vBrain.info http://www.vbrain.info Austrian Virtualization Power Mon, 13 Jan 2020 09:18:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 http://www.vbrain.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/buysellad_icon-150x150.jpg vBrain.info http://www.vbrain.info 32 32 50840897 Lifecycle Management of Veeam Components http://www.vbrain.info/2019/12/25/lifecycle-management-of-veeam-components/ http://www.vbrain.info/2019/12/25/lifecycle-management-of-veeam-components/#respond Wed, 25 Dec 2019 11:00:51 +0000 http://www.vbrain.info/?p=4751 During the lifecycle management of a Veeam backup infrastructure you will find yourself in the situation where you need to change some components in your environment. The following situation will lead to it: Change...

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During the lifecycle management of a Veeam backup infrastructure you will find yourself in the situation where you need to change some components in your environment. The following situation will lead to it:

  • Change of the Operating System
  • Change of the server name(s) (management server, proxy server, Enterprise Manager)
  • Change of the SQL server

Lifecycle Management

Change of the Operating System

Veeam Backup and Replication components are supported on a variety of Windows Server Operating Systems which you can find here. All of these OSes have a general End of Support time line where Microsoft won’t support it anymore. Windows 2008 and 2008 R2 are good examples for that at the moment, because their end of support date is January 14, 2020 (official announcement). Not only an end of support topic could lead to an OS change but also a company wide policy could lead to this change, e.g. an enterprise decided to use always the newest Windows OS 2 years after the initial release.

Change of the server name(s) (management server, proxy server, Enterprise Manager)

If you are not an enterprise company with specific naming conventions you probably install the backup infrastructures with server names which doesn’t look good after a year or 2 or you using DNS hostnames (with underscores) that are not RFC conform (RFC952 and the slight relaxation of RFC1123, RFC5890 introduced the term LDH (Letter-Digital-Hyphen) label for labels used in hostnames).

If you have a naming convention in place it can also happen that two companies are merging together and one of them needs to migrate to the naming convention of the other.

Change of the SQL server

Just like Operating Systems, Veeam Backup and Replication is supported on a variety of SQL Server versions. The same End of Support statement which is true for Windows Operating Systems is also true for SQL Server versions. An overview of SQL Server versions and their corresponding Service Packs can be found here and here. When using the Microsoft Product Lifecycle Search for SQL Server 2008 or 2008 R2 you will see that they are already end of support ( July 9th, 2019).

In the following posts I will walk you through the really simple process of accomplishing the mentioned situations.

Environment Overview

In my current Veeam backup environment I’m running the following components:

  • 1x Veeam Management Server incl. Enterprise Manager
    • Servername: VBR-Server
    • OS: Windows Server 2012 R2
    • Database: SQL 2012 SP3 Express
  • 2x Veeam Proxy Servers
    • Servername: VBR-Proxy01 and VBR-Proxy02
    • OS: Windows Server 2012 R2

My target architecture should look like the following:

  • 1x Veeam Management Server incl. Enterprise Manager
    • Servername: VBRMGMT
    • OS: Windows Server 2019 1809
    • Database: SQL Server Express 2017 CU17
  • 2x Veeam Proxy Servers
    • Servername: VBRPRX01 and VBRPRX02
    • OS: Windows Server 2019 1809

As you can see my Veeam environment is not that big because it only backups my homelab.

For all the new Veeam Windows Servers I’m using a Windows Server 2019 1809 template which is updated to the last available patch release.

Veeam Backup Server

The first component you want to move to a new server is the Veeam Backup Server. The Veeam Backup Server is the core component of the Veeam infrastructure and acts as the configuration and control center. More detailed information about the Veeam Backup Server can be found in the official documentation.

Moving the Veeam Backup Server to a new server is really simple. Just perform a configuration backup, install Backup and Replication on the new server and restore the configuration backup.

SQL Server Express 2017 Installation

I want to be in control of everything. That’s the reason why I’m installing the SQL Server Express manually instead of letting it installed by the Veeam Backup and Replication installer. You can find the whole How to install SQL Server 2017 Express for Veeam Backup and Replication here. It’s a complete walkthrough through the initial installation and some explanations why I changed some default settings.

ATTENTION: I’m using in my homelab environment a SQL Server 2017 Express instance because I don’t have so many VMs and/or workstations to backup. In an enterprise environment it is highly recommended to use a full blown SQL Server. Either Standard or Enterprise and clustered or non-clustered which depends on your availability requirement of the backup infrastructure.

Veeam Backup and Replication Installation

After the successful installation of the SQL Server 2017 Express, it’s now time to install a blank Veeam Backup and Replication Backup Server. I’m not showing the walkthrough here because that would make the post much longer and the installation of a Veeam Backup Server is pretty straightforward. If you are interested you can checkout my walkhrough here. 

Restore the Configuration Backup

When taking the final configuration backup of the old Veeam Backup Server make sure that every backup job was disabled. After the backup was made stop all Veeam Backup and Replications services on the old server to make sure that it will not interfere with the new Veeam Backup Server. The configuration backup includes the following information:

  • Backup infrastructure components and objects: hosts, servers, backup proxies, repositories, WAN accelerators and jobs, global settings configured on the backup server and so on.
  • Backups: backups, replicas and backup copies created on the backup server.
  • Sessions: job sessions performed on the backup server.
  • Tapes: tape libraries connected to the backup server.

1. In the Configuration Backup Settings, click Restore…

2. There are now 2 options. Restore and Migrate. Depending on the situation you’re facing select one of them. In my case we use Migrate

3. We are using the configuration backup file which was copied previously to the new server.

4. After analyzing the selected configuration backup file you will see a summary of the included information.

5. Select the newly created Veeam Backup and Replication database where all the information from the configuration backup file will be restored to.

6. There will be also a warning that all information of the selected database will be lost.

7. Select the appropriate options you want to perform.

8. After clicking on Restore the restore process should start. Depending on the configuration backup size it should only take a minute to restore all the information.

9. Because no passwords are stored in the configuration backup file, make sure that you know all passwords of all accounts used in Veeam Backup and Replication.

10. Now the restore is finished and we can check if all backup jobs and history data was restored correctly.

As you can see moving the Veeam Backup Server to a new Server OS and also change the name of the server is as expected not a big deal with Veeam.

Veeam Enterprise Manager

Moving Veeam Enterprise Manager to a new server OS and server name is a little bit trickier. Unfortunately there is nothing like the configuration backup so you need to do some tasks manually. 

Veeam Enterprise Manager Installation

Because I’m running a small homelab environment I have installed the Enterprise Manager alongside with the Backup Server. Depending on your environment it is maybe recommended to run Enterprise Manager on a different VM.

1. As always accept the license agreement and terms of 3rd party components.

2. To install Veeam Enterprise Manager it is mandatory to upload a valid license file.

3. If you are a Service Provider you can also install the Cloud Connect Portal otherwise stay with the default selection.

4. The installer checks your configuration of the used server OS and automatically installs all required missing packages.

5. If you are doing Test environment or PoC enviroments you can use the default configuration. In my case I checked “Let me specify different settings” because I’m using e.g. a custom installed SQL Server.

6. I would leave the Service Account as it is.

7. Because I’m using a preinstalled SQL instance, I browsed here my local instance and named the suggested database name “VeeamBackupReporting1“. The reason for this is that I would need to restore the database used on the old server in the new SQL server instance. I also use SQL server authentication to be independent if something happens with the Active Directory or local Windows account.

8. I could change the ports and the certificate used by Enterprise Manager but because it’s a homelab I will stay with the default.

9. A quick overview will show which changes were made and you can start the installation of the Enterprise Manager 

 

After the Installation was successful you start with an empty Enterprise Manager database. Now you have 2 options how to proceed further:

  1. Add all Veeam Backup Servers back to the Enterprise Manager which where present before
  2. Restore the original database from the old Enterprise Manager server

Now it depends on some factors which method is usable and practical to everyone. If you have only a few Veeam Backup Servers it might be better to add all of them manually back instead of trying backup and restore the old EM database. I also depends if you have moved previous used Backup Server, did a restore with the configuration backup and deselected session history.

In that case all information about previous sessions is lost and you would need to restore the EM database.

Restore Enterprise Manager Database

In this section I will explain how to move the Enterprise Manager database to a new database server as well as move the whole Enterprise Manager to a new server including a local SQL Server Express instance. 

Moving just the Enterprise Manager database to a new database server is an easy task. Follow these steps to achieve this goal:

  1. Backup the Enterprise Manager database on the old SQL Server.
  2. Restore the Enterprise Manager database on the new SQL Server.
  3. Set the correct permissions on the restored database.
  4. Use the Veeam.Backup.DBConfig tool under C:\Program Files\Veeam\Backup and Replication\Enterprise Manager to select the new destination of the Enterprise Manager database.
    Select the application for which you want to change the database connection.

    Enter the new database name as well as enter the new SQL Server instance.

    After a short successful pre-check the tool needs to stop these services in order to change to the new database.
  5. When everything completes successfully you should be able to see your old data in the Enterprise Manager.
  6. When other components, like the Veeam Backup Server has also been change during all these previous steps and section make sure you change the FQDN of these servers also in the Enterprise Manager configuration.

Moving the whole Enterprise Manager to a new server including a SQL Server database the procedure could be little bit more trickier. All steps above remain the same except that it can happen that during steps 4 the following error message could occur:

First I tried to figure out why this happen and my assumption was that there is something in the database with the old Enterprise Manager server name. Unfortunately I didn’t find it on my own so I opened a support case. The support engineer was really great and found the problem really quick.

In the VeeamBackupReporting database there is a table called dbo.Options. There are multiple IDs listed. One of the IDs had a value started with “<CLockInfo”. This value is an XML file where you can find the old server name as well as the username for this server. After removing this ID the whole process completed successfully.

If you are running into a similar situation I would also recommend to open a support case first because you don’t know if you’re facing the same issue. 

Veeam Proxy Server

In this section I will explain how to replace the Operating System of a Veeam Proxy Server. This procedure is really simple. It’s just installing a new Windows Server with the desired Windows version and integrate it into the Veeam Backup Infrastructure.

In the Veeam Backup and Replication Console go under Backup Infrastructure – Managed Servers – Microsoft Windows and add there the newly installed Veeam Proxy Servers. In my case this is VBRPRX01 and VBRPRX02. During this process all required Veeam components will be installed on this Windows VMs.

When adding Windows hosts doesn’t mean that they are automatically Veeam Proxy Servers. For that go to Backup Infrastructure – Backup Proxies and add there either a VMware or Hyper-V Proxy. The previous added Windows Servers will now show up in the drop down list. After that the new Proxies are available in the backup infrastructure.

If there are only backup jobs that have automatic Proxy Server selection configured you can remove all of the old Proxy Servers. If there are jobs with specific Proxy Servers you need to change these jobs to the new Proxy Servers. If your not sure which Proxy Server to remove, I would recommend just to disable the old Proxy Servers and wait for the next few backups to happen. If they are all successful then you can remove the disabled Proxy Servers.

Conclusion

As you can see replacing Veeam components is a really simple task and it just works. If you have any feedback on this post let me know in the comments. I hope I could have helped some of you with this post.

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It’s been some time that I have updated the Backup Interoperability Matrix because of some personal and work related responsibilities. In the December 2019 update the following backup software was updated:

  • Veritas BackupExec 20.6
  • Veritas NetBackup 8.2
  • IBM Spectrum Protect for Virtual Environments 8.1.9
  • Micro Focus Data Protector 2019.12 (10.60)
  • EMC Avamar 19.2
  • EMC Networker 19.2
  • CommVault Simpana 11.0 SP18
  • Hitachi Data Protection Suite 11.0 SP18
  • Veeam Backup and Replication 9.5 Update 4b
  • Quest vRanger 7.8
  • Nakivo Backup and Replication 9.0
  • Unitrends Enterprise Backup 10.4
  • Acronis Backup Advanced for VMware/Hyper-V 12.5 Update 4 Build 14330
  • Arcserve Backup 18.0 (more info to new Patches)
  • Arcserve UDP 7.0 Update 1
  • Altaro VMBackup 8.5.24
  • Vembu VMBackup 4.1.0

You can find the latest backup matrix update for VMware here and for Hyper-V here. In this update I had to remove unfortunately Rubrik and Cohesity. Getting detailed release note information from them is really hard because it’s not public available. For future releases of my matrix I try to release every quarter new updates so that the matrix is more up2date.

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VMworld 2019 Europe – Parties, Gatherings, Events and more http://www.vbrain.info/2019/09/17/vmworld-emea-2019-parties-gatherings-events-and-more/ http://www.vbrain.info/2019/09/17/vmworld-emea-2019-parties-gatherings-events-and-more/#respond Tue, 17 Sep 2019 07:00:51 +0000 http://www.vbrain.info/?p=4723 As you all know after VMworld is before VMworld. So it’s time to plan your parties or gatherings for VMworld 2019 Barcelona properly. Attending VMworld is not only attending an IT conference. It is...

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As you all know after VMworld is before VMworld. So it’s time to plan your parties or gatherings for VMworld 2019 Barcelona properly. Attending VMworld is not only attending an IT conference. It is also a big networking event where you can talk to vendors, tweeps or bloggers. What will be better for socialising than parties and gatherings at VMworld. Just like for the US I will maintain a list of parties, gathering and events going on at VMworld 2019 Europe in Barcelona. This year I will be able to attend VMworld 2019 Barcelona, so if you want to meet you will find me most of the time in the blogger area or in the Solution Exchange. VMworld full conference or guest pass is required for some parties and for others you need to register because space is limited.

If you are a vendor or somebody arranging a party or gathering at VMworld US please contact me on Twitter (@Fred_vBrain) or by e-mail (fred (at) vbrain (dot) info) so I can add your party/gathering/event to the list.

EventWhenTimeWhereRegistration
Welcome ReceptionNovember 5th, Tuesday17:30-19:00Solutions ExchangeFull Conference Pass
or Guest Pass
VMworld FestNovember 6th, Wednesday19:00-22:00General Session roomFull Conference Pass
or Guest Pass
Hall CrawlNovember 6th, Wednesday17:00-19:00Solutions ExchangeFull Conference Pass
or Guest Pass
#vBreakfastNovember 5th, Tuesday07:00 - 08:30Restaurant La Vid
Carrer del Foc 44-54
08038 Barcelona
(Maps)
Link
#VCDX WorkshopNovember 4th, Monday07:30 - 13:00Hotel Porta Fira
Plaça d'Europa, 45
08908 Barcelona
(Maps)
Link
Legendary Veeam PartyNovember 5th, Tuesday20:00 - 01:00Italian Pavillion
Plaça de Carles Buïgas 8
08038 Barcelona
(Maps)
Link
Full Conference Pass is required
vExpert PartyNovember 5th, Tuesday19:00 - 21:00Pez Vela s.l.u. El Chiringuito del vela
Passeig Mare Nostrum, 19-21
08039 Barcelona
(Maps)
INVITE ONLY
vSoccerNovember 4th, Monday19:00 - 22:00Promosportive Futbol Sala
Ctra. Antiga del Prat, 120
08908 Barcelona
(Maps)
Link
#vRockstar PartyNovember 3rd, Sunday20:30 - 23:30Cabaret - The Barcelona EDITION
Av. de Francesc Cambó, 14
08003 Barcelona
(Maps)
Link
2nd Sales starts on
Tue. Oct. 21th
17:00
Pre-VMworld VMUG - Kubernetes in the SpotlightNovember 4th, Monday09:15 - 12:45Hotel Porta Fira
Plaça d'Europa, 45
08908 Barcelona
(Maps)
Link
Rubrik PartyNovember 4th, Monday21:00 - ??Pacha Club Barcelona
Ramón Trias Fargas, 2
08005 Barcelona
(Maps)
Link
Full Conference Pass is required
#vFit at VMworld 2019November 4th, Monday06:45 - 7:45Exit of Europa-Fira station
Plaça d'Europa, 25
08908 Barcelona
(Maps)
Link
#vFit at VMworld 2019November 6th, Wednesday06:45 - 7:45Exit of Europa-Fira station
Plaça d'Europa, 25
08908 Barcelona
(Maps)
Link
EUC Community Tech Talks & BeeNovember 5th, Tuesday17:30 - 19:30Upper Level, Area CC4
Room 4.1 (402)
Fira Gran Via, Barcelona
Link
Cohesity Become an I.T. RockstarNovember 5th, Tuesday19:30 - ??:??Sala Barts
Avinguda del Paral·lel, 62
08001 Barcelona
(Maps)
Pick up your personal invite on Tuesday before 4pm at Booth #407.
VMUG Leader GatheringNovember 3rd, Sunday17:30 - 21:00Bobby's Free Cocteleria
Carrer de Pau Claris 85
08010 Barcelona
(Maps)
Invitation by mail

Andreas Lesslhumer over www.running-system.com will maintain a similar list of parties and events for VMworld 2019 in Barcelona too. So check it out! Maybe he knows from a party that is missing here.

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VMworld 2019 Europe – #vBreakfast 2019 edition http://www.vbrain.info/2019/09/16/vmworld-emea-2019-vbreakfast-2019-edition/ http://www.vbrain.info/2019/09/16/vmworld-emea-2019-vbreakfast-2019-edition/#respond Mon, 16 Sep 2019 07:43:21 +0000 http://www.vbrain.info/?p=4718 Please join Andreas Lesslhumer, myself and many more vNerds and vGeeks for the #vBreakfast 2019 edition. After missing the last two VMworlds Barcelona it was time to attend again this year and be your host...

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Please join Andreas Lesslhumer, myself and many more vNerds and vGeeks for the #vBreakfast 2019 edition. After missing the last two VMworlds Barcelona it was time to attend again this year and be your host for #vBreakfast. As always we will start on an unholy time, 7am in the morning. As every year we have also our special waiter, the #GrumpyWaiter, serving us coffee and little snacks. As I heard last years #vBreakfast was really awesome with more attendees than the year before. We had more than 25 people who joined us very early in the morning to get some coffee, snacks and great talks. Unfortunately I don’t have pictures from last year but I hope you guys make a ton of picture this year so I can share it for my next year blog post! 🙂

For this year’s #vBreakfast I hope the attendance is similar or even bigger than the year before. Would be really great to start the day with a massive virtualization overpower before the VMworld General Session. #vBreakfast 2018 edition will be held at the same location as last year which is really close to the Fira:

Restaurant La Vid
Carrer del Foc 44-54

Maps

I have also created an Eventbrite event to have an overview how many people will attend #vBreakfast 2018 edition. Registration for the event will be open from Sept. 16th 10am until Nov. 4th.

There is no better way to get to know the community than with breakfast. Join me and many others in this growing yearly tradition of carbo-loading for an action-packed day on Tuesday from 7:00 to 8:30. After that we have plenty of time getting to the General Session. So follow #vBreakfast on Twitter to get the latest information about the event.

As every year I hope to get a sponsor for this awesome event. Last year we were very fortunate to have RuneCast as our sponsor.

Update 31.10.2019

I’m really happy and thrilled to announced that Runecast will sponsor #vBreakfast for the third time in a row. Here is also my personal “THANK YOU” to the whole Runecast team for their ungoing support on such vCommunity events. You guys are AWESOME.

 

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vExpert Application – Tips and Tricks http://www.vbrain.info/2019/07/17/vexpert-application-tips-and-tricks/ http://www.vbrain.info/2019/07/17/vexpert-application-tips-and-tricks/#respond Wed, 17 Jul 2019 07:00:21 +0000 http://www.vbrain.info/?p=4692 Currently the whole VMware vExpert & Advocacy team and vExpert Pros are voting on the second half 2019 vExpert applications. When going through the application you can see awesome, good, ok, bad and worst...

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Currently the whole VMware vExpert & Advocacy team and vExpert Pros are voting on the second half 2019 vExpert applications. When going through the application you can see awesome, good, ok, bad and worst applications. So I thought I will take some time to do a quick tips and tricks post on how your application should probably look like to have a good chance to be selected as vExpert.

But first of all, as usual, what is the vExpert program.

The VMware vExpert program is VMware’s global evangelism and advocacy program. The program is designed to put VMware’s marketing resources towards your advocacy efforts. Promotion of your articles, exposure at our global events, co-op advertising, traffic analysis, and early access to beta programs and VMware’s roadmap.

Each year, we bring together in the vExpert Program the people who have made some of the most important contributions to the VMware community. These are the bloggers, book authors, VMUG leaders, speakers, tool builders, community leaders and general enthusiasts.

When applying for the vExpert program there are 3 tracks you can choose from.

Evangelist Path
The Evangelist Path includes book authors, bloggers, tool builders, public speakers, VMTN contributors, and other IT professionals who share their knowledge and passion with others with the leverage of a personal public platform to reach many people. Employees of VMware can also apply via the Evangelist path. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public or were in a language other than English.

Customer Path
The Customer Path is for leaders from VMware customer organizations. They have been internal champions in their organizations, or worked with VMware to build success stories, act as customer references, given public interviews, spoken at conferences, or were VMUG leaders. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public.

VPN (VMware Partner Network) Path
The VPN Path is for employees of our partner companies who lead with passion and by example, who are committed to continuous learning through accreditations and certifications and to making their technical knowledge and expertise available to many. This can take shape of event participation, video, IP generation, as well as public speaking engagements. A VMware employee reference is required for VPN Path candidates.

There is also the VCDX path. So if you are a VCDX you are automatically a vExpert. The only requirement you have to do is to APPLY.

From my experience the VPN path is the most challenging path because most of the people’s content, who are applying for the VPN path is maybe not public available. This is the reason why a VMware employee reference is required.

So most of the people applying for vExpert are in the Evangelist path. Here are some tips and tricks for this path you should consider when filling out your vExpert application.

  • Make sure that your content is about VMware. If you are writing most of the time about Veeam, Microsoft or what ever, chances are good that you won’t be selected as vExpert. For this content other community programs are available like Microsoft MVP or Veeam Vanguards. So personally I would say that 50% or more should be about VMware.
  • Be honest in your vExpert application, content and path. Voters are also looking at your content provided in the application and also checking the VCDX directory if you applied for the VCDX path. If you have chosen the wrong path because you are e.g. no VCDX it’s up to the voter and the remaining content if you are still getting selected.
  • Don’t use a syndicate blog in your application. This content is not your own and voters can’t give you credit for that.
  • If you fill out the VMTN field please provide the correct VMTN username. You can find your VMTN username if you login to VMTN and select “View my profile”. This will create an URL similar to this one “https://communities.vmware.com/people/Fred_vBrain” where the red marked part is your VMTN username.
  • Just fill out your VMTN username if you actually helping people there. If you are just a lurker and your last post is ages ago don’t fill out the VMTN part because we can’t give you credit for that.
  • If you are mentioning speaking engagements (VMworld, VMUG, etc.), please provide the necessary references for that (links, agenda, etc.). Otherwise it won’t count towards the final scoring.
  • First half vExpert applications normally taking content from last year into account (e.g. vExpert 2019 -> content from 2018), whereas second half vExpert applications normally taking June to June timelines into account (second half 2019 -> content from June 2018 to June 2019). Keep this in mind when you are providing content links.
  • If you are a blogger, please date your posts in whatever way suits you. If we can’t verify that the content is from the required time period we also can’t give you credit for that.
  • If you are a VMUG leader it would be great if you are mentioning your meetings and have a link to it. Would save time for the voters who doesn’t need to search for it.
  • Please mention only content or activities which were created or done outside of your daily job business. E.g. if you’re a Vendor SE and you’re doing presentations for your customers, then this is part of your job. But if you’re speaking at VMUGs or VMworld then this is voluntary and would count towards the vExpert criteria .

I hope some of this tips and tricks will help people who will apply for the vExpert program in the near future or such people who get’s denied in their first try. Also if you need help for preparing your application you can always reach out to your local vExpert Pro which can be found in the vExpert Directory. If there is no vExpert Pro in your country or region you can either contact me or one of the other Pros in the directory. I think everyone of them will be happy to help with the application or giving some advice for “how to apply”.

Source: Information about the vExpert program and wording was taken from the VMware vExpert Blog site.

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VMworld US 2019 – Parties, Gatherings, Events and more http://www.vbrain.info/2019/07/04/vmworld-us-2019-parties-gatherings-events-and-more/ http://www.vbrain.info/2019/07/04/vmworld-us-2019-parties-gatherings-events-and-more/#respond Thu, 04 Jul 2019 07:00:54 +0000 http://www.vbrain.info/?p=4676 It’s again this time of the year before VMworld is happening. So it’s time to plan your parties or gatherings accordingly. This time VMworld 2019 will take place in San Francisco. Attending VMworld is...

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VMworld US 2019 - Parties, Gatherings, Events

It’s again this time of the year before VMworld is happening. So it’s time to plan your parties or gatherings accordingly. This time VMworld 2019 will take place in San Francisco. Attending VMworld is not only attending an IT conference. It is also a big networking event where you can talk to vendors, tweeps or bloggers. What will be better for socialising than parties and gatherings at VMworld. It’s my second year were I will create a small list of parties, gathering and events going on at VMworld 2019 US. Unfortunately I won’t attend the US conference this year because San Francisco is a more expensive city than Las Vegas was and for self-paying this is definitely to much. VMworld full conference or guest pass is required for some parties and for others you need to register because space is limited.

If you are a vendor or somebody arranging a party or gathering at VMworld US please contact me on Twitter (@Fred_vBrain) or by e-mail (fred (at) vbrain (dot) info) so I can add your party/gathering/event to the list.

EventWhenTimeWhereRegistration
Welcome Reception
August 25th, Sunday17:00 - 19:30Solutions ExchangeFull Conference Pass
or Guest Pass
VMworld FestAugust 28th, Wednesday19:00 - 22:30Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
99 Grove Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(Maps)
Full Conference Pass
or Guest Pass
Hall CrawlAugust 27th, Tuesday16:30 - 18:00Solutions ExchangeFull Conference Pass
or Guest Pass
vSoccer
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TechFieldDay & GestaltIT
August 27th, Tuesday19:00 - 22:30Beach Chalet Soccer Fields
1400-1598 John F Kennedy Dr
San Francisco, CA 94121
(Maps)
Registration
Bus Share
Blog Post
VMunderground 2019August 25th, Sunday20:00 - 23:00TableTop Tap House
175 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(Maps)
Link
Opening Acts 2019August 25th, SundayTBATableTop Tap House
175 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(Maps)
Link
Carahsoft Government, Education
and Healthcare Customer Reception
August 26th, Monday19:00 - 21:00Mezzanine
444 Jessie Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(Maps)
Link
Only open to VMware U.S. government, education, and healthcare customers with VMworld passes.
Converged Meeting at VMworldAugust 26th, Monday18:00 - openFogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse
201 3rd St #100
San Francisco, CA 94103
(Maps)
Link
VMware {Code} HackathonAugust 26th, Monday18:00 - midnightMoscone West on the 3rd floor
Room 314
TBA
Veeam's Legendary VMworld Party 2019August 27th, Tuesday20:00 - 23:00The Masonic
1111 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
(Maps)
Link
Invite Only
IGEL Community Cocktail ReceptionAugust 26th, Monday18:00 - 20:00Temple Nightclub San Francisco
540 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
(Maps)
Link
IGEL ICE Packs: UMS Expert & Cloud ArchitectAugust 25th, Sunday12:00 - 15:00IGEL Offices
540 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
(Maps)
Link
IGEL Certified Engineer (ICE) Base TrainingAugust 25th, Sunday11:00 - 17:00IGEL Offices
540 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
(Maps)
Link
Cohesity HAMILTON PerformanceAugust 27th, Tuesday18:30 - ??:??SHN Orpheum Theatre
1192 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(Maps)
Link
vExpert PartyAugust 27th, Tuesday19:00 - ??:??SPIN
690 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
(Maps)
Invitation by mail
8th annual #vBreakfastAugust 25th, Sunday07:45 - 10:00Mel's Drive-In
801 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(Maps)
Link
Forward Networks Happy HourAugust 26th, Monday17:00 - 19:00Coin-Op Game Room
508 4th St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(Maps)
Link
Faction Happy HourAugust 26th, Monday18:00 - 20:00Tabletop Tap House
175 4th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(Maps)
TBD
Rubrik PartyAugust 26th, Monday21:00 - ??:??August Hall
420 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(Maps)
Link
Full Conference Pass is required
#Spousetivities
VMworld 2019 US Day 1
August 26th, Monday11:00 - 16:00San Francisco Marriott Marquis
780 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(Maps)
Link
#Spousetivities
VMworld 2019 US Day 2
August 27th, Tuesday08:00 - 17:30San Francisco Marriott Marquis
780 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(Maps)
Link
#Spousetivities
VMworld 2019 US Day 3
August 28th, Wednesday10:00 - 15:30San Francisco Marriott Marquis
780 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(Maps)
Link
#Spousetivities
VMworld 2019 US Day 4
August 29th, Thursday08:00 - 17:30San Francisco Marriott Marquis
780 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(Maps)
Link
VMUG Member PartyAugust 25th, Sunday19:00 - 22:00SPiN San Francisco
690 Folsom St. #100
San Francisco, CA 94107
(Maps)
Link
Datrium Happy HourAugust 26th, Monday18:30 - 21:30TableTop Tap House
175 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(Maps)
Link
Liquidware Inside Track 1)This is an invitation only event for EUC VIPs and Influencers. Being held at the Anchor Steam on August 27 at 6pm, The Anchor Steam Brewery and Tasting is a Private Tour for the Inside Track group only so you don't want to miss this event if you'll be in San Francisco! There will be an ample tasting, hors d’oeuvres, and a special gift from the sponsors. CTOs, Management, and Senior SEs from key EUC companies including Liquidware, IGEL, NVIDIA, and Stratodesk will be present. If you are an EUC influencer and would like to attend, please email marketing@liquidware.comAugust 27th, Tuesday18:00 - ??:??Anchor Brewing Company
1705 Mariposa St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(Maps)
Invitation only event for
EUC VIPs and Influencers
send an e-Mail to marketing@liquidware.com
if you like to attend
NetApp VIP ReceptionAugust 26th, Monday18:00 - 20:00Natoma Cabana
90 Natoma St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
(Maps)
Link
Unstoppable Tour: Cohesity SF Giants Tailgate PartyAugust 26th, Monday18:30 - ??:??SF Giants Parking Lot A
3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94158
(Maps)
Link
Rubrik VMworld Customer Game NightAugust 25th, Sunday19:00 - ??:??Emporium SF - Arcade Bar Venue
616 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(Maps)
Link
Rubrik customer only
VMworld Panel & Reception | Architecting IT OperationsAugust 26th, Monday17:00 - 19:00The St. Regis San Francisco
125 3rd Street
Collection Room 2
San Francisco, CA 94103
(Maps)
Link
Level Up - Career Cafe at VMworldAugust 26th, Monday19:00 - 20:00The Grove - Yerba Buena
690 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
(Maps)
Link
VMware Odyssey™ by Hands-on LabsAugust 27th, Tuesday15:00 - 16:30Moscone West, 3rd floor
747 Howard St,
San Francisco, CA 94103
(Maps)
Link
VMware Odyssey™ by Hands-on LabsAugust 28th, Wednesday15:00 - 16:30Moscone West, 3rd floor
747 Howard St,
San Francisco, CA 94103
(Maps)
Link
VMware Odyssey™ by Hands-on LabsAugust 29th, Thursday10:30 - 12:00Moscone West, 3rd floor
747 Howard St,
San Francisco, CA 94103
(Maps)
Link
#VCDX WorkshopAugust 25th, Sunday13:00 - 17:00San Francisco Marriott Marquis
780 Mission Street
Level B2, Golden Gate C1-C3
San Francisco, CA 94103
(Maps)
Link
Sirius - Let’s party like it’s 1999
at VMworld 2019!
August 26th, Monday17:00 - ??:??B Restaurant and Bar
720 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(Maps)
Link
Technologent, Druva & Morpheus - Happy HourAugust 26th, Monday17:30 - ??:??Novela SF
662 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
(Maps)
Link
CloudBolt Happy HourAugust 26th, Monday18:30 - 20:30Pine Tar Grill
917 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
(Maps)
Link
VMware badge is required.
HyTrust + IBM and Intel, VMworld 2019 PartyAugust 27th, Tuesday17:00 - 20:00Press Club San Francisco
20 Yerba Buena Lane
San Francisco, CA 94103
(Maps)
Link
#vBeards PictureAugust 27th, Tuesday12:00In front of the VMware sign
#vFit runs by @discoposseAugust 26th, Monday6:45Moscone Center South
747 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(Maps)
Link
#vFit runs by @discoposseAugust 27th, Tuesday6:45Moscone Center South
747 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(Maps)
Link
#vFit runs by @discoposseAugust 28th, Wednesday6:45Moscone Center South
747 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(Maps)
Link
#vFit runs by @discoposseAugust 25th, Sunday6:45Moscone Center South
747 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(Maps)
Link
vCoffee Community Bean Exchange - Bean drop offAugust 26th, Monday11:00 - 18:00Turbonomic booth
#1839
Solutions Exchange
Link
vCoffee Community Bean Exchange - Bean drop offAugust 27th, Tuesday11:00 - 12:00Turbonomic booth
#1839
Solutions Exchange
Link
vCoffee Community Bean Exchange - Bean drop offAugust 25th, Sunday17:00 - 19:30Turbonomic booth
#1839
Solutions Exchange
Link
vCoffee Community Bean Exchange - Bean pickupAugust 28th, Wednesday10:00 - 17:00Turbonomic booth
#1839
Solutions Exchange
Link
EUC Community Tech Talks with Brian MaddenAugust 28th, Wednesday17:00 - 19:00Marriott Marquis, Level 2, Room: Foothill C
780 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(Maps)
Link
Bridge the Divide: F5 & NGINX Happy HourAugust 27th, Tuesday17:30 - 19:30NGINX
795 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
(Maps)
Link
Cloud Native Happy HourAugust 26th, Monday18:30 - 20:30Dirty Habit in Hotel Zelos
12 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(Maps)
Link
VMware badge is required.
Empower Digital Workspace Customer Reception with AppleAugust 26th, Monday17:30 - 19:30MaSo Restaurant & Bar at Park Central
50 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(Maps)
Link
Design a custom Timbuk2 bag with CenturyLinkAugust 26th, Monday18:00 - 20:00587 Shotwell St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(Maps)
Link

Andreas Lesslhumer over www.running-system.com will maintain a similar list of parties and events for VMworld 2019 in San Francisco too. So check it out! Maybe he knows from a party that is missing here.

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1. This is an invitation only event for EUC VIPs and Influencers. Being held at the Anchor Steam on August 27 at 6pm, The Anchor Steam Brewery and Tasting is a Private Tour for the Inside Track group only so you don't want to miss this event if you'll be in San Francisco! There will be an ample tasting, hors d’oeuvres, and a special gift from the sponsors. CTOs, Management, and Senior SEs from key EUC companies including Liquidware, IGEL, NVIDIA, and Stratodesk will be present. If you are an EUC influencer and would like to attend, please email marketing@liquidware.com

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VeeamOn 2019 – Day 2 http://www.vbrain.info/2019/05/28/veeamon-2019-day-2/ http://www.vbrain.info/2019/05/28/veeamon-2019-day-2/#respond Tue, 28 May 2019 08:00:18 +0000 http://www.vbrain.info/?p=4640 Some weeks befor VeeamON, Brian Knudtson was asking about some #vCommunity events happing at VeeamOn. I jumped onto this and included Shane Williford in this Tweet and suggested #vBreakfast. Thanks to Shane he found...

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Some weeks befor VeeamON, Brian Knudtson was asking about some #vCommunity events happing at VeeamOn. I jumped onto this and included Shane Williford in this Tweet and suggested #vBreakfast. Thanks to Shane he found some great place called The Tavern which wasn’t too far from the venue.

So VeeamOn day 2 started with #vBreakfast which some of you already know from VMworld. Unfortunately I was little bit late because of the kids but I made it just with 20min delay. Other people I met there were Shane Williford, Brian Knudtson, Florian Raack, Falko Banaszak, Calvin Zito, Sebastian Talmon, Nathan Oldfield, Adrian Moser and again Vanny Vanguard. I think this bird is stalking me. I sat next to Sebastian and Adrian and all 3 of us didn’t know that we were german speaker until Adrian mentioned that he is from Switzerland! 🙂 Vanny took also the opportunity to make a picture with our awesome server.

VeeamOn Day 2

Breakout session 1 – Top 7 Worst Practices when Using Veeam Backup & Replication

Day 1 began with an awesome session about worst practices in the field presented by Edwin Weijdema. Some of this practices I already encountered at customers but some of them were also very useful (Security) to know so you can help your customers not making the same mistakes. One personal highlight after the session was that I ran into Richard Arnold. I looks like we only meet every 3 years at a Veeam event. Hopefully the next meet-up is not 2022. 🙂

General Session Day 2

Jason Buffington, VP of Solutions Strategy at Veeam, introduced for this session Nancy Giordano (founder of playbiginc.com) who is a strategic futurist with a drive to help enterprise organizations and visionary leaders transform to meet the escalating expectations ahead. I really didn’t know what to expected from this session. During the talk Nancy mentioned that we are producing 2.5 quintillion bytes (2500 petabyte/2.5exabyte) per day which is way above my imagination but she has also for that an example. This amount of data is approx. 10M blu-rays which is stacked 4 Eiffel towers. I can’t really describe this session but you can watch similar talks from Nancy here and here.
In the end Ratmir summarized the general sessions and messages and revealed the date and location for the next VeeamOn.
VeeamOn 2020 will take place in Las Vegas from May 4th-6th 2020 at the Aria hotel.

Breakout session 2 – Secrets to Design an Availability Infrastructure for 25.000 VMs

After attending Edwins session about Top 7 worst practices, it was time to see how to size an environment for 25.000 VMs. Edwin walked us through the process and the requirements and from my point this session was invaluable. I hope this session was recorded so every attendee can watch it afterwards.

Expo Hall

Before the next breakout session starts I took the opportunity to visit the Expo where a lot of Veeam technology partners showing their integration with Veeam. But the Expo wasn’t solely for technology partners but also for service provides who offer their customers a BaaS (Backup-as-a-Service) solution with Veeam. Unfortunately I was familiar with most of the vendors and integrations like Netapp and HPE but there was also one new I didn’t know before which was Quest QoreStor.

Breakout session 3 – Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows: Tips, Tricks and What NOT to do

Tom Sightler, Principal Architect at Veeam, showed us tips and tricks and what not to do when implementing and configuring Veeam Agent for Windows. Some of these were obvious but some were new to me. Unfortunately my attention was drawn to something else which is the reason I can’t tell you some of the details! 🙂

Breakout session 4 – Ransomware Resiliency Tips from Veeam and the Veeam Vanguards

The last session of the day and of VeeamOn was a special session lead by Rick Vanover. Rick was talking about Ransomware and how to avoid it. He also asked the audience how many of them were victims of a ransomware attack and to my surprise a lot of hands were going up. That was really a shock to me that still so many user fall for these attacks. Looks like I need to do a session for my customers to create awareness for such attacks. The best of this session was that tips and tricks from current Veeam Vanguards like Shane Williford, Al Rasheed, Jim Jones, Matt Crape and more were included. I love the idea to include Vanguards/people of the community to share their experience and learnings from their own ransomware situations.

Summary

After 2 packed days VeeamOn was already over. Here are some statistical information about the conference:

  • Over 2050 attendees
  • Over 60 breakout sessions
  • Over 45 sponsors
  • 3 general sessions and 8 live demos

My favorite session of the day was the “Top 7 Worst Practices when Using Veeam Backup & Replication“. Use these session to define your best practices without making these mistakes. Overall VeeamOn was a great conference with great technical content. The only drawback I see is the duration. A 3 day conference where there is only 2 days of real content is for people based in Europe a little bit of a challenge. If you combine it with the pre-conference training it is a great deal but if you only attend the conference than the 10h+ flight back and forth is maybe not worth it. For me it was a great timing because I was on a 3 week vacation with the family and my wife was so kind to entertain the kids during my absent. For me conferences are a great way to meet friend and make new friend and I achieved both of it.
Finally I hope that most of the sessions will be available in the near future so I can check out sessions I wasn’t able to attend.

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VeeamOn 2019 – Day 1 http://www.vbrain.info/2019/05/23/veeamon-2019-day-1/ http://www.vbrain.info/2019/05/23/veeamon-2019-day-1/#respond Thu, 23 May 2019 08:00:06 +0000 http://www.vbrain.info/?p=4600 It all started with a joke to my wife when I said in November “He honey VeeamOn is right before your birthday in Miami. I think I will go there.” If looks could kill...

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It all started with a joke to my wife when I said in November “He honey VeeamOn is right before your birthday in Miami. I think I will go there.” If looks could kill I would have been a dead man after I said that. But thanks god this look lasts only for 5 seconds and then my wife proposed a family vacation (3 weeks long) where I can attend VeeamOn during our stay in Miami. Well that went very well for me.

Anyway let’s jump right into VeeamOn and what happened during the 3 days. I have never attended a VeeamON before so I was curious about what to expect. Although the conference is scheduled for 3 days there are only 2 days of technical content in form of breakout sessions, each 45min long, as you know it from other conferences like VMworld. The first day started at 4pm and was just for registration and for the Veeam Welcome Reception in the Expo Lounge. I met there a lot of people I see only once or twice a year like Shane Williford, Al Rasheed, Val Carvalho, Jim Jones, Brian Knudtson, Christopher Glémot, Joe Houghes and many more. But I also had the opportunity to meet with people for the first time face to face like Florian Raack, Falko Banaszak, Luciano Patrão, Craig Rodgers and of course Vanny Vanguard. I also met the only other Austrian guy, Werner Steinegger, whom I know from my very first VMCE training. We had all great conversation and I’m happy I met all of you guys.

Day 1

Day 1 starts with the obligatory General Session where Veeam co-founder Ratmir Timashev talked about Veeam’s momentum, customer testimonials and key focus on Microsoft. Veeam became a one billion dollar company and has 350k customers worldwide. Ratmir showed also the innovations Veeam delivered through the last years as well as a new program called “with Veeam”. Also Veeam Availability Orchestrator v2 was announced.

The General session overall was good and only 1 hour long so the rest of the day was packed with breakout sessions.

Breakout session 1: The Dark Side of the Synthetic Backup

When I read the title for the first time I thought that doing synthetic backups are bad and they will show us why but the session turned out to be completely different. In summary the session was about how synthetic backups in Veeam works, how the internal file structure of such backups look likes and what tools I can use if something goes wrong. It was one of the deepest deep dives I have ever attended at a conference but it was cool content. I hope a recording or the presentation will be available afterwards. The only thing which could be improved is that the first presenter (unfortunately I forgot his name) should make eye contact with the audience more often.

Breakout session 2: From the Architect’s Desk: Sizing of Veeam Backup and Replication, Proxies and repositories

This session was delivered by Tim Smith (Solutions Architect at Veeam) in the General session room. I was really impressed that his session was there and that a lot of people showed up. The session was based on a customer example for backing up 2000 VMs. Tim walked us through the process on how to size all the components like Management Server, Proxies, Repositories, Database Server and Enterprise Manager correctly. He also mentioned that not only the sizing of the components should be done correctly but also the supporting hardware needs be be sized correctly. Also keep the laws of physics in mind. You can’t squeeze hundreds of TB in a reasonable amount of time through just 1Gbit.

Breakout session 3: Let’s manage Agents

This session was held by Dmitrii Popov (Product Manager, R&D) who gives us best practices on how to manage, implement and deploy Veeam Agents in our environments.

Technical General Session

The technical General Session was all about demos and the Product Strategy team around Rick Vanover showed us new products that were released at VeeamOn like

  • Veeam Availability Orchestrator v2
  • Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v3
  • Availability Console v3

But there were not only demos about new products but also demos about the future release of Veeam Backup and Replication v10 which was announced at VeeamOn. The 4 key features of the new version includes:

  • Cloud Tier
  • NAS Backup
  • Direct Restore to VMware (Agent backup)
  • Data Integrations

The audience got also a brief sneak preview of a new product Veeam is currently developing which is Veeam Backup and Replication for Microsoft Azure.

Beside the new cool technical features there were also 2 cool other things during this session.

  1. Michael Cade was wearing a Vanny Vanguard t-shirt!
  2. Rick Vanover dumped his laptop into water to demonstrate “Direct Restore to VMware”

Summary

Day 1 was from my personal view an awesome start for a great conference. I got so much technical information that can help me with my customers. Also the General Sessions gave an good overview where the company is going to and in which ways the products will evolve. My personal favorite was the session from Tim Smith about designing the Veeam infrastructure components. I hope this session was recorded and will be available after VeeamOn.

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HomeLab Part 9: Gigabyte BRIX s – A new challenger (in 2017) http://www.vbrain.info/2019/05/09/homelab-part-9-gigabyte-brix-s-a-new-challenger-in-2017/ http://www.vbrain.info/2019/05/09/homelab-part-9-gigabyte-brix-s-a-new-challenger-in-2017/#respond Thu, 09 May 2019 07:00:33 +0000 http://www.vbrain.info/?p=3344 I have this post now more than two years in my drafts and it will be really outdated after publishing but still I had to release it! My homelab needed some extension in form...

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BRIX sI have this post now more than two years in my drafts and it will be really outdated after publishing but still I had to release it! My homelab needed some extension in form of vSAN All-Flash and I don’t wanted to do a nested environment. The main use case for this decision was that I wanted to play with vSAN but also have some physical hardware where I can run some stuff. I went through all the possibilities like using Intel NUC or SuperMicro E200/E300. In the end I decided to use the Gigabyte BRIX s boxes. I never saw such boxes in other homelab configurations and compared to the Intel NUC they have 1 major benefit. They have already a second NIC onboard. So there is no need to buy an external USB3/Thunderbolt NIC and hope that all drivers will work.

Hardware

In more detail I decided to use the GB-BSi3HAL-6100 version of the Gigabyte BRIX s. In the following table you can see a comparison between the i3/i5 version of this BRIX s as well as the Intel NUC which are using (nearly) the same i3/i5 6th generation processor.

 Gigabyte GB-BSi3HAL-6100Gigabyte GB-BSi5HAL-6200Intel NUC6i3SYHNUC6i5SYH
Dimension
H x W x D
46.8 x 112.6 x 119.4 (mm)46.8 x 112.6 x 119.4 (mm)48 x 111 x 115 (mm)48 x 111 x 115 (mm)
ArchitectureSkylake (14nm)Skylake (14nm)Skylake (14nm)Skylake (14nm)
CPUIntel Core i3-6100UIntel Core i5-6200UIntel Core i3-6100UIntel Core i5-6260U
CPU Frequency (GHz)
(Base / TurboBoost)
2.3 2.3 / 2.82.31.9 / 2.8
Cores / HT2 / 4
TDP15W
Memory2x 260-pin 1.2V DDR4 2133 MHz SO-DIMM
Max Memory32GB
LANIntel Gigabit I219LM
Intel Gigabit I210AT
Intel Gigabit I219LM
Intel Gigabit I210AT
Intel Gigabit I219VIntel Gigabit I219V
Wireless LANIntel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 + BT 4.2Intel Wireless-AC 8260 + BT 4.2
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 520Intel® Iris Graphics 540
AudioRealtek ALC255Realtek ALC283
Front I/O1 x USB 3.1 type C
1 x USB3.1
1 x head phone jack with MIC
2x USB 3.0
1x head phone jack
1x infrared sensor
Rear I/O1 x HDMI (1.4a)
1 x Mini DisplayPort (1.2)
2 x USB 3.0
1 x RJ45
1 x DC-In
1 x Kensington lock slot
1 x HDMI (1.4b)
1 x Mini DisplayPort (1.2)
2 x USB 3.0
1 x RJ45
1 x DC-In
Side I/O1x Intel i210AT1x SDXC slot (UHS-I support)
1 x Kensington lock slot
Price (Dec. 2017)335€429€321€371€
Source: www.gigabyte.com, www.intel.com

CPU

From a CPU perspective the only differences between the 3 CPUs is that the i5 processors have TurboBoost and the NUC i5 processor has more L3/4 cache. From a performance (PassMark) perspective you need to evaluate if the slightly better performance is worth the additional money. For the BRIX s boxes it’s about roughly 100€ more.

 Intel Core i3-6100UIntel Core i5-6200UIntel Core i5-6260U
CPU features
ArchitectureSkylake (14nm)
Frequency (MHz)23001800
Turbo Frequency (Mhz)2800
2700
2900
2700
Passmark357140094374
L1 Cache64KB (Code)
64KB (data)
L2 Cache512KB
L3 Cache3MB4MB
L4 Cache--64MB
TDP (Watt)15
Cores2
Threads4
Instruction set extensions
AES+
AMD64 / EM64T+
AVX+
AVX 2.0+
F16C+
FMA3+
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1+
SSE4.2+
SSSE3+
TSX+
Supported technologies
Hyper-Threading+
PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep+
Turbo Boost-+
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / NX bit+
Source: www.cpu-world.com

Network card

 i219-LMi219-Vi210-ATi210-AS
Code NameJacksonvilleSpringville
Launch DateQ2/15Q4/12
# of Ports1
Speed1Gbps
Jumbo Frames supportedYes
1000Base-TYes-
SGMII InterfaceNoYes
SERDES InterfaceNoYes
Supported under vProYesNo
Source: www.intel.com, for more information see here.

VMware HCL

From a VMware HCL perspective this small unit is of course not supported nor certified to run ESXi, but parts of the BRIX are supported with ESXi 6.x. When searching for the VID and DID auf the I219 (8086:156f) and I210 (8086:1533) network card you will find that these cards are supported. In the past it was always a lottery if the barebone NICs are working or not but with an entry in the HCL the chances are good that it will work.

I219

I210

Summary

Unfortunately this post will be irrelevant for most homelabs nowadays because you can’t get this sort of Gigabyte BRIX anymore. All newer versions like the 7th or 8th Gen versions only have one NIC now. I’m running a 3 node cluster now for more than 2 years and I had only 2 problems so far:

  1. vSAN Memory consumption according to KB2113954. In my case this is approx. 10GB (using 250GB SSD cache) and with only 32GB per host memory is running out very quick.
  2. Used USB sticks dies quickly (after 1 year).

For the second problem my solution was to backup the ESXi configuration with a PowerCLI cmdlet which can be found in KB2042141. You can create a Powershell script which runs every day to backup the most recent version of the configuration. In case one of the USB drives fail you can reinstall the ESXi host and restore the saved configuration.

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Backup Interoperability Matrix Major Update 2019-04 http://www.vbrain.info/2019/05/04/backup-interoperability-matrix-major-update-2019-04/ http://www.vbrain.info/2019/05/04/backup-interoperability-matrix-major-update-2019-04/#respond Sat, 04 May 2019 07:00:54 +0000 http://www.vbrain.info/?p=4557 It’s been some time that I have updated the Backup Interoperability Matrix because of some personal and work related responsibilities. In the April 2019 update the following backup software was updated: VMware vSphere Data Protection...

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It’s been some time that I have updated the Backup Interoperability Matrix because of some personal and work related responsibilities. In the April 2019 update the following backup software was updated:

  • VMware vSphere Data Protection 6.1.11
  • Veritas BackupExec 20.3
  • Veritas NetBackup 8.1.2
  • IBM Spectrum Protect for Virtual Environments 8.1.7
  • Micro Focus Data Protector 2019.02 (10.30)
  • EMC Avamar 18.2
  • EMC Networker 18.2
  • CommVault Simpana 11.0 SP15
  • Hitachi Data Protection Suite 11.0 SP15
  • Veeam Backup and Replication 9.5 Update 4a
  • Quest vRanger 7.7.1
  • Nakivo Backup and Replication 8.1
  • Unitrends Enterprise Backup 10.3.4
  • Acronis Backup Advanced for VMware/Hyper-V 12.5 Update 4 Build 13160
  • Arcserve Backup 18.0
  • Arcserve UDP 7.0
  • Micro Focus VM Explorer 7.1.001
  • Altaro VMBackup 8.4
  • Vembu VMBackup 4.0.1

You can find the latest backup matrix update for VMware here and for Hyper-V here. In this update I removed the vSAN columns from the vSphere matrix because I try to create a vSAN only matrix. I also moved all deprecated software to an extra matrix which will come shortly. I extended the existing vSphere columns with minor updates columns (U1, U2) because some backup vendors also have support matrices for this minor updates.

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