I made Veeam Vanguard 2022!

This morning I got an e-mail informing me that my 2022 Veeam Vanguard Renewal Nomination has been approved. Yes, I made Veeam Vanguard 2022! That’s is awesome news. While for the past two years, with Corona and Covid-19, community life has been different, it has most certainly not withered away. Quite the contrary, and the Veeam Vangaurd program has not been different. First, Veeam has made a great effort to support the community through all this. Secondly, the one in-person/hybrid event that was possible during all this (the Veeam Vanguard Summit 2021 in Prague) their care for us and our health was exemplary.

But that is not what being a Veeam Vanguard is all about, it does show that the community works to bring people together. Working, learing, sharing together builds community. And with the pandemic hopefully subsiding we will not have missed a single beat.

I am a Veeam Vanguard 2021
I am a Veeam Vanguard once more in 2022!

The Veeam Vanguard Program

I invite you to read all about the Veeam Vanguard Program here. If you are working with Veeam solution in any way, shape or form and like to share your knowledge it might be something for you! Veeam Vanguards come from all walks of life and backgrounds. What unites them in this community is their expertise in different verticals and in different disciplines. They all contribute to the community at large in different ways.

Honored, happy and humbled

As is often the case with awards and recognition it makes honored to be recognized, proud while also feeling humble. You must realize we all stand on the shoulders of giants. In the process of becoming an expert there is always the realization of how much we don’t know. Add in some “imposter syndrome” and there is no room for hubris. There is however joy of being part of the Veeam Vanguard programs. It means having the opportunity to spend my time learning along people that are the best in the business. Thank you Veeam and a big shout out the Rick, Nikola, Kseniya and the entire Product Strategy Team at Veeam for making this possible.

How to survive in the ever-changing IT world

How to survive in the ever-changing IT world

How to survive in the ever-changing IT world is something that all IT professionals and developers want to figure out. No matter how junior or senior you are, no matter what level of expertise you have, it is a challenge for everyone. At least if they are honest to themselves and others.

The IT world changes at a very fast pace and longevity of technology seems to be a distant pipe dream. The only thing that has tenure it IT seems to be considered legacy and tech debt. But is that always the case? There is flip side to fast paced changes. The faster things change the shorter they last.

The faster things change the shorter they last

Today’s IT world is changing extremely rapidly in terms of technologies used, hardware and software lifecycle management, trends, and hypes. I have always said IT looks a lot like fashion-driven show business.

Everyone strives to keep up with these changes, both individuals and organizations. Can they in the end, or will we outrun ourselves? If we can at what cost? Quality, longevity, minimal viable products, bugs, journeys instead of products, etc.

The skill sets needed to make this happen are grown and groomed, not produced at will. All this while investing in education and training is often only lip service as the requirements change so fast, the willingness to do so is diminished. And as such we make our problems even bigger.

Join us for a chat

How to survive in the ever-changing IT world
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Find out in a chat with Yusif Ozturk (Co-Founder and Chief Software Architect at
@VirtualMetric) and me how we view and think about these challenges. Companies must ensure their software is using up-to-date technologies and finding the best talent experienced with modern technologies. You need to adapt pretty fast so that you can survive. When a company creates a new software product and develops a new solution, everything changes in a short time. There are new programming languages, new frameworks, and new technologies coming to the market. One of the challenges that organizations face is the fast technology shifts, new skills needed, new experienced staff, etc. Maybe you will find some insights on how to survive in the ever-changing IT world.

There has been an error cropping your image

There has been an error cropping your image

Recently I was greeted with the following error on WordPress: There has been an error cropping your image. On Windows PHP 8.0 changed php_gd2.dll to php_gd.dll. That breaks picture cropping functionality in WordPress. How do I know? Funny you should ask! Well, because I ran into this issue soon after upgrading my PHP version to 8.0 on my WordPress blog server. Instead of success, I was greeted with the above-mentioned error message: There has been an error cropping your image.

There has been an error cropping your image

I was researching how to fix this and while I found some possible causes, nothing applied to my situation. So, I kept digging deeper until I stumbled upon the fact that in PHP 8.0 for the GD extension on Windows the DLL file name changed from php_gd2.dll to php_gd.dll. Read up on this on PHP Watch.

Fixing it

I needed to edit the php.ini file in PHP 8 and alter the GD extension changed from php_gd2.dll to php_gd.dll. In its extension-less format change to extension=gd instead of extension=gd2.

As on Linux the GD extension is loaded with the name gd.so, which means that no changes are needed on Linux

What I did was edit the php.ini file under C:\Program Files\PHP\php-8.0.3-nts-Win32-vs16-x64 ( I run the x64 bit version, if you also have the 32 bit version change it there as well).

I changed the following lines:

[PHP_GD2]
extension=php_gd2.dll

to

[PHP_GD]
extension=php_gd.dll

I saved the file and that fixed it. No need even to restart IIS or the web site, that was it. I could crop my files again!

Conclusion

It’s the small things that get you. In this case just a small detail, that might also trip you up. I just hope that this helps some of you out there. The good news is it was fixed quickly, and it was the first issue I had since upgrading to PHP 8.0.3. So far, so good.

Response and feedback about the Veeam hardened repository presentation

Veeam hardened repository presentation

It is great to get so much response and feedback about the Veeam hardened repository presentation. So, first of all, I thank all those reaching out to me in regards to the TechNine virtual user group session I gave on this subject.

Response and feedback about the Veeam hardened repository presentation
Immutability and backup chains – this was a well received presentation!

Most of you did so via the contact e-mail on my blog and not via a comment on the original blog post here. Many of you asked for a recording. Let’s address that first.

Where is the recording?

There is no recording. The TechNine user group tries to bring people together for the events and promote interactive discussions afterward. Hence, no recording is available. They do this to stimulate participation.

I did not make this presentation exclusively for TechNine, but they did get the world premiere. The good news is that I will be giving this session again and I will even be doing a webcast with my fellow Microsoft MVP and Veeam Vanguard Carsten Rachfahl about this. In the webcast, we will discuss the hardened repository at length and it will be published online.

So, nothing to worry about, you will get other opportunities to attend and you will have a recoding of the content reasonably soon.

Reaching out to me

Lately, I have noticed that my readers and social media followers seem to have gotten increasingly shy and do not ask their questions publicly via the blog comments section or social media.

That poses a challenge to me. While I would like to help you all individually, that approach just doesn’t scale. I have a job, family, life, and interest to pursue. I just cannot allocate the time to do so.

Veeam hardened repository presentation
I do explain this on my contact page!

Please ask you questions in the comments section of the relevant blog post and I will normally get to it. The benefit is that that public answer can help others as well with limited effort from myself. If the answer to a super interesting question is lengthy, I can decide to turn it into a blog post. That also helps all people out there. Thank you for being respectful of my time and sharing with the community yourself!