Veeam v8 – Changing Default Options After Upgrade

This will be a quick last post for 2014 – Happy New Year to everyone!

After working with VBR v8 few a couple of weeks now, I noticed a new option was added in regards to updating VM attributes.  There is now the option to append details to the existing attribute’s value.

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My Veeam Report v1.3 with VBR v8 Support

Find the latest version here.

I finally got around to updating My Veeam Report for VBR v8. I waited around long enough to hear other opinions on the upgrade and as far as I can tell it has gone pretty smooth for most folks.  After taking the plunge and playing with some of the new features available in VBR v8, I must say I am quite happy with the result.

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My Veeam Report v1.2

VeeamReport-v1_2Find the latest version here.

My Veeam Report v1.2 has arrived! With it comes a couple of minor tweaks and the addition of successfully backed up VMs. For those backing up hundreds (or thousands) of VMs, this option can be disabled within the User Variables section. In smaller scenarios it’s nice to see at a glance which VMs got backed up last night.

This will most likely be the last update prior to Veeam rolling out v8.  We’ll have to wait and see if any changes are needed for it to continue to work properly.

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Expanding the Home Lab – Network

homelab-networkHere we are again with another installment of the Home Lab series, this time with an upgrade to the network. My basic setup can be found here with an additional post covering storage found here. With storage now covered it was time to set my sights on a network upgrade. For years I have used nothing but off-the-shelf unmanaged switches but it was time to step up to something that could handle LAGs and VLANs so I could experiment and learn in the comforts of home. Without these two key elements it is tough to reproduce a production environment and equally as difficult to learn the most of what vSphere has to offer.

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Advancing the Function

AdvFunctionRecently I had to grab some general info on a group of VMs in a particular folder within vSphere.  Typical stuff like, Guest OS, # vCPUs, RAM, Disk, etc. I looked around my scripts folder as I was sure I had written a small script to accomplish this task previously but came up empty. No problem, I’ll just whip something up I thought. Then my mind starts racing, will the script output to csv? html? Excel? Word? I could include all options (and code) and let the user choose? What parameters will I need and how will I validate them? This script was getting cumbersome already and I hadn’t even thought about the simple info I needed to query. Then it dawned on me…all I needed was the data. I decided to strip the function down to simply gathering the information I needed. If I wrote a proper advanced function, then I could just return the gathered objects down the pipeline and from there format the output as needed.

Simply put, an advanced function acts very much like a standard cmdlet.

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