Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Veeam application-aware image processing

We had Veeam installed by a partner today.

It gave us a kickstart as I don't have that much time on my hand these days.  This by no means will hold us back to maximize our investment :-)

The consultant has disabled AAIP (Application Aware Image Processing) because the VM's we need to backup can't be reached by the Veeam software or vCenter over the network.

The documentation states

To create a transactionally consistent backup of a VM running VSS-aware applications (such as Active Directory, Microsoft SQL, Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint) without shutting them down, Veeam Backup & Replication uses application-aware image processing. It is Veeam’s proprietary technology that ensures successful VM recovery, as well as proper recovery of all applications installed on the VM without any data loss. Veeam Backup & Replication does not deploy persistent agents inside VMs. Instead, it uses a runtime coordination process on every VM that is started once the backup operation is launched, and removed as soon as it is finished. This helps avoid agent-related drawbacks such as pre-installing, troubleshooting and updating.

What does this "runtime coordination process" need?  Surely it needs a network connection to Veeam Backup server?

I asked this at the Veeam forum and someone pointed me to this very interesting blog entry of Luca Dell'Oca.

To my amazement this can actually be done even without network access thanks to the VMware VIX API.  You need to give the credentials of the "well-known" .\administrator or domain\administrator or disable UAC.  Perhaps this is not for every production environment but it is really cool technology.  I'm going to play a bit with VIX later on for sure...

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Alexion vs Belgium

I wrote about this story a few weeks ago.  It turns out the Belgian government isn't bowing to the terms of Alexion in this case and wants to negotiate.  Maggie De Block, the minister of public health is a MD herself and states the benefits of the drug (Soliris) aren't proven in the case of Elias.   She invites Alexion to come with a proposition.

Plastic Memories -ep 1

When you watch anime, you can't but notice its formulaic nature.   You have the hyped ones and then you have smaller productions, aimed at some group of fans. And every once in a while you get something original.

Plastic Memories is by no means a small production but somehow stayed under my radar. 
The screenplay was written by Naotaka HAYASHI, one of the writers of Steins;Gate.   Direction of episode #1 was done by Yoshiyuki FUJIWARA, who was involved in Attack On Titan.   Those are two of my favorite shows, so I decided to give it a chance.

Giftia are human like robots who have a limited lifespan .  The story deals with a crew that retrieves giftia when their service time expires.    Giftia are very much like us and after his first few assignments a new employee understands this is actually an tough job. 

In my humble opinion, the overall style of the artwork is too "cute" for the seriousness of the topic.  At the moment it's my only criticism.   Some owners got very attached to their giftia and we understand why.  The episode gets quite emotional in a positive (and for me unexpected) way.  It makes you think of lots of things.  What makes us human?  Can robots be used to take care of elderly people?  Euthanasia, loneliness, ...  

I hope the series can maintain  this quality.