Data Protection Best Practice: Encrypting Backups

Today I want to talk about backups, and the importance of encrypting them, everywhere. When people think of encrypted backups, the usual first thoughts are around portable backups such as tape and USB or backups outside of your trust domain such as cloud storage. This is a great starting point, and if you’re not currently… Continue reading Data Protection Best Practice: Encrypting Backups

VMware vCenter Server Appliance: Sequence Wrong Size for a Certificate when replacing SSL Certificates

Hi! Just a quick one today. I was replacing a certificate for a customer’s VCSA today with one from their internal CA when I hit the error “Sequence Wrong Size for a Certificate”. To clarify, I had generated a CSR from the VCSA, requested the certificate from the CA, downloaded this and the certificate chain… Continue reading VMware vCenter Server Appliance: Sequence Wrong Size for a Certificate when replacing SSL Certificates

Windows Server 2022 Released – What to remember before you start upgrading!

Microsoft dropped a surprise on us today by releasing Windows Server 2022 to no fanfare at all. It’s been released today 18th August 2021, it will have mainstream support until the 13th October 2026 and will be considered end of life on the 14th October 2031 (how are we talking about the 2030’s already?!). This… Continue reading Windows Server 2022 Released – What to remember before you start upgrading!

VMware vSphere 6.5 – End of General Support Changes

Hey everyone! VMware released some unexpected news yesterday regarding the end of support for vSphere & vCenter 6.5 and vSAN 6.5 & 6.6. These were both originally intended to reach End of General Support (EoGS) this year, on the 15th November 2021. VMware are now extending this general support window to the 15th October 2022,… Continue reading VMware vSphere 6.5 – End of General Support Changes

Flash Player’s End of Life is coming, are you aware of the consequences to administrating VMware?

Afternoon, if you’re working in IT then unless you’ve been living under a rock or wrecked your internet this Christmas, you’re most likely aware that Flash reached its long overdue end of life on the 31st December 2020. However, unless you’ve been reading the fine print, you may not be aware that Adobe seem to… Continue reading Flash Player’s End of Life is coming, are you aware of the consequences to administrating VMware?

Warning: vCSA 6.7 to 7.0 Upgrade via VAMI

Just a quick post if like me you’ve gone to patch vCenter via VAMI/port 5480 and found this: That’s right! A vCenter 6.7 system being presented a 7.0 update, it’s worth highlighting if you want proof you can’t patch to 7.0 from 6.7 this way, run the pre-update checks, it’ll tell you that this isn’t… Continue reading Warning: vCSA 6.7 to 7.0 Upgrade via VAMI

VMware / Veeam SureBackup: Invalid Change Tracker Error Code

Afternoon, Had a very peculiar error message when deploying SureBackup and the internet couldn’t give me any meaningful results! So I thought time to add to the collective world of knowledge with a blog post. Scenario: Onboarding customer for a managed backup solution, configuring SureBackup to ensure all backups are validated prior to sending to… Continue reading VMware / Veeam SureBackup: Invalid Change Tracker Error Code

Handy Tip: Veeam Replication & vCenter VM Mac Conflict

Evening, I just wanted to write this quick blog post to help people who use Veeam to replicate their VMs on vCenter 6 U1B or newer. Apparently somewhere in the vCenter 6 lifeline it was decided that an alarm will trigger if a MAC address conflict was detected. I personally am all for this trigger… Continue reading Handy Tip: Veeam Replication & vCenter VM Mac Conflict