Recently I was tasked with migrating View Composer from one VM to another. Typically, this is a fairly straightforward task, but on this day the installation of View Composer on the new server failed/rolled back almost as soon as I clicked the Install button. When doing a quick Event Viewer search, I saw an event … Continue reading Quick Hit – View Composer Install Exits with Code 1603
For the last few weeks, I’ve been helping a customer migrate from one datacenter to another. The new datacenter contains a shiny new vBlock and as part of the deal, a Data Domain (DD) 6300 with 73TB of available capacity was installed to serve as a Veeam backup repository. This is a nice bonus as … Continue reading Thinking About Veeam Cloud Tier
While attending a training class last week, I mused aloud, "Who wants to manage firewalls all day?" Though I wasn't necessarily wanting or expecting an answer, I heard one of the instructors say, "The network guy...the network guy wants to manage firewalls all day." I wanted to object, I really did but the instructor was … Continue reading “The network guy, the network guy wants to manage firewalls all day.”…An Introduction to NRE Labs
So I install a lot of ESX on Cisco UCS booting off of internal SD cards and as you may know in the world of vSphere; SD cards, USB drives and boot from ISCSI LUNs are all considered non-persistent storage. So it's always been common practice to create a log directory on a shared datastore and … Continue reading Syslog configuration from esxcli
I attended Dell Tech World 2019 earlier in the month, and was very excited when I found out that the Tech Field Day crew would be there as well for a Dell Tech World version of TFD Extra. While TFDx was planned for later in the week, I also learned that many of the delegates … Continue reading Tech Field Day Extra with Liqid and Kemp
Much to my great joy, the X-Files is currently available on Amazon Prime and so to unwind a bit and relax, I'll periodically watch an episode, sometimes 2, after the young kids go to bed. The seventh episode of the first season is entitled, "Ghost in the Machine" and in this episode, a revolutionary computer … Continue reading Mist in the Machine
Hello everyone! My name is David and I haven't posted in like 6 weeks. Helping a customer recover from ransomware can be a consuming and exhausting task. Additionally, I was fortunate to be selected as a delegate for Cloud Field Day 5 in Silicon Valley a couple weeks ago and it too can be a … Continue reading AWS Customer Questions – How do I Restore a VPC to Another Region?
If you find yourself fighting to restore business operations after a ransomware attack, you may get discouraged and begin to wonder if anything will go your way if you try to restore from backups and see a "Storage version is not supported for read-only access" error. Now, me personally, I'm an experienced consultant...like an IT … Continue reading Veeam Extract – Restoring Data When All Hope Is Lost
I have read about ransomware attacks, how destructive they could be, how some organizations recovered by paying the ransom and others by restoring from backups. I've also read that some organizations were unable to recover from a ransomware attack and had to close their doors. But these were always stories "out there" and happening to … Continue reading Ransomware Strikes! What Is Your Initial Response?
Overview In my last two posts, we've looked at setting up an N2WS S3 Repository, creating and then restoring files from an External Repository, and then creating backup copy jobs to copy the data in S3 to an on-prem backup repository. In this post, we'll use the external repository to restore an Amazon EC2 instance … Continue reading Veeam/N2WS – Using External Repositories to Restore to Azure