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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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Veeam Restore To Azure – Proxy Setup

There are many reasons to run virtual machines in the public cloud, and more and more companies are taking advantage of the flexibility and scalability that it offers.  So, in this small series, we are going to look at using Veeam to restore your Hyper-V or VMware virtual machine up into Azure. First things first, Veeam can restore any virtual machine that it backed up directly to Microsoft’s Azure by simply entering your Azure credentials, and selecting some options.  This may not be the prefered path, especially if you don’t have[…]

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Ravello On Oracle Cloud

Earlier this year, I was invited out to Oracle to hear the Ravello and Oracle Cloud teams present their vision for the future.  As I mentioned in my blog, I was quite surprised about what they had planned, and what they had already in place! Check out the blog post here: https://tsmith.co/2017/ravello-and-the-oracle-cloud-journey/ Today’s big announcement, is the availability of Ravello on Oracle Cloud! What’s the big deal? Well, quite a bit actually.  Previously, Ravello was known for running lab and test/dev environments on top of existing cloud services, like AWS[…]

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VMware Cloud on AWS

It seems like lately, all the buzz had been around the cloud, especially public cloud.  At VMworld 2017, there is certainly no exception to that.  In fact, in the morning keynote, AWS was onstage alongside Pat Gelsinger announcing VMware Cloud on AWS. What is VMware Cloud on AWS? Simply put, it’s running the VMware SDDC suite on AWS resources.  Once deployed, the underlying infrastructure is managed by AWS and VMware, allowing the customer to focus on simply consuming the resources paid for.  Maintenance is handled in a way that is[…]

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Nothing but ClearSky Ahead

This last week, I was fortunate enough to attend a Tech Field Day event, in Boston, Massachusetts. During the event, ClearSky invited us to their headquarters and took the time to present their vision and solution.  I must admit, I had not heard of ClearSky prior to the event, but doing some quick reading, my appetite was whet to learn more. The Lowdown: Founded in 2014, ClearSky aims to provide storage in a way that is a little outside the box.  Most storage admins are aware that the majority of[…]

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Ravello and the Oracle Cloud Journey

  I was invited out to attend the first ever Ravello Blogger Day at Oracle headquarters in San Francisco, California.  The event was arranged by the Tech Reckoning team lead by John Troyer. To be completely honest, I was apprehensive to attend an Oracle event.  While I have used Ravello for lab and testing work the past couple years, when they were acquired by Oracle I thought the end was near.  Ravello was a great solution to running VMware-based workloads on public cloud infrastructures like AWS or Google Cloud, but[…]

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vCloud Lab – Planning

  With the release of vSphere 5.1, comes a new version of vCloud as well.  I thought this would be a great chance to put up a vCloud lab at home, and to share the steps for others who want to learn the setup and management of vCloud, but don’t have a lot of physical boxes sitting around. While this process can be done in VMware Workstation, I am going to be using a single physical ESXi 5 server to house the entire lab. The first thing we need to[…]

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