Randomize your Veeam backups via PowerShell

I’m about to write about randomly staggering your Veeam backups, which is abnormal. Most backup administrators want each and every backup to occur exactly at the same time on the same day. There are several good reasons to have predictable backups. Backups are scheduled to occur after hours when systems are less busy Backups are […]

Veeam PowerShell inconsistencies

I enjoy using Microsoft Windows PowerShell. I think it is great that more third-parties are creating PowerShell interfaces to their own products. VMware has vSphere PowerCLI and Pure Storage has its PowerShell Toolkit. This week, I began learning and using Veeam PowerShell to manage my Veeam Backup and Replication servers and jobs. Unfortunately, I’m finding […]

Use PowerShell to change all Veeam backup jobs to Forever Forward Incremental Backup

This week I updated all of my employer’s Veeam Backup and Replication servers to version 8 update 1. One of the nice features of Veeam BR 8 is its new Forever Forward Incremental Backup method. The FFIB method produces a backup chain that consists of the first full backup and a set of forward incremental […]

VMware View Static IP Addresses for Linked Clones

I recently had a requirement to build a non-persistent VMware View desktop pool that acted as if the linked-clone virtual desktops had static computer names with static IP addresses. The reason was that the vendor of a particular clinical application ties its licensing to both the computer name and its IP address. If they don’t […]

Deploy software via Group Policy’s Scheduled Tasks

There are many ways for a system administrator to deploy software to computers on a domain. This post describes how to create a Group Policy that will deploy a Scheduled Task to your target machines that will run a batch file to perform the installation. You might ask why I would bother with a Scheduled […]