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Apple : Switching from Intel to M1

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Background Of course, you are all aware that Apple released their own CPU based on ARM technologies . I'm not going to tell you how powerful they are and all the marketing blablabla.. The reason why I'm creating this post is because some applications might not work in the Enterprise world. Since I'm a professional user, I need to be sure I'm all set and ready on my software stack. I will try to help you to validate yourself based on my experience

AWS : Create a macOS Desktop

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Background You ever wanted to play around with a Macintosh environment and never had the opportunity nor the money, you tried to virtualize one but never managed to get it working ? The good news is Amazon did it for you ! But, how to make it working ?!?  AWS recently launched the macOS AMI as part of their  bare metal service. It can be leased for a minimum of 24 hours and it cost USD 25.00 for 24 hours and next, it is USD 1.083 per extra hour. The machines are Intel  Core i7 Mac mini with 32GB of RAM for the moment. If you do the math, this is actually very expensive if you plan to use it on a long term. Some other websites are saying that after 77 days of rent, you actually match the price of a real Mac mini. So, use this with caution, for a week or so just a quick test, I think this is valuable.

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