Vmware backup client pricing

If you're going to backup VMware clients individually via the guest OS, how the backup software vendor prices it is very important.

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Written by W. Curtis Preston (@wcpreston). For those of you unfamiliar with my work, I've specialized in backup & recovery since 1993. I've written the O'Reilly books on backup and have worked with a number of native and commercial tools. I am now Chief Technical Architect at Druva, the leading provider of cloud-based data protection and data management tools for endpoints, infrastructure, and cloud applications. These posts reflect my own opinion and are not necessarily the opinion of my employer.

Did I mention I hate forced web downloading?

I've just about had it with companies that force me to download their patches and stuff via pages that don't ever offer anything I can use via the command line. Continue reading

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Written by W. Curtis Preston (@wcpreston). For those of you unfamiliar with my work, I've specialized in backup & recovery since 1993. I've written the O'Reilly books on backup and have worked with a number of native and commercial tools. I am now Chief Technical Architect at Druva, the leading provider of cloud-based data protection and data management tools for endpoints, infrastructure, and cloud applications. These posts reflect my own opinion and are not necessarily the opinion of my employer.

I like tightly defined terms

Robin of StorageMojo replied to my blog entry about preferring the term de-duplication over compression.  I started replying in the comments, and decided to make a whole other blog entry about it. Continue reading

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Written by W. Curtis Preston (@wcpreston). For those of you unfamiliar with my work, I've specialized in backup & recovery since 1993. I've written the O'Reilly books on backup and have worked with a number of native and commercial tools. I am now Chief Technical Architect at Druva, the leading provider of cloud-based data protection and data management tools for endpoints, infrastructure, and cloud applications. These posts reflect my own opinion and are not necessarily the opinion of my employer.

De-duplication is not compression

There's a lot of confusion about de-duplication, starting with the thought that it's just compression.  It's not.  Read on to see why not. 

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COME ON! IBM? Losing a tape?

IBM lost a tape containing employee's personal information by literally dropping it off the back of a truck. Continue reading

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Written by W. Curtis Preston (@wcpreston). For those of you unfamiliar with my work, I've specialized in backup & recovery since 1993. I've written the O'Reilly books on backup and have worked with a number of native and commercial tools. I am now Chief Technical Architect at Druva, the leading provider of cloud-based data protection and data management tools for endpoints, infrastructure, and cloud applications. These posts reflect my own opinion and are not necessarily the opinion of my employer.

Oracle's incremental update feature (10g)

If you've got Oracle 10g, this is a really cool feature that allows for synthetic full backups inside Oracle. Continue reading

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Written by W. Curtis Preston (@wcpreston). For those of you unfamiliar with my work, I've specialized in backup & recovery since 1993. I've written the O'Reilly books on backup and have worked with a number of native and commercial tools. I am now Chief Technical Architect at Druva, the leading provider of cloud-based data protection and data management tools for endpoints, infrastructure, and cloud applications. These posts reflect my own opinion and are not necessarily the opinion of my employer.

Updated Joomla/Mailman bridge

The goal of this component was to first get the logged in user’s email address, then get a list of public mailman mailing lists that they could subscribe to.  It lists all publicly available lists, with a preselected button based on whether or not they’re already subscribed to that given list.  It allows them to subscribe via regular or digest mode.

They select what list(s) they want, and what mode they want, and click “Subscribe,” and magic happens.  They get subscribed, the web page tells them what happened, and they get an email telling them what happened.

Download the Joomla 1.5 version here. (It is not a native 1.5 component.  It requires Legacy Mode to be enabled to work.)

If you want to see how it works, you’re welcome to sign up to my site, http://www.backupcentral.com/, and log in.  You’ll then see a menu item called “Mailing Lists.”  Click that and you’ll see how it works.  Feel free to subscribe to and post to the mailing list called Testy.

Thank you very much to Stefan Haller who took my raw component and created an admin interface to it.

Install instructions:

1. Install the component via standard install procedures.
2. Point your admin browser to Components -> Mailman2 -> Config, and change the five or six config variables.

3. Make a menu item under your user menu
a. It should be of “Link URL” type
b. It should point to /index.php?option=com_mailman2
c. It should only be available to registered, logged in users
4. That’s it!

FAQs:

Does this require command line access to the Mailman commands?

No.

The component is installed and I configured it in the admin screen, but when I run it, I see “Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /home/accname/public_html/components/com_mailman2/mailman2.php on line 203”  What’s up with that?

So far everyone who has had this error has not put the right values in the configuration screen.  The most common misconfiguration mistake is to leave the http:// in the domain name you’re using to admin Mailman.  If your domain admin interface is http://mydomain.com, you should enter just domain.com as the value for the admin domain.

What about the 1.0 version.  Where did it go?

You can download the Joomla 1.0 version of the component here .  (This version is no longer maintained or supported.  You should seriously think about updating Joomla!)

Good luck.  I’d love to see how well you get on with it.

We’re still open to suggestions and welcome anyone who would like to contribute to the work.

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More changes @ Backup Central

Just a quick note to keep you abreast of what's happening at Backup Central: A lot!

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ASEMPRA takes CDP up a notch

I had a briefing today with ASEMPRA, and it looks like they've got something to talk about with their Windows-specific CDP product. Continue reading

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Why you should care about Netgear acquiring Infrant

Netgear is set to acquire Infrant technologies, a manufacturer of consumer and small-business grade NAS appliances.  Why should you care? Continue reading

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