Updating Crashplan on ARM based QNAP

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Last month I wrote a quick overview of the process to install Crashplan on and ARM based QNAP NAS. Six weeks (ish) later and it's still going ok. Or, at least I thought it was... Periodically, the makers of Crashplan update their software. Nothing surprising about that except that as the ARM based QNAPs aren't an officially supported device (that I'm aware of), the automatic update doesn't work and the backup engine on my QNAP kept stopping. The upgrade itself is pretty straightforward however. On the QNAP NAS To get the software on the NAS updated, you first have to download the QPKG file from this thread on the QNAP forum. Once you've saved it onto your QNAP device (I put it in the "Public" share but the location isn't too … [Read more...]

VMworld 2014 – Day 3

It's also the the day after the night before for some, and hence often quieter first thing in the morning (as was the case again this year). For some reason, all of the sessions that I had originally planned to attend, and already had in my calendar, I had been unregistered from and several I couldn't get back into. I did manage to squeeze into a session about the inner workings of EVO:RAIL (SDDC1337 - Technical Deep Dive on EVO:RAIL) that provided some useful background for me. I like the idea of where VMware (and their hardware partners) are going with it (there are definite pluses), but the current 16 host limit per vCenter and allegedly higher cost per appliance compared to other converged hardware offerings might be off-putting to … [Read more...]

Thank you VMworld… see you next year?

As always, the highlight of any VMworld for me is the interaction with other attendees. Meeting new people, discussing technology and ideas with old friends and new is what makes it great for me. Also great was that over €143,000 will be donated to charities by VMware as a result of people participating in vGiveback. Once again, the VMware events team have done a great job and I thank them. VMworld 2015 Dates VMworld US 2015 starts on August 30th (Partner Day) in San Francisco and runs until September 3rd. VMworld Europe 2015 starts on October 12th (Partner Day) in Barcelona and runs until October 15th. See you next year? A lot can happen in the 9 months or so until booking for 2015 really gets going. I hope to be … [Read more...]

VMworld 2014 – Day 2

Day 2 can often get off to a sluggish start for many. Either from hitting the parties too hard the night before, or misjudging the time required to get into the conference centre, there were still quite a few people arriving after Wednesday's keynote session had started. Keynote The keynote on a Wednesday is usually used to take a closer look at some of the new and forthcoming changes in VMware's products and this year was no exception. Naturally, vRealize Operations got some attention, but so did CodeStream - VMware's forthcoming DevOps integration with vRealize Automation. I'm not an application developer myself but it would be interesting to see that in action with real developers using it. If you missed the keynote or are curious … [Read more...]

VMworld 2014 – Day 1

Tuesday in Barcelona is when things really get going. First up on everyone's schedule is the VMworld keynote. This is one of times when attendees get to hear from Pat Gelsinger (VMware's CEO) and a number of other presenters and get an overview of the direction in which VMware are going. It's also when the major product announcements are officially made. Historically, VMworld Europe is usually the time when management product updates are announced (with some of the more infrastructure based updates happening at the US conference). It's been slightly different this year I suppose since there was no major update to the core vSphere platform, but there was EVO:RAIL. During the keynote, announcements were made about: vRealize … [Read more...]

VMworld 2014 – Partner Day

VMworld Partner Day - I guess you could call it VMworld Day 0, or the "quiet before the storm". That's not to say that it's an easy day mind you. Partner day for me is all about networking. Not the NSX / Cisco variety, but talking with and meeting people. From former colleagues and VMware community members and VMware staff, all the way through to existing and potential partners for my employer, Xtravirt. It's safe to say that I had some very good conversations. Monday evening was split between two networking events. The first was hosted by TD Azlan at the W hotel and attended by a number of VMware, Atlantis and Nutanix partners. It was a good opportunity to have some quieter conversations away from the hubbub of of the Fira … [Read more...]

vRealize Automation v6.2 Announced

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So, vCAC 6.1 was finally announced at VMworld US in August and went GA in early September. Included in that release were some much needed bug fixes and enhancements in a number of key areas: New consumer API Improved partner support with vCO Enhanced integrations with vCloud Suite (specifically ITBM) NSX integration Enhanced Puppet integration Localised Consumer Interface in 12 languages (but crucially not British English!) Bulk import tool User interface configuration Enhanced HA deployment Today at VMworld Europe, VMware have announced that vRealize Automation 6.2 is coming (hopefully in Q4 this year). Besides the obvious name change of the product, this version, coming hot on the heels of 6.1, is intended as a … [Read more...]

vRealize Operations 6.0 Announced

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Today at VMworld Europe, VMware have officially unveiled vRealize Operations 6.0. This rebranding of the vCenter Operations Management Suite not only re-positions the product but it also introduces some much needed enhancements and features. Key amongst those are: New Deployment Model vCOps instances were not very scalable in the past. Once you reached a certain level, you'd be forced to deploy another one i.e. another "Analytics VM" and another "UI VM". Scaling was achieved purely through the manipulation of hardware resources for the VMs. With vRealize Ops 6.0, the analytics and UI components are combined in a single appliance (or apparently a Linux / Windows installer) that can easily be scaled by introduced another instance … [Read more...]

vRockstar 2014 – In Pictures

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The third annual vRockstar party kicked off proceedings for many in Barcelona last night. Once again the Hard Rock Cafe played host to a cluster of geeks prior to VMworld's Partner Day. Thanks to the sponsors below, a great time was had by all. I got to meet quite a few new people from the VMware community who've I've followed on Twitter or the VMware forums as well as catching up with quite a few people who I already know quite well. Here's a few photos from the evening. … [Read more...]

Reporting-as-a-Service – Call for beta testers

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One of the engagements that we've done quite a few times in the past, and do on a fairly regular basis at Xtravirt, is a virtual infrastructure healthcheck. Whether it's as a one-off, a regular service or as part of a larger project. Born partly from a need for better tooling and also because of a perceived gap in the market, Xtravirt have developed Sonar - Reporting-as-a-Service for virtual datacenters. We're in need of UK-based beta testers to provide feedback in return for free healthchecks for the duration of the beta. For more information about Sonar or to sign up for the beta, please visit the Sonar website. … [Read more...]