How to revert an ESXi host to a previous…

How to revert an ESXi host to a previous version using DCUI

How to revert an ESXi host to a previous…

http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1033604 This video demonstrates how to revert an ESXi host to a previous version using Direct Console User Interface (DCUI). VMware recommends that you back up the configuration data before proceeding with any changes Reverting of an ESXi host is only valid if the host was updated using one of these methods: • VIB installation or removal • Profile installation or removal • ESXi host updated using VMware Update Manager • ESXi host updated from a ISO For additional information, see VMware Knowledge Base article 1033604 at the following URL http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1033604


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NSX Install Guide Part 2 – Data Plane

#NSX Install Guide Part 2 – Data Plane — via ESXsi

NSX Install Guide Part 2 – Data Plane

In Part 1 we looked at the overall design of the environment and official documentation, as well as preparing the management and control planes by installing NSX Manager and an NSX Controller cluster. In this post we will focus on installing components in the data plane; preparing the hosts for NSX, configuring VXLAN, VTEP interfaces, Transport Zones, and creating a logical switch. To complete the routing configuration Part 3 will walk through NSX Edge and Distributed Logical Routers.


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Looking For A VMware Technical Paper Repository?

Looking For A VMware Technical Paper Repository?

Looking For A VMware Technical Paper Repository?

As an engineer, I tend to go looking for technical papers to provide information on requirements, install, and configuration information for solutions on a regular basis. In most cases, most of us go looking for them by searching Google. Well I was given this link by a co-worker which is a repository of technical papers for all of VMware solutions in one single place.


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Upgrade Veeam Backup & Replication from 9.0 to 9.5

 

Check status of Veeam services

Get-Service Veeam*

output:

Status   Name               DisplayName
------   ----               -----------
Running  VeeamBackupSvc     Veeam Backup Service
Running  VeeamBrokerSvc     Veeam Broker Service
Running  VeeamCatalogSvc    Veeam Guest Catalog Service
Running  VeeamCloudSvc      Veeam Cloud Connect Service
Running  VeeamDeploySvc     Veeam Installer Service
Running  VeeamMountSvc      Veeam Mount Service
Running  VeeamNFSSvc        Veeam vPower NFS Service
Running  VeeamTapeSvc       Veeam Tape Access Service
Running  VeeamTransportSvc  Veeam Data Mover Service

Before upgrade stop all your Veeam jobs and disable all Veeam services and restart server.

 Set-Service VeeamBackupSvc -StartupType Disabled
 Set-Service VeeamCatalogSvc -StartupType Disabled
 Set-Service VeeamCloudSvc -StartupType Disabled
 Set-Service VeeamDeploySvc -StartupType Disabled
 Set-Service VeeamMountSvc -StartupType Disabled
 Set-Service VeeamNFSSvc -StartupType Disabled
 Set-Service VeeamTapeSvc -StartupType Disabled
 Set-Service VeeamTransportSvc -StartupType Disabled

Once the server is back online run the setup.exe, accept the license and click Next

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Setup will inform you about detected previous version

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and recognize that you have already licenced version. If you want to provide new license number just click Browse and add new license file.

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Veeam 9.5 require Microsoft System CLR Types for SQL2014 and Management Objects. And if you didnt install it already, it will inform you. You have the option to install it now .. just press Install.

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once installed  you can click Next and continue with upgrade.veeam6

Choose under which account will be your Veeam Backup & Replication service running.

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Choose a database instance. I am using local MSSQLDB.

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Setup will ask if you are sure to use this database and if required upgrade it.

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Now all prerequisities are done and you can isntall upgrade.

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Progress…..

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.. and finished. Your Veeam Backup & Replication was upgraded to version 9.5veeam12

You can connect ..

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after login as a last step server componnents will be upgraded.veeam14

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Once done you can use Veeam Backup & Replication and do backups.

Note:

All services which were stopped and disabled before installation are automatically set as Automatic startup.

VCSA – vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 – backup

 

  • Login to admin environment of vCenter appliance
http://VCENTER-DNS-NAME:5480/

 

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  • Choose backup

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And in wizard fill all the info:

  • Protocol [HTTPS or HTTP or SCP or FTPS or FTP]
  • Location [server_IP_or_DNS/EmptyDirectory]
  • Port [if you use standard ports for protocols above, then you can skip]
  • UserName
  • Password

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CZ VMUG – Praha – 6.12.2016

Few days back was 2nd CZ VMUG.

Agenda:

agenda
Katarina Wagnerova [@_KatkaW_] presenting her way to VDM (Virtual Design Master). This was an awesome presentation. Really breath taking. Where she found all the time to do it in such a short time.

 

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Paudie ORiordan [@oriorp] was doing live scripted demo of 2node vSAN. Amazing presentation from the VMware guy. Who know a lot about VSAN.

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Presentation of “Metro Cluster HA or DR“ was from Czech TAM’s David Pasek  (VCDX200) and Standa Jurena. A lot of information from the field. And they give us a lot of information from Metro Cluster HA and DR. At the end of the presentation you should know the main reasons for “what to choose” Metro Cluster HA or DR.

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Veeam presentation was full of practical information about the new version of their backup software Veeam Backup & Replication presented by Boris Mittelmann.

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at the end I want to thank you to our VMUG leaders..

VMware Workstation Pro 12.5 release

What’s New

VMware Workstation 12 Pro version 12.5 is a free upgrade for all VMware Workstation 12 Pro users, it adds support for the following operating systems:

  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update
  • Windows Server 2016

VMware Workstation 12 Pro Version 12.5 also contains bug fixing, security updates and performance improvements.

 

VMware Workstation 12 Pro Version 12.5 | 13 SEP 2016 | Build 4352439
Last updated: 13 SEP 2016

VMware Workstation Pro Documentation

Release notes

source: official site

new NUC in my home lab

 

Home LAB starts to grow. More and more test lab VM’s, nested ESXi hosts etc. So  I was looking for another node. Dont want to spent a fortune so the price was the key. I had also other minimum requirements as 32GB of RAM and power consumption. After few weeks of searching I decide to buy a Intel NUC.

Components added to my #HOMELAB:

  • Intel 6th Generation NUC NUC6i3SYH
  • 2x Kingston 16GB DDR4 2133MHz SODIMM
  • USB3 TP-LINK  UE300 gigabit NIC
  • 8GB San Disk Cruzer Fit
  • HDMI to VGA adapter

 

Disclaimer: The Intel NUC is not on VMware’s official Hardware Compatibility List (HCL)

Veeam backup Agent for Linux (beta) CentOS 7

today just received an email from Veaam with link and code. So I can download the beta agent for linux.  In my case I will use CentOS 7  linux distribution 64bit.

Installation is easy, with some tricky part. As on installation page here is step-by-step  info about how to install the Veeam Linux agent. But I am missing step-by-step info about how to install prerequisites. So you can read it here for CentOS 7 Linux.

First of all update your server. Once done,  reboot the server if during your update was installed new kernel.

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2nd NIC for my NUC

Intel NUC is the best piece of HW for HOME mini-LAB. But once you start grow you need more network bandwith. And one pNIC is not enough. After few sec of googling I find great page DevTTY. Where is a lot of information about “supported” USB NIC for your Intel NUC. I choose TP-LINK UE300 because I had a couple of TP-LINK (3210, 5426) switches and they are doing great job.

So I ordered TP-LINK UE300 USB 3.0 network card. Once it was delivered to me, I connected it to the NUC. Then download the driver from DevTTY and upload it to one of my datastore.  No maintenance, reboot is needed. The only thing you need to do is to change the “Host Image Profile Acceptance Level”  to  “Community supported”.

Host Image Profile Acceptance Level-Community

Then just log in to the ESXi console and install VIB file with command:

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