VMware vExpert 2017 – Second Half

A nice surprice at breakfast

Each year VMware selects people who were particularly engaged in the community and awards the title vExpert to these bloggers and evangelists.

Earlier that year some friends and colleagues encouraged me to apply for the VMware vExpert program. Although I’ve been blogging for a couple of years now about virtualization and related IT stuff, I honestly did not expect to fit into the frame. But it was worth trying, so I filled in the application form.

After not hearing anything until early August and not finding my name on the official list, I’ve lost the issue out of sight. Nevermind – better luck next year.

Last week I had a new follower vExpert on Twitter, which isn’t too unusual because I used to follow them for a while too. Nothing suspicious.

Today at breakfast time I’ve received a couple of invitation mails by Corey Romero, who’s part of VMware Social Media and Community Team. Could it be an error? My name wasn’t on the list. So I’ve checked the official list again and actually found my name on it. 🙂

I’m both surprised and honored!

VMware you made my day

I would like to thank all people who encouraged me to apply and who gave me feedback on my blog (without feedback you can’t be sure if anybody is reading at all).

My special thanks go out to Michael Melter from idicos GmbH and Jens Söldner from Söldner Consult GmbH, who both convinced me to apply for vExpert.

And last but not least I would like to thank my wife Ruth for being my rock in rough seas. I apologise for getting lost in the lab so often and spending many hours in front of the terminal.

Thank you so much!

How to leverage Veeam-Agent to protect physical servers from update failures

In a virtualized world, physical servers have become quite rare. However, some systems like hypervisors or storage-virtualizers need to be physical for obvious reasons.
If you have to upgrade or patch these systems, you’ll keep your fingers crossed and hope they will come up fully functional after the upgrade. You may wish to have a convenient backup or snapshot, like you’re used to in the virtualized world.

Veeam Agent

Actually there is already a solution for the Problem: Veeam Agent for Windows (aka „The Agent formerly known as Veeam-Endpoint“, or TAFKAV).  😉

This software does a very good job since it was released in April 2015. I’ve installed it on countless customers workstations so far. It protects my homelab, my notebook and also some difficult to replace installations on customer sites. The ability to use an existing Veeam-Backup repository makes it even more useful in an enterprise environment.

Veeam Agent 2.0 comes in three flavours: The free version, the Workstation version and the Server version. Workstation offers a similar set of features as the free version, but offers 24/7 support and centralized management. The server version offers application consistent backups including log-truncation. „How to leverage Veeam-Agent to protect physical servers from update failures“ weiterlesen

Nextcloud plugin for Outlook

Sometimes you may wish to send attachments, that are far too big for an email. Of course you can upload the file to your cloudserver beforehand, then share the link and copy/paste that link into your email. Possible, but cumbersome.

If your private cloud is Nextcloud, then there’s good news for you. Nextcloud developers released an Outlook-plugin that ist very useful and shortens the process. Just download the free plugin (lastet version). Choose x64 or x86 setup file according to your Office version. „Nextcloud plugin for Outlook“ weiterlesen

Pockethernet hands on

The Swiss Army knife of network troubleshooting

Have you ever been in a situation where you had to follow a network cable through a mesh (or should I say mess?) of hundreds of other cables, just to find out which switchport it is connected to? If your answer is no, please tell me your secret! 🙂

Cool tool

Last week I got a packet with a handy new tool inside. It’s called Pockethernet. Once started as a crowdfunding project, it is now a mature, full featured network analyzer that easily fits into one hand or the pocket of your shirt.

„Pockethernet hands on“ weiterlesen

ESET ERA Appliance Migrations-Update

Upgrade der ESET ERA-Appliance durch Migration

Die Komponenten der ESET-Remote-Administrator (ERA) Appliance können durch Installation von Update-Paketen aktualisiert werden. Dabei werden jedoch keine Änderungen am zugrunde liegenden Linux getätigt. Möchte man die gesamte Appliance inklusive der ESET-Software erneuern, so gibt es einen komfortablen Weg mit einem Cross-Update. „ESET ERA Appliance Migrations-Update“ weiterlesen

Generate DataCore Support-Bundle by CLI

How I’ve learned the hard way to collect support bundles on the CLI

It is a standard procedure to generate a support bundle after any changes on your DataCore SANSymphony-Cluster. Usually you’d click the Cluster Object in the Datacore-Console and select „upload support bundle“.  You just enter the customer’s name, an incident ID and select your choice of Mini-, Standard- or Full-Bundle. The collection will be initiated on both hosts simultaneously. Files will be archived as ZIP and (if there’s an internet connection) uploaded to DataCore Support.

Single-Host Collection

Sometimes it might not be possible to collect bundles from both servers or you may not want to trigger a log-collection on both hosts simultaneously. „Generate DataCore Support-Bundle by CLI“ weiterlesen

Why patching your vSphere infrastructure is just not enough

In recent discussions on why should one use a compliance and security scanner for vSphere I more than once heard a straight opinion: Why should we pay another tool. We have VUM already and just keep our vSphere cluster(s) up to date.

This opinion neglects several crucial facts about vSphere as well as any other software: Not every bug is patched once found right away. Sometimes known vulnerabilities linger for months until they are patched. In addition, some of the problems just cannot be solved by the software provider, VMware in this case.

Let me use two examples to point that out. „Why patching your vSphere infrastructure is just not enough“ weiterlesen