vCloud Automation Center: Time For a Closer Look

By no means am I a visionary, but occasionally I’ll latch on to something that I keep very close watch on. Way back in 2011 (which seems like forever ago), I wrote a piece outlining my first impressions of vCloud Director. At the time, I focused three key points:

  • On-premise is still an option
  • The networking will be different
  • There is metadata, and it’s important

What is interesting is that this is pretty much the same top three points today. I’ve been working a bit with vCloud Director recently and can formulate a good direction on this "level" of virtualization now. That being said, things have changed a bit since VMworld 2013 in San Francisco with vCloud Director.


Click here to read the full post at Virtualization Review.

Don’t Delete the VM: Archive it!

How many times have you needed to clean up your virtual environment? If you are like me – plenty.

The hard part is what needs to stay and what needs to go. I came to the realization that we should really prioritize what needs to go. But we have to keep a copy of it in case we change our mind.

I’ve found myself leaving a number of powered off VMs around “just in case” – well – I should really take a different approach, and now I have. I’ve found that if I archive them via a backup  I can keep my VMware or Hyper-V environment clean by not littering a bunch of powered off VMs around.

The best part is, you can do this with Veeam Backup Free Edition – which will allow you to do ad-hoc backups for free.

Here’s a practical use case. One of my datastores is low on space. I have a few powered off  VMs on it. I don’t want to delete them right away, so the right thing to do is back them up to a different storage resource and then delete the VM. With Veeam, that’s easy.

If you are using the free edition of Veeam, simply right-click on the VM and select “VeeamZIP”. I’m using the non-free edition, and I’m selecting two VMs in the figure below:

I did a bit of screen shot magic, but the takeaway is that you go into “Virtual Machines” view, and select the VMs you want then right-click and select “VeeamZIP”.

The free edition of Veeam allows you do to only one at a time, I’ve got a license, so I can do more than one.

Then you’re good. And just so you know, the free edition of Veeam uses the same processing engine to perform the backups as the paid editions – so don’t think you’re getting a half-baked backup.

Once that is done, I can then delete those two VMs and save my datastore space. It’s that easy!

Rickatron in Australia New Zealand!

For my Australia / New Zealand friends – please join me and Veeam in the region. We’re doing a four city tour in Sydney, Melbourne, Wellington and Auckland this July. You can have all of your Veeam questions answered – plus get swag and free coffee.

Sign up now at the page:

11th July – Sydney
15th July – Melbourne
16th July – Wellington
17th July – Auckland


Get your VMworld on with the Rickatron

In my work roles at Veeam we have a number of things going on at VMworld. One of them is the Solutions Exchange Theatre presentation. My session is live there and is on the content catalog. The date and time is set; but subject to change. Here is the abstract:

STP1004 – Veeam Backup & Replication: 7 Designs for Success
Rick Vanover , Veeam Sofware | Twitter @ RickVanover

This quick presentation will outline 7 key design scenarios ranging from large virtualized infrastructures to very small environments who can leverage Veeam Backup & Replication. Attendees will see what components go into sizing, design and control of the backup jobs for full protection; including off-site storage of the Veeam backups.

Also, attendees of this session will get an EXCLUSIVE gift. Only available here. I’m keeping that secret for now ;).


How to restart the vSphere Web Client

If you’ve migrated (or attempted to!) to the vSphere Web Client and used it heavily if not exclusively, you’ve no doubt had it stop working on you. I’ve had to restart the service occasionally when the web interface seems to just die.

Restarting it is an easy process, it’s just not instant. Simply run the remote services applet (Services.msc) on a Windows system that is authenticated against the Windows server running the vCenter Server (I don’t have a how-to for the appliance).


You can simply restart the service, vspherewebclientsvc. If there are pending tasks in vCenter they will continue. This is NOT the case with the VMware VirtualCenter Server service.

Now, that was the easy part. The unfortunate part is that the service takes a while to fully resume. If you simply restart the service, that goes fine. There are a number of interprocess communication components to the vSphere Web Client. You may see this type of web page until it is ready:


During this time, you can still access the vSphere Client as a Windows application. But low and behold the vSphere Web Client will return and you’ll be able to log in.

新機能 – Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePointを発表

従業員がMicrosoft SharePointで破壊したり、削除されたりしたファイルを必要とする場合、ファイルをリカバリするには、多くの場合、SharePointデータベース全体をリストアする必要があるため、管理者は、即座に対応することができません。個々の項目を取得するのに、数時間、または数日もかかる場合があります。




Modular server approach for small organizations

Takeaway: There are no shortage of ways to design infrastructure to solve a specific problem. One popular new trend is the modular server, as Rick Vanover explains.

One of the things I enjoy in my professional capacity is that I constantly am exposed to different environments. Most of those environments are focused on delivering an optimized VMware or Hyper-V infrastructure, which makes sense today.

For midsize or larger organizations, I’m indeed a fan of the pod-based approach for data center provisioning techniques. But for smaller organizations, there is a great opportunity to deliver all of the features for a virtualized infrastructure; however, there are clear guardrails around price and complexity.


Click here to read the full post at TechRepublic.


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