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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →