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How To: vSphere Data Protection – Part 2: Backup & Restore

In the previous part of this mini how to series on vSphere Data Protection, we deployed and configured a VDP appliance. In this post we will take a closer look at the backup and restore process in vSphere Data Protection. Backup Window First, before you configure your backups, you should edit the backup window configuration and set up the maintenance window. The maintenance window is reserved for performing routine VDP maintenance activities such as integrity […]

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Data Protection

How To: vSphere Data Protection – Part 1: Installation & Configuration

I have been playing around with different back-up software lately in my lab and I think this is the first time I took a closer look at the vSphere Data Replication (Advanced) and its features and possibilities. So, first let’s see how vSphere Data Protection is defined by VMware. “VMware vSphere Data Protection is a backup and recovery solution from VMware. It is fully integrated with VMware vCenter Server and VMware vSphere Web Client, providing […]


How To Install and Configure vSphere App HA – Part 3

In the two previous parts, we installed and configured the vSphere App HA so it is now up and running. Time for some testing! In my setup, I have a Windows 2003 virtual machine running Microsoft SQL Server. Before we can protect the VM we must install the Hyperic Agent first. Install Hyperic Agent Download the appropriate Hyperic Agent installation file from VMware first. Execute the EXE file, in my case vCenter-hyperic-hqee-agent-5.8.1.exe. Click Next on […]


How To Install and Configure vSphere App HA – Part 2

In the previous part, we have deployed a vSphere App HA virtual machine and we also configured the connection for the vCenter Hyperic server that the vSphere App HA will use. In this part we will continue with the remaining vSphere App HA configuration settings. vCenter Hyperic Agent Properties File Configuration To enable vSphere App HA alarms on the vCenter Server, you must configure certain values in the vCenter Hyperic file. Before you can […]


How To Install and Configure vSphere App HA – Part 1

The last couple of days I’ve been playing around with vSphere App HA in my home lab, so here is a small series on how to install and configure vSphere App HA version 1.1. Before we begin let’s have a look at what vSphere App HA actually is. vSphere App HA is a feature that complements the functionality of VMware vSphere High Availability with application-level monitoring and automated remediation. App HA improves application uptime through […]

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ESXCLI Basics: Setup SNMP on ESXi 5.x

This is really basics stuff, but here is a quick how to. Connect to your host through SSH or open the DCUI. Setup the target SNMP server, port and community string: # esxcli system snmp set –t <ip_or_fqdn>@/<community_string> Enable SNMP: # esxcli system snmp set –e yes Logout. Done! 🙂 Verify the snmpd service is running and check if the ports are open on the host though vSphere Client or vSphere Web Client. Please note […]

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Upgrading VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager from 5.0 to 5.1

A little while ago VMware released vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.1 together with other products and vCloud Suite. Here is a quick summary of “What’s new in SRM 5.1” and the new improvements. SRM 5.1 supports reprotect and failback with vSphere Replication. Previously, you could only perform reprotect and failback on array-based protection groups. In SRM 5.1 you can perform reprotect and failback on vSphere Replication protection groups. The SRM Server in SRM 5.1 is […]

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Upgrading ESXi 5.0 host to ESXi 5.1

In the last article I have covered the upgrade process from vCenter Server 5.0 to vCenter server 5.1. In this article I will cover a quick how to on upgrading your ESXi host to version 5.1. In this case, I will perform an in place upgrade of the host. Before you proceed with upgrade in your production environment, please read chapter 6 “Upgrading and Migrating Your Hosts” from the vSphere Upgrade guide. Boot your server […]