Exagrid Backup Appliance

Using Exagrid Deduplication Appliances as Veeam Repository

The importance of backup and recovery solutions today is beyond any discussion. Going back 10 years this was a rather neglected topic. But today no-one can afford data loss or services being unavailable. So the importance of backup solutions leveled up with that of production systems. Time windows for RPO and RTO have become smaller and smaller and the effort and cost to achieve that have become higher. If you’re planning a backup strategy, you need to find a good balance between speed, reliability and cost. Low cost NAS boxes are slow and not very reliable. Running an instant recovery from them can turn into a pain. Premium storages are fast and reliable, but also quite expensive. Backup data is in most cases very redundant, which means there’s a high capacity and cost saving potential in deduplication and compression. Continue reading “Exagrid Backup Appliance”

Monitoring HPE Switches with Log Insight

Using Log Insight as Syslog Server for HPE 5000 series Switches

In one of my last posts I’ve shown how to collect and monitor status logs of many different systems wit vRealize Log Insight. In this post I will show how to leverage Log Insight as syslog target for HPE switches.

Basically you can use Log Insight for any system that uses the syslog protocol, but there might be slight differences in the data structure of the transmitted datasets. For example some HPE FlexFabric 5000 series switches sent the year of the timestamp where Log Insight expected to find the hostname. Not very useful, because you want to know WHO sent that dataset.

The following commands on the switch shell will prepare the switch for logging to a remotehost and adjust the dataset to read properly by Log Insight. Finally you tell the switch which VLAN interface should be used to communicate with the loghost. In my simple example it’s VLAN interface 1. You’ll have to adjust values for loghost and interface according to your infrastructure.

info-center enable
info-center loghost s-vlog.mydomain.local port 514
info-center timestamp loghost no-year-date 
info-center loghost source Vlan-interface 1


Backup and Restore of ESXi host configurations with PowerCLI

I’m a big fan of PowerCLI one-liners. 🙂

Before performing updates, upgrades or any other maintenance on ESXi hosts, you should backup your ESXi host configuration. Setting up a new ESXi host as replacement is a no-brainer, but rebuilding a lost configuration can be a PITA and might take hours.

In the old times it was necesary to open a SSH shell connection or to use vSphereCLI to issue backup commands to ESXi hosts. Recently I realized that there is a very handy PowerShell commandlet to backup and restore the configuration. Continue reading “Backup and Restore of ESXi host configurations with PowerCLI”


Using WinSCP with vCenter Server Appliance

Sometimes it’s necesary to exchange files with the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA). Secure Copy Protocol is the tool of choice to do that job. Besides CLI commands there are handy programs like WinSCP.

While trying to establish a WinSCP connection to VCSA I’ve received communication errors. Whereas SSH connection worked without problems.

The problem is that WinSCP cannot use VCSA’s default shell as communication target. You have to switch default shell first before connecting. To do so, login to VCSA with SSH and activate Bash. Continue reading “VCSA and SCP”

Runecast Analyzer: new release 1.8

Runecast extends functionality to NSX-V

A new release of Runecast Analyzer is scheduled for June, 26th. Version number 1.8 will come with a bunch of improvements and new features. Most important new feature will be support for the NSX-V platform.  Every important function of vSphere- and vSAN analysis will now be available for NSX-V too.

Feature List

  • The Analyzer now detects NSX issues on VMware NSX-V versions 6.2 – 6.4.x
  • Automated scan and evaluation of the NSX-V Best Practices violations.
  • Automatic NSX-V VMware Security Hardening profile analysis and reporting
  • NSX-V DISA-STIG profile analysis and reporting
  • Automatic discovery of the NSX Managers linked to VMware vCenters
  • Web-console performance improvements for bigger environments (dozens of ESXi hosts).
  • vSphere web console Runecast plugin NSX update with a new issue summary widget.



vShield to NSX migration

Replacing deprecated vShield by NSX for vSphere

VMware vShield is part of the vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS) suite. Its latest version 5.5 has reached EOGS (end of general support) in September 2016 and has been replaced by NSX for vSphere.

We still see quite a lot of vShield installations in productive environments. Mainly used for agentless guest introspection together with security solutions like Trendmicro DeepSecurity,  McAfee Move or others. Now that many customers consider migrating from vSphere 6.0 to vSphere 6.5, they have to face the fact that vShield is no longer supported from vSphere 6.5 onwards. And it is crucial to take product compatibility into account. There is a relationship between different vSphere, NSX and security product versions.

That’s why I show different migration paths in this blog article. Continue reading “vShield to NSX migration”

Just one week until VeeamON Forum in Hanau Germany

Those of you who couldn’t attend  VeeamON 2018 in Chicago can now get an extract of news and announcements at VeeamON Forum in Hanau Germany (and many other places all over the world).

In late April I’ve already written an article about details of the event. I will be on site as media partner and post news on this blog an on Twitter.

Register now

Registration is free and surely priceless.

Continue reading “Just one week until VeeamON Forum in Hanau Germany”

VeeamON 2018 – a review

What’s new

Slightly recovering from jetlag, I can now summarize the cornerstones of VeeamON 2018 which took place in Chicago from May 14th until May 16th.


I don’t want to go too much into details of new products. In fact there have been only a few announcements.

  • Veeam Backup Version 10 is not yet in sight
  • Version 9.5 U4 will come soon
  • Continuous Data Protection CDP will be delayed
  • Everything is hyper

Instead I’d like to have a look at the conference in general and outline differences to VeeamON 2017. Continue reading “VeeamON 2018 – a review”