I have been meaning to write this for a while, I spend a lot of time on a plane and one of the best things I find to pass the time is watching TV shows / series on my iPad. Now I don’t just go after Tech shows but given the industry we are in they do become quite enjoyable to watch. These call outs are in no order at all, I actually expect most of you would have seen the large majority of them. The IT crowd  The IT crowd was probably the first IT related show I at least saw on TV. “InRead More →

It was my second stint at presenting at a Tech Field Day event after back in April 2019 we came out to the Bay Area to participate in Cloud Field Day 5, you can find those recordings here. Tech Field Day this week was a special one, #TFD20 was the 10 year anniversary of the event. That’s a pretty impressive achievement when we live in a world full of influencer programs within our community, some things come and go but TFD is the constant. This time round we brought the boss with us, El Rickatron. Two reasons 1. He is the boss and he wantedRead More →

This post will highlight the capabilities of the Veeam CHEF cookbook and walkthrough getting things going. The first deployment mode is “Simple” this is a single Windows machine that will act as the all in one server, this server will contain all the mandatory components required for Veeam Backup & Replication to function. Next, we have the Advanced Deployment; this breaks up those components and allows us to deploy multiple nodes for different Veeam functions. Orange Lines are request and send cookbooks to and from CHEF Server. Black lines are initiating the bootstrap process for each node / component to be deployed. In advanced deployments,Read More →

As part of my #SummerProject of exploring deeper into Infrastructure as Code, Public Cloud and Cloud Native it led me back to a session that I delivered last year at VeeamON. The concept of the session was to highlight some of the things we had done from a community point of view with CHEF and Veeam to really show Day 0 operations and getting Veeam up and running in a declarative fashion. Why did we choose to automate Veeam deployments? We wanted to come up with way to consistently deploy Veeam servers. When you look at the difference between simple deployments and more advanced environments,Read More →

Kubernetes also known as K8 was built by Google based on their experience of running containers in production it is now an open source project and is arguably best and most popular container orchestration technologies out there. In this post I want to share some of my #SummerLearning project and try to explain Kubernetes at a high level. My first observation is that Kubernetes is the buzz at the moment but in order to understand Kubernetes we have to understand two other areas first, Containers and Orchestration. Containers The Container technology I chose to try and learn over the summer was Docker, but we probablyRead More →

Ever since the announcement and pre-launch demos and content I am involved with at Veeam around our Veeam NAS backup capabilities I have been exploring the world of NAS and unstructured data. I am not going to get into the specifics of Veeam at all here, I want this post to really walk through the process of getting Azure NetApp Files up and running, I will later then share how Veeam can easily protect those NAS workloads that reside here. I have been keeping a close eye on the Azure NetApp Files story over the last year and this also is linked to the NetAppRead More →

I have recently been testing and working through some scenarios where I require the NFS client on a Windows machine to access some NAS shares over the NFS protocol, not much has changed I believe between Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019 but thought it might help some to see how easy it is to get going. I am picking up at this stage with my fully patched and ready to go Windows Server running 2019. As mentioned previously I want to use this machine to access my NFS share which doesn’t matter what it is or what it is for but this WindowsRead More →

Quite often it’s easy to forget some of the ground-breaking things we have been doing over the years. I am sure you have all seen the reverse roadmap from Veeam stating all the great things that have been released, changed the way we move data around from a protection point of view and also interacted with our data for different use cases. One of these topics and features is around the Data transport modes available in Veeam Backup & Replication that allow us to move data from production to our backup storage as fast as possible. Most people I expect leave the setting when configuringRead More →