Automated Veeam Cloud Connect deployment: 1 – add all the managed servers

Everytime I receive a new version of Veeam Backup & Replication, with inside also a new Veeam Cloud Connect, I try to install it as soon as possible in my personal lab to test it. My lab is a bit complex, because it uses a dozen virtual machines, spread over multiple VLAN connected via a firewall that only allows the minimum amount of TCP/UDP ports; this is done on purpose to simulate as much as possible a real Veeam Cloud Connect installation, so that everything I test is good also for our Service Providers which I work with. This is a good thing, but it also means that each time there’s a new version of the software, especially Beta versions which don’t allow in-place upgrades, I need to uninstall and re-install everything.
This is an insanely boring and error-proned task, and because of this I recently automated almost the entire process. In this first post, I’ll show you how to add all the managed servers to the Console and install the base components.

Social media automation, how to save time with Zapier (and say godbye to IFTTT)

Managing all the social media I’m involved in takes time, that’s for sure.
In the previous months, I started to use IFTTT: it has a nice interface, and it’s super easy to create a new “recipe”, that is the name used to describe a new automation task. IFTTT has another great advantage in being completely free, but for my use it quickly showed its limits. Two of the biggest ones are the limit to one account per supported service and the lack of support for common services like the ability to post to Linkedin groups. Meanwhile, IFTTT is adding support for tons of “weird” and niche services while the lack of complete support for the common services like those I described before goes on…
I decided to give a try to Zapier, and I quickly realized it’s a far better tool than IFTTT for my needs!