Cannot delete selected backup, because it is in use #veeam solution

Drove me nuts for a bit. I had removed it from sure backup. The only place I hadn’t removed it from was the Application Group! Tada!

From this forum post

#Ravello #VEEAM and the chaos monkeys Part 4

So, I’ve been trying to install a windows OS inside my virtual ESX server on ravello. I’ve been sort of stuck, since when I go to boot the OS I can see the BIOS but when it goes to install the OS off the CD-ROM no joy so far. (Screen stays blank indefinitely)

I was able to use the same 2008R2 ISO and install in an ’empty’ ravello VM and have fired up that VM just fine. Current annoyance, mouse pointer offset issues inside the ravello console. I’m going to open it up so that I can just RDP in and that should take care of that.

Ok, so I RDP in an loaded the Client and then connected, and do you know what… it actually loaded the OS….

And then I went back to connecting to the Vcenters public address and now it works as well… I’m not really sure what happened. Some hangup with connecting to the ISO? Very weird. But now it works…


Ok, I have been able to replicate this. I went to build another machine name ‘ProtectMe’ with the goal of replicating this over to the other ESX server.


I’m still getting the ‘stuck’ black window when trying to initially load the OS from the ISO. Now I’m going to connect to the console from a ‘local’ server VM on the local 10.x scheme.

Yes, now all the sudden the console starts responding! Very, very strange.Well now that I have some working OS’s I’m going to install veeam on the one, and use it to replicate over to my second esxi server.

So this is what the server setup looks like


So, off to download Veeam. In order to get internet access to my veeam VM I hard coded the IP Address to, the gateway to and the DNS server to

After installing Veeam, add in the vcenter machine. Then add in the second esx server. Hmm my second server was having an issue.error Something caused it to purple screen of death. I wonder if ravello could detect when it is in a stalled state? Anyways time for a reboot. Hmm its still purple screening. Oh well, time for a new install of esx. VM’s are disposable

Now I’m going to configure a replication job of my ‘Protectme’ VM over to the second esx server.


And then I fire off the replication… This is it creating a replica from esx1 over to esx2.


And there you have it ladies and gents, a little bit of Ravello and a little bit of veeam!

#Ravello #VEEAM and the chaos monkeys Part 3

Ok, now let’s get some veeam action going. First up get a virtual machine running inside my esx host.

So, using vcenter I opened up the storage on my first ESX server and went to upload an ISO of server 2008. I got the

Failed to log into nfc server

Did some googling looks like I need to open up an additional port.

Ok, one annoyance when you go to add ports, you always have to scroll up to the very top to the hit the plus sign…. this gets really tedious when adding multiple ports.


hmm haven’t quite got that to work. I’ll just try FastSCP direct to the ESX host

Ok, that worked fine. Just turned back on SSH on the ESX1 and connected with veeam fastSCP (Probably is quicker transfer anyhoot)

… OK, no scratch that, I’ll just use the Ravello VM Import Tool. Strange interface bug though, If I have type ISO, VMDK selected it doesn’t show iso’s but when I flip it to QCOW it does??? go figure


So, now I created a VM, and set the cd drive of the vm to the host device so I can boot off the ISO.

After a medium amount of futzing I was finally able to connect to the console. The trick was you need to add the public address of the esx server. I think this makes sense because I think the console must connect directly to the VM? I don’t really know for sure, I just know it works!

gak.. Trying to boot off of the host CDROM doesn’t appear to work? So I’m going to try and mount the cdrom from within the shell and copy the ISO over. Wish me luck

Double, triple scratch that. Couldn’t figure out how to copy across from the esxi CDROM over to a volume. Went back to square one, now that I used the public address to the ESXi box to vcenter I was able to finally access the datastore, I am now copying the ISO across… I’m guessing this is going to take a long while.

Hmm well it finished copying, but when I try and boot the box no joy… grrr I’ll try another copy 🙂

Ok, this time around I used veeam file copy. Instead of taking 6 hours it only took 24 mins to transfer the 2.8 GB ISO so that is a great improvement!

Well looks like I have hit on some sort of bug. This post is pretty close to what I am experiencing when I try to connect to the console of the 2008R2 Box

(I also tried server2012 to see if it made a difference, but so far no joy)

I can see the BIOS boot, but when it goes to boot the CD-ROM to install the OS it just stays at a blank screen.

I’m going to try installing server 2008R2 in its own container and see if it can perhaps get to the console?

See next post.

#Ravello #VEEAM and the chaos monkeys Part 2

So now I got a couple of ESX servers, next up, how to get a working vcenter running on them.

Hmm, looks like if I install vSphere Client on my desktop and open up all the ports I should be able to connect to one of the ESXi machines and then import in an image of a vcenter server… Wish me luck!

Ok, using ports of ‘ALL’ I can certainly reach my ESXi server 🙂


I then went to Deploy OVF template, and choose the downloaded OVF file from vmware site.

OK… scratch that. I think an easier method will be to just create a vcenter as a standalone VM, I will tackle the nested vcenter another day.

I followed the instructions here for the vcenter install.

One tip, after configging the port forwarding, you will need to use https://yourVcenterIP:5480 in order to access the web console.

I was amused at the steps to suppress the warning message about compliance 🙂

And with that I have a working vcenter! (I added the hosts to the vcenter)


Next post, some Veeam, and maybe some monkeys

#Webex please consider installing in the C:\Program Files

That is all….

Or at least create a corporate install like chrome.

#Ravello #VEEAM and the chaos monkeys

Starting off a quick spin through Ravello. Ok, I got all registered up… now what

hmm I bet there is some way to import a VM image… although really an virtualized ESXi server would be more interesting.

Hitting the google, found some instructions here …

Ok, seems pretty straight forward, just drop an empty ESXi container and then attach a CD-ROM and install…. although wouldn’t it be nice if Ravello already had the iso there already to go for me…. hmmm could be a security issue though. Although I’m already trusting them with all the keys of the castle so… why do I have to drop an empty ESXi, how about I drop an already made ESXi 5.5 box… Oh well, I’ll stop my complaining 🙂

Pretty easy, go to the library and the upload an .ISO (I would have liked a drag and drop of the file into the window to upload, but it was easy enough to use.)

So, now I choose that disk image and attach it to the empty ESX box.

Choose Disk Image

This window could be improved, it’s hard to tell what you are able to click on. Radio buttons would be appropriate.

P.S. its hard to delete a box from the canvas. I expected to be able to right click it and then option delete. Instead, its hidden under the more button, bah.


Ok, published. Looks like I should press the play button 🙂 err, go to the console 🙂

Ok, firing up the console… that is just plain cool!!!


Ok, so now I need to do some tweaks to allow the ESXi box to be added to the same cluster. So it has you make some changes to enable SSH on the ravello side and then turn on the SSH on the ESXi box…. and then tells you to make changes. It fails to mention you should SSH into the box now 🙂 but anyways after futzing I was able to ssh in, and make the changes.

OK, so now I have two ESX severs up and running. Now for some fun.

See next post 🙂