New Certification: CompTIA Security+

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Last week I attended a CompTIA Security+ boot camp. During the duration of the class, I was trying to make the decision: Do I take the exam at the end of the course on Friday, or do I wait and take the exam after more preparation? Interestingly, the CompTIA Security+ Exam just changed from the SY0-401 format to the SY0-501. The new format is more difficult, and the old format is being phased out within two months. Fortunately, after a week long boot camp and many nights of long studying, I was able to successfully sit and pass the CompTIA Security+ Examination. The Exam was quite difficult, with my examination having 90 minutes to complete 83 questions total. In order to pass the exam, one must obtain a score of at least 750 out of 900. Most of the questions are scenario based, so make sure you prepare accordingly and review all of the exam objectives. It took me the entire 90 minutes to complete the exam, but in the end all of the hard work and preparation paid off. This new certification will help me within my career going forward. If you have any questions regarding the Security+, please let me know!

The Certification was a requirement for my new employer, which leads me to my next announcement. I recently left my job for a new opportunity. This was a tough decision, but in the end it was the right choice. The below photo was taken on my last day.

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Best of luck to all who remain there, I am exited about my future and excited for this new opportunity.

How to: Part Two – Configuring PureStorage Plugin for Veeam

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How to : Part Two – Configuring PureStorage Plugin for Veeam

Last week, I wrote a blog on how to install the PureStorage plugin for Veeam. In this blog post, I will show you how to configure the PureStorage Plugin within Veeam. This quick and easy process is required in order to utilize all of the PureStorage+Veeam awsomeness!

Requirements

Before we proceed any further, please take note of the following requirements. These requirements are necessary if you wish to utilize Storage Array Snapshots for Backups.

  • Veeam Backup and Replication Enterprise Plus licensing
  • Physical Proxy server with FC/iSCSI access to the PureStorage array (This proxy must be physcical and be zoned/have access to all LUNS housing VMs that you wish to backup/protect)
  • PureStorage array (no additional licenses are required to take snapshots on PureStorage. Go team Orange!)
  • Veeam Backup and replication server must have access to the PureStorage array over the network/Firewall. Port 443 must be allowed in order to access to the PureStorage Array

*Important Note: You can still add the PureStorage array without having a Physical Proxy setup; however, you won’t be able to backup VMs without it*

Benefits

According to Veeam’s website, the following benefits are described below (Taken From Veeam’s Website)

  • Reduce impact on performance of production workloads
  • Enable granular recovery from storage snapshots
  • Application consistent storage snapshot orchestration
  • Automated restore verification and on-demand labs: “Put your data to work”

If you would like more information on this, or if you aren’t a Pure customer, reach out to my buddy Brandon @PureStorage via Twitter at @bdwill

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How to: Part One – Installing PureStorage Plugin for Veeam

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How to: Installing PureStorage Plugin for Veeam

Tuesday the most anticipated day finally came. The Veeam storage array plugin for PureStorage was finally announced!

Why is this a big deal? Simply put: Now backups can backup off the storage array snapshot itself, which provides faster backup and recovery of protected workloads. Additionally by utilizing this plugin, you will reduce snapshot stun and create a more efficient backup process.

Benefits

According to Veeam’s website, the following benefits are described below (Taken From Veeam’s Website)

  • Reduce impact on performance of production workloads
  • Enable granular recovery from storage snapshots
  • Application consistent storage snapshot orchestration
  • Automated restore verification and on-demand labs: “Put your data to work”

Convinced? I thought so. Let’s install the plugin to take advantage of these features! In this short how to, the steps needed to install this array integration plugin are covered.

If you would like more information on this, or if you aren’t a Pure customer, reach out to my buddy Brandon @PureStorage via Twitter at @bdwill

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How to: Installing Veeam ONE Monitor

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In this blog post, we will describe the installation process of Veeam ONE. Veeam ONE is a reporting solution for Veeam Backup and Replication servers, and vCenter itself. It’s a compliment to Veeam Backup and Replication, and it is an included feature of the Veeam Availablity Suite. There are numerous reports one can run within this application, such as reports to see which servers are not being backed up, etc. The benefits of Veeam ONE include visibility into the backup environment, monitoring of components within vCenter, and backup compliance reporting. One if it’s most powerful features is the reporting of vCenter itself. This is a great alternative to other monitoring tools, since you can monitor just about all major system components within your virtual environment. The installation process is similar to the blog post “Installing Veeam Backup and Replication 9.5”, which can be found here.

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How to: Installing Veeam Backup and Replication 9.5

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Installing Veeam Backup and Replication 9.5

This past Tuesday was the first day of spring. What better way to usher in the new season than to install Veeam Backup and Replication 9.5! In this blog post, I will show you how quickly it is to install Veeam Backup and Replication. This will be part of a small series on Veeam and the integration is has with other products, such as Dell EMC’s Data Domain, Veeam One, SQL Server 2016, etc

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How to: Upgrading your Data Domain OS (DDOS)

How to upgrade your Data Domain OS (DDOS)

Recently I was hit with an email indicating that my Data Domain had experienced a file system panic. The end result was a file system reboot during during backups.

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Alerts History

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Id     Post Time                  Clear Time                 Severity   Class        Object   Message

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m0-5   Tue Mar 13 18:29:28 2018   Tue Mar 13 18:29:48 2018   ERROR      Filesystem            EVT-FILESYS-00008: Filesystem has encountered an error and is restarting.

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There is 1 historic alert.

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After working with support, it was determined that the issue was due to an issue with memory allocation. I was given the below KB regarding my issue.

“DataDomain FS process (ddfs) may crash with memory allocation failures, but available memory still exists: https://support.emc.com/kb/489444

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How to: “Space is running low in /ddvar. Please clear space or core dump capability will be disabled.” on Data Domain

“Space is running low in /ddvar. Please clear space or core dump capability will be disabled.”

Today I stumbled upon an interesting issue while prepping for a Data Domain upgrade. The first step taken to prepare for a Data Domain OS upgrade is to reboot the appliance beforehand. This ensures no issues are present before upgrading. If issues are present, they will most likely be brought to light before the upgrade. This is especially important if your system has been up for an extended period of time!

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