Back-up for virtual environments (TSMVE) is still underestimated by IBM!

When you are using IBM equipment there is a big chance that you will use IBM related software to manage the environment. In a large  environment you can use IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) for Virtual Environments to make back-ups of your virtual machines. IBM says that:

Tivoli® Storage Manager software provides a wide range of storage management capabilities from a single point of control, helping companies ride the information tidal wave.

Early this year they’ve added a new product to the Tivoli Storage Manager, IBM storage management software called IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments (TSMVE). This is their product for making back-ups and to recover virtual machines.

You would think that a big company like IBM jumped on the train of virtualisation when it was leaving the train station but in my opinion that’s not what they have done!

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On premises DropBox



In our private lives we are already accustomed to using cloud based file sharing. Who of us isn’t using or has tried Dropbox? Dropbox was my first cloud based file sharing solution. In the time between now and then there are many new players in town like BOX,PogoPlug and many more. Where Box stores the files in the cloud, other store the files on premise like Pogoplug (for private use).

Now a days users are using solutions like Dropbox to store company data. Who thinks this is not happening, please get out of your cave. My customers, mostly in the top fortune or government, must be aware of the risks users are taking “without” knowing what risk they are taking. Even when a user knows the risk, they are willing to take it because of the flexibility it gives them! My advice: Think like a user! In some company’s the IT departments are still saying NO to the wish of the end user. But let’s be honest, the rules within the IT department are less restricted. And the end users (especially from generation Y) are consuming IT: they are demanding this flexibility. In my opinion these days IT is controlled by our users .Don’t try to control them, work with them. Watch and learn how they like to work, this is the only way you’ll be in control.

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Virtual (SQL)server impaired by residual snapshot after Veeam backup

Author : Ingmar Verheij


Recently I had to troubleshoot a SQL server that performed nightly batch jobs for a management information system. Under normal conditions this required 6.5 hours but this was suddenly increased to 11.5 hours. An increase of 75%!

Because of this delay the information wasn’t presented on time with a lot of implications. Several departments where asked what has changed in the past days, of course the answer was “nothing”.

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Thinapp: Child process keeps SandBox locked

One of the best practices when packaging with ThinApp includes verifying no processes are left running that lock the Sandbox when you shuts down the application. You can simply verify this by trying to delete the package’s Sandbox. If it is locked and you cannot delete it, some process is still running.
To determine wich process locks the sandbox i use Process Explorer.

In my case the child process ‘svchost.exe’ kept the sandbox locked.
Because it was running outside of the thinapp the ‘OnLastProcessExit function’ is never called.

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Software update VMware workstation 8 fails

When VMware Workstation 8 is installed on a MS Windows 7 x64 machine, and you’ll update de software to the latest version, the installation can fail with error 25028 in vmwarevmcisocket64.msi.

The installation first uninstalls the old version, then reboots the machine and after you’re loggedin, the installation of the new version continues. When anwsered a couple of questions, the installation exits with error 25028. Read more

VMware ThinApp package crashes with VBS.

For the intergration of VMware ThinApp applications into RES Workspace Manager, a custom VBS is required in the root of the Setup Capture files folder.
The following code must be present in the script:

Function OnFirstParentStart
WaitForProcess ExecuteVirtualProcess(GetEnvironmentVariable(“pwrgrids”)),0
End Function

But some ThinApp applications failed to start after that, or any vbs script was added to the build.

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Back-up and recovery Exchange 2010 with Veeam Back-up and replication (enterprise) part 3/3

Veeam Backup and replication Icon This blog is part three of three on how you can make a back-up and more importantly how you can recover items from a mailbox. In part one I described which setting to set for a exchange 2010 back-up job. In part two I explain how to configure the virtual lab and application group that are necessary for restoring exchange items from a specific mailbox. So finally we have come to the most important part recovery of items from your exchange 2010 mailbox.
While performing a recovery for the first time you will see that the recovery process was made for  enterprise environment where task are divided. Recovery in Veeam Backup exists out of three steps. Step one asking for a recovery to take place. Step two control and approve of the recovery wish. And step three is the actual recovery . For the new back-up version I have heard that this process has been adjust but i did not find the time to play with the new product version. 

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Sysprep Issues with customization specification

I thought this was a very known issue but assumptions are the mother of all …. So here some (old news). When deploying a virtual machine from a template within vCenter while using customization specification and within the customization specification it indicates that the system should be placed in a particular domain. Sysprep will try but is not able to do this.

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Is it possible to install Mac OSX in VMWare vSphere 5?

A couple of days ago, the PepperCrew had his monthly meeting. There was a little discussion about the new vSphere 5 release from VMWare. In the release notes there is mentioned that it will support OSX installations. I’m not convinced that that would work. There is a big community in the world who wants to install OSX in a sandboxed environment or even native on not Apple hardware. (Hackintosh or OSx86 etc etc). So, lets try some different scenario’s.

Apple supports only virtualized OSX Server installations on Apple hardware. Normal OSX installations aren’t supported or possible.

First Test: Install OSX Snow Leopard (10.6) in VMWare Fusion (On an iMac)

This is not allowed. The installer stops with the following error:
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Second Test: Install OSX Snow Leopard Server (10.6) in VMWare Fusion (On an iMac)

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VMware shared folders keep profiles in use

Author : Ingmar Verheij

VMware Shared Folders

When Microsoft Windows systems are virtualized with VMware ESX or Workstation, WMware Tools is installed. When the VMware tools are installed with the Complete option, the shared folders option is enabled. This feature is not enabled when you install VMware tools with the Typical option.

The shared folder feature is not supported by ESX or GSX server and causes problems on Terminal Servers. The file hgfs.dat is opened by the VMware Tools with exclusive acces, which prevents the profile from getting deleted.

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