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Reading Time: 2 minutes Veeam Backup & Replication support for KVM was limited, at the VM image level, only to Nutanix AHV and RedHat Virtualization (RHV)… until now. Of course, is possible to use Veeam Agent to manage the backup of workloads on different type of hypervisors, but having a native image level backup support is important to improve backup speed, simplicity and also have fast recoverability. KVM solutions are growing fast, but it’s a fragmented world, with too many variants and dialects. Now Veeam is announcing the support for Oracle Linux KVM!

Reading Time: 5 minutes VMware vSphere has a guest customization feature to change some guest OS setting for VMs that are cloned of deployed from template. For example to change the computer name, network settings, or timezone settings. Customizing guest operating systems helps prevent conflicts that occur if virtual machines with identical settings are deployed, for example conflicts due to duplicate computer names. For Linux based VM there are two diffent type of guest OS customization engines: But which one is used and which could be preferred?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Cloud-init is a powerful configuration tools used in several Linux distributions, but his implementation is not always the best. And on some version of Ubuntu Server it’s making the boot slower and it’s annoning with some console messaging, also after the boot phase. There are two different approach to disable cloud-init.

Reading Time: < 1 minute Linus Torvalds announced today the release and general availability of Linux kernel 6.8, the latest stable version of the Linux kernel that introduces several new features and improvements. This will be the last mainline kernel to have less than ten million git objects (there are 9.996 million objects overall!).

Reading Time: 3 minutes Veeam Backup & Replication offers two options to protect Oracle databases: You can use both or one of the options depending on your environment specifics and approach to handle Oracle databases.

Reading Time: 2 minutes Since version 4.x, VMware vSphere provides native API to perform image level backup of running VMs: VMware vSphere Storage APIs – Data Protection (formerly known as VMware vStorage APIs for Data Protection or VADP). Those API are based on VMware snapshot to create a readable base VMDK disk that can be easily copied by a compatible backup solution using a full transfer or using incremental transfer with Changed Block Tracking (CBT) feature.

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Reduced Downtime Upgrade (RDU) is a new mechanism introduced in vSphere 8.x for upgrade/update the self-managed vCenter Servers with a minimal downtime (lesser compared to normal upgrade/update procedure). What is the Self-managed vCenter Server? It’s a vCenter Server that manages its own ESXi host and its own virtual machine. More information are available in KB 92659 (vCenter Server upgrades with the reduced downtime).

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