Paolo Valsecchi
Paolo Valsecchi
System Engineer, VCP-DCV, vExpert, VMCE, Veeam Vanguard, Author of virtual blog

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Posted by Paolo Valsecchi on August 19, 2021
VMware UAG: configure Azure MFA (SAML)

VMware users will be glad to hear that the latest Unified Access Gateway (UAG) versions provide the SAML-based multifactor authentication feature. Now, find out how to make your whole authentication process more protected with the solutions such as Azure MFA!

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Posted by Paolo Valsecchi on June 1, 2021
Migrating a Citrix XenServer VM to VMware

StarWind V2V Converter / P2V Migrator is a convenient tool for converting and cloning physical machines, virtual disks, and VMs across various scenarios (P2V / V2V / P2C / V2C / C2C). The software solution is free and compatible with all industry-standard hypervisors, like VMware ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V, Xen Project, and KVM.

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Posted by Paolo Valsecchi on March 11, 2021
VMware Horizon: grant permissions in Active Directory

Having a controlled minimum set of permissions in your Active Directory (AD) will ensure nothing will slip during clone publishing. Otherwise, VMware Horizon, when instant clones are published, can make unwanted corrections in the AD service account while creating computer objects in the target organizational unit. You don’t want that.

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Posted by Paolo Valsecchi on November 19, 2020
VMware Horizon 2006 upgrade from version 7.x

We’ve saved you a lot of time, effort, and frustration by compiling all the essential steps to take if you want to upgrade from Horizon series 7.x to Horizon 2006. The article covers the compatibility matrix, which features to uninstall before proceeding with the upgrade, what backup precautions to perform, and all the other good stuff.

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Posted by Paolo Valsecchi on July 14, 2020
Configure VMware Horizon 7 to access physical machines

The global lockdown has skyrocketed VDIs and remote client access through the roof. Ensuring that the remote working process is both performant and secure is key. Horizon 7 is one such tool, which relies on encrypted connections and different authentication protocols, assuring safe and controlled access to physical computers at the office.
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Posted by Paolo Valsecchi on March 31, 2020
Migrate Azure AD Connect to a New Server

Azure Active Directory Connect (AAD Connect) is a sync tool usually used to synchronize Active Directory accounts with the Office 365 environment. If the need to migrate to a new server emerges, you have to follow specific steps in strict order to migrate your AAD Connect tool first to avoid any synchronization issues.

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Posted by Paolo Valsecchi on February 13, 2020
Upgrade AD FS 3.0 to Windows Server 2016/2019

Everybody knows Microsoft is one of the flagships of industry, and as an enterprise with such a reputation, they intend to keep it up. Yet another new upgrade shows how you can find out for yourself in practice what new can offer Active Directory Federation Services for Windows Server 2019!

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Posted by Paolo Valsecchi on October 31, 2019
vSphere 6.7: hot migrate VMs to different clusters with vMotion

Not every company owns a sophisticated infrastructure packed with shared storage, virtual SANs, NVMe, etc. Migrating systems, especially VMs, in an average IT environment could create workload disruptions because you’d have to stall other processes. Finally, however, those days are over: vMotion can migrate your VMs while keeping all systems active and operational.

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Posted by Paolo Valsecchi on July 4, 2019
vCSA connected to dvSwitch is unaccessible after restore

VMware provides its clients with multiple useful features and tools, one of them being vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA). It is a preconfigured Linux virtual machine, designed specifically for the running VMware vCenter Server. Admittedly, that makes your life a lot easier, which is why you would not want to lose a connection to a virtual machine. However, that is what happens when your VMware hypervisor is configured with a Distributed Switch (dvSwitch).

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Posted by Paolo Valsecchi on February 28, 2019
Veeam: re-map MoRef ID of protected VMs when replacing the vCenter Server

“Object with reference <vmname> was not found in the hierarchy cache.” Have you ever met such an error message during replacing the vCenter Server configured in Veeam Backup & Replication? Or maybe in the case of an inventory change in the vCenter? A similar message pops up when a Virtual Machine’s MoRef changes. To complete backup jobs successfully, you need to re-map the MoRef ID of protected VMs, namely to keep same MoRef IDs for all protected virtual machines. How should that be done?

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