Book Review – Learning Veeam Backup & Replication for VMware vSphere

Disclaimer:
I have received this book as a free review sample, with the only requirement that I would write a review of it here on my blog and post short reviews of it on amazon.com, goodreads.com and books.dzone.com. These should be unbiased and I was in no way obligated to write positive reviews.

Learning Veeam Backup and ReplicationThe book is available in both eBook and Print versions from Packt Publishing

I know Christian Mohn, the author of  “Learning Veeam Backup & Replication for VMware vSphere” from Twitter (@h0bbel), his blog vNinja.net and I have also listened to a few of his podcasts, vSoup, which he does regularly with co-presenters Ed Czerwin (@eczerwin) and Chris Dearden (@ChrisDearden).
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My first VMUG presentation

I did my first VMUG presentation at the Danish VMUG meeting on April 3., in Palads Biograf in Copenhagen.
For a summary of the day, go read Terkel Olsen’s blogpost: “Great VMUG Meeting in Denmark”

My subject/title was “100% virtualized on Apple hardware”, which I had 30 minutes to talk about. I was scheduled as the second speaker of the day, just a short break after Tommy Drægert from BitDefender.

I had done some presentations before, for maybe 30-35 people.
At the Danish VMUG meeting there were around 100 people in the cinema, so I was naturally a little nervous. It might also have had something to do with the fact that I decided, like 20-25 minutes before my presentation, to translate my complete slide deck from Danish to English, and also do the speaking in English instead of Danish.
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Virtualize OS X using vSphere on Mac hardware

Just a short announcement that I have written a blog post on my employers blog, called “Virtualize OS X using vSphere on Mac hardware”.
In the blogpost I try to answer the following questions:

  • What is required to vitualize OS X?
  • Which hardware is supported, and which hardware works?
  • How to license OS X in a virtual environment?
  • What are best practices for running OS X in a virtual environment?
  • How to safely deploy OS X from a template?
  • How to backup OS X in a virtual environment?

Head over to the bmspeak blog to read the post:
http://bmspeak.businessmann.dk/2014/03/10/virtualize-os-x-using-vsphere-on-mac-hardware/

vCenter 5.5 install fails during vCenter Server Directory Service installation

Today I was installing a new vCenter 5.5 server for a customer,
on a freshly installed Windows Server 2012 VM, which would also be hosting the Micrsoft SQL database locally.

I had already joined the server to the domain and setup Micrsoft SQL Server 2012 SP1, and created the vCenter Database,
and an accompanying System DSN, so I was ready to do the vCenter installation.

I chose to install using the Simple Install method, because… well this was a simple installation.

SSO, vSphere Web Client and Inventory Service all installed with any issues.

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VMworld Europe 2013 – Day 1

VMworld Europe 2013

I arrived in Barcelona sunday night with my colleagues, Heino Skov and Brian Markussen, and couple of customers.

Sunday night, we had a few beers, which where payed by the nice people from Avnet.
Many of the danish VMworld attendees where there, and we had some good talks.

This morning we got registered at the conference center, and got our badges and bags.

During the day, I have talked with a lot of people in the VMware community.
Also been by the Hands-On-Labs, and took two labs, vSphere Distributed Switch from A to Z (HOL-SDC-1302) and Virtual Storage Solutions (HOL-SDC-1308).

Later I will attend the Parter General Session, and then go out to the Businessmann arranged dinner, with the colleagues and customers.

I am very much looking forward to the coming days and sessions.

Avoid issues with backup of WordPress using BackWPup

I have used BackWPup in the past to do backup of this WordPress based website, but recently I encountered some problems.

In my original BackWPup setup there was a simple BackWPup-job that just created a ZIP-archive of everything WordPress related at my webhost, One.com, and then sent that ZIP-archive to my Dropbox.com account for offsite storing.

But recently I started receiving error-emails, that the backup did not finish correctly.
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Creating a never booted OS X template in vSphere 5.1

Page 1 – Introduction and reason for doing this

The goal of this blog post is to produce a never booted installation of OS X Mountain Lion, in a VMDK, which can be used as a template in VMware vSphere vCenter 5.1.

The reason for doing this, is that when a OS X installation is done the normal way, using the Installation GUI, then on the first boot of the newly installed machine there is created a bunch of machine specific files and items.
These machine specific files and items, e.g. the Local Kerberos Key Distribution Center (or LKDC), needs to be cleaned out, if the installation is going to be used as a template, either in VMware vSphere or using traditional image deployment techniques.

Instead of doing the installation using the normal GUI procedures, it is possible to install OS X into an empty DMG image file, and therefor the installed version of OS X is never booted, and thereby the machine specific files and items are never created. Leaving you with a pristine and untouched version of OS X, ready to be booted for the very first time, when deployed.

During this blog post I will walk you through how to do all this, with detailed instructions and screenshots.
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Save CPU time, disable Screen Saver on Mac OS X VMs

By default Mac OS X comes with the Screen Saver enabled, and set to kick in after 20 min. This is good in the physical world, to avoid screen burn in and somebody watching. In the virtual world, it does not make much sense, because there is no screen, so no risk of screen burn in or for that matter somebody watching. But besides the above mention reasons, there is another reason to disable the Screen Saver in Mac OS X VMs. And that is the CPU utilization when the Screen Saver is running.
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