Misc, VMware

VMware PowerCLI – install/upgrade

A cornerstone in any VMware admin’s toolkit is Powercli, containing over 600 cmdlets for managing and automating your VMware estates. Brief History The original release was just over 10 years ago and was originally called VMware Infrastructure Toolkit (for Windows) with a measly 8 cmdlets. Jump forward to 2009, a change of name to ‘VMware vSphere PowerCLI’ and an increase…

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Misc, VMware

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, 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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vCloud, VMware

VMware vCloud Director Lab gotcha

Last week I took part in a VMware vCloud Director workshop, and during the week the group I was working with ran into a little ‘gotcha’ while constructing the lab environment that even had the instructor stumped (for a short period of time). VMware vCloud Director Setup Our lab consisted of a 2 host vSphere 5.1 HA/DRS cluster (resource cluster)…

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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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Veeam, VMware

Veeam Error : Client error: NFC storage connection is unavailable

While implementing Veeam Replication recently (see my posts Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) , I was searching for information about the following error Error: Client error: NFC storage connection is unavailable and I stumbled across this post http://forums.veeam.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=12614&p=57083#p57083 I thought I would share another possible workaround for the above error. I was getting the following error when trying…

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Misc, Veeam

Veeam Replication to DR site – Part 3: Replication

Previously in Part 1 and Part 2  I went over the design and Veeam configuration respectively. In this final part I will run through the set up of the replication job.   Replication Job Set Up   1. Within the Veeam console click ‘Home’ and then select Replication Job   2. Give the job a suitable name   3. The next…

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Veeam, VMware

Veeam Replication to DR site – Part 2: Configuration

Part 2 In part 1 I gave a brief overview of the requirements and design, now I’ll go through Veeam configuration. Veeam Configuration The first step to be tackled was to add the Production cluster (PRD-CLUSTER), DR host (DR-HOST) and both proxies (PRD-VPXY1 & DR-VPXY1) to the Backup Infrastructure within Veeam. While the DR host is only a single VMware vSphere 5.0…

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Veeam, VMware

Veeam Replication to DR site – Part 1 : Design

Intro A recent implementation of an infrastructure had a requirement for replicating, utilising Veeam Replication, 3 Production Linux virtual machines to an off site DR location at a remote site. While relatively comfortable with the backup portion of Veeam Backup & Replication (6.5), I had never set up replication job before, but as with most things Veeam related, it wasn’t…

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