How to Replace a Failed Hard Drive in a Synology NAS

Earlier this week I received a notification from my Synology NAS that a hard drive was failing. Right now in the middle of this COVID-19 pandemic, one thing I don’t need is my NAS down and the kids and wife unable to watch any shows or movies.

Luckily for me Synology has made drive replacement a breeze. Here is how to easily and very quickly replace a failed hard drive in your Synology NAS.

VMware vSphere 7 announced

VMware vSphere 7

Some pretty big news coming out of VMware today. The announcement of VMware vSphere 7 to become available May 1, 2020! One of the biggest item coming out of this news so far is that vSphere 7 will come in two options.

The first being vSphere 7 as we all have known it to be for years and then the second being vSphere 7 with Kubernetes which will be available through VMware Cloud Foundation and is a new generation of vSphere for containerized applications.

Other notables is that the flash based vSphere client is FINALLY no more! From here on out, only the HTML 5 will exist. vCenter Server on Windows will also finally be put to rest and new deployments of vCenter server will be done using the tried and tested vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) based on PhotonOS linux.

How to convert VMDK to OVF file format

Here is a quick and easy way to convert a VMDK to OVF file format using the OVF Tool from VMware.

  1. First download and install the VMware OVF Tool for your operating system.
  2. Open a command prompt as Administrator and navigate to the OVF Tool install directory:
    
    cd C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware OVF Tool
    

    vmdk to ovf command prompt

  3. Next, type in the following command to convert VMDK to OVF:
    
    ovftool.exe \virtualmachine.vmx \virtualmachine.ovf
    

    convert vmdk to ovf command

After a few minutes time you should you should see a “Transfer Completed, Completed successfully” message and your VMDK to OVF file conversion is complete and ready for use.
convert vmdk to ovf complete

Upgrade Synology DS1819+ RAM to 32GB

Recently got my hands on a Synology DS1819+ which offers a number of great features, one of which is the ability to support 32GB memory! Giving me more than plenty of resources for all kinds of Docker containers, virtual machines, and Synology applications.

In this quick guide I’ll detail how to upgrade your Synology DS1819+ to 32GB of RAM.

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How I backup my VPS servers to AWS S3 bucket

VPS backup to AWS S3 bucket

Lately I’ve been asked or seen questions regarding how to backup a WordPress site or VPS server. I know many use WordPress plugins, though I’m not a fan of this process.

My answer has always been that I use a script that backups up my website files and databases to an AWS S3 bucket. While I’ve shared the scripts with a few people that have asked, I figured I’d make a post and share the information with everyone.

In this post I’ll share my setup on how I backup all the VPS servers I manage to Amazon S3 buckets.

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