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Veeam Error – The Specified item was already backed up or backup was not completed

Environment: Veeam 9.5 Update 4 Virtual Machines: Windows Server 2012 R2 Problem Hopefully this will help others. I received the following error when performing a backup of two VM’s.  At this point nothing had changed and typically a retry or active full will resolve the issue. Not in this case Processing <vm> Error: the specified item was already backed up or backup was not completed. Failed to download disk. Reconnectable protocol device was closed. Failed to upload disk. Agent failed to process method {DataTransfer.SyncDisk} Error: the specified item was already backed up or backup was not completed. Failed to download disk. Reconnectable protocol device was closed. Failed to upload disk. Agent failed […]


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Windows Server 2016 Core Build Notes

Lasted Updated: March.29.2019 This post will document my settings for a fresh Windows Server 2016 Core Build These notes will hopefully serve as the basis for complete automation in the future Building a new Windows Server 2016 Virtual Template Begin the installation process by creating a new virtual machine instance using vCenter Web Client and booting into the Windows Server 2016 installation media. Login to the vCenter Client or Web Client – Select Home\Inventory\VMs and Templates view Expand and select <vCenter>\<datacenter>\<Folder>\1.Templates\ folder Right-click, select New Virtual Machine, select Custom, and click Next Type Virtual Machine Name: TMPL-Windows 2016 STD Core, click Next Select Host\Cluster location: CLUSTER01, click Next Select Root of […]


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Windows 2016 – GISvc service not starting

Problem After deploying some new Virtual Machines based on Microsoft Windows 2016 i noticed the following error in the Server Manager Dashboard Resolution This turned out to the new VMware AppDefense that is found within VMware Tools 10.3.2 Since i am not using AppDefense i simply uninstalled that module


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Install Hyper-V on Windows 10

Requirements Windows 10 Enterprise, Professional, or Education 64-bit Processor with Second Level Address Translation (SLAT). CPU support for VM Monitor Mode Extension (VT-c on Intel CPU’s). Minimum of 4 GB memory. Install using PowerShell Open a PowerShell Console as Administrator Run the following command: Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Hyper-V -All Reboot the computer to complete the installation Install using DISM Open a PowerShell Console as Administrator Run the following command: DISM /Online /Enable-Feature /All /FeatureName:Microsoft-Hyper-V When prompted restart the computer  


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A general system occured: PBM error occurred during PreMigrateCheckCallback: Connection refused

Good day! I recently received multiple errors within my home lab when trying to vMotion Machines. A general system occured: PBM error occurred during PreMigrateCheckCallback: Connection refused  This is the first time i have seen this error in 6 years of Administrating a vSphere environment! Resolution: Various community posts pointed in the direction of a failed or not running service. in this case Profile-Drive Storage Service (I am using the VCSA 6.0) ssh into the VCSA Run the following command to check the status sure enough the service was not running service vmware-sps status To start the service: service vmware-sps start Once again all VM’s are happily vmotioning around! EDIT […]


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Configure NTP on the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) or Platform Service Controller (PSC)

If like me you forgot to set the NTP server correctly when deploying the appliances The following demonstrates how to add\change\modify an NTP source. As this is for my home lab i will be using the following – http://www.pool.ntp.org/en/ Open a console or SSH to the vCenter Server Appliance Login with Root Credentials Run the following to add an NTP Server ntp.server.add –servers ntp.pool.org Run the command to enable the NTP Server timesync.set –mode NTP To remove a configure NTP Server ntp.server.delete –servers ntp.pool.org To verify the settings ntp.get Note: that the command uses double dashes (- -) however they may show as a single line on my blog. Below […]