Replies posted by dloseke
I will attest that this works. I have a client running a Linux VM on a Synology NAS and it’s using the local storage as the XFS repo. Maybe not the best option, but probably better than running the LHR as a VM on the production cluster. I believe generally you just need to have a + NAS. For instance, the DS223+ (although that’s going to be a lower power 2-bay NAS, but you get the idea. I could be wrong on that, but last time I checked that was the case.
Object enhancements are great. I hate how long it can take to rescan a repo at times, but it’s just what happens I suppose. Anyhow, any enhancements here are welcome! I’ve upgraded my VCC/VCSP/VB365 environments as well as Veeam ONE that’s attached to them, but I didn’t realize I was having issues with my VONE deployment in which some of my VB365 repo’s aren’t showing up. I have having some wierdness where it was showing disconnected and attempted to delete the VB365 server from VONE but it’s been working on deleting for about 14 hours now. I think it may be pooched, but honestly, I can redeploy this from scratch as I really haven’t been using it anyway. Might still be worth opening a ticket with Veeam though.
SOBR’s are not dead. I’m still using one for my offsite copy job. Backups are copied to a remote site NAS as the performance tier, but the capacity tier (copy only) is immutable object storage in Wasabi. Works great, and I’d see no reason that you couldn’t use a linux hardened repo in place of the object storage. With that said, I don’t use SOBR’s as much anymore. They are certainly easier for balancing, but most of the time I just need a backup copy job to go somewhere and now with direct to object, it works pretty great without a SOBR. But they are not dead, and certainly have a place. We definitely use SOBRs still here even with Object storage coming to our designs. It is when they get too big, they become a problem. Yeah, I don’t know how big is too big. For most use for me, the largest capacity tier (object storage) that I have I think is around 25TB or so. Largest performance tier is probably around 20TB or so...maybe not that large. Although I do have a client
I will never forget my 3rd year Linguistics Professor in University who at the end of the final lecture declared “Geoff you are a huge disappointment”. Back then they did not beat around the bush when handing out criticism. You’re not kidding. The first college I went to out of high school, I was taking an electronic engineering course that would eventually develop into networking. My first quarter was DC electronic theory. Easy stuff. I never studied, had good greats, all was gravy. The second quarter was AC electronics theory. Not as easy, but I entered into the quarter with the same mentality and it hurt. I pretty much failed out, but also had a lot going on in my personal life and my world was upside down. However, during the quarter, we were also learning how to solder. I’ll never forget that I was decent at soldering. I know this, because one of the instructors came up, inspected my solder joints, and said “Well Derek, it looks like we finally found something that you
They’re very cool devices. I looked at getting one or something like it a while back. The one I looked at was just the case and software, you supply your own drive and I having a couple of old SSD’s laying around thought I could easily use a 250GB or 500GB SSD would have a fair amount of space for ISO’s, etc. However, I came across Ventoy so that I could multiboot ISO’s from an on-screen menu and it’s been pretty easy to setup, and was free. Seems like a pretty good solution and has worked well for me for a year or two now. However, I still like the drive idea because of the difference in capacity. Strange about the Hardened Repo ISO, but good to know as I wouldn’t want to have my USB thumb drive reformatted when installing the ISO on a server here in the near future. I personal like the screen and hardware buttons to select the ISO. Really low level and almost any device I’ve tested with, picks it up as an external drive and boots from it. Yes, that’s what origin
SOBR’s are not dead. I’m still using one for my offsite copy job. Backups are copied to a remote site NAS as the performance tier, but the capacity tier (copy only) is immutable object storage in Wasabi. Works great, and I’d see no reason that you couldn’t use a linux hardened repo in place of the object storage.With that said, I don’t use SOBR’s as much anymore. They are certainly easier for balancing, but most of the time I just need a backup copy job to go somewhere and now with direct to object, it works pretty great without a SOBR. But they are not dead, and certainly have a place.
If I have learnt 1 thing in IT, it’s once it’s in production, it’s much harder to change something. “We’ll sort that out after” means it will never get done. I have been burnt by that which caused me to draw a line in the sand. The one phrase I’ve learned, and it somewhat applies here, is nothing is more permanent that a temporary solution that works. Once something is in production, it’s pretty hard to roll it back out with an actual permanent solution. Now if they want a server, it’s actually part of the request form I created. There is a submit button at the bottom that emails a PDF to the service desk and forwards me a copy to keep records. It has things like what the server is for, who needs what access, CPU, Memory, storage requirements. Networking info etc. Once I get it I have the ability to add and change things too base off the ACTUAL vendor documentation of what’s needed in the VM :). The sneaky part is I designed it the submit button doesn’t work until you select
They’re very cool devices. I looked at getting one or something like it a while back. The one I looked at was just the case and software, you supply your own drive and I having a couple of old SSD’s laying around thought I could easily use a 250GB or 500GB SSD would have a fair amount of space for ISO’s, etc. However, I came across Ventoy so that I could multiboot ISO’s from an on-screen menu and it’s been pretty easy to setup, and was free. Seems like a pretty good solution and has worked well for me for a year or two now. However, I still like the drive idea because of the difference in capacity. Strange about the Hardened Repo ISO, but good to know as I wouldn’t want to have my USB thumb drive reformatted when installing the ISO on a server here in the near future.
Hey, some time ago a friend of mine told me that, they were executing a pre and post task scrip that enables / disables the port switches were the destination NAS for the backups is connected to, so they keep only the management interface for monitoring, but the interfaces used for the NFS and CIFs are activated only by Veeam with the script. I have mentioned this in the past of creating a virtual air gap in this way. But the issue I have with it of course is that you have to have the passwords stored in some method to log into the switch. Still, better than nothing, but now with immutable storage, I’m a lot more comfortable going that route instead.
That is the single thing that I find the most irritating. I love teaching people...part of my role is training my engineers (although I’m lacking in that department because of time constraints). But if someone ask’s me a question, and then they ask again, by about the 3rd time I’m pretty irritated because if they aren’t retaining this knowledge in their head, they’d damned well better be writing it down to reference, and at that point if you’re not, you’re wasting both my time and your own. If you care enough to ask the question, care enough to note the answer. Show some initiative and grow your knowledge. As someone who loves to be a sponge for knowledge, I at times have a hard time understanding folks that don’t want to gain knowledge and simply want the answer enough to do the job once and be done with it. That’s on of the key indicators for me of Administrators/Engineers that I want to invest time into developing. It goes back to the 80/20 rule for me...put 80% of your effort
While I don’t feel like VMware is necessarily going anywhere, I do feel like it’s in Veeam’s best interests to be investing in alternative hypervisors because certainly a lot of people are going to be eyeballing other products with the Broadcom acquisition. And some people are very reactionary and will probably change. I feel like Nutanix (AHV) and Proxmox may be the ones to watch in this space. And probably some hyper-v.
Yeah, I tested it and another and liked UpDraft the best. The fact that I can backup to my Wasabi bucket, or various other cloud targets (I think it does things like Dropbox, Box, maybe OneDrive or Google Drive, etc) made it very appealing for me. Like I said, I’ve never tested restoring from it...which we all know should be done, but it’s very low on my very big list of things to do.
I generally specify from Backup Jobs and select all of my jobs. On occasion I do it from repository. The initial seed can take a while if there are some large VM’s to copy there. That said, I don’t get too worried after the initial seed is done unless the servers also have a high change rate and there’s always going to be a lot of data to be copied. But that said, I don’t generally see a difference between splitting up jobs vs one job unless I’m using different retention policies for different machines or want to run on a different schedule such as periodic for some machines and immediate for others, or something like that.
Have a question about VMCE Is it still mandatory to do training with an instructor before being able to take the exam? I believe if you have the previous one VMCE2022 you don’t have to take the training. I believe that’s correct. However, if you’ve never passed the VMCE in the past, I believe you still have to take the training (which I’ve now done twice). I’d better go take that test this time! I think generally Veeam follows the same rules as VMware with the VCP exams, where you can update without a class but if you get too old, then you have to take the class again.
Good post and reminder. I’ve seen people leave SSH on for all of the ESXI hosts, and every other device, then use a multi tab putty or terminal program and have their passwords preconfigured. GROSS! Somewhat guilty of this. I tend to leave SSH on for ESXI hosts because I’ve had multiple instances where the GUI has become unresponsive and SSH was the only access into host without physical access to the console so that I could restart services, etc. With that said, those days seem to be way less often with newer, more stable builds of ESXI. And, if you’re patching regularly, you’re a lot less likely to run into this sort of issue. Most of the instances where I saw such an issue were on ESXI 5.x and 6.x, and usually on hosts that people forgot about for WAY too long and had uptimes of 1-3 years which while impressive, also tells me something about your sense of security and regular maintenance.
I can’t speak to your query as I’m not a heavy Veeam ONE user, but I’ll note that the feature request submission in the R&D Forums is the right place to make the feature request. I would assume that ONE would be able to monitor for such a thing, but I don’t have a good way to check this out and test currently.
As Michael noted, I’d probably just generate a new self-signed cert. It’s pretty easy really. And if you want a publicly signed cert, you can always add that later on, but a self-signed would at least get things running again.Link below for info on generating new certs in the vCenter Certificate Manager.https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/2112283
I’m with Shane. I like the idea of separate, thematic sections for certain things, but I feel like this is one time that maybe it may not be worth it. Is a homelab really all that different than production when it comes to using best practices, designing the best architecture, etc? And as Shane noted, there’s different reasons for a homelab, or lab in general. Perhaps as I think aloud, just a lab section makes more sense than homelab, but even then, not sure if it matters as much in this case. I’m open to both having it and not having it, but I’m not sure if it makes as much sense to have a separate section in this case.