Support Our Journey – Mother’s Day Walk 2019

IMG_0463In 2017 our family got news we had never wanted to hear.

Stephanie my wife, my life, and the Mother of our two beautiful children, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. She is and always will be our Rock! Nothing kept her down during the countless doctor appointments, surgery’s, treatments, the stress that comes with this disease, and life.

Even before she was done her own treatments she wanted to find ways to help other people. She put together her own team for Mother’s Day walk 2018, and completed the walk herself after finishing her radiation treatments 1 month before (REALLY)! Words cannot explain how proud I am of this extraordinary person.

She didn’t just put together a team for the walk, she went as far to help the organizers volunteering her time to organize the event. Prime example of what we see from her everyday in our family, putting everybody else first.

She is doing the same thing for 2019, and she needs your help with supporting the Breast Cancer Society work towards a cure, on her upcoming walk! As of two day’s ago is her one year anniversary of her treatments be completed.

The Byrne Family thanks you for anything you can give. It can be via volunteer services, donations, or even join our team and walk with us! Let’s get her past her record of last year which was just over $10,000.00.

Event Details:

Edmonton
May 5, 2019
Registration
sign-in 930 am.
Walk start
11 am and ends 2 pm.
Location: Emily Murphy Park
11904 Emily Murphy Park Road NW.
Edmonton, Alberta,
T6G 1E7

Veeam User Groups (Western Canada)

Two VUGs are coming to Western Canada this month.

You can expect to see more locations in the following months. Follow the Veeam User Group and Veeam Canada on Twitter for updates.

Here are the two locations.

  • Calgary
    • Wednesday, April 24th from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m
    • Location: Ruth’s Chris Steak House
      294, 115-9th Avenue SE, 2nd Floor of Calgary Tower, Calgary, AB T2G OP5
    • Register
  • Vancouver
    • Friday, April 26th from 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Location: Steamworks Brew Pub
      375 Water Street Vancouver, BC V6B 5C6
    • Sponsored by ExaGrid
    • Register

What can you expect?

The Veeam User Groups are a technical gathering for people in the Veeam user community. This will provide you the opportunity to network with your peers, and your local Veeam resources. At the same time enjoy a great meal, and educational content.

This is the planned agenda

  • The latest Veeam news and product updates
  • Veeam Availability Suite tips and tricks
  • Veeam ONE
  • Useful technical resources
  • And more!

However, normally any User Group I have attended turns into much more, with open dialog, discussions, and conversations about anything the community wants to talk about.

Let’s not forget free stuff.

Every community member who joins the event will be entered for the following.

All attendees will also be entered in a raffle to win a complimentary hotel stay at the Fountainebleau (value at $1,800) and one free pass to attend VeeamON (value at $900) in Miami, Florida (flight not included)! the drawing will be on April 30. Learn more about VeeamOn

Veeam Community Editions

Veeam has always offered free software to the IT community. The switch to community edition is not just a name change, but offers much more! These editions can be used in your home lab, your production environment, or for any situation where you see fit.

Let’s get our free on!

Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition

It now comes with all the features of Standard Edition with the ability to consume up to 10 standard Instances, and leverage VeeamZIP in an unlimited fashion.

What do you get?

  • Backup a VM, cloud instances, physical servers or workstations.
  • VM replication
  • Forever incremental backups
  • backup scheduling
  • Secure restore
  • Ability to restore directly to AWS, Microsoft Azure, Azure Stack
  • Tape support
  • It’s FREE forever

Get Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition

Veeam ONE Community Edition

Monitor up to 10 instances of your VMware vSphere, or Microsoft Hyper-V infrastructure, and one Veeam Backup & Replication server at no cost.

What do you get?

  • 24×7 real-time monitoring
  • Easy documentation and management reporting
  • Resource optimization
  • Backup infrastructure auditing
  • Heatmaps, agent monitoring and reporting
  • Backup compliance reporting
  • more….

Get Veeam ONE Community Edition

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 Community Edition

Veeam’s protection of O365 is where the community edition’s started. You can protection up to 10 users at no cost.

What you get?

  • Securely protect your O365 data
    • Exchange Online (10 users)
    • SharePoint Online (1TB of data)
    • OneDrive for Business (10 users)
  • How is a User defined?

Get Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 Community Edition

Edition Comparison: Details on what you get in Community Edition’s

Instance Licensing: Find out what you can do with 10 Instances.

VeeamOn 2019

Summer is around the corner, you want to feel the heat a little earlier? Where can you go? VeeamOn!

This year it will be hosted in Miami, FL @ the Fontainebleau Resort, from May 20th to the 22nd!

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What can you expect this year?

  • Veeam Certified Engineer Training
    • 50% off training
    • 3 days of instructor-led training
    • Training will occur before the main event
  • VeeamOn Conference
    • 2 days of information from
      • Veeam
      • Partners
      • Industry leaders
      • Practices from around the globe
    • Meet, and socialize with your peers
    • The Expo Lounge
    • Get details on what is coming, before anyone else
    • Of course a party
      • By the pool with Flo Rida

Here is a sample of the sessions you can expect

  • Supercharge the Veeam Scale-out Backup Repository with Veeam Cloud Tier Deep Dive
  • Veeam DataLabs Deep Dive: Testing, Restore Options and More
  • Ultimate Guide to Veeam Cloud Mobility: Tips, Tricks and Use Cases
  • Veeam Backup & Replication Common Mistakes and How to Fix Them
  • Veeam ONE Deep Dive on New Capabilities
  • Veeam Agents for Microsoft Windows and Linux: Advanced Agent Deployment, What’s New and Tips
  • Veeam Availability Orchestrator: Getting Started with DR is Easier Than Ever
  • Cloud Native Backup Made Easy with Veeam Availability for AWS
  • Architecture, Installation, and Design for Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365
  • Introduction to Automated Deployments of Veeam Backup & Replication for Deployment Agility
  • MSP Configuration and Usage of Veeam Availability Console
  • Advanced Veeam Availability Orchestrator Use Cases and Configuration
  • Automate Yourself Out of a Backup Job — Advanced PowerShell & API Usage
  • Healthcare: What You Need to Know in 2019
  • Veeam Storage Integration Deep Dive
  • Tips and Tricks from R&D
  • Top 7 Worst Practices when Using Veeam Backup & Replication
  • Let’s Manage Agents
  • Secrets to Design an Availability Infrastructure for 25,000 VMs
  • Veeam Capacity Tier & Veeam Cloud Mobility Under the Microscope

To learn more, and register head over to the VeeamOn Website. If you are a VMUG member you can save with the following code VO19-VMUG-100

Please make sure to let your Canadian contacts @ Veeam know you are going, I heard from a little birdie there could be a special get together for you!

Windows 10 Connecting to a VPN

It used to be a simple task to connect to a VPN with a couple of mouse clicks, but something that has bothered me for some time is the amount of time it takes in Windows 10 with the new UI. Today I finally just got tired of all the clicking to connect, and then the same to disconnect.

I did a quick Google search and most of them required the use of BAT files, which is ok… But not if you have many different VPNs you may want to connect too.

So during this search I came across rasphone.exe, this is located at “C:\Windows\System32\rasphone.exe”

All you need to do is create a shortcut to this on your desktop

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Change the Icon to what you would like

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Even go ahead and pin it to your taskbar, or start menu, up to yourself at this point.

But when you launch this shortcut you now get a dialog where you can select any of your configured VPNs to connect.

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Once you are connected, if you launch the shortcut again, you can disconnect.

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If you do want to pin it to always one connection you can use the shortcut to add some switches.

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like this, and it will always launch V – VPN connection.

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But for me the simple shortcut does the job for what I need.

Just wanted to share, if this doesn’t work for you more options to exist, and they work just as well.

Stay Connected with Edmonton VMUG

I want our community to be like this!

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Not like this!

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We are working to provide an option for everyone to connect with the Edmonton VMUG. People use different means to socially connect, and we have done the following to help!

Email: Edmonton@VMUG.com

Twitter: @edmontonVMUG

Meet-up: http://www.meetup.com/Edmonton-VMware-User-Group-Meetup/ 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4615988

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/254278611574863/

VMUG: http://www.vmug.com/edmonton

We can do more, but I think this is a good start. I don’t see the need for anymore at the moment, and of course I do have to keep all this updated Smile 

Now… What do I need from the community. I need you to be active and just pick one, only one to stay connected with us and spread the value of the community.

Please share!!

Life is about change… Another one for me

Veeam Backup and Replication has been a love of mine since I first ran into them at VMworld 2009, since that time I have not used anything else to protect my virtual infrastructure. To the point that early 2013 I started to work for Veeam. Let’s say that working for Veeam has not changed my feeling about the company or product one bit. If anything I think more highly of them today. Before I go into the change I am making, I want to say this has nothing to do with Veeam as a company or product. My family has decided they would rather see more of me…… very surprising but they seem to like me around the house, must be my stunning looks, no don’t think it is…. more honey “to do list” I think. Long story short, that leads me to leaving Veeam Software and joining Nimble Storage.

I figured instead of just saying that I was joining Nimble Storage, I should give some of my reasoning behind why Nimble.

I started hearing about Nimble Storage late 2010, when a couple of guys showed up to my office for a meeting with me and my Manager, at the time we were to invested in our current storage provider to consider them even though the product pitch sounded amazing.

In 2011 I started with a new company, after my first couple of weeks, I knew I needed two things, a better data protection strategy and storage. Of course the first thing I did was go ahead and buy Veeam and deploy. But the storage decision took more thought and consideration because at this time the storage start-ups were numerous. I started to scour the internet and do my research, and everything I wanted landed in the Nimble Storage playground. Went ahead and looked up my old contacts and called them in and ended up going with Nimble for my storage. I have condensed the story, if you want to read the rest I did a blog a long time ago “Nimble Storage My Story”

I have been asked by a couple of people, why would I want to sell a box….. Ummm found that very interesting because I don’t consider Nimble’s offering as a box. Sure it is a storage appliance, sure it includes everything you need for you storage needs. But one key piece of the puzzle those people have been missing is the way Nimble has been developed from the ground up to use compute resources as the cap for the amount of IOPs you can get from a disk subsystem. Plus the amount of features they have added at no cost to current customers, and no need to rip and replace the old hardware they purchased. It’s not just a box, it is a end to end solution for all your storage needs no matter what performance you may require.

The Nimble device that I bought back in early 2012 was a CS220, what did it come with?

  • Disk of course
  • 1GbE
  • Compression
  • Web Interface
  • Integrated Protection

Doesn’t seem like much, but wait to see what has been added over the last 2 years, I may be missing things that’s for sure…..

  • Scale-to-fit, and Scale Out (Add Capacity, Increase Cache and Compute, Storage Clusters)
  • Nimble Connect Manager for VMware/Windows
  • InfoSight (Your Dashboard for your entire Nimble Infrastructure)
  • Increased Compression
  • Increased Performance
  • vCenter Plugin (greatly reduces administration effort for VMware)
  • All Flash Shelves
  • New product lines (CS215, CS300, CS500, and CS700)
  • Cloud Storage Solutions
  • Not to mention feature enhancements (Triple Parity RAID, VLAN Tagging, Simplified Configuration, Role Based Authentication, and the list goes on)
  • Nimble Connect (Community driven forum)

Plus they have also talked about other things that are coming

  • VM/VMDK statistics collection inside of InfoSight
  • Storage sizing tool
  • FC protocol

Please look at the Nimble Storage presentations that just occurred at Storage Field Day 6 for more detailed information

Just to add to this, I have stayed close with the company that I implemented the CS220. When I was there we did add capacity to it by means of a shelf. They have recently upgraded the controllers to 10GbE, and also just added a CS300 to the infrastructure. The nice thing about all these upgrades, and changes, it never required one maintenance window or downtime. Even though the CS220 is over 2 years old today, it still benefits from the features and enhancements that Nimble has built in over the years, even more performance, and storage space savings.

This all comes down to why I am joining Nimble Storage. It is another great company that is adds innovation into their product line, and not just looking for ways to generate more profit. They care about their customers by providing extra features at no cost, and I believe one of the best support models in the market.

I look forward to watching the company grow and flourish, but I didn’t want to watch from the side lines anymore.

Don’t forget to head over to www.NimbleStorage.com and have a look for yourself.

Thanks for reading my ramblings.