Veeam Backup and Restore to Azure

Veeam Backup and Replication is a data protection software product which gives users multiple options to protect their data, on-premise or in the public cloud.  I was working with a client recently and they needed assistance putting together the process to set up copying their data to Azure using Veeam with two goals: Provide a […]

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VMware PowerCLI to Patch Non-Clustered or Standalone Hosts with Graceful VM Shutdown

I was working with a client recently and we were examining how to patch standalone hosts within their environment.  They currently leverage VMware Update Manager for this process today in their clusters but when it comes to standalone hosts in their remote locations, VUM didn’t cut it.  VUM can easily stage and remediate against baselines […]

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VMware PowerCLI Install and Update

I had a colleague recently ask me if I could help him setup PowerCLI on his laptop.  It dawned on me that instructions such as this would be beneficial to document for new users to PowerCLI.  At its simplest, PowerCLI is a module for Windows PowerShell which allows you to interface and manage VMware vSphere.  […]

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VMworld 2017 Recap

It’s great to get back to VMworld to meet and discuss the state of information technology with industry experts, leaders, and innovators.  The conference is one of the best I attend which marries a solid vision for the future with practical technology sessions for the present.  VMworld 2017 provided attendees another great year with a […]

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Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC)

‘Software Defined’ is a term being used to describe how next generation devices and services work and interoperate in the data center.  It is the natural evolution of IT molded from the pressures associated with the cost of legacy architectures, manual operations, and the public cloud.  Software defined is also the foundation through which most […]

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VMworld 2016 Recap

Viva Las Vegas and Viva VMworld!  VMworld 2016 was held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas this year in contrast to the past few years where it has been held in the Moscone Center in San Francisco.  There is nothing like being in Vegas in August – thank goodness for industrial strength air […]

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Why the Hype of Hyperconverged?

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 18-24 months, you may have noticed hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) has become more prevalent in conversations around solutions for application environments. The panacea of the software-defined data center has taken the form of appliance-based nodes which deliver on the promise of operational and cost efficiencies.  […]

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