Veeam Vanguard Program Announcement

After not being able to share for a month or so it’s a honour to announce that I have been selected to be part of the inaugural Veeam Vanguard Program. The Veeam Vanguard Program is a hand-selected list of people of all backgrounds who Veeam feels embraces our brand best in their communities. Some Vanguards are bloggers, some are active on

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OVFTool: vCloud Director vApp Export PowerShell Script

Last week I had a requirement to look at how to allow customers to export VM’s and vApps from our vCloud Director Zones without using the UI. I’ve known about the OVFTool for a while but never really had the need to use it in anger…for those that don’t know the OVFTool is a command line tool that has a powerful set

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HOW-TO: Install PIP and VCA-CLI for vCloud Air|Director on Windows

There is a lot of talk going around how IT Pros can more efficiently operate and consume Cloud Based Services…AWS has lead the way in offering a rich set of APIs for it’s clients to use to help build out cloud applications and infrastructure and there are a ton of programming libraries and platforms that have seen the rise of

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NSX Edge vs vShield Edge: Part 4 – Generating Self Signed SSL Certificates

Overview: With the VSE and NSX Edges there are a number of features that can take advantage of Certificate services both as authentication mechanisms and for more traditional SSL Server Certificate termination. In both the VSE and NSX Edges you have the ability to Generate or Import a certificate with the following being a quick overview of how to generate

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M$ Price Hike: Is the Race to the Bottom Over?

A couple of weeks ago Microsoft raised the prices of Azure, Office 365, CRM Online and other enterprise cloud services across Australia, Canada and Europe. In the Azure AU Region prices were increased a hefty 26% and there has been a significant outcry from customers and partners alike. The reality is that for partners who resell Azure their margins just got lower

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Quick Post: Removing Datastore Tags and Mounts with PowerCLI

Over the past couple of weeks i’ve been helping our Ops Team decommission an old storage array. Part of the process is to remove the datastore mounts and paths to ensure a clean ESXi Host config as well as remove any vCenter Tags that are used for vCloud Director Storage Policies. Looking through my post archive I came across this

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The Reality of Cloud – Outages are Like *holes…

It’s been a bad couple of weeks for cloud services both around the world and locally…Over the last three days we have seen AWS have issues which may have been indirectly related to the Leap Second on Tuesday night and this morning, Azure’s Sydney Zone had serious network connectivity issues which disrupted services for approximately three to four hours. Closer to home,

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NSX Edge vs vShield Edge: Part 3 – IPsec and L2 VPN

Overview: NSX and vShield Edges support site to site IPSec VPN between Edge instances and remote sites. Behind each remote VPN router, you can configure multiple subnets to connect to the internal network behind an Edge through IPSec tunnels. These subnets and the internal network behind the Edges must have address ranges that do not overlap. You can have a maximum of

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Leap Second Bug: Worth a Double Check…

In 2008 I vividly remember the impact that leap year/day/seconds can have on systems that are not prepared to handle the changes in time or date. It was the 29th of February and at the time I was working for a Service Provider offering Hosted Exchange services based on Exchange 2007. All off a sudden my provisioning scripts stopped working

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