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Rubrik : Check Backups Integrity

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Background Rubrik is good at doing backups, but in the enterprise world, backups are nothing if there are no restore tests planned. You know how boring this could be. Rubrik make backup great again by providing efficient and reliable sexy UI but the restore tests are still painful, time consuming and not appealing. Guess what ? Rubrik came again to another revolution : the backup integrity check !

Rubrik : Download MS SQL DB Files

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Background When migrating MS SQL database to another location, or even in the cloud, you may want to have the MS SQL database files. It might not be the current version of the running files, it could be what you have recently backed up on the Rubrik appliance. There is a way to generate and download the original data files from a Rubrik snapshot. But, what if you have 48 DBs on 3 differents Rubrik cluster ?

BBEdit : My Text is Blank !

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Background As you probably already know, I'm a big fan of BBEdit, this is - to me - the best text editor for macOS. It has all the features that I'm expecting from a text editor. Especially, when you are a coder, you want a reliable development environment. I'm not going to argue here why BBEdit is the best in class, if you are here, you are probably already convinced. The reason why you are here is because, all of a sudden, you cannot use it anymore because all lines of codes are blank !

Nutanix : NCP-MCI Certification, my Feedback

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Background It's been a while since I passed my NPP 4.5 certification. I've seen that a new branding plus full revamp of the Nutanix certifications just been relased by the Nutanix Education team. So I thought I should give it a try ! And after all, a new badge is always satisfying.

3D Printing : Filament runout Sensor

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Background Now that you have the perfect enclosure, you are looking at improving it ! One add-on you may think at is a filament runout sensor. There is nothing more frustrating than a failed print because your spool is empty. On the other end, sometimes, you are reluctant to start printing with a almost exhaust spool. Then, I have a fix for you !

Rubrik : Hack the API stack !

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Background You like to code, you like creating scripts, you already master the Rubrik API but there are some very specific API call that you can't do. You already tried the inspect function in Chrome browser to get the real API call. I would admit that it helps, but sometimes this is complicated to find the right piece of the puzzle. Stay tuned, there is more ! ;)

75k !

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We made it !  My blog just hit 75k hits with a daily average of 100 visis. This is amazing. When I started in March 2018, I wasn't too sure about the directions and the life time of this blog on the long term. So far so good I would say ! ;) I'm very happy of the outcome and the contacts I made during the last 2 years thanks to this blog. I hope you still like it and the knowledge share it give to the community. I have some stats to share with you, just for fun! First, the top 5 countries visiting this place :  The "Unknown Region is a bit scary ;) Next, what is actually making the audience, here are the top 5 visited articles :  I'm not the only one loving Raspberry Pi's ! Now, what are you using to read my blog, top 5 browsers : It looks like people understood that IE is a browser for you ! Lastly, what OS are you using to reach me :   Windows, without any surprise is the winner, but I'm quite surprised t

Nutanix : Non-disruptive Physical Memory Upgrade

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Background After a couple of years of service, your loved cluster is becoming old, there is no better way to refresh him than providing a big more space for VMs and services by upgrading the nodes' memory. I did that few days ago and now the cluster is like brand new. Let's do this ! So, for the sake of compliance, conformity and risk, I would like to share the official Nutanix procedure with you, so you know the real background. The official procedure is located here . Important to mention at this stage that the below procedure is applying to AHV environments. If you are running either vmware or Hyper-V, there are some additional steps described in the official Nutanix documentation. My cluster is a 5 years old 1050 with 3 nodes. Originally shipped with 128GB RAM. It was becoming slow and I wanted to test Calm so forget it with that so low memory figures. I decided to upgrade it to 256 GB per node. This is the status of the cluster before upgrade Hig

3D Printing : (the famous) Ikea Lack enclosure for Ender 3 Pro

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Background There are a lot of article on the Internet about this topic. How to "turn Ikea Lack tables to 3D printing enclosure?" This is a trending topic. But to be honest, I never find the one that takes your by hand from start to beginning. This is the challenge of this post and I really hope you will like it !

Nutanix : Create a simple VM with Terraform

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Background In today's world, we are always looking at automation. Automation is key to provide a certain level of self-service. With Nutanix, you can automate many things in many ways (Calm, X-Play, API scripts ...). But if you don't have the resources nor the money for this, there is another player on the market Meet Terraform Terraform is an open-source infrastructure as code software tool created by HashiCorp. It enables users to define and provision a datacenter infrastructure using a high-level configuration language known as Hashicorp Configuration Language, or optionally JSON. At least, this is what Wikipedia is saying about it.  You can either run Terraform in the cloud or on-prem (on your laptop for example). There are providers  for many different infrastructure like AWS, Azure, GitHub, OVH, ... and Nutanix. Those providers are maintained either by the community or the vendors themselves. Installation for macOS I'm using brew to install terraform, i

3D Printing : "En route" to the Next Industrial Revolution

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Background It's been a while since I'm overlooking at 3D printing. 3D Printers are becoming more and more affordable and reliable. Now, printing something is really easy for anyone who is a little bit DIY-minded. I have jumped into a brand new world who is eating my nights ;) Hopefully it just started with my summer holidays !

Mac OS X : NET::ERR_CERT_REVOKED

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Background You are a real upgrade nerd and you could not wait to upgrade your Macbook to Catalina. Yeah, this is cool (they finally dropped the dashboard!). But some anticipated edge effects just hit you in the face : Google Chrome is not able to reach your favorite internal website ! Indeed, Google Chrome does not allow you to bypass the self signed certificate error. Damn!

Rubrik : Managing Users From CLI

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Background I came across a challenge the other day. A new starter in the company! With 7 different clusters worldwide, not easy to handle (well - painful, waste of time, ... you name it). The pity is : our clusters are still using local authentication. I was sure we can automate this.

Rubrik : Deploy EDGE into Nutanix AHV Cluster

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Background You are a Nutanix customer but not in the vmware shop and you still want to make good use of Rubrik EDGE virtual appliances. The good news is : Rubrik EDGE can run on Nutanix AHV. But, some extra actions are needed to achieve this.

Rubrik : Using Token-based authentication for REST-API Calls

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Background With the raise of API-driven systems, the need of extra security appeared. When doing a simple API call using simple credentials like username and password you might face some security leaks like stolen credentials. When using a token, you have an expiration time so worst case if the token got stolen it will disappear in the cyberspace once his expiry is reached !