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Troubleshooting vSphere update woes

It’s 2020 and I still occasionally stumble on products that can’t handle international characters. I’ve been running my update rounds on our vSphere environment, but one host simply refused to perform is update compliance check. To troubleshoot, I enabled the ssh service and remoted in to the host, looking for errors in /var/log/vua.log. Sure enough, […]

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Restoring a really old domain controller from backups

I had an interesting experience this week, where I was faced with the need to restore an entire Active Directory environment from backups that were more than a year old. The company whose servers I was restoring had been using an older version of Veeam Backup and Recovery, which always simplifies matters a lot: The […]

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Rescuing vVol-based virtual machines

Background As mentioned in a previous post, I had a really bad experience with vVols presented from IBM storage. Anyhow, the machines must be migrated to other storage, and reading how vVols work, that’s a scary prospect. The good thing: Thanks to Veeam, I have excellent backups. The bad thing: Since they’re dependent on the […]