How to increase your Veeam backup performance on VCD by 10+x

Introduction The last two weeks I’ve been working on a big issue on our environment. On this environement a multitude of products are used such as Veeam, VMware Cloud Director (VCD) and vSAN as main products. The issue we had on this environment was that the backup performance hasn’t been …

VMware Cloud Director disconnected VC/NSXs after upgrade to 10.2.1

A very quick write up today. I’ve recently upgraded one of my VMware Cloud Director environments from 10.0.0.1 to 10.2.1. Once updated with the procedures that are out there (I will post a blogpost for this later on) I found myself with the following message after logging into the VMware …

Duplicate VM UUID because of VMware Cloud Director

Introduction The other day I received a ticket from a customer that mentioned that they had several VM’s with the same VM UUID. They noticed this while executing some checks on their VM’s. As you can figure out yourselfes, you should not want any duplicate UUID’s in your environment. So …

Veeam Office 365 Backup Onedrive “input string was not in a correct format”

The problem Today we have another fascinating error with one of our tenants in our Veeam Backup for Office 365 environment. This tenant and its jobs have been around for months, and nothing actually changed on our side, or the tenant side. But all of a sudden our customer wasn’t …

Fixing an invalid vCenter STS certificate while using ‘cmsso-util’

During an issue I had with my lab environment while using the ‘cmsso-util’ command to join two of my lab vCenters to the same SSO domain, I also had another issue which I will talk about in this blog post. Once I fixed the previous issue, which was due to …

Veeam 9.5 U4 with VMware Tools 10.3.10 issues on ESXi 6.0

I am not sure if anybody else had this issue recently. But I’ve seen some weird behaviour on one of our Veeam environments that is running Veeam 9.5 U4 and with VM’s that are using VMware Tools 10.3.10 or even 11.0.6. The problems seem to manifest on environments that are …

Where is my private key when using the vSphere UI?

Today a very quick post for anybody that is using the vSphere Client to generate a new .CSR to create a new certificate for the vCenter Server. I usually use the certificate-manager tool on the commandline, but I figured, let’s diversify my daily actions and let us use the vSphere …

Chicken and Egg problem with “cmsso-util domain-repoint” on vCenter

Today I came across a funny little issue on my lab environment. I was trying to use the “cmsso-util” tooling to play around and joining my second lab vCenter to the first vCenter Servers SSO Domain. You can read the following VMware piece of documentation if you want to know …

How to remove a stuck vAPP in VMware Cloud Director

Introduction This will be another quick post to let you know how you can solve a “stuck” vAPP in VMware Cloud Director (VCD). A “stuck” vAPP is a vAPP that does not hold any state, a vAPP that does not allow actions and a vAPP that cannot be managed through …

In-place upgrade of 2012R2 DCs to 2019

Although this blog is mosty centered arount VMware related topics I sometimes find myself presented with other challenges in the field. In this case I needed to upgrade a couple of Windows domain controllers to Windows Server 2019. However because the existing servers were bare metal and I had no …