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The Expert Guide to VMware Data Protection
Virtualization is a very general term for simulating a physical entity by using software. There are many different forms of virtualization that may be found in a data center including server, network and storage virtualization. When talking about server virtualization there are many unique terms and concepts that you may hear that are part of the technology that makes up server virtualization.
Virtualization is the most disruptive technology of the decade. Virtualization-enabled data protection and disaster recovery is especially disruptive because it allows IT to do things dramatically better at a fraction of the cost of what it would be in a physical data center.

Chapter 1: An Introduction to VMware Virtualization

Chapter 2: Backup and Recovery Methodologies

Chapter 3: Data Recovery in Virtual Environments

Chapter 4: Learn how to choose the right backup solution for VMware
The Hands-on Guide: Understanding Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012
Topics: Hyper-V, veeam
This chapter is designed to get you started quickly with Hyper-V 3.0. It starts with a discussion of the hardware requirements for Hyper-V 3.0 and then explains a basic Hyper-V–deployment followed by an upgrade from Hyper-V 2.0 to Hyper-V 3.0. The chapter concludes with a demonstration of migrating virtual machines from Hyper-V 2.0 to Hyper-V 3.0
The Hands-on Guide: Understanding Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 gives you simple step-by-step instructions to help you perform Hyper-V-related tasks like a seasoned expert. You will learn how to:
  • Build clustered Hyper-V deployment
  • Manage Hyper-V through PowerShell
  • Create virtual machine replicas
  • Transition from a legacy Hyper-V environment
  • and more
Hyper-V Replica in depth
Topics: veeam, hyper-v
When Windows Server 2012 hit the market in 2012 a new feature called - Hyper-V Replica hit the shelf. In 2013, when Windows Server 2012 R2 was released, the Hyper-V Replica feature was improved. This white paper gives you an in-depth look at Hyper-V Replica: what it is, how it works, what capabilities it offers and specific-use cases.

When Windows Server 2012 hit the market in 2012 a new feature called - Hyper-V Replica hit the shelf. In 2013, when Windows Server 2012 R2 was released, the Hyper-V Replica feature was improved. This white paper gives you an in-depth look at Hyper-V Replica: what it is, how it works, what capabilities it offers and specific-use cases.

By the end of this white paper, you’ll know:

  • If this feature is right for your environment
  • Steps for successful implementation
  • Best practices and much more!
Vembu Changes the Dynamics of Data Protection for  Business Applications in a vSphere Environment
This paper examines how to use Vembu BDR to implement distributed backup and disaster recovery (DR) operations in a centrally managed data protection environment with an ingenious twist. Rather than store image backups of VMs and block-level backups of physical and VM guest host systems as a collection of backup files, Vembu BDR utilizes a document-oriented database as a backup repository, dubbed VembuHIVE, which Vembu virtualizes as a file system.
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE In this analysis, openBench Labs assesses the performance and functionality of the Vembu Backup & Disaster Recovery (BDR) host-level (a.k.a. agentless) data protection solution in a VMware vSphere 5.5 HA Cluster. For this test they utilized a vSphere VM configured with three logical disks located on separate datastores to support an Exchange server with two mailbox databases. Each of the mailbox databases was configured to support 1,000 user accounts.

This paper provides technically savvy IT decision makers with the detailed performance and resource configuration information needed to analyze the trade-offs involved in setting up an optimal data protection and business continuity plan to support a service level agreement (SLA) with line of business (LoB) executives.

To test backup performance, they created 2,000 AD users and utilized LoadGen to generate email traffic. Each user received 120 messages and sent 20 messages over an 8-hour workday. Using this load level, we established performance baselines for a data protection using direct SAN-based agentless VM backups.

In this scenario they were able to :

  • Finish crash-consistent incremental agent-less backups in 18 minutes, while processing our base transaction load of 12 Outlook TPS.
  • Restore a fully functional VM in less than 5 minutes as a Hyper-V VM capable of sustaining an indefinite load of 4 Outlook TPS
  • Recover all user mailboxes as .pst files from a host-level agentless VM backup with no need to schedule a Windows Client backup initiated within the VM’s guest Windows OS.
In a DR scenario, Vembu leverages the ability to restore a VM in any format, to provide an Instant-boot function, When Vembu Backup Server is installed on a server that is concurrently running Hyper-V, Vembu exports the datastores associated with a VM backup as Hyper-V disks and configures a VM to boot from the datastores.
True 15-Minute RTO for Mission-Critical VM Systems with Vembu VMBackup Replication
Vembu Backup & Disaster Recovery (BDR) provides IT with a Disaster Recovery Management (DRM) system capable of meeting even more aggressive RTO and RPO goals than the previous release. For highly active database-driven systems, Vembu VMBackup leverages VMtools and VMware Changed Block Tracking (CBT) to perform incremental backups in 15-minute intervals with minimal impact on query processing. As a result, IT can limit data loss to 15 minutes of processing on active mission critical VMs.

The only way to recover a VM with full functionality and full performance without performing an explicit restore operation is through VM replication. Maintaining a replica VM, however, requires frequent and potentially expensive update processes that involve both explicit backup and implicit restore operations. To enable the extensive use of replication by IT, VMBackup adds critical optimizations to both restore and replication operations that dramatically minimize overhead on ESXi hosts and production VMs to just VM snapshot processing. Specifically, a BDR Backup server running on a VM is able to leverage hot-add SCSI transfer mode to write logical disk and logical disk snapshot files directly to a vSphere datastore, without involving the ESXi host for anything more than creating a VM snapshot.

A key a value proposition for Vembu VMBackup is its ability to directly read and write all backup and restore data directly to and from a datastore snapshot. As a result, Vembu VMBackup offloads all I/O overhead from production VMs and ESXi hosts, which is critical for maintaining an aggressive DRM strategy in a highly active virtual environment. What’s more, the performance of Vembu VMBackup in openBench lab's test environment made it possible to enhance support for a mission-critical OLTP application running on a VM using a combination of incremental backups for backup and replication. As a result, they were able to comply with a 30-minute RPO, restore the VM to a production environment in 5 minutes, and return to full-production level processing of business transactions—850 cTPS—in under 15 minutes.

VMBackup adds a new replica management module that enables an IT administrator to fully manage an initial failover and later finalize failover or failback with consolidation. In addition, BDR backup server simplifies all management functions by eliminating the need to run a separate client module on a BDR backup server, which becomes its own client within the BDR reporting hierarchy.

Vembu OffsiteDR Server: Optimize RPO & RTO While Enhancing DR Resilience
Vembu BDR’s data protection solution enhances DRM operations by eliminating all potential single points of failure for restore functions. Using Vembu BDR Suite, IT is able to replicate backup data from multiple BDR Backup servers to a system running OffsiteDR Server within their own data center. As a result, IT garners an alternate system from which to recover protected VMs and physical servers using the same procedures that IT administrators employ on a BDR Backup server.

The ability to configure and deploy high-performance VMs within a vSphere virtual environment continues to put CIO’s under increasing pressure to deal with the rampant bête noire of IT: business continuity. What started with Line of Business (LoB) driven Service Level Agreements (SLAs) requiring IT to meet rigorous Recovery Time and Recovery Point Objectives (RTO and RPO) has grown into an auditable ISO standard (ISO22301) and an emerging software niche for Disaster Recovery Management (DRM) systems.

For this analysis, openBench Labs assessed the performance and functionality of the Vembu OffsiteDR Server, a DRM device that increases the resilience of recovery processes. Their initial intent was to examine the ability to restore data in the event of a catastrophic failure in vSphere environment, including:

  • A VM running BDR Backup server,
  • an ESXi host, and
  • a SAN device.

The full capabilities of Vembu OffsiteDR Server, however, quickly revealed that the device had a much broader operational impact. With the installation of OffsiteDR Server on an external physical server, they were free to configure end-to-end backup and restore operations in a way that optimized RTO and RPO for all business-critical application scenarios running in vSphere test environment.

In openBench lab's test environment, the combination of Vembu OffsiteDR Server deployed on a physical server with a Vembu BDR Backup server deployed on a VM provided a value proposition that extended far beyond the enhancement of DRM recovery resilience. With OffsiteDR Server installed on a physical server, they were able to optimally leverage VM and physical server platforms to easily implement all of the data protection functionality provided by Vembu BDR Suite, leverage all of the performance optimizations available to VMs in a vSphere environment, and do so in the most cost-effective system configuration.

Virtual Machine Migration Checklist
Preparing for a virtualized infrastructure migration can be daunting, use the Zerto checklist to help you plan and execute your migration smoothly!
This checklist provides an overview to help plan a datacenter migration project and ensure accountability through each step including:
  • Communication: Maintain clear, and regular communication with everyone.
  • Scoping: Understand what makes up the application. Get rid of the unknowns to ensure nothing breaks.
  • Ownership and permissions: Who owns the server and application and who will test and validate pre and post migration?
  • Priority: Are there other projects in your way?
  • Organization: Checklists and spreadsheets: How are you tracking all of this?
  • Execution: How is the migration happening? How will the servers and data be moved?
  • Contingency: If something goes wrong, how do I back out and reschedule if necessary?
  • Tracking: Prepare for change. Track what changes need to occur on machines, applications, and infrastructure.
  • Data Hygiene: Cleanup the source environment
The 4th Era of IT Infrastructure: Composable Systems
Learn the benefits and limitations of the 3 generations of IT infrastructure – siloed, converged and hyperconverged – and discover how the 4th generation of IT infrastructure can transform your business.

Learn the benefits and limitations of  the 3 generations of IT infrastructure  – siloed, converged and hyperconverged – and discover how the 4th generation of IT infrastructure  – composable –  can transform your business. 

The composable infrastructure enables you to:

  • Tightly integrate server, storage, networking, virtualization, VM/container centric management and an application marketplace to create a high-speed infrastructure platform that includes everything needed to run applications out of the box – a single silo platform
  • Easily and independently scale network, storage, and compute resources on-demand, making it possible to run a wide diversity of workloads

Manage your infrastructure from anywhere through a single SaaS management portal

OneDrive for Business Performance in Non-Persistent Environments Using FSLogix's Office 365 Containe
An Independent Remote End-User Experience Performance Benchmark. Published on: http://www.rdsgurus.com/onedrive-for-business-performance-in-nonpersistent-environments-using-fslogixs-office-365-containers/
This whitepaper addresses the issue described in Microsoft’s knowledge base article “OneDrive for Business sync app isn’t supported for client sessions that are hosted on Windows 2008 Terminal Services or Windows 2012 Remote Desktop Services (RDS)“, published at https://support.microsoft.com/enus/kb/2965687. This is also true for RDS running on Windows Server 2016. To gain access to OneDrive for Business files, the officially supported solution for Remote Desktop users is to utilize a web browser. But most remote desktop users want to be able to use OneDrive for Business like they do on local Windows desktops.
Solution Guide for Sennheiser Headsets, IGEL Endpoints and Skype for Business on Citrix VDI
Topics: IGEL, Citrix, skype, VDI
Enabling voice and video with a bundled solution in an existing Citrix environment delivers clearer and crisper voice and video than legacy phone systems. This solution guide describes how Sennheiser headsets combine with Citrix infrastructure and IGEL endpoints to provide a better, more secure user experience. It also describes how to deploy the bundled Citrix-Sennheiser-IGEL solution.

Virtualizing Windows applications and desktops in the data center or cloud has compelling security, mobility and management benefits, but delivering real-time voice and video in a virtual environment is a challenge. A poorly optimized implementation can increase costs and compromise user experience. Server scalability and bandwidth efficiency may be less than optimal, and audio-video quality may be degraded.

Enabling voice and video with a bundled solution in an existing Citrix environment delivers clearer and crisper voice and video than legacy phone systems. This solution guide describes how Sennheiser headsets combine with Citrix infrastructure and IGEL endpoints to provide a better, more secure user experience. It also describes how to deploy the bundled Citrix-Sennheiser-IGEL solution.

Delivering a CI/CD Pipeline On-Prem - Solution Reference
In this solution reference, we demonstrate the ability to implement web services delivered through CI/CD using the Stratoscale private cloud environment. Specifically, we utilize an open source workplace messaging service, as an example web application along with Jenkins, an open source automation server which includes support for continuous delivery use cases. We provide an overview of our sample scenario, followed by a detailed deployment walk through that enables readers to easily replicate t

Modern enterprise IT teams are increasingly adopting cloud computing technologies as a foundational component of their strategy to deliver business value for internal stakeholders.

While public cloud infrastructures are often an initial launching point for experimenting with these environments, private cloud solutions are an attractive alternative due to their ability to meet specific functional and security requirements while extending comparable benefits. To truly realize the potential of these investments, however, organizations need to be able to instantiate their high value use cases via private cloud capabilities such as those offered by Stratoscale’s solution.

A critical area of responsibility for IT teams is that they identify appropriate solutions for line-of-business (LOB) applications to meet the requirements of the business units that they support. As part of this, they take on the ownership of deploying, managing, and accommodating the customization of these workloads as needed. Many applications capable of meeting LOB requirements today are packaged and delivered as web services due to the fact that these configurations offer multiple operational advantages including scalability and resiliency. In addition, they allow providers to meet demands from users that they be able to access application functionality seamlessly across their various screens including desktops and mobile devices. For IT teams, this translates into the need for deploying internal facing web services using their private cloud infrastructures.

As opposed to traditional desktop software which may be updated on an infrequent basis, web services engender a model where functionality is continuously under development. This implies that IT teams work closely with developers to ensure that application improvements are released to users in a methodical and timely manner. Continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines can be built to accommodate this interaction so that value created by developers can be rapidly and safely delivered to users in an iterative manner.

The Next Generation VDI Reference Architecture on Cloudistics Ignite
Desktop and application virtualization is one of the primary ways how businesses reduce CapEx and OpEx, improve time to market, efficiency, increase control, and expand connectivity. VDI enables users to now access their desktops hosted in a data center server as virtual machines, which can be accessed from laptops and thin clients. Although desktop virtualization has existed for many years, many implementers of the technology have discovered that significant hurdles need to be overcome to fully

Desktop and application virtualization is one of the primary ways how businesses reduce CapEx and OpEx, improve time to market, efficiency, increase control, and expand connectivity. VDI enables users to now access their desktops hosted in a data center server as virtual machines, which can be accessed from laptops and thin clients. Although desktop virtualization has existed for many years, many implementers of the technology have discovered that significant hurdles need to be overcome to fully reap its benefits.

This document defines a set of architectural blocks for building a multitenant, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure in and application services on the Cloudistics platform.
This document includes 2 major sections:

  • VDI Solution Architecture
  • Overview of Cloudistics Ignite Platform Components (Appendix A)
The primary goal of this VDI architecture is to enable service providers and IT departments to create secure, scalable, and reliable desktop hosting solution offers for small- and medium-sized organizations ranging from 500 to 1,000 users. The intended audience is hosting providers, and IT departments who want to leverage the Cloudistics infrastructure services to deliver desktop hosting services to multiple tenants.

To deliver a desktop hosting solution, service provider partners can leverage Windows Server and the Windows Desktop Experience feature to deliver Windows users a highly performant application experience that is familiar to business users and consumers.

High Availability Clusters in VMware vSphere without Sacrificing Features or Flexibility
This paper explains the challenges of moving important applications from traditional physical servers to virtualized environments, such as VMware vSphere in order to take advantage of key benefits such as configuration flexibility, data and application mobility, and efficient use of IT resources and highlights six key facts you should know about HA protection in VMware vSphere environments that can save you money.

Many large enterprises are moving important applications from traditional physical servers to virtualized environments, such as VMware vSphere in order to take advantage of key benefits such as configuration flexibility, data and application mobility, and efficient use of IT resources.

Realizing these benefits with business critical applications, such as SQL Server or SAP can pose several challenges. Because these applications need high availability and disaster recovery protection, the move to a virtual environment can mean adding cost and complexity and limiting the use of important VMware features. This paper explains these challenges and highlights six key facts you should know about HA protection in VMware vSphere environments that can save you money.

Achieve Secure Cloud Printing for Microsoft Office 365 and Azure
The Microsoft Azure platform offers an open and scalable Cloud computing platform as a service, providing a highly available Virtual Machine (VM) Cloud service payable on a monthly fee. For subscribers, critical services and server functions can now be moved with relative ease but what about printing, how realistic is that? This paper explores the topic further and considers what happens when subscribers elect to migrate everything, including print servers, offsite into the Cloud and pitfalls to
The Microsoft Azure platform offers an open and scalable Cloud computing platform as a service, providing a highly available Virtual Machine (VM) Cloud service payable on a monthly fee. For subscribers, critical services and server functions can now be moved with relative ease but what about printing, how realistic is that? Users are struggling with print file sizes and resultant bandwidth issues, not to mention security and compliance concerns. This paper explores the topic further and considers what happens when subscribers elect to migrate everything, including print servers, offsite into the Cloud and pitfalls to avoid.
Cisco UCS B-Series Best Practice & Deployment Guide
Topics: Tintri, Cisco UCS
This guide describes the Tintri best practices for a UCS environment with VMware. Tintri recommends cabling the VMstore such that one port on each controller is configured on each UCS fabric. Fabric A is configured to preferentially carry storage traffic under normal operating conditions.
Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers are a popular server choice. A typical UCS configuration includes a Fabric Interconnect (FI) with two separate fabrics, and there are some important considerations for configuring Tintri VMstore storage systems in the UCS environment.

This guide describes the Tintri best practices for a UCS environment with VMware. Tintri recommends cabling the VMstore such that one port on each controller is configured on each UCS fabric. Fabric A is configured to preferentially carry storage traffic under normal operating conditions.

Distributed virtual switching (dvSwitch) is described as the best practice for switching in the VMware environment. However, a separate appendix describes the configuration of vstandard switching.

Additional appendices describe design considerations for LACP, native VLAN use, and jumbo frames as well as configuration for the Cisco Nexus 5K switch.
Application & Desktop Delivery for Dummies
In this book, you learn how solutions, such as Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS), replace traditional application deployment with on-demand application delivery, and why it's right for your organization.
Applications are essential to the businesses and organizations of all sizes and in all industries. End-users need to have continuous and reliable access to their applications whether working in the office or remotely, at any time of the day or night, and from any device. With the advent of cloud computing, office desktops with installed applications (that had to be constantly updated) have become a thing of the past — application streaming, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and hosted applications are the future (and the present, for that matter). Application virtualization is an easy way to manage, distribute, and maintain business applications. Virtualized applications run on a server, while end-users view and interact with their applications over a network via a remote display protocol. Remote applications can be completely integrated with the user’s desktop so that they appear and behave like local applications. Today, you can dynamically publish applications to remote users in several ways. The server-based operating system (OS) instances that run remote applications can be shared with other users (a terminal services desktop), or the application can be running on its own OS instance on the server (a VDI desktop).