vCenter 7.0 – Image based backup is still supported, but won’t be in future versions

When vSphere 7.0 (and therefore vCenter 7.0) went GA, a number of customers were hit with a very important change;

  • vCenter support for image based backups was no longer supported

Since the GA, after customer feedback, the vCenter 7.0 release notes have been updated and I’m happy to report that Image based backups are still supported.

However, note that this method is now deprecated and will not be supported in a future release.

My advice is to start planning your move to using the native backup capabilities within the vCenter appliance itself, and for further information please see the following resources;

vCenter 7.0 imaged based backups supported but deprecated in the future

 

 

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Veeam Backup for Azure – Unable to check required permissions.

The Issue

When connecting my newly deployed instance of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure, I keep hitting the same error message after authenticating my account with Microsoft.

Error: Unable to check required permissions. This might be a problem in Microsoft Azure. Please wait and continue with the wizard later.

Simple enough message, I don’t have the right permissions, yet I knew on my test tenant I was a global admin, (and the only user configured in this tenant) so why was I seeing this error?

The cause

When I downloaded the logs, I found the following, it indicated that my account is connected to two tennants, both of the same name “Default Directory” to make things confusing, and the error was happening on the permissions check with the tenant.

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vROPs Dashboard – Display port group with VLAN ID and map to virtual machines

My customer asked me how to display the VLAN ID for a virtual machine in vROPs.

The short answer is, due to the VLAN ID only being available from the Distributed switch adapter, its not simple to display this in a single list view.

So after some thinking around this, I came up with the following simple dashboard which was edited from the default “Distributed Switch Configuration” dashboard.

The dashboard is simple, and shows a selectable list of port groups, which then will refresh the virtual machine list, so you can see which virtual machines are attached to that port group.

You can download the dashboard and edited view here:

 

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Creating a redirection on your wordpress domain

The other day I was chatting to a friend, and we discussed they should setup a redirection on their WordPress site to take you to their youtube page. Something simple as;

  • https://vEducate.co.uk/youtube >>> https://youtube.com/c/VMwareTAMLAB

To create something like this when running WordPress is quite easy.

  1. Install the plugin “Redirectioner” By Remkus de Vries.
  2. Activate plugin
  3.  Go to Settings > 404 Redirected
  4. Scroll to the bottom to create a manual redirect
    • type in your URL suffix
    • chose type of redirect
    • type external URL including protocol (http/s)

Quick simple and easy!

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