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VMware error: “Failed to write header to…”

Dear VMware User Today a customer called me and showed me following error (Veeam & VMware logs): Error A general system error occurred: Failed to write header to “/var/log/vmware/journal/1487689997.1: Error while writing to file. There is no space left on the device Reservation destination directory   Solution Solution was to move the logs away from the scratch partition (in our case a 4 GB SD card) to a persistent scratch location (i.e. a VMware datastore) More information on the VMware KB site: https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2003322  

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Veeam Vanguard & VeeamON 2017

Hi all Veeam Vanguard I’m really proud to announce, that I received an email from Rick Vanover, that I’m in the Veeam Vanguard 2017 squad. I really appreciate it. Thank you for that @Veeam For all of those, who didn’t know about Veeam Vanguard Program, the following video explains it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KDPTaTCPdc More information about the program you can find here: https://www.veeam.com/blog/what-is-the-veeam-vanguard-program.html VeeamON 2017 I also take the chance to again promote VeeamON 2017 (https://www.veeam.com/veeamon) in New Orleans, Louisiana. 2015 the event was in Las Vegas and it was fantastic. Very well organized, perfect food, and a lot of fun (ok,...


Disks not available during ESXi Upgrade on HPE servers

Today I did an ESXi update on some HPE DL380 Gen9 servers for a customer. I attached the ISO and rebooted the first host as always. But during the update process no disks was shown to update / install the ESXi host.   Resolution: The issue was, that I should take the HPE Custom ESXi ISO. Download: https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/details?downloadGroup=OEM-ESXI60U2-HPE&productId=491 (Google for other vendors) Reboot again with the right ISO and I could start the update. Hope it helps some others out there.


Veeam Backup- & Copy-jobs issues pointing to SoBR

Hi everyone Last week I had some issues with Veeam jobs pointing to a Scale-out Backup Repository (SoBR). Issues Some jobs stopped at 99% (all VMs were processed, but the job did not finish) Some copy-jobs failed with following message: Cannot connect to target backup repository     Some jobs had the error Attribute ‘ServerName’ was not found       Workaround One workaround was, to rename all copyjobs-folder at each SoBR extent and perform a Full copy-job. But this was not the solution for all (other) problems.   Solution After some research I found something in the Veeam Community –...

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SimpliVity CLI basic commands

Hi all During my SimpliVity PoC I created a lot of VMs, cloned and migrated them. It is much easier doing this task over the SimpliVity CLI. Here is a small guide – a 101 – for some basic tasks that during testing helped me a lot: About the colors of the commands: orange means fixed commands green means values, you can change at your own needs CLI Access You can access the SimpliVity OmniStack Command Line Interface (CLI) in two ways:   Possibility 1 (SimpliVity user host: IP / DNS name of the OVC (SimpliVity  OmniStack Virtual Controller) username:...

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SimpliVity 2-node Cluster – PoC

Hi all A few days ago I had the chance to test a 2-node SimpliVity OmniCube Cluster. (Actually you can order it with DELL, Lenovo, CISCO and Huawei as “OmniStack“– check the SimpliVity website. ) Here some impressions of the two boxes:                                                           PoC Overview Important: This is only a PoC setup and not for production purposes. For example, never use only 1 uplink to a box. (Redundancy)   Installation Basically you need...

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Veeam One – The “Automatic tab switching rule”

Hi Veeam One – Admin Today I worked with Veeam One and found a “new options” – at least for me. The option is called:   The “Automatic tab switching rule” Way to configure: Veeam One Monitor Client -> Options -> Client Settings -> Tabs View. With this option, you can create rules for the Veeam One Monitoring Client to define, which tabs / views you want to see without any mouse clicking action. Really useful if you use Veeam One as a monitoring solution on a big ‘monitoring’-screen. With the schedule option “Switch tabs every: xxx Seconds / Minutes / Hours” you can define your time interval before...


Veeam Certified Engineer — Advanced (VMCE-A): Design & Optimization V1 Course – PART 2

Today we had the second part of our Veeam Certified Engineer — Advanced (VMCE-A): Design & Optimization V1 Course. Topics covered today: Optimizations (regarding: B&R Database, Proxy, Repo, per-VM files, Dedup Appliances, WAN Accelerator, Tapes, Enterprise Manager, Indexing and AV). After that we started with the second part of the scenario which we talked yesterday – new situation: customer added some new components and how to backup / replicate them. At the end, we looked at two other topics: Audit / Compliance and Troubleshooting (Most useful logs, etc.) Helpful link today: Virtual Architect http://rps.dewin.me/VirtualArchitect/   Resume about the course If...


Veeam Certified Engineer — Advanced (VMCE-A): Design & Optimization V1 Course – PART 1

Hi all Today I had the first day of my 2-day “Veeam Certified Engineer — Advanced (VMCE-A): Design & Optimization V1 Course” (VMCE-ADO). I want to share some experience about our first day. After a starting-coffee we started with our expectations about the course. After that we started with some design and sizing guidelines about all the Veeam components (Veeam Backup Server, Proxy, Repo, WAN Accelerator). Next were some information’s about interaction with hypervisors and then an excursion to Veeam ONE. Interesting: We talked about the choice of the hypervisor, and all the participant were agreed, they use ESXi in...


Official Veeam Backup Size Calculator

Dear Veeam ProPartner Today I browsed the ProPartner Portal and I found following cool Tool: Backup Size Calculator Useful, online tool to help calculate the space needed for the backup chain desired in an environment. This tool is from Veeam – so check it out: http://propartner.veeam.com/propartner/assets/apps/restore-simulator/ I also will update the Tools & Links Section with the Link.