Misc

Veeam Availability Console – API (Swagger and Postman)

In a previous post I walked through the steps of using Postman to query the RESTful APIs for Veeam Enterprise Manager. More recently I have had the opportunity to install and test the Veeam Availability Console (VAC) and was interested to find out what API calls could be made and what useful information could be retrieved from this soon to…

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Misc, Veeam

Veeam RESTful API and Postman

Recently I’ve been trying to get to grips with RESTful API on a couple of solutions I use at work, and as a relative newcomer to the whole world of RESTful APIs, I was looking for an simple/easy way to query systems and view the responses. One of my colleagues,  Matt Thompson, pointed me in the direction of Postman www.getpostman.com…

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Misc, Veeam

Veeam One – Ransomware Monitoring

Between the Wannacry outbreak and the current Petya strain currently doing the rounds, ransomware detection/monitoring is a necessary tool for system administrators. At the recent VeeamOn Tour, in Edinburgh, one of the SEs presented a session on ‘Ransomware Resiliency for the IT Decision Maker‘. Part of the presentation, a couple of the slides discussed the importance of monitoring your environment…

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General, Misc

SCOM+ Veeam MP+ Squared Up = awesome dashboards

In my day to day job I use SCOM, among other tools, as part of our monitoring suite, and let’s be honest SCOM dashboards can be at times :- Basic in metrics being reported on, particularly when it comes to VMware/Hyper-V monitoring. Very slow, sometimes downright unusable. Enhancing SCOM monitoring To address the 1st issue, we have been using Veeam…

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Misc

Raising your online profile – Sharing the knowledge is the *real power

Social media these days can be perceived in a bad light, the common perception is that it is mainly the hangout of trolls, celebrity stalkers and people who have a fascination with posting selfies. However there is a good use for social media, from a professional perspective. There are  so many types of social media e.g. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram,…

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Misc

VMware Fling – ESXi Embedded Host Client

If you’re a VMware admin, then you should already know about the excellent Flings from VMware, https://labs.vmware.com For those not in the know, Flings are side projects that VMware engineers work on in their spare time, and offer out to users for feedback etc. One of the recent VMware Fling releases was the ‘ESXi Embedded Host Client’ https://labs.vmware.com/flings/esxi-embedded-host-client This Fling…

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Misc

Top Tip – Keep it in your Pocket

Recently I was asked to be a guest on the Veeam Community Podcast http://www.veeam.com/podcast.html with Clint Wyckoff (@ClintWyckoff), and during our conversation we talked about my activity on social media, twitter in particular, and which tools I use. As a Windows Phone user (I know I know), I have tried out a number of Twitter clients , before settling on…

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Misc, Veeam

Veeam Replication : Re-IP Linux VMs

In a series of recent posts (part1, part2 and part3) I discussed the setup of a Veeam replication job to replicate 3 Linux VMs to a remote DR site. The final step, before hand over to  was to test the DR failover functionality. Setup Veeam does a great job of automatically applying new IP addresses to Windows VMs, but can’t…

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Misc, VMware

Esxtop to the rescue !!

A request came in to investigate the performance of a 16 GB, 4 vCPU database VM , specifically the CPU performance. The usual starting place of the vCenter performance charts showed that actual vCPU utilisation wasn’t unusually high for sustained periods. So off to ESXTOP for a little more of a deep dive. ESXTOP It had been a while since…

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