Baselining Performance using Liquidware Stratusphere UX

This afternoon I was on an interesting and informative webinar hosted by Liquidware in which they discussed using SpotCheck Inspection of an environment as a means to provide visibility into the user experience. NOTE: Let me make this clear, in this post I'm focus on VDI in regards to a SpotCheck inspection, but Stratusphere's scope is …

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VDI – Adding Notes to Horizon VMs to ID Citrix App Layering Image Templates

I had a Citrix App Layering (formerly Unidesk) customer ask me recently if there was an easy way to display or determine the OS layer version of a given virtual desktop from within vCenter.  Prior versions of CAL/Unidesk 2.x “built” the virtual desktops itself, meaning it did not rely on Horizon tools like Composer to …

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Veeam backups fail due to login problems

Have you ever experienced the joy associated with overcoming a trying (or annoying) IT issue and the feeling of peace that comes with running a successful test before you leave for the night....knowing full well that this particular problem is behind you, that you can cross this one of the fix list.  Later in the …

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Building AWS CloudFormation templates using CloudFormer

I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm somewhat of a newbie when it comes build AWS CloudFormation templates, but that hasn't stopped me from trying to learn how to harness the power they provide.  Thus, last week I spent some time trying to build a CloudFormation template to deploy a Cisco ASAv.  At this point, …

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Recovering from a failed AWS Tape Gateway

If you deploy an AWS tape gateway that encounters an unrecoverable failure, you can "potentially" recover any virtual tape data that has already been uploaded to AWS to another tape gateway.  I say "potentially" because I have experienced the corruption of (1) virtual tape; this could happen if your tape gateway experiences its fatal failure …

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