In the last post we covered the fundamentals at a very high level on why you should be considering adding a backup action into your GitOps workflows, we also deployed ArgoCD into our Kubernetes cluster. In this post we are going to walkthrough a scenario on why and how having that backupaction within in your process ensures that when mistakes happen (and they will) your data is protected and can be recovered easily. This walkthrough assumes that you have Kasten K10 deployed within your Kubernetes Cluster to perform these steps. More details on this can be found at This is a very simple exampleRead More →

Something I started at the beginning of 2021 was setting aside an hour a day during the workday for learning. This tweet and a few others over the last few months then prompted me to write this post, to share my reasoning and why this is a good idea. “Where do you make time to learn new things?” There seems to be a common misconception that for you to learn new things it must be out of work hours! Let’s address this straight away, if you are learning a topic that will benefit your day to day job then any boss (a good boss orRead More →

Last week at the Kasten booth at KubeCon 2021 EU I gave a 30-minute session on “Incorporating data management into your continuous deployment workflows and GitOps model” the TLDR was that with Kasten K10 we can use BackupActions and hooks from your favourite CD tool to make sure that with any configuration change you are also going to take a backup of your configuration before the change but most importantly the data will also be grabbed. This will become more apparent and more useful when you are leveraging ConfgMaps to interact with data that is being consumed and added by an external group of peopleRead More →

Not my usual content but over the weekend I took the plunge again and successfully this time in getting Ubuntu dual booting with my Razer Blade Stealth 13″ 4K that I picked up mid pandemic last year (why oh why did I do that during a pandemic and no travel) This post will cover the steps I took to make sure that this would work on the laptop, I expect for many other laptops this process would also work especially if you had Windows pre-installed on the device. You might also want to check the warranty if you are going to do this, I didRead More →

Veeam Backup & Replication introduces another new agent. This time it is the agent for MacOS. I had my 2013 MacBook Pro kicking about and thought why wouldn’t you add this to the home Veeam Backup & Replication server. The first thing to mention is that this is not a standalone agent this requires Veeam Backup & Replication or from a service provider perspective the Veeam Service Provider Console. There is also the ability to leverage MDM servers to deploy the package. Preparing the Agent for MacOS First up we need to get the package files to install locally on our MacBook Pro. Give yourRead More →

Building out a new lab or refreshing your lab is tedious and a job nobody really wants to do, I have long been a fan of infrastructure as code and automation and we have had various projects where we have done similar things and highlighted this in some of our community speaking sessions and hopefully helped people. Now I am also not saying this is the right way but in my lab situation I wanted something I could easily automate the spinning up and down of my Veeam environment for testing, this really came about with the latest release of Veeam Backup & Replication v11Read More →

It might just be me, but in everything where I am putting content together or using data that means something that is useful to me I automatically think about what happens if I lose it, can I withstand to lose that or is it important that I need a backup? This weekend I fully transitioned over to using Notion for my note taking app but it also is or can be used as an “All in One workspace” it also has a lot of team collaboration benefits but the first and foremost goal for me was to have a single place that I could storeRead More →

First up you should head to the windows store to download the latest Windows Terminal Once installed open your new Windows Terminal and head straight to Settings This is going to open a .json file with the configuration settings, when you first install you will not see this block of configuration under defaults but this is what gives you the ability to add a background image / logo to your terminal session. The code is following, this will enable this same theme (image) over PowerShell, Command Prompt and Azure Cloud Shell.         “defaults”:         {             // Put settings here that you want to apply to all profiles.             “backgroundImage” : “C:\\Users\\micha\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.WindowsTerminal_8wekyb3d8bbwe\\RoamingState\\black-on-green.png”,             “backgroundImageOpacity” : 0.75,             “backgroundImageStretchMode” : “fill”   If you then want to customise theRead More →

This release gives Veeam the ability to protect workloads natively across the trifecta of the public clouds, Microsoft Azure, AWS and now Google Cloud Platform or GCP. This version 1 of the product gives you the ability to protect your GCP compute instances leveraging cloud-native snapshots and backups to Google Cloud Storage which in turn gives you the ability to restore those virtual machines back into GCP. With the upcoming release of Veeam Backup & Replication v11 and the addition of a third external repository option which is the object storage where Veeam Backup for Google Cloud Platform writes its backups to this enables forRead More →

Well 2020, and I hope in years to come I can come back here and reflect on some of the positives that the year had for me personally. In a year where globally we were constrained to our home offices, missing major tech conferences across the globe and that well sought out interaction with other introvert type people, the show went on and we were able to at least finish the year at least it seems personally unscathed. However, there is still a long road to get down where we will see mass scale vaccinations rolled out and then who knows what the new normalRead More →