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SysAdmin Day 2018 0

SysAdmin Day 2018

Remember the days when you struggled to find something to do? Out of projects, with no outstanding project work, no issues to resolve, or nothing new to learn. No, I didn’t think so. Me either. It’s been a busy 12 months. Nothing new for anyone in the ‘the’ industry. From...

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Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3a

In this article we’ll cover the simple process of applying the latest Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 update, Update 3a (released July 2nd 2018), however, I’d first like to cover what’s new in Update 3a, and why you might like to upgrade. Update 3a brings support for a host of...

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VMware vRealize Log Insight – End of Availability

Yesterday (Monday 16th July 2018) VMware announced the End of Availability for vRealize Log Insight for vCenter. This enabled all vCenter Server licensees to enjoy a cool 25 OSI (Operating System Instance) usage. Sadly, the current version of vRealize Log Insight (6.4.x) will be the last version to support vRealize Log...

Reclaim VMFS Deleted Blocks via UNMAP 0

Reclaim VMFS Deleted Blocks via VAAI UNMAP

Since the release of vSphere 5.5 back in September 2013 we have been able to utilise ESXCLI to manually reclaim deleted blocks from VMFS datastores. Essentially, by using the VAAI UNMAP primitive, we can reclaim previously used blocks by releasing them back to the storage array, allowing them to be...

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London VMUG – 14th June 2018

Thursday 14th June saw the latest London VMUG take place at Tech UK, London, with the User Group marking it’s third outing for 2018 in just six months! Rarely does any event see such heavy hitters as Duncan Epping, Frank Denneman, and Niels Hagoort in one place, but today, we...

VMware NSX for vSphere 6.4.1 - One Click Upgrade 0

VMware NSX for vSphere 6.4.1 – One Click Upgrade

With the release of VMware NSX for vSphere 6.4.1 on May 24th 2018, interoperability/compatibility between VMware vSphere 6.7 and NSX was achieved. In addition to this, a number of nice new features were also included in the update. In this article we will upgrade a 6.4.0 (build 7564187) lab environment...

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Editing Protected VMs in vSphere

By design, there are certain virtual machines and/or appliances within vSphere which are protected to prevent editing (this can include NSX Controllers, Edges, Logical Routers, etc.) In a live/production environment, you’d not normally care about editing these appliances, however, in a lab environment (especially one where resource is tight), reducing memory...