For those that have been following anything I have been putting together in 2020 it is likely that you have seen my new PC build and other office upgrades and projects I have had going on, all to keep the boredom and all the bad things from setting in. This little project was just another addition to that, and I am not quite finished just yet. This post will touch on the parts that I used to create this little bundle and why I approached things this way, the this way is the fact that I didn’t just want to run a HDMI cable fromRead More →

2020 has seen a lot of virtual events happening for obvious reasons, but when you have such a strong VeeamON event earlier in the year and you know you have more insight, vision and product news to share you put on another event later in the year. But with a twist Veeam Live was a one-day event and all the breakouts and keynotes were live. The focus on the event was to get into the thought leadership topics around our industry and cloud data management. But it was also a platform that would enable us to talk about recent acquisitions, additional product release announcements andRead More →

Thanks for coming back to part 2, here we will get into a little bit more of the how to get these little computers up and running and even running some VMs and some other interesting community things I have found out in my playing around. If you only had the one SD card then those steps in the last blog can be undone now, we need the SD card to be formatted at FAT32 (MSDOS) so we can upload some required files to the card for the UEFI boot, if you do have a smaller SD card and you wish to preserve the RaspberryRead More →

A little under a week ago Kit Colbert posted here, the announcement of the new Community ESXi-Arm fling. This has been an ongoing waiting game since I believe the days of VMworld 2018 when we could be in another country and amongst fellow community members. Well it looks like the team are well on the way to cracking the code and getting something out there in the form of a fling is a great way and a way I have loved from VMware over the years to introduce their early access of ideas and products out to the community for feedback and some testing. OrRead More →

You may or may not be shocked to hear that I have a server in my garage, I reduced my home lab foot print a few months back and was left with just one HP ML110 Gen7 with some capacity disks. I decided to put Windows 2019 on the box and use this as my home Veeam server, on here we have Veeam Backup & Replication looking after my agent backups and NAS share backups. We have Veeam Backup for Office 365 looking after my vZilla Office 365 account. I also enabled Hyper-V on the box! Madness, I hear you cry! Well it’s a goodRead More →

Update – It is all gone, thanks to all for jumping on it, will keep you updated on my trials and tribulations when walking down the Pi Cluster route.  It has been a trusty home lab for the past few years but since moving to the new house although it has prime position in the garage it is not being used as I have other resources available to me now. Maybe there is a home for it somewhere. This post will outline the hardware specs for each part I will be parting with. What do I want and this is me being completely honest, IRead More →

This post came about from a tweet from Matt Watts and got me thinking And here we are! NetApp in particular have offerings in both PaaS and IaaS for offering storage services out to their customers, they have Cloud Volumes ONTAP which gives the customer the ability to manage an IaaS approach to Cloud Storage, this is available in the 3 major public cloud offerings (AWS, Microsoft Azure and GCP) This means the underlining infrastructure is managed but you are in complete control of the storage operating systems. There are many others out there that would offer a similar function. On the PaaS side ofRead More →

This post is in no way affiliated to or sponsored by RaspberryPi. I am using this an example in this post to show you the possibility of using this tiny compute module as a desktop computer. Over the past 8,9,10 weeks I have lost count of weeks now its just “day X ” and I probably should have highlighted this out already across further than the IT community, I mean we know about these little computer boards, we likely all have them in our drawers or serving some sort of function within our houses. Ok, so I have been hearing many people struggling in manyRead More →

No matter where you are in the world you are probably working from home and if you are anything like me probably busier than normal! But it is important to stay on top of things and one of them things should be learning. Normally it’s a privilege to get training access whilst on the job. But I think if you are now working from home you likely need something like a project or some form of education. Over the last 6 months I have been taking advantage of my Pluralsight account that I get through being part of the VMware vExpert Program. I have beenRead More →

I had a plan this weekend to get my Veeam components all updated with the recent release of v10 RTM and I wanted to use Windows 2019 Server Core for some of my proxy components. Lightweight and should be easy to spin up and spin down as and when you need them. Anyway, there were two things I was finding when it came to spin up my new lab using terraform and that was Guest Customisation being a pain. The pain was that the guest customisation just didn’t work on the template that I had, my advice is troubleshoot this for all of 5 minutesRead More →