Unitrends Free – Review: Part 1

I was asked to give a new, free backup tool a quick road-test recently. Unitrends have had an Enterprise version of their backup software for some time. And, as I’ve used it a bit in my lab with an NFR license in the past I was only too happy to give Unitrends Free a go. Features As a free edition, you expect a basic set of features. The goal of such offerings is normally to get you hooked, but wanting more. Unitrends Free offers the following features: Backup from VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V Unlimited VMs and host CPU sockets supported Instant VM recovery (allows you to run a VM directly from the backup files) – this feature also allows for recovery verification testing and use of backups for test and development purposes Unlimited incremental backups (subject to storage space of course) […]

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Updating Crashplan on ARM based QNAP

Last month I wrote a quick overview of the process to install Crashplan on and ARM based QNAP NAS. Six weeks (ish) later and it’s still going ok. Or, at least I thought it was… Periodically, the makers of Crashplan update their software. Nothing surprising about that except that as the ARM based QNAPs aren’t an officially supported device (that I’m aware of), the automatic update doesn’t work and the backup engine on my QNAP kept stopping. The upgrade itself is pretty straightforward however. On the QNAP NAS To get the software on the NAS updated, you first have to download the QPKG file from this thread on the QNAP forum. Once you’ve saved it onto your QNAP device (I put it in the “Public” share but the location isn’t too important), the update can be performed very simply via […]

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Reporting-as-a-Service – Call for beta testers

One of the engagements that we’ve done quite a few times in the past, and do on a fairly regular basis at Xtravirt, is a virtual infrastructure healthcheck. Whether it’s as a one-off, a regular service or as part of a larger project. Born partly from a need for better tooling and also because of a perceived gap in the market, Xtravirt have developed Sonar – Reporting-as-a-Service for virtual datacenters. We’re in need of UK-based beta testers to provide feedback in return for free healthchecks for the duration of the beta. For more information about Sonar or to sign up for the beta, please visit the Sonar website.

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TechTalks Schedule at VMworld EMEA 2014

The provisional schedule for vBrownbag TechTalks at VMworld EMEA 2014 has been posted. If you don’t know what they are, the TechTalks are 10 minute presentations (hopefully broadcast live on the internet but also recorded) on any technical subject given by assorted attendees of VMworld. Anyone can propose a TechTalk (there are a few spaces left – signup using this form) and anyone can watch (find the Community Hangspace, or watch online via the vBrownbag live page). Among the sessions already scheduled are a couple of great sounding ones from Joerg Lew on orchestration and automation; another from Kaido Kibin about vCO collaboration; two sessions on VVols from Cormac Hogan and Nick Dyer; and a primer on the hyper-converged ecosystem from Gabriel Chapman.

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