A couple of weeks ago I was having some conversations with colleagues about typical IT Professional annoyances. The annoyance that we discussed was the yearly maintenance cycle that many companies still do between Christmas and New Year. (Although some of us prefer to do this over the yearly summer holiday period…).
Everybody in IT world has lived it, or heard about it. The yearly maintenance schedule that can break your holidays. But in today’s world, with great technologies, we should be able to avoid this.
The great thing about having this conversations with awesome colleagues is that you can come with a solution to this (recurring) problem quite quickly.
The solution? You can read about it in this TechNet UK article: http://blogs.technet.com/b/uktechnet/archive/2013/11/26/the-horror-of-the-yearly-upgrade-cycle.aspx
I arrived in Austin Texas in the late afternoon just before sunset and checked into the Embassy Suites just across Lady Bird Lake (which looked a lot like a river to me) from the Austin Convention Center. The sun was setting behind me as I walked towards the Congress Avenue bridge that lead across the river/lake to the convention center. Imagine my surprise to find thousands of people lining the south side of the bridge. A musty odor that I couldn’t quite place, but was certainly familiar, filled the air. Had all of these people forgotten to shower? Had I? Then it hit me. Bats! The smell was bat guano, that putrid disgusting mix of urine and feces that ...
Today we announced the general availability of Veeam Backup & Replication v7 R2. This is an important release because Veeam is the first backup and disaster recovery vendor to support BOTH vSphere 5.5 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V hypervisors. In addition, v7 R2 also includes full support for Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows 8.1 as a VMware or Hyper-V guest, as well as support for installing Veeam Backup & Replication components on these operating systems.
If you’re registered on our forums then you’ve most likely seen the “Word from Gostev” that’s sent out every Sunday evening. A few weeks ago Anton pointed out an important requirement with vSphere 5.5. Starting with version 5.5, the vSphere API for Data ...
There has been a lot of talk about Hyper-V in its 2012 editions. One of the questions that I hear on a regular basis is about which version of Hyper-V to use. Usually the conversation goes something like this.
“So Microsoft makes Hyper-V Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V?”
“Hyper-V Server 2012 is a free download, right?”
“So why would I want to use Windows Server 2012 to get Hyper-V?”
The question is a good one, and it has a really good answer. Licensing! Here are the nitty gritty details. First this from the Microsoft Hyper-V Server2012 page;
“Hyper-V Server is a dedicated stand-alone product that contains the hypervisor, Windows Server driver model, virtualization capabilities, and supporting components such as failover ...
Our customers love Veeam Backup & Replication! We get all kinds of positive comments about how easy it is to set up, configure, and operate. We hear about how powerful it is in backup and recovery operations. All of this goodness comes at a very affordable price point.
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Veeam builds innovative software that helps a business to realize the promises of virtualization. Veeam’s products support virtual machines (vm’s) running in multiple hypervisor environments including VMware and Hyper-V. The changes and improvements to Windows Server 2012, particularly as they relate to Hyper-V, and to storage, are incredibly exciting! Let me give you a great example!
Veeam Backup & Replication Deduplication
In the virtual environment, just like the physical environment, backup is essential! Veeam Backup & Replication provides simple, fast, reliable backups of your running virtual machines. It uses API sets and the Microsoft VSS process to ensure application quiescence, and total reliability. The ever growing demands on storage seem to be a constant concern to the business. There is no ...
I love the launch of a new Windows Server! The innovation it brings, the opportunities for growth and change, the new version of Hyper-V, the new storage options, Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. It’s just refreshing.
With the introduction of Windows Server 2012 Microsoft has revamped the licensing model and the SKU offerings (Shocker, I know.) In these changes they have intentionally, or unintentionally, paved the way for the introduction of Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Edition into the small business network. Review the Windows Server 2012 Licensing Datasheet here. There are 3 things I noticed right away.
1. The licensing for Standard Edition server is now based on Processor + CAL. (Same As Datacenter Edition)
2. The Virtualization rights for ...
With todays great hypervisor management tools and the paradigm shift from Client/Server to Cloud networking the old need to backup “Host” servers has really gone away.
A couple of years ago it became readily apparent that the Client/Server networking model had outlived its usable lifespan and needed to be updated to something better. The NIST defined the new model as a “Cloud.” Broad Network Access, Rapid Elasticity, Resource Pools, On Demand Self Service, and Measured Service are the 5 critical components. This is the new model that will be used going forward for networking. Microsoft releases its Cloud operating system in a matter of weeks.
Virtualization is the gateway technology to the Cloud. Whether that cloud ...
I have the opportunity to work with some really smart people who do some really great things with technology. Steven Duckaert is a co worker and friend who is one of those IT guys who takes what is possible and makes it Reality! Recently I saw him do a demonstration of integrating Veeam Backup & Replication and System Center to automate VM recovery. I asked him to write it up so I could put it on the Blog. The following post is what he wrote. It’s a great Post! Thanks Steven!
One of the promises of the Private Cloud message is that IT resources can quickly be scaled up or down through automation. This is very desirable in order to ...
A few weeks ago Veeam introduced Backup Free Edition and changed the way we think about backup in the world of Hyper-V. There is a solemn wish in the world of the IT Professional to find a better way to do things that is more effective and less expensive, with free being the ultimate price tag. Kevin Remde, one of my friends at Microsoft, wrote this blog post outlining how to use Windows Backup, Exports, PowerShell, and scripting to backup a vm in Hyper-V. It is free, but it certainly is not easy or more effective. Enter Veeam Backup Free Edition. This tool was designed to be used in a Hyper-V environment and makes ...