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VeeamON is the big event from Veeam (actually only in the US) and VeeamON Tour is usually a smallest (one day) event around the world. But, like happened in the past year, on December 5 there will be also a VeeamON Tour Virtual event: coming right to your desktop, an event on the future of Availability.

Finally, one year after Broadcom announced the intention acquire Brocade the deal is completed: Broadcom Limited announced that it has completed its acquisition of Brocade. With the close of this transaction, Brocade’s storage area networking (SAN) business is now a highly strategic part of Broadcom’s enterprise storage portfolio. This is also an important milestone toward Broadcom completing the proposed divestiture of Brocade’s Ruckus Wired (ICX) and Wireless business to ARRIS International PLC (“ARRIS”). ARRIS has stated that it expects to close its acquisition once final regulatory approvals are complete.

In the server virtualization area the main type 1 (or bare-metal) hypervisors are: VMware ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V, Xen and KVM. For the public cloud IaaS solutions the most used are Xen (AWS use a custom version) and Hyper-V (in Azure). For the on-prem infrastructure, ESXi is the most used, followed by Hyper-V and KVM. Both Xen and KVM are just a family, because each Linux distribution have it’s own version those hypervisors. If we speak about XenServer we are looking at the Citrix version of Xen (Citrix has bought the commercial version of Xen several […]

After the release of Nakivo Backup & Replication v7.2, now it’s time for the new version, actually in beta, that offers a new type of backup repository, which is optimized for data deduplication appliances (such as EMC Data Domain, HP StoreOnce, NEC Hydrastor, Quantum DXi, and others) without compromising backup performance. NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides support for enterprise-grade deduplication appliances such as EMC Data Domain, HP StoreOnce, NEC Hydrastor, Quantum DXi, and other similar appliances, which can be used as a backup target. Note that it’s not (yet) a fully integration with dedup functions and features, […]

Seems that there are still some issues with vSphere 6.5, with a possible PSOD (Purple Screen Of the Death) after upgrade to 6.5U1 on ESXi hosts using 10 Gbps NICs. The VMware KB 2151749 describe this issue and explains that this occurs because Netqueue commit phase abruptly stop due to the failure of hardware activation of a Rx queue. As a result, Internal data-structure of the Netqueue layer’s could go out of sync with the device and cause PSOD.

Neil Anderson, from Flackbox, has build an amazing free Cisco CCNA Lab Guide recently which can be used to pass the CCNA exam or as a configuration reference for Cisco routers and switches. There’s a few free guides online but they all cover old out of date exam topics and aren’t great quality, but this is guide really complete (350+ pages), up to date, with good quality and simple, which people can use completely for free.

The latest Adobe Flash update (note that the update has been included also in Microsoft Update) with v 27.0.0.170 make the vSphere Web Client no more usable with all browsers. With Chrome and Firefox you will recognize that the Flash plugin hangs, in Internet Explorer you will have a simple generic error and the browser that will close.

If you are going to using vSphere Replication you will notice, after the deployment of the two virtual appliances a continuous (also each minute) logging of installation activities on all the ESXi hosts in the protected cluster. This is quite annoying but also is going to fill up your log both in the ESXi hosts and in the vCenter database (are all tasks visible in the the vCenter console).

One of the big advantages of the virtual appliance version of VMware vCenter (vCSA) is the ability to update both the OS components and the VMware parts with a simple menu. Just use the administrative UI available at https://vCSA_IP:5480 and login with user root and the password that you have choose during the deployment.

The legacy C# vSphere Client for Windows is no more available for vSphere 6.5 (see Bye bye vSphere Client, finally), put for previous vSphere version you can still use it. You can but maybe you shouldn’t, just because new features are in the vSphere Web Client and also because it’s not always friendly in error handling and message.

The Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP) is a vendor-neutral link layer protocol used by network devices for advertising their identity, capabilities, and neighbors on an IEEE 802 local area network, usually with Ethernet standard. Compared to Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP) it’s not proprietary and can be used from different vendors. VMware vSphere adds LLDP capability in the Distribuited Virtual Switches (DVS). CDP it’s also available both in DVS, but also in standard virtual switches (by default it’s enabled in listen mode).

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