had to do that some months ago for few hundred users. I searched for a solution which i can use not only for one specific use case, but to have a script i can edit and use it anywhere i want. Here it is. Chaning UPN for all users with a script.


Number 10

VMware Certification – How to fail the third time at VCP exam

Last but not least, the mos frustrating and annoying topic for me in 2016 was learning and certification. I thought that i’m ready. Ready to catch the VCP6-DCV exam. But i wasn’t. I tried it at VMworld Europe in Barcelona. And i failed miserably. This was the third time i failed at the VCP exam. I tried once VCP5 and 5.x (that was at the end of 2015). And last year i tried VCP6 two times. The second one was in December. I failed there too. This year i will pass it. And not only just pass it but also get some points. I’ll review all my notes and the study guides and get prepared.


That’s it folks. The review is done. These were the 10 most popular posts on my blog in 2016. I hope you enjoyed this review, and that you probably found a topic of interest, or a solution for a problem. I’m always here to help.

I whish you a great, successful, lucky and healthy 2017. I whish you all the best!

Perseiden – Es hagelt wieder Sternschnuppen

PerseidenAuf meinem Blog veröffentliche ich nicht nur Beiträge zu IT, Technik und Fotografie, ich streife auch mal spezielle Themen. Diese Woche ist so ein spezielles Thema an der Reihe.

Wir alle kennen sie, wir finden sie schön und könnten uns meistens selbst in den Allerwertesten beissen wenn wir sie verpassen. Man kann sie in der Regel nur für einen Augenblick, für die Dauer eines Augenzwinkerns, sehen. Die Rede ist von Sternschnuppen. Das schöne Lichtschauspiel am klaren Nachthimmel erfreut Gross und Klein. Es gibt verschiedene Arten von Sternschnuppen, in dieser Woche jedoch beschränke ich mich jedoch auf ein immer wiederkehrendes Spektakel. Es geht um die Perseiden, oder auch Laurentiustränen.

Die Perseiden sind ein jährlich wiederkehrender Meteorstrom (nicht zu verwechseln mit Meteoriten; das sind die Brocken die es bis auf den Erdboden schaffen). Meteore sind kleinste und kleine Teilchen aus dem Weltall, mit nicht mehr als einem Durchmesser von 0,1 Millimeter bis etwas über 10 Millimeter. Meteore verglühen beim Eintritt in die Erdatmosphäre aufgrund ihrer Größe restlos. Es gibt viele jährlich wiederkehrende Meteorströme, die Perseiden sind neben den Geminiden die wichtigsten oder bekanntesten Vertreter, da sie eine recht hohe Zahl von Teilchen pro Stunde aufweisen.

Die Perseiden sind gemäss den Astronomen jeweils im Zeitraum vom 17. Juli bis 24. August zu sehen, wobei um den 12. August herum die meisten Sichtungen pro Stunde möglich sind (die sogenannte „Zenital Hourly Rate“ oder zu deutsch ungefähr die „zenitale stündliche Rate“). Man erkennt die Perseiden, und auch die meisten anderen Meteorströme, in der Regel mit blossem Auge. Kameras mit Objektiven hindern an der Sichtung der Perseiden eher als das sie helfen sie zu entdecken, da die Kamera doch ein eher eingeschränktes Sichtfeld bietet. Wer Perseiden fotografieren möchte, der stellt die Kamera auf ein Stativ, nutzt ein Weitwinkelobjektiv (evtl. Fish-Eye) und knipst mit einer Langzeitbelichtung.

Wer bis jetzt schon einige Sternschnuppen gesehen hat, kann sich auf viele weitere in dieser Woche freuen. Klare, wolkenlose Abende und Nächte bieten gute Voraussetzungen um den Meteorstrom der Perseiden zu sehen. Und wer bis jetzt noch keine Sternschnuppen gesehen hat, sollte sich diese Woche am Abend vielleicht mal etwas Zeit nehmen und den Himmel beobachten.

Weitere Infos zu Perseiden und weiteren Meteorströmen

Wikipedia.org – Perseiden

Wikipedia.org – Meteorstrom

Update – Perseiden auf Film gebannt

(C) Youtube.com / LaposMovies

https://www.driftar.chyoutube.com/watch?v=4J3jWt82uzs

USB-Bootstick – USB Sticks bootfähig machen

USB-BootstickMan braucht sie nicht oft. Aber wenn, dann funktionieren sie in der Regel nicht so wie man will. Ich spreche von USB-Sticks und davon, wie man diese startfähig resp. bootfähig machen kann. Bootfähige USB-Sticks können genutzt werden um Betriebssysteme zu installieren. Dies ist dann sehr hilfreich wenn man kein CD- oder DVD-Laufwerk hat, wie es bei den meisten Netbooks und immer häufiger auch bei Notebooks der Fall ist. Mal rasch das OS neu aufspielen geht dann eben nicht so rasch ohne Hilfe eines USB-Bootsticks.

Und so geht’s:

  1. CMD öffnen (Wichtig: als Administrator ausführen)
  2. „diskpart“ starten
  3. „list disk“ ausführen, Nummer des Sticks merken
  4. „select disk #“ ausführen => # steht für die Nummer des Sticks
  5. „clean“ ausführen => Stick wird gelöscht und geprüft
  6. „create partition primary“ ausführen => es wird eine neue leere Partition erstellt
  7. „select partition 1“ ausführen => Partition 1 wird für die folgenden Schritte verwendet
  8. „active“ ausführen => Partition 1 wird aktiviert
  9. „format fs=fat32“ ausführen => Partition 1 wird auf FAT32 formatiert
  10. „assign“ ausführen => Dem USB-Stick wird ein Laufwerksbuchstabe zugeordnet
  11. „exit“ => Diskpart beenden

Nun können die Setup-Dateien aus der Windows 7 oder Windows 8 ISO-Datei direkt auf den USB-Stick extrahiert werden.

Weitere Methoden gibt es hier: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-USB-Bootable

WordPress 3.7 „Basie“ veröffentlicht

WordPressKnapp drei Monate nach dem letzten Major-Update von WordPress auf  Version 3.6 haben gestern die Programmierer die WordPress Version 3.7 mit Codename „Basie“ veröffentlicht. Diese Version wurde dem Jazz-Pianisten Count Basie gewidmet. Wie sie bereits mit der Version 3.6 angekündigt haben, werden sie nun die Update-Zyklen verkürzen und damit einen neuen Weg beschreiten.

Die Highlights

Automatische Updates: ab der Version 3.7 installiert WordPress nun Updates eigenständig im Hintergrund. Natürlich wurden die Update-Mechanismen überarbeitet und beinhalten nun noch mehr Checks und Safeguards, damit da auch ja nichts in die Hose geht.

Noch stärkere Passwörter: auch wurde die Sicherheit der Passwörter, resp. deren Vorschläge angepasst. WordPress prüft das Passwort beim Erstellen und zeigt an ob es ein sehr schwaches oder ein sehr starkes Passwort ist. Gängige Fehler, bestimmte Passwortmuster (z.B. 123456789), oder gar Referenzen in die Pop-Kultur werden nun geprüft und als eher schwach angesehen.

Besserer internationaler Support: da ist in erster Linie nicht eine Telefon-Hotline gemeint, sondern die bessere Unterstützung von lokalisierten Versionen von WordPress. Sprach-Dateien sind nun noch schneller verfügbar und werden laufend aktualisiert.

Sortierung der Suchergebnisse verbessert: bisher wurden Suchresultate nach Datum sortiert. Neu erfolgt die Sortierung nach Relevanz. Dieses schon länger gewünschte Feature wurde nun endlich umgesetzt.

Wichtige Links und Infos zu WordPress 3.7: