Siem Reap, Cambodia

A few months ago I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a great training course that was being run in Siem Reap, Cambodia.  The course was split across what was coming in the next couple of versions of Veeam software releases and Mastering Technical Sales with a guest presenter of John Care.  The what’s new sessions were Top Secret, however most of the content has been shared publicly although there a few more things to come.

We arrived a day early and had a bit of a look around Siem Reap and spent a bit of time at the main market where you could get a brand new Omega watch for $27, which I’m sure was real, and almost made it through the week! In the same market was the latest fashion, cooked insects, fresh fish, and amazing vegetables all within a few hundred metres.  Just outside the markets was the infamous Pub Street and some of the locals were great, with a few who were out to make a dollar off the tourists by scamming them.  Over lunch we were approached by a mother with a newborn asking for us to buy a tin of formula for her child.  After buying this we found out it was a known scam.  Talk about picking your targets out, three men all with kids travelling for work!

The really amazing part was getting to go to Angkor Wat and the absolutely amazing Ta Prohm, made famous by Tomb Raider.

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iPhone screen sharing in Webex

Late last week my Windows based VPN server applied an automatic update and turned itself off. Normally this isn’t a problem as I would typically restart the server when I got home, unfortunately this wasn’t an option as I was in Sydney for work. After arranging for my Dad to help me out by heading to the house to connect and turn on the server I found out that he had forgotten his PC. It was at this point that I decided the only way to get the server back on the network would be to control an iPhone using Webex from across the country. iPhone screen sharing is not something that is enabled by default in Webex so I had to find a way to do this, or at least something close to it.

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New coffee machine

My coffee machine gave up this week. I had a look at fixing it but the machine is not end user repairable. This has been a trusted friend over the last few years and has seen heavy use since the arrival of Snuffleufugus. After close to three years of intensive use and producing on average 5 coffees a day I’m ok with this but it poses a dilemma of what to do about replacing it.

The options included getting a competitive pod machine, a real espresso maker, a stovetop espresso jug, and a replacement. I had a look at getting a real espresso machine but decided it would be easier to do a straight replacement of the Nespresso machine. Cue a trip to my local JB hi-fi.

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Cloud Connect, and Enterprise

Veeam has two versions of Cloud Connect, Veeam Cloud Connect (VCC) and Veeam Cloud Connect for the Enterprise (VCC-E). So what’s the difference?

Veeam Cloud Connect

VCC is aimed at SPs and VARs who want to create a single (or set of) serviced offering’s to many independent customers. The end users add the service provider supplied details to their console with the option of allowing remote management. The offering is consumed as a service, with costs set by the service provider for any resources and licenses that are required.

When you sign up with the Service Provider they will supply you three things. A location to connect to, a username, and a password. An example configuration can be found here.  The services on offer through the SP/VAR include a Backup Repository as a Service (RaaS), managed Backup as a Service (BaaS), and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS).

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Pure Storage Testing – Part One

My previous post on the Plug-in for Pure Storage has definitely been the most read and shared across the globe.  As mentioned in that post I wanted to install the Plug-in within an environment that had a Pure Storage array and thanks to one of the local resellers I managed to spend some time doing just that earlier in the week.  This post will cover adding in a single array (labspa02), with Part Two to cover configuring a job.

Cisco UCS and Pure Storage
Pure Storage FlashStack

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