New in Veeam VBR v11: Combine vSphere Tags

New in Veeam VBR v11: Combine vSphere Tags

In Veeam Backup & Replication (VBR) there are a few ways to select VMs for backup. One of this is to use VMware vSphere tags. New in v11 is the possibility to combine vSphere tags for VM selection. I want to show how this works.

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News about scripting Veeam SureBackup with PowerShell

News about scripting Veeam SureBackup with PowerShell

This post is about new possibilities in Veeam Backup&Replication (VBR) for scripting SureBackup jobs with PowerShell. These new features are available since v10 and will get important enhancements in v11.

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How Advanced Cross vCenter vMotion works

How Advanced Cross vCenter vMotion works

This post is about a new feature in vSphere 7.0 U1c: Advanced Cross vCenter vMotion (XVM). It is similar to Cross vCenter vMotion with a main difference.

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PowerCLI Script to check if VMs get backed up by Veeam B&R

PowerCLI Script to check if VMs get backed up by Veeam B&R

In this post I share a small PowerShell/PowerCLI script to check if VMs get backed up by Veeam B&R. If you do not run VeeamONE, it can be challenging to check if every VM that should be backed up, is really backed up. For checking this, this script should be helpful.

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Poor SAN transport mode performance

Poor SAN transport mode performance

These days I had to troubleshoot poor VMware vSphere SAN transport mode performance during backup with Veeam. Before SAN mode, NDB transport mode was used. NBD outperformed SAN mode totally!

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Slow VM snapshot deletion on NFS volumes on ESXi hosts

Slow VM snapshot deletion on NFS volumes on ESXi hosts

These days I had to troubleshoot a problem with system time within a VMware vSphere VM. During backup VM freezes for more than 30 seconds. When this happens, system time in VM also stops and resets to current time after the freeze. And this behavior causes massive problems in the application-layer. During troubleshooting we found a very slow VM snapshot deletion on NFS volumes on […]

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ESXi storage connection problems after installing a new array

ESXi storage connection problems after installing a new array

I was troubleshooting storage related problems at a customer site for some time. We run into massive ESXi storage connection problems after installing a new array. Interestingly enough problems occurred on already existing storage a few hours after new array was installed. Because searching for root cause took some time, I thought it is worth to share.

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Watch HBA errors in ESXi hosts with PowerCLI

Watch HBA errors in ESXi hosts with PowerCLI

I am in the middle of a troubleshooting scenario. It is about connection problems from ESXi hosts to their storage devices. Normally everything works fine but at from time to time, there are tons of errors on HBAs in hosts. Therefor I want to watch HBA errors in ESXi hosts with PowerCLI.

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VMs are shown with absolute path to vmx file in vCenter

VMs are shown with absolute path to vmx file in vCenter

These days I had to troubleshoot a problem in a vCenter environment. A few VMs shown with absolute path to vmx file in vCenter inventory. Normally this occurs when a ESXi boots with no connection to its previous mounted storage volumes. VMs located on these volumes are shown like this in inventory. But this wasn’t the case here: VMs were running and no host was […]

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Error in vCenter Update Manager 6.7

Error in vCenter Update Manager 6.7

These days I had to update a ESXi host using vCenter Update Manager (VUM). Environment is managed by a vCenter 6.7 appliance with embedded VUM. The host I got the error is managed by vCenter but not member of any cluster. After attaching a upgrade-baseline and running the compatibility check, I got the error that vCenter Update Manager cannot copy files to the host.

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