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Veeam as a vSphere backup solution

I’ve recently had the pleasure of implementing Veeam Backup & Replication v8 as a direct replacement for BackupExec 2012/2014 vRay edition.  BackupExec 2012 was a terrible product, which is such a shame considering how good its Veritas predecessor was.  BackupExec 2014 was just as bad; its low reliability and poor usability create a huge support […]

Configuring TFTP on Centos to backup Cisco ASA / IOS

Setting up TFTP on CentOS is actually very trivial (excuse the pun)! I find it useful for backing up config from network devices such as my Cisco ASA. Install tftp: yum install tftp-server chkconfig tftp on service xinetd restart

Stop BackupExec failing on corrupt files

I expect there will be a flag for this in future versions, but for now regedit is needed: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\VERITAS\Backup Exec\Engine\Backup [For versions 9x and 10x] HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SYMANTEC\Backup Exec for Windows\Backup Exec\Engine\Backup [For versions  11x and 12x] On the menu bar, select Edit | Add Value In the Value name field, type in “Fail Jobs On Corrupt […]

rsync backups

rsync can be used as an effective backup tool: rsync -avz –delete -e “ssh -i rsync/mirrorkey” backup@85.222.111.000:/var/www/vhosts/mydomain.com/httpsdocs /backup/mydomain.com If there’s a lot of data and speed takes importance over security, a weaker cipher such as blowfish could be used: “ssh -c blowfish -ax -i rsync/mirrorkey” Be careful with the –delete flag, it will delete files […]

Plesk 9 Backup Utility Broken

After an upgrade to Plesk 9 you cannot schedule backups and get the following error: Unable to update scheduled backup information: MySQL query failed: Unknown column ‘backup_time’ in ‘field list’ Just run the following and it will reinstall them and correct the database: yum erase psa-backup-manager psa-migration-manager yum install psa-backup-manager psa-migration-manager service psa restart

MSSQL Express Scheduled Backups

The Express edition of SQL server lacks automated scheduled backup functionality.  The following script will back up your databases.  It retains them for 7 days but can be easily edited: Create a directory called c:\SQLBackup and go into it Create a backup.sql file: DECLARE @name VARCHAR(50) — database name DECLARE @path VARCHAR(256) — path for […]

Configuring ESXi network coredump settings

Its useful to configure your VCSA as a network dump collector for when your ESXi hosts experience a PSOD, just make sure that the “ESXi Dump Collector” service is running on your VCSA.  The host configuration via ESXCLI is as follows: esxcli system coredump network set –interface-name vmk0 –server-ipv4 xx.xx.xx.xx –server-port 6500 esxcli system coredump […]

Appcmd IIS7 command line tool

Appcmd list sites Appcmd list site “sitename” /config Appcmd start/stop sites “Default Web Site” (or whatever site you want to start) Appcmd add sites /name:”Site 5” /id:12 /bindings:http://mysite5.com:80 /physicalPath:C:\inetpub\site5 Backup IIS config: appcmd add backup appcmd list backup appcmd restore backup It has much much more functionality – appcmd /h

POP3S IMAPS and SMTPS on Plesk

Setup SSL certificates for mail services (pop3s, imaps, smtps) on Plesk / Courier-Imap / Qmail Either get a certificate from a CA: openssl genrsa 1024 > host.key openssl req -new -nodes -key host.key -out host.csr Put the certificate received into host.crt or generate your own: openssl genrsa 1024 > host.key openssl req -new -x509 -nodes […]

MySQL repair corruption

for db: mysqlcheck -uadmin -p$(cat /etc/psa/.psa.shadow ) –databases databasename –repair for table: check table tablename; repair table tablename; repair can lose data so a restore from backup may be necessary.