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17 Jan 2018
How to offline backup and restore vCenter Virtual appliance by NetVault Backup VMware Plugin
This is a report of verification test about offline Backup and Restore for vCenter Virtual Appliance (VA) 6.0. vCenter VA 5.5 or earlier was simple to deploy using OVF images. However vCenter VA 6.0 or later is not provided via OVF, and DNS and internet connection are required for installation. This requires VA deployment to be architected, and makes backup and recovery more details. This vCenter VA offline backup...
16 Jan 2018
Understanding IO Issues with Spotlight on SQL Server
Finding the statements and objects involved in your bottlenecks The modern explosion of data has created a huge demand for large volumes of storage, written and read at high speeds. The sheer size of many modern databases makes it impractical to maintain them in-memory, explaining our continued reliance on hard drives. SQL Server itself, as an ACID-compliant relational database, adds to this hard-drive intensive load...
16 Jan 2018
DR Series Appliances & LAN Free Backups
A backup is a network resource intensive process that can negatively impact employee business needs, thus it is challenging for backup administrators to protect ever growing data capacities without impacting production. New technologies and backup methods must be examined to achieve successful backups for the future. One proven and successful backup approach is the implementation of LAN-Free backups to disk based PBBA...
15 Jan 2018
Foglight.. Start Your Engine!
This post is short but hopefully useful. When you start the Foglight server and navigate to the home page URL (http://foglight_server:8080 or https://foglight_server:8443 ), you may see a startup splash page (below). If you see a login page, then the Foglight server has started and is ready to use. You may wonder what the startup process is doing. Or not. If you're in the former group, you can click the lower...
15 Jan 2018
System admin cheat sheet: Let KACE do the heavy lifting
When I started out as a system admin, I wish I’d had a cheat sheet to help me keep track of everything I needed to take care of for each of my endpoints. Now, after years of experience, I’ve decided to compile some of the knowledge I’ve gained and pass it along to those who may also be in need of a cheat sheet. Whether you’re a part of a small, medium-sized or large business — or belong to...