How to install Nutanix CE on VMware

Nutanix CE, or Community Edition, is the free community supported hypervisor of Nutanix. Nutanix CE allows you to create a hyper-converged infrastructure on your own hardware, running AHV (Acropolis Hypervisor.) Nutanix in production can use Acropolis, Hyper-V, or VMware as the hypervisor of choice. Recently Veeam released support for Nutanix’s AHV hypervisor, allowing for agentless backups of virtual machines running in Acropolis. Since I don’t have a Nutanix cluster at home, I decided to make one! Since I run a lot of VMware based workloads, I decided to install Nutanix[…]

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v101tv – Veeam Availability Orchestrator Install

In this video, follow along as we install Veeam’s Availability Orchestrator and walk through the initial configuration wizard.  Stay tuned for more videos on VAO.  

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Underwater Computing

I decided to start a new category – Friday Funny! My goal is every Friday to post something related to tech that is humorous (at least to me). To start off this new addition to the blog, I give you – Underwater Computing! A ways back, maybe in 2005, I was working for a small VAR. We took care of SMBs in Ohio, and were really hands on. Each engineer had dedicated clients, and we did everything for them, instead of specializing across all clients. Because of this, most clients[…]

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HPE Discover 2018 Recap with Friends

I got to sit down with Matt Crape and Luigi Danakos on the last day of HPE Discover 2018 to recap the show and share our thoughts. Bure sure to Follow them on twitter and check out Luigi’s blog post. Matt: Twitter – @MattThatITguy Blog – http://42u.ca Luigi Danakos: Twitter – @nerdblurt Blog – http://blurt-this.com Mentioned post – http://blurt-this.com/how-hpe-is-star…  

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Veeam Architecture in a HPE Datacenter

While out at HPE’s Discover 2018, I wanted to talk about what Veeam architecture would look like in a HPE datacenter.  This architecture features 3PAR / Nimble arrays, which Veeam has deep integration with, as well as StoreOnce for archival storage.  For the primary backup repository, as well as the backup proxy, an Apollo 4000 series server is used.

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Synology in the Homelab – NFS 3 vs 4.1

Recently, I purchased a Synology 1817+ to be used as storage for my homelab. Previously, I was using an older, and much slower Synology, RS812, as well as a running vSAN on my single host. While vSAN performance was great, I ran into multiple issues trying to run on a single host, with FTT=0 and Force Provisioning set to On. Cloning, Restores, etc would fail due to trying to use it in an unsupported manner. So, enter the Synology 1817+! iSCSI or NFS? When I got the NAS online, I[…]

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Veeam Restore To Azure

Now that the Veeam Azure proxy is deployed, and we have some workloads protected, it’s time to test a restore. There are a couple ways to initiate a restore within the Veeam console, but all roads lead to the same powerful wizard.  I typically right click on the VM in Inventory, and select the Restore to Microsoft Azure Menu item. The Path to Azure Next, we will select the Azure Deployment Model to use. The default is the newer Azure Resource Manager. Continue on to choose the subscription you want to[…]

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