My website just got an update – speed and design

“A long long time ago, I can still remember how…”

You all know that song. It’s now two years ago when I moved my website the last time from one provider to another. And no, this blog post doesn’t talk about another move. It’s just a small update on how my website is performing and what I did the last few days and weeks to make it perform and look better.

Back in April 2018, I published a blog post about my website now being serverless. The reason why I wanted to go serverless was website performance. I stumbled across some Tweets, talking about the search functionality on a website, not using a word or tag cloud, etc. All of this has led to the fact that I have dealt with the topic more intensively and at that time moved my website to a new hosting provider. In the end, I decided to go serverless with my website. But that wasn’t easy. I love WordPress as a blog tool or publishing platform, or whatever you would call it. It is easy, flexible, and you can do so many things with WordPress.

But WordPress is based on PHP for the frontend and MySQL as the backend database. And that’s all dynamic content. Each blog post you read, every function on the website will be executed or rendered dynamically. That’s not speaking for high performance directly. There are some techniques, such as caching plugins, or other tweaking tools, to make the website performing better. But it’s still dynamic content in the end.

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My Top 10 Posts in 2019

Another year is over, it’s 2020 and the beginning of a new decade. With this blog article, I’d like to present to you my Top 10 posts of 2019. Surprisingly, the Top 10 blog posts are not all from 2019. Obviously, people are still searching for solutions for problems they have with some “old” stuff like Windows Server 2012 R2, or they are looking for solutions to problems they have in their current infrastructure. I hope that my blog posts will help the people out there in the tech community solving their problems. I’ll do my best to keep on doing my work and sharing my knowledge.

10. VMware Workstation – Unable to connect to the MKS: Login incorrect

I was trying to connect to my vCenter with VMware Workstation and had some issues. This post shows how I’ve been able to solve it.

https://www.driftar.ch/index.php/2017/03/20/vmware-workstation-unable-to-connect-to-the-mks-login-incorrect/

9. Upgrade VCSA through CLI Installer

At my employer, I had the task to upgrade our vCenter to the most recent version. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as easy as it sounds. The vCenter was running on a IaaS solution and with no root or administrative access, you can’t just upgrade. This blog post shows how it was done.

https://www.driftar.ch/index.php/2019/08/02/upgrade-vcsa-through-cli-installer/

8. Veeam – Backup Copy “Block is not initialized. Failed to download disk.”

When I was working at a Veeam Platinum Partner in Switzerland, I had many customers running Veeam Backup & Replication. This is another troubleshooting blog post. I had to use some tools the first time and I was able to fix some backup copy issues.

https://www.driftar.ch/index.php/2017/06/05/veeam-backup-copy-block-not-initialized-failed-download-disk/

7. Active Directory – Replication issues after promoting new 2012 R2 DC

Back in the days when I was working at a solution provider, I was tasked to set up a Windows Server 2012 R2 domain controller. After setting up the DC, I had to solve some replication issues.

https://www.driftar.ch/index.php/2017/02/04/active-directory-replication-issues-after-promoting-new-2012-r2-dc/

6. VMware vSAN cache disk failed and how to recover from it

There was a time when I had three DELL PowerEdge servers in use for one of my first homelab versions. I had an issue with the capacity disks and thankfully, I was able to recover from it.

https://www.driftar.ch/index.php/2018/08/18/vmware-vsan-cache-disk-failed-and-how-to-recover-from-it/

5. Synology now with backup for Office 365

Synology got a huge portfolio with NAS systems for all kinds of scenarios. Small home devices or big and high-performance NAS systems for enterprise with SSDs. But all NAS devices have one thing in common. Synology Diskstation Manager (DSM), which is their operating system and management tool. With the more recent DSM versions, you can now add your Office 365 accounts to it for backing it up.

https://www.driftar.ch/index.php/2018/06/24/synology-now-with-backup-for-office-365/

4. “Starting drivers, please wait” – An HPE adventure story

This was one strange issue! Back in the day when I was working at a solution provider, a customer reported an issue. His ESXi hosts have lost connectivity to a storage system. It took some time to solve, and it was a good experience.

https://www.driftar.ch/index.php/2017/07/18/starting-drivers-please-wait-an-hpe-adventure-story/

3. VMware – Clone a VM with snapshots (and consolidate it)

On the third place of 2019, there’s a post about VM snapshots. Most of the time, a VM snapshot is very useful. If it’s to see if the software update is working, or if it is used by your backup solution. But sometimes, snapshots can be a real nightmare.

https://www.driftar.ch/index.php/2018/09/03/vmware-clone-a-vm-with-snapshots-and-consolidate-it/

2. New homelab hardware arrived!

On the second place of 2019, there’s a post about my new homelab hardware. I recently announced that I’ve got new homelab hardware. That’s the first post out of a small blog series. Enjoy!

https://www.driftar.ch/index.php/2019/12/21/new-homelab-hardware-arrived/

1. Microsoft Active Directory – Desktop Shortcuts with Group Policy

And the winner on the first place for my Top 10 blog posts in 2019 is an old one back from 2016. But obviously, people still search for solutions like this. With Active Directory Group Policies you can do so many things. One of them is also creating desktop shortcuts.

https://www.driftar.ch/index.php/2016/11/12/microsoft-active-directory-desktop-shortcuts-with-group-policy/

Review – 10 most popular posts on my blog in 2017

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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!