Mount & Migrate feature for SQL Databases

A while back I created this short demo video, using a real world sized SQL database (1TB) to highlight the rapid recovery options that Actifio 10c enables for customers. This feature is way ahead of the market. But in brief it does these things. Allow customers with large (in fact any size, but the larger the size the better this feature is…) to get mission critical DBs back online in a very low RTO capability. This gets your business applications back online quick. It then solves the problem of running the restore of the Database back to the location where you now want the DB to run from. It then continually restores the changes that are being made to the mounted database, and trickling those changes to the local files, in preparation for the switch to take place, from a mounted DB to a fully local DB. Performs a final…

vSphere / ESXi 7.0 installed on your older hardware (unsupported)

Let me preface this post by saying, this is not a supported way to get vSphere / ESXi 7.0+ running on legacy hardware. Please only perform these actions if you are comfortable with the steps below, and know that you will not be entitled to support for VMware. For my example in this article, I am using an IBM M3 X3550 Series server. While this approach might also work for other vendor hardware, you may need to make some slight modifications to the process, but it should still work. TL;DR – You basically need to do two things, 1. Install ESXi onto a USB drive, instead of local hard drives, and 2. Implement the allowLegacyCPU=true mode in the boot.cfg. Here are the list of things you need: 1. The VMware vSphere ISO to use for the installation. I used this one I downloaded from VMware “VMware-VMvisor-Installer-7.0.0-15843807.x86_64.iso” 2. A 16Gb or larger USB flash drive….