One of the most common question I receive in regard to Veeam Cloud Connect, is “What’s the size I should configure for my Veeam server”? Usually, we answered this question using our sizing tools and our best practices, but lately I found a different and probably even better answer, thanks to our big data.
Quick fix: install manually the Veeam Service Provider Console agent on Cloud Connect server
Learn how to install manually the Veeam Service Provider Console managementagent on a Veeam Cloud Connect server.
Upgrading Veeam Availability Console to the new Veeam Service Provider Console v4
Last week, Veeam released the new Veeam Service Provider Console v4, the latest version of what was previously called Veeam Availability Console. I run my own VAC (now VSPC) environment, so I decided to take the opportunity to upgrade my lab to the latest version to learn the upgrade process.
Set a static IP in VeeamPN appliance
For a new chapter of my book on Veeam Availability Console, I created a second virtual datacenter and I needed to connect the two of them together with a vpn. I have many options, like using the embedded ipsec capabilities of the NSX Edge i have at both sites, as they both run vCloud Director, but I decided to use Veeam Powered Network, in order to use this opportunity to learn more about it. And the first thing I’ve learned was how to configure the appliance with a static IP address.
Using AWS credentials in Powershell scripts
Lately I was updating a couple of my scripts, and when I re-used my script that automatically updates AWS records for Let's Encrypt DNS challenges, I realised that I never stored my AWS credentials anywhere, but I was just using those cached into my powershell environment. Time to have some proper credential management.
New year, new Let’s Encrypt automation: goodbye ACMEsharp, hello Posh-ACME!
The beginning of each year, lately seems to be the time when I have to update my scripts that control the automatic management of SSL certificates. I started three years ago by learning first about Let's Encrypt certificates, and how they could have solved my needs for automatically renew (for free!) my SSL certificates. At the time I started to use ACMESharp: it seemed to be a great fit as it worked in powershell and had all the features I needed; but lately, it has lagged behind, and the move the ACME v2 was the final nail in its coffin.
Quick Tip: how an end user can find out which version of vCloud Director is using
For my tests, I use a couple of vCloud Director services thanks to some really generous service providers which are also Veeam customers. From time to time, I see they upgrade their installations but as an end user is not always straight-forward to find out which version of vCloud Director is in use. But there’s a way to find out even for end users.
Veeam Availability Console and agent automatic installation
Last week, I explained how to manually connect standalone computers to Veeam Availability Console. This time we will try to automate this process as much as possible.