April 10, 2019 Vignesh Sathiyanantham

PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Set-PowerCLIConfiguration -InvalidCertificateAction Ignore PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Connect-VIServer -Server servername Get-VM -name vignesh-VM-1 | Get-AdvancedSetting -Name ‘disk.EnableUUID’ If that command returns no result or the value is false, you won’t see the disk serial number inside your OS. To Enable to DISK UUID, Refer this blog disk-serial-number-is-not-set-for-windows-server-2016-on-vmware-vsphere/

December 25, 2018 Vignesh Sathiyanantham

Storage capacity consumed by multiple unnecessary data copies costs businesses as much as $44 billion annually, according to IDC. It estimates that redundant copies of the same data ( copy data) account for more than 60% of enterprise disk storage capacity. The redundant copies are compounded by rational practices intended to protect the business with multiple separate copies of production data like full backups, disaster recovery copy, test and dev, data analytics All the extra storage comes at a cost, data storage isn’t cheap, businesses have to waste more money on unnecessary storage expenses. There are many Copy Data management…

December 14, 2018 Vignesh Sathiyanantham

Like every computer needs harddisk VM or Cloud Instances are no exception. In Amazon, EBS is the virtual hard disk for your EC2 instances, it stores data as blocks and it is like a traditional file system you can format it with any file system and use EBS is not a stand-alone storage, you cannot use EBS volumes like S3 and unlike VMware Virtual Disks you cannot share the EBS between instances at the same time. Until 2012 Amazon had a single type EBS volumes The magnetic standard volume then they had another two more types ( General Purpose SSD and…

November 19, 2018 Vignesh Sathiyanantham

Backup applications for the Virtualized environment back up the Virtual Machine at the image level and are not aware of what is going on inside the installed guest operating system. So before you back up your Virtual Machines you should ensure they are quiesced so they are in a consistent state to be backed up. Quiesce is to pause or alter a device or application to achieve a consistent state, usually in preparation for a backup. The quiesce operation is handled inside the guest OS, and for Windows VMs, the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) handles this. If you don’t…

November 16, 2018 Vignesh Sathiyanantham

VMware Virtual Machine snapshots should not be used as a primary backup, Virtual Machine snapshots are good for the shorter period. you can create VM snapshot before applying hotfix and delete after successful patching. When VM snapshots are created the state of the virtual disk at the time the snapshot is taken will be preserved and all writes to the VMDK are redirected to a new delta disk file (The delta disk represents the difference between the current state of the virtual disk and the state that existed at the time the previous snapshot was taken), and the original VMDK…

June 22, 2018 Vignesh Sathiyanantham

Data loss can be a common experience of computer users; a 2008 survey found that 66% of respondents had lost files on their home PC. A backup refers to the copying into an archive file of computer data so it may be used to restore the original after a data loss event. If a computer system is not having active IOs to the backup directory and we copy the data to archival location then we have a good copy of backup ( consistent backup ) . If a computer system is in use while it is being backed up, the…

January 22, 2018 Vignesh Sathiyanantham 1Comment

Recently, An Indiana hospital paid a ransom of $55,000 to get rid of ransomware that had infected its systems and was hindering operations. when attackers breached the network of Hancock Health, a regional hospital in the city of Greenfield, Indiana. Hancock Health CEO Steve Long said the hackers are believed to be in eastern Europe and may have used a type of ransomware called SamSam, SamSam encrypted files and renamed them with the phrase “I’m sorry”, according to a local newspaper who broke the news. The hospital said that despite having backups it opted to pay the ransom demand of…

October 31, 2017 Vignesh Sathiyanantham

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February 29, 2016 Vignesh Sathiyanantham

Shadow Copies  are possible for almost all volumes and not “all volumes”. There are few cases which the shadow copy may not work Enough Space The shadow storage volume must contain enough free space. At the very minimum you need at least 300 MB or so, for a single shadow copy, for multiple shadow copies, the space can increase more depending on the I/O usage. You can always run the command VSSADMIN LIST SHADOWSTORAGE to see how much space is used for the existing shadow copies. Only Fixed Drives Only fixed drives are supported. You cannot enable Shadow Copy on removable,…

May 22, 2015 Vignesh Sathiyanantham 1Comment

VSS hardware provider can be initiate and test using DiskShadow Commands Open the Powershell and Enter Diskshadow PS C:\Users\Administrator> diskshadow Microsoft DiskShadow version 1.0 Copyright (C) 2013 Microsoft Corporation On computer: WIN-VigneshDev, 5/22/2015 12:06:35 AM DISKSHADOW> List the Hardware Providers DISKSHADOW> list providers * ProviderID: {74600e39-7dc5-4567-a03b-f091d6c7b092} Type: [2] VSS_PROV_SOFTWARE Name: Hyper-V IC Software Shadow Copy Provider Version: 1.0.0.0 CLSID: {3e02620c-e180-44f3-b154-2473646e4cb8} * ProviderID: {89300202-3cec-4981-9171-19f59559e0f2} Type: [4] VSS_PROV_FILESHARE Name: Microsoft File Share Shadow Copy provider Version: 1.0.0.1 CLSID: {fce59da7-7bac-40da-8d21-3e7311ba51cd} * ProviderID: {b57190af-4567-4dd0-ad8d51abd60b20d5 Type: [3] VSS_PROV_HARDWARE Name: Vignesh Test Provider Version: 6.2.9200.16384 * ProviderID: {b5946137-7b9f-4925-af80-51abd60b20d5} Type: [1] VSS_PROV_SYSTEM Name: Microsoft Software Shadow Copy…