This is a guest post by Espen Ødegaard: I recently ran into a strange issue in my home lab, running ESXi 7.0.2, build 17867351 where Veeam Backup & Replication v10 reported the following error: Failed to create VM snapshot. Error: CreateSnapshot failed, vmRef vm-4013, timeout 1800000, snName VEEAM BACKUP TEMPORARY SNAPSHOT, snDescription Please do not delete this snapshot. It is being used by Veeam Backup., memory False, quiesce False

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I recently got an Elgato Stream Deck for the home office, and I’ve set it up mostly to control OBS Studio for a couple of projects I’m working on. Since I also have a couple of Key Light Airs, I also use it to control them. While setting it up, I figured I needed a sleep button on it, that basically locks my Macbook and turns off the lights in one fell swoop. Conceptually this seemed like an very easy thing to set up, but it turns out there are some macOS quirks that needs to be addressed for this to work. By default in macOS High Sierra, or newer, there is a predefined lock screen hotkey: Command ⌘ + Control ⌃ Q which works very well. In fact, it works a little to well as it turns out.

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VMware vSAN 7.0 Update 2 has been made generally available, and what is new this time around?
Disaggregated HCI, Durable Writes, Enhanced File Services, Efficiency Enhancements, vSAN over RDMA and more!

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With the vSAN 7.0 Update 2 annnouncement, and availability, a series of videos has been published, and here is a list of the videos I’ve found so far.

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VMware has just announced the general availability of the new vSphere 7.0 Update 2 release, which offers a bunch of new features and improvements. This includes both new load balancer options for Tanzu, as well as greatly improved security through encryption, better lifecycle management and improvements on vMotion speeds in high bandwidth networks.

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With the vSphere 7.0 Update 2 annnouncement, and availability, a series of videos has been published, and here is a list of the videos I’ve found so far.

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On the 23rd of February 2021 VMware issued the VMSA-2021-0002 security advisory and one of the issues it addresses is VMware vCenter Server updates address remote code execution vulnerability in the vSphere Client (CVE-2021-21972). This is a critical issue, and if left unpatched could land your vSphere estate in big trouble as there is already Proof-of-Concepts available for this vulnerability. So get patching as soon as possible! Of course, this can only be exploited if you have access to the VMware vCenter Client, so if the managment plane is isolated that helps mitigate the risk.

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vExpert 2021 VMware has just announced the list of vExperts for 2021 and true to tradition here is a list of the Norwegian vExperts for 2021. This year there is a total of 13 Norwegian vExperts, one more than in 2020.

If you want to be included in this list when it opens up again in June 2021, it’s time to start plannning. As a vExpert Pro I’m happy to assist anyone who wants help applying!

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I use Node-RED extensively for home automation purposes, in conjunction with Home Assistant. See the Home Automation tag for posts in that series. This post, however, is for a different use case and not home automation. For years I’ve been using Zapier to automatically tweet new posts for this site via the @vninjanet account, but that has proven rather inflexible and I wanted a better way to automate this, while adding features that Zapier currently does not support like adding specific hashtags automatically. I have been using the sites RSS feed as the trigger in Zapier, and wanted to continue doing that, even if moving it to Node-RED.

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Sonos Beam is my main driver for television audio, which is great, but the sound travels between the floors in my house so I want Night Mode to be enabled late at night. I also do not want to manually have to tweak the night mode settings, and figured that doing it on a schedule, from within Home Assistant was the way to go.

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Christian Mohn works as a Chief Technologist SDDC for Proact in Norway.

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