Welcome to Post 5, in this post I want to dive a little deeper into the Host Configuration, Physical Build and Networking configuration. The previous post has outlined the simple approach and where I place each of the physical nodes and even slightly touching on the nested hosts for demo purposes. This post also signifies the 7th post of the #VDM30in30 challenge that I am attempting and I am now at the stage where I have the ideas and titles in my head but its now about putting it down on paper and getting constructive useful posts out on the site for all to consume.Read More →

I wanted to kick off this series with a brief look into the Whys and What for, for the home lab,  it seems in my view anyway that the last few months has seen either a resurgence or just generally more interest around the industry for the Home Lab. This post is really an introduction and part of at least a 10 part series covering right from an introduction in where or why you might need or want a home lab to a deep dive into what I am doing with my own lab. I hope to cover off the “Why I am doing this”?Read More →

Following on from the 1st post, I want to touch on what I will be using my lab specifically for  and the reasons why, then later on in the series I will outline how I have achieved certain aspects and I am very much open for feedback over the whole design piece to make the most of this lab equipment. As I mentioned in the first post my lab usage will consist of Testing, Demo and some training. To set the scene here, I have recently started a new role at Veeam Software as a Technical Evanglist, prior to this I was a Systems EngineerRead More →

  What is Ransomware? What is ransomware? – A type of malicious software (Malware) which restricts access to a computer and/or the files on a computer until a ransom amount is paid. It’s something that is downloaded via email or file from the internet or passed between users much the same as a virus, this can be linked to a virus, malware, Trojan horse these are the same thing but a more evolved version. What is it going to do to a single computer or network? – it’s going enforce restrictions through encryption and prohibit access to certain areas of a machine or an environmentRead More →

I want to run through such an easy thing to do but wanted to document it nonetheless. Setting a Group Policy to have a shiny new Veeam background on all your domain machines. (obliviously you don’t have to have the Veeam wallpapers) I as many of my visitors have their own home lab or are leveraging a public cloud for their lab purposes. I have just spent my Monday going through my home lab and have upgraded all my servers to Windows Server 2016 and I have also updated all my Veeam components to the latest version 9.5. When I rebuilt this lab a fewRead More →

I have seen many a post recently that dives into the IT professionals bag and divulges the secret travelling tech products or just the cant leave without amenities. I decided to jump on this and let you know what I carry around in my bag. The Bag I have a choice of two and this really depends where I am heading, if I am heading out for a conference I prefer a backpack, easier to march around airports and conference centres with a backpack but if I am rocking a suit or have a particular customer meeting then I would probably go for the messengerRead More →

Another year done here at vZilla and I would say a very successful one. Besides all the political melting pot either side of the Atlantic and the horrendous year for celebrity deaths. I personally have had a pretty good year. I started the year as a Systems Engineer with Veeam where I had started in the March of 2015. Kicking the year off with Cisco Live which was in Berlin and then heading over for the Annual ETL (Extract, Transform and Load) NetApp A Team symposium over in Sunnyvale. That’s when things started to change I have detailed the start and finish of that transitionRead More →

The halfway mark for the #VDM30in30 and with a conference in the middle for a week it was always going to be tough to keep the content going at a post a day, although whilst at the conference I was able to jump on with some old friends and talk about some community and highlights for NetApp Insight and also about the newly announced Veeam 9.5 being GA during the same week. It’s always a great thing getting to speak to the guys that run the NetApp TechONTAP podcast as well catching up with my good friend Pete Flecha who is now at VMware, watchRead More →

Here we are again post 6 for the #ProjectTomorrow HomeLab series, In this post I want to talk about how I am using the spinning rust and my shared storage along with a small part of SSD storage within the home lab. I mentioned in the 2nd post of the series about the copious amounts of Direct Attached Storage I had in each server and also the lack of RAID controllers. If performance becomes to unbearable then I will go out and buy some controllers for the servers I had but so far they are giving me what I need. No RAID Controllers Yes againRead More →

Last week on Tuesday I attended the Microsoft UK Partner Summit at Twickenham Stadium, London. As a huge Rugby fan boy as well as becoming more and more Intune (Pun Intended) with what Microsoft are doing from a Microsoft standpoint I was rather intrigued to see the technical track at the event but also spend the day at Rugby HQ. The week prior to the summit I was closely tuned in from afar to the Microsoft Ignite conference in Atlanta, there were some great announcements and some we knew were coming but needed to happen. In the post I am going to highlight the keyRead More →