Veeam Giveaway Awesomeness!!

Wow I’ve got some great stuff to bring to you thanks to the fine folks at Veeam Software! There is a really cool contest with prizes including Microsoft Surface tablets, Apple iPads, and FREE passes to TechEd2013 and VMworld2013!

All that you have to do to enter is go to the Contest Page at Veeam and fill out your registration form. No purchase necessary!


Not only are there great prizes available, but this is a monthly drawing so you have multiple chances to win between October 2012 and August 2013. How cool is that?

So drop by the contest site here, fill out your registration and follow @Veeam to see the contest results and keep up on the latest news and events from Veeam Software.


Upcoming event – November 6th VMUG presentation: BCP Solutions for VMware Environments

That’s right folks, it’s presentation time! Come one, come all to the November 6th Toronto VMUG event and be a part of the great community. I’ll be speaking at the conference along with Pure Storage and Mcafee.

The presentation is going to titled “BCP Solutions for VMware Environments: Double-Take, Veeam and vSphere Replication”. I’m going to be bringing you some real-world examples of how environments have been protected using each solution and how you can leverage each of the tools for your needs.

Big Giveaways!!

Not only will I be giving you proven solutions to use these great tools, but we also have some amazing giveaways which will be at the event. Very cool! Big thanks go out to both Veeam and Vision Solutions for bringing excitement and support to our community!

Prizes include a full copy of Double-Take Move (Retail value of $295.00!) and VeeamZip USB Drives with the awesome Veeam Backup Free Edition software.

About the Products

Double-Take by Vision Solutions

The product that will be presented as part of the solution strategy is Double-Take Availability. The Availability product is part of the overall Double-Take suite of products. Double-Take Availability provides application aware, asynchronous, block-level replication that can be configured for file, folder, volume or full server protection. And that’s just the beginning!

Veeam Backup Free Edition by Veeam Software

Trust me, you need this product. Why? It’s free, and it’s awesome. For managing on-demand backups, server migrations, lab builds and much, much more.

Veeam Backup Free Edition provides the same capabilities to capture live machine state in a recoverable vmdk format. The tool gives you a taste of the real power which is when you engage the full Veeam Backup

vSphere Replication by VMware

VMware has taken their native replication product as delivered within SRM 4.0 and they have made it part of the vSphere product suite out of the box for Essentials Plus Edition and higher. By adding a replication suite with a native vCenter plugin they have made a huge leap towards being a total end-to-end product and protection suite.

Get Registered!

If you haven’t already been registered for the event, make sure you contact Angelo Luciani or reach out through the Toronto VMUG site. I’m always amazed by the great things that I get from the VMUG community. Not only do you get a chance to get some great products, but you have access to amazing presentations, real product experts and solution experts from the industry and you are among a community of your peers who can share knowledge and provide guidance from their own experiences.

It’s a win-win all around! Can’t wait for it and I hope to see you all there!


Toronto VMUG – August 14th Recap

Another great set of presentations took place today at the Toronto VMUG. As a regular to the events myself, I am really getting to enjoy seeing some familiar faces, and there are always some new ones each event which is a great sign.

This was a half-day event featuring two vendor presentations, and a VMUG community member presentation. We have been able to have 3 community members present at our local meetings over the last 3 sessions (including yours truly) and I think that this is a testament to the great people who come out and what the community has to offer for all to share.

First up today was Nimble Storage speaking about their flash optimized storage appliance which, if you haven’t seen it already, should impress you. The storage game has changed drastically over the last few short years and Nimble has come in as a feature player despite being a relatively young company.

I really like their scale-out capability, and the entire product line is able to be managed with a single interface (no, I did not say single pane of glass…I would never say that) and the ability to cluster and extend the units to ramp up your storage on-demand is very cool.

The presentation was a nice deep dive into the technology and use cases which was really great. Glenn Stewart (Senior Systems Engineer from Nimble Storage) was able to field a variety of deep technical questions with ease which is one of the things we love as VMUG community members. Being able to get into the real detail of products and services really adds value to everyone there.

For information about Nimble, please visit their website at and follow them on Twitter @NimbleStorage to stay up to date with the latest news and information. Their team are knowledgeable and personable and you certainly won’t be disappointed.

Next up was Dell Wyse (aka Wyse) which was a presentation about the endpoint product line including the P20 and T10 specifically. Kudos on a great presentation by Joshua Hutchins which also went straight to the depth that the audience wanted. We were given an overview of the Wyse organization with respect to the Dell acquisition, and a really great top level view of the product line.

The Dell Wyse P20 is their PCoIP device which is a wired ethernet zero-client device that has many excellent features, not least of which is the mere 15 Watts of power consumption during operation. As this is a VMUG presentation, we obviously concentrated on the VMware View capabilities, and there was talk of some upcoming announcements at the VMworld 2012 in San Francisco this month so keep your eyes on the Twitter feeds for that info!

Dell Wyse P20

Next we looked at the Dell Wyse T10 unit which is a wired/wireless ThinOS device that is currently non-PCoIP, but with a lower price point, you may find that it does just what you need. Like its P20 cousin, it runs with no moving parts, no cooling required and an almost insignificant 7.5 Watts average consumption.

Dell Wyse T10

We also quickly touched on two of the other products which were the larger Windows Embedded line and the portable Dell Wyse X50 series laptop line. For the larger scale implementation such as more than 2 monitors, you will need to go to the more hearty devices and for the Local-Mode VDI configurations you can use the X50 for offline desktops which lets you have the freedom to roam and then simply check-in the image when connected to your corporate environment.

Again, the depth of detail was great and Joshua handled all of our questions very well. For more information on the Dell Wyse products, please visit the Dell Wyse website and follow @Wyse on Twitter. Reach out to them for a demo and you can work with their sales engineers to get some hands on time and see how the products can fit your organization.

To close out, we had Sam Webb, one of our VMUG community members give a great presentation about automation and how to get efficiencies with virtualiztion using really cool products like Chef.

No, not that Chef

If you haven’t had any exposure to Chef ( I highly recommend that you dive in and take a look. Sam gave some real-life scenarios where Chef was put into use and really did a great job of guiding us through the pros of moving towards better automation and how this product plays up against other players like Puppet and vCenter Orchestrator.

As a long-time fan of any type of automation I will most definitely be taking a deeper look into the Chef toolkit and how it may come into play for future projects.

Lastly we had a couple of great giveaways including the Automating vSphere with VMware vCenter Orchestrator by Cody Bunch, Administering Site Recovery Manager 5.0 by Mike Laverick and the VMware Cookbook by Matthew Helmke and Ryan Troy (which I recently reviewed here).

We were able to close out the event with a lunch together for a few participants and  all in all I have to say it was a good day. Thanks again to Glenn and Frank from Nimble Storage, Joshua from Dell Wyse, Sam and of course to Angelo Luciani for putting it all together. And huge thanks to the Toronto VMUG community!

See you all at the next one!


Welcome Veeam to the DiscoPosse!

Please join me in welcoming Veeam Software ( as a sponsor to the DiscoPosse website. I’ve been working with the Veeam products in my lab as well as using the Veeam Backup Free Edition for production backups and cross-datacenter migrations which has really impressed me with its great features and ease of use.

For those of you who haven’t already been introduced to the Veeam products, you will find some really amazing tools. Look here for much more exciting information about the Veeam Backup suite and don’t forget to reach out to them on Twitter @veeam and look for them at VMworld 2012 and many other events: 

And did I mention its FREE!!! Seriously….Free! It doesn’t get much cooler than that 🙂