5 Questions I Ask Every Customer about their VMware Backup Strategy

I can’t remember of a technology platform that provided better APIs than VMware’s VADP API framework. While it has had annoying bugs periodically, overall the APIs made it extremely simple, easy, and efficient for VMware VM backups. It’s no wonder, there are a huge amount of backup product vendors that all claim features like application consistent and incremental forever backup (using VMware Change Block Tracking (CBT)) and instant recovery of VMs. There really is very little competitive differences now between these products! All 25+ vendors are all calling the same library for CBT capture. But what really matters in terms of costs and RTO is where and how you store that backup data and metadata. In this cloud era, it’s hard not to consider the cloud as a target to store backups and reduce data centre footprint and costs for backup…

Deploying the Actifio vCenter Plugin to VMware VCSA 6.0

This is just a short tip to help get the Actifio vCenter Plugin uploaded to your VCSA appliance, so you can start the installation process. By default if you try to scp the install file you will find an error such as the following: Unknown command: 'scp' 1. Login via SSH to the vCenter Server Appliance on port 22, I would normally use the root account here: $ ssh [email protected] VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.0.0 Type: vCenter Server with an embedded Platform Services Controller Password: Last login: Mon Jun 22 00:15:14 UTC 2015 from 10.0.0.51 on ssh Last failed login: Mon Jun 22 02:38:16 UTC 2015 from 10.0.0.51 on ssh:notty There was 1 failed login attempt since the last successful login. Last login: Mon Jun 22 02:38:17 2015 from 10.0.0.51 Connected to service     * List APIs: "help api list"     * List Plugins: "help pi list"     * Enable BASH access: "shell.set --enabled True"     * Launch BASH: "shell" Command> 2. As per the motd, you…