Veeam and ReFS: How to Make Things Work!

ReFS has been around for a while, but it wasn’t until Win2K16 that things got exciting. It is a well designed files system that has more features and functionality than previous Windows file systems. Some of which make good sense for you to use in combination with Veeam. I have seen a lot about how cool ReFS is, but have not seen so much on how to make it work. So that is what I will cover in this article. …

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Let’s Encrypt Free Certificates in Windows for Veeam Cloud Connect

One year ago I built a complete and dedicated lab in order to permanently test and demonstrate Veeam Cloud Connect. The lab had been designed to operate as a production environment, and was also used for the Veeam Cloud Connect book I wrote. After a year, my SSL certificate was about to expire, so I had to either renew it, or find a different solution.

My previous certificate was a classic SSL certificate sold by one of the many Certificate Authorities available on the internet. I have nothing to complain about regarding my experience with them, the entire request process was quick and easy, and the certificate is universally recognized. My personal issue was just the price: at 249 USD a year, this was totally out of my budget. …

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Backup and Change Rate, Part 2: Querying Change Rate

In this second part of the series we will discuss how you can manually check Change Block Tracking (CBT) via the Managed Object Browser (MOB). For the sake of simplicity everything in these examples has been tested against a standalone ESXi host, although this process should be quite similar if you use vCenter.

The vSphere API can be difficult to understand at first. However, VMware offers something called the Managed Object Browser, which basically allows you to browse the API and find out the structure of the API without actually doing any programming. In vSphere 6, MOB is disabled by default on an ESXi host. So you need to enable it. …

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