PHD’s road to the Cloud!

A few months ago I reviewed the 6.0 version backup tool from PHD Virtual. A couple of months later I wrote a post on what’s new in version 6.1 . PHD has introduced their next major update 6.2 and I finally had the chance to review this new major update.



The installation

The thing I really love about PHD Virtual backup is the simplicity of installation. Once you have downloaded and extracted the zip file, the installation of the PHD virtual Appliance is as simple as deploying a OVF. Just follow these steps:

In the vCenter Manager window choose File and click on Deploy OVF Template… In the popup window Browse for the PHDVBA.ovf file and click Next


In the OVF Template Details window click Next


In the Name and Location window provide a VM name, choose the inventory location and click Next


In the Hos / Cluster window select the Cluster which will host the VM and then click Next


In the Specify a specific host window select the host where the VM will land on and click Next


In the Storage window select the Datastore the VM will land on and click Next


make your choive for the Disk Format you want to use and click Next


In the Network Mapping select the network the VM will be on and click Next


In the Ready to Complete window check all settings, check the Power on after deployment checkbox and click Finish


That’s it… The OVF will be deployed and when this is done you must install the PHDVirtualBackup Client installation package. After this you should reconnect to your vCenter server.

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Setup CloudHook

After installation you should change a couple of configuration settings to get be able to backup to one of the Cloud Storage providers supported by PHD:

  • Amazon S3
  • Google Cloud Storage
  • Rackspace Cloud Files
  • OpenStack/Swift

In vCenter right click the VM and go to PHD Virtual Backup –> Console


In the Console Choose Configuration –> Write Space and configure an attached virtual disk


After this is done go to Backup Storage and give in the cloud storage provider and fill in the details provided by the provider you’ve choosen.


After this I needed to finetune some settings on both sides and I was able to start doing a backup to the cloud…


First of all I would like to say to PHD: Job well done guys! As said in earlier posts “PHD Virtual provides mature, easy to install, and easy to use software.” Providing “Build in Data reduction”, “Assured security”,”Rollback Recovery”, “Flexible Retention” and “Forever Incremental Backups” you get a great product that works very well. PHD makes BAAS easy. Again, job well done.

Deep Security 9 Part 3: The Deep Security Manager

In part 1 we installed the VMware vShield part which is needed to get Trend Micro Deep Security up and running. In part 2 we created a database instance that will be used by the Deep Security Manager (DSM). In this part we’ll focus on the installation of the DSM itself. The DSM is the management interface used to manage and monitor the Deep Security environment. You will use this to deploy Deep Security Virtual Appliance (DSVA) instances as well as creating scan profiles, monitor the Deep Security infrastructure and more.

Let’s install the DSM now, first we’ll need to make sure we’ll have the right software (can be downloaded here):

After you’ve downloaded and extracted the Deep Security Manager files, doubleclick on the manager execution file


The Setup will start and in the Welcome screen Click Next


In the License Agreement screen select I accept.. and then click Next


In the Select Destination Directory screen Browse to the destination folder and Click Next


In the database screen select and setup the right Database setup (as created in part 2) and click Next


In the License screen provide your License activation code and press Next


In the Adress and Ports screen provide the FQDN of the DSM and click Next


In the credentials screen Provide a Username (MasterAdmin is standard) and a password and click Next


In the security update window leave the defaults and click Next


In the Co-located Relay screen select Yes and include AntiMalware and click Next


In the Smart Protection Network screen Enable Trend Micro Smart Feedback and click Next


In the confirm Settings click finish to install the DSM


After the installation is finished open a browser and browse to the FQDN (httpS:// of the DSM in the logon screen provide the username and password to log in to the DSM


After Login the DSM interface will look like this


In Part 4 we’ll install a Deep Security Virtual Appliance (DSVA). See you there 😉 And if you have any question please let me know.

The VMware vExpert 2013 nomination


Today VMware (John Troyer) opened the VMware vExpert 2013 application program. As a vExpert 2012 I know how awesome it is to be in this awesome group of people. I’ll quote John for what the vExpert title is all about:

Each year, we bring together in the vExpert Program the people who have made some of the most important contributions to the VMware community. These are the bloggers, book authors, VMUG leaders, speakers, tool builders, community leaders and general enthusiasts. They work as IT admins and architects for VMware customers, they act as trusted advisors and implementors for VMware partners or as independent consultants, and some work for VMware itself. All of them have the passion and enthusiasm for technology and applying technology to solve problems. They have contributed to the success of us all by sharing their knowledge and expertise over their days, nights, and weekends. They are, quite frankly, the most interesting and talented group of people I’ve ever been in a room with.

There are three paths that you can follow for becoming a vExpert:

Evangelist Path
The Evangelist Path includes book authors, bloggers, tool builders, public speakers, VMTN contributors, and other IT professionals who share their knowledge and passion with others with the leverage of a personal public platform to reach many people. Employees of VMware can also apply via the Evangelist path. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public or were in a language other than English.

Customer Path
The Customer Path is for leaders from VMware customer organizations. They have been internal champions in their organizations, or worked with VMware to build success stories, act as customer references, given public interviews, spoken at conferences, or were VMUG leaders. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public.

VPN (VMware Partner Network) Path
The VPN Path is for employees of our partner companies who lead with passion and by example, who are committed to continuous learning through accreditations and certifications and to making their technical knowledge and expertise available to many. This can take shape of event participation, video, IP generation, as well as public speaking engagements. A VMware employee reference is required for VPN Path candidates.

This year it is possible again to Recommend someone for the vExpert Title. When you know someone that goes above and beyond whenever it comes to VMware make sure to recommend her/him at this site: