Virtual Machine Disk Alignment

Some of this information is taken from the excellent work that Ricky El-Qasem ( has done.   I have gone through and tested this procedure on a few machines with good results but please note that I do not take any responsibility for any damage that occurs to a virtual machine through performing these tasks.  My advice is to always […]

Veeam Backup & Replication – Full System Restore

The restore procedure for Veeam Backup & Replication v5 is really very simple, if you have suffered a system crash… as long as you have the correct files in place. I recently had this issue, I had Veeam Backup & Replication v5 installed on a virtual machine using the inbuilt SQL Server 2005 Express edition.  The backups are stored locally […]

Veeam Backup & Replication 5 – A review

Before Veeam Backup & Replication v6 is released, I thought that I would take some time to go through the use and features of Veeam Backup & Replication from a user’s point of view. Within our company we have been using Veeam Backup & Replication for the past three years, since version 3 of the software.  We had chosen the […]

Configuring a vMA Syslog Server

A similar post has been posted by Simon Long but this focused on ESXi 4.0, these instructions are designed for ESXi 4.1. With the following instructions you should be able to configure the vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) appliance to be used as a remote log collection server for ESXi 4.1. The reason this is required is because ESXi clears its […]


I thought that it would be a good idea to have a brief discussion about Tablets and my personal preference. As most people would realise there are a number of tablets that are out on the market at the moment.  Tablets are the new technology fashion accessory alongside mobile phones.  The success and the sudden rise in the tablet arena […]

vSphere 4.1 – Changing Path Selection Policy in Bulk

If you are like me, you will have come across the requirement to change the Path Selection Policy in vSphere.  For most people this is performed from the vSphere Client and requires you to select each lun for each datastore on each host and change the Path Selection Policy to either Fixed, Most Recently Used or Round Robin. This is […]

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