For the first time since the Veeam Vanguard program was started, I’ll be able to join the Vanguard Summit! This event takes place next week (October 15th to 18th) in lovely Prague, Czechia.

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After playing around with Pi-Hole for a bit, and configuring some of my local clients to use it, I decided to go all in. I finally settled on an architecture and setup that looks like this.

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Pi-Hole is a nifty little software package that basically acts as a ad and tracking blocking server for your entire network. The installer silently fails on Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS Bionic Beaver, since it can not install dependencies. That’s not good, but hey, there is an easy fix!

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While setting up a new Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS Bionic Beaver VM (which will be used for Grafana and InfluxDB), I ran into a small issue where the /etc/apt/sources.list was close to empty

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VMware has opened the session builder for VMworld Europe 2018, and quite a few sessions are already fullly booked. Don’t despair though if you session is full, there is still a chance that some sessions will get additional slots, as well as the possibility for walk-ins at the time of the sessions. Odds are that quite a few people who have scheduled a given session doesn’t show up and that will open up slots for those waiting at the door.

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How to fix Error: Git must be installed and in your PATH! with Homebrew in macOS 10.14 Mojave.

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Software Recommendation: LuLu is a small, shared-source macOS firewall that’s finally reached v1.0. Unlike other macOS firewall solutions, LuLu is 100% free, with no ads and no trial version. I’ve been using it on my home Mac Mini for a while, and it works perfectly.

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I’m very happy to announce that I can now confirm that Headshot Studio @ VMworld will happen! Mainly due to Tom Dodds and 10ZiG, who has stepped up as a sponsor! This means I’ll be able to set up a small headshot studio, complete with multiple light sources, a background, and softboxes! Huge thanks to both Tom and 10ZiG!

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Another must-have book for system administrators and architects has been published! Designing Risk in IT Infrastructure By Daemon Behr This book wil help you understand what risk really is, a variety of different risk factors and how to mitigate them. Do you know what risks exist for a given solution, and why?

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Over the last couple of weeks an idea started to form, an idea that would try to combine two of my passions; The vCommunity and photography. In short, the idea is to set up some kind of mini-studio at VMworld Europe, and offer free headshots to those who might be interested.

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Over the last couple of weeks an idea started to form, an idea that would try to combine two of my passions; The vCommunity and photography. In short, the idea is to set up some kind of mini-studio at VMworld Europe, and offer free headshots to those who might be interested.

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VMware Cloud on AWS (vSAN) utilizing Amazon Elastic Block Storage (EBS) is an interesting one. Being able to independently increment storage in the VMC without adding compute nodes is a feature that has been missing, until now.

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VMworld 2018 US is upon is, and as per usual this means a lot of new announcements. One of them is vSAN 6.7u1 which comes with a bunch of new and useful features. This release mainly focuses on improved operations and maintenance, with a bunch of nice new additions.

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Another VMworld, another vSphere announcement. As all new releases, vSphere 6.7u1 comes with a bunch of new features and capabilities — yay, finally feature complete HTML5 client!

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Every now and then new vSphere related must-have books are released, and this month there is no less than two of them, namely the vSphere 6.7 Clustering Deep Dive and VDI Design Guide: A comprehensive guide to help you design VMware Horizon, based on modern standards.

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Migrating From Wordpress to Hugo aka The Long and Winding Road

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Goodbye Wordpress, hello Hugo! vNinja.net has been powered by Wordpress since it was launched back in 2010, and frankly it was time for a change.

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Like Sam and Simon over at definit.co.uk I’ve done a quick GDPR-related overhaul of the site.

Like the two English scholars and gentlemen, I’ve created the required Privacy Policy page. I’ve also deleted all existing comments on the site, and disabled comments sitewide — hopefully that’s enough.

Oh, joy.

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This is the third talk I’ve found worthy of publishing in the Awesome Talks series. Enjoy Simon Wardley’s Researcher, Leading Edge Forum, keynote from KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2018 called «Crossing the River by Feeling the Stones».

Simon’s presentation technique, flair and master of language is flat out impressive — and fun!

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If you boot your ESXi hosts from SD-cards or USB you might have run into this issue. Suddenly your host(s) displays the following under events: «Bootbank cannot be found at path ‘/bootbank’.»

Usually this means that the boot device has been corrupted somehow, either due to a device failure or other issues. Normally the host continues to run, until it’s rebooted that is…

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This guest post by Bjørn Anders Jørgensen, Senior Systems Consultant Basefarm, first appeared on LinkedIn.

Before you start on this rather long post, have a go at part #1:

 tl;dr

This is a long read. To get to the juicy part on how Intel potentially shipped pre-release microcode to partners, skip to section 3. The short, short version is that the official Intel microcode update contains newer microcode for Skylake-SP and Kaby Lake/Coffe Lake than what currently is shipping from VMware/HPE/DellEMC etc.

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This guest post by Bjørn Anders Jørgensen, Senior Systems Consultant Basefarm, first appeared on LinkedIn.

Disclaimer: This is a report based on current development as of 7. January, the situation is changing by the hour so read this opinion piece with that in hindsight.

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last week you will know by now that there is a universal design flaw in most modern microprocessors, leaving them vulnerable to a serious information disclosure problem that requires updates to all operating systems and processors.

If you are not familiar with the issue, start here: Meltdown and Spectre

Jan Wildeboer also has a comprehensive timeline: How we got to #Spectre and #Meltdown A Timeline

The issue has been known by Intel at least since June, and has been under embargo while everyone has been hammering out code to mitigate the threat and be ready when the embargo was lifted.

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Evaluating 2017

2017 Review

Keeping up with tradition (you thought I was going to say Kardashians there, didn’t you?), it’s time to evaluate 2017.

My list of goals for 2017 and the verdict is as follows:

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My good friends, and fellow VMUGgers, in Denmark is once again arranging the largest VMUG event in the Nordics in January 2018.

The Nordic VMUG Conference promises to be just as awesome as previous versions, just have a look at this speaker list:

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This is the second recorded talk published in the Awesome Talks series. This time it’s Scott Hanselman’s »It’s not what you read, it’s what you ignore» talk from Dev Day in Kraków way back in 2012.

This isn’t a technical talk, it’s originally geared towards developers but Scott’s message should resonate with everyone in the tech field. In general, it’s about how you can deal with large amounts of information. Lot’s of great takeaways here!

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macOS: Vanilla

Small, unobtrusive and easy to use. That’s a pretty good description for a macOS utility I recently discovered: Vanilla (non-affiliate link).

Simply put, this little gem let’s you hide any or all menu bar icons in macOS, while still keeping them easily accessible behind a small arrow:

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This is the first post, in what hopefully will turn into a series of posts, highlighting awesome talks that are freely available. There is a lot of great content out there, both inspirational and funny, and I’ll try to publish my favorites when I find them.

So here is the first one!

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Warning: Shameless self promotion ahead!

November 30th I’ll be joining Martin Plesner-Jacobsen from Veeam for a Live Webinar: _Veeam integration with VMware vSAN, vSphere tags and SPBM policies. _

Now that’s a lot of goodies in one place!

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When playing around with Royal TSX I needed to mass convert the VMware Clarity .svg files to .png files that I could use as icons in Royal TSX.

After trying a series of different approaches, I ended up with using rsvg-convert from libRSVG. In order to get rsvg-convert installed on my MacBook, I turned to HomeBrew.

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Myles Gray asked me how I integrate Pocket with Todoist, after my How I use Todoist post, and the answer is very simple: IFTTT. If-This-Then-That lets you connect services, and create rules (or applets) that trigger based on events in those services, luckily both Todoist and Pocket are supported.

Now, there is a bit of overlap between how I use Pocket and Todoist, but I mainly use Pocket to keep track of links I want to either read later, or use as basis for blog posts.

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