I recently ran into a fun challenge while working on an Aria Automation (formerly vRealize Automation) Windows Server build automation project. I needed to dynamically build a dropdown menu of Active Directory organizational units (OUs) for a user to select where the server’s computer object would reside once provisioned.
VDI is a tricky beast to tame with so many factors involved in deploying a successful service. More so, creating a successful service with an outstanding end-user experience is even more difficult. In a bureaucratic workplace with resource, time, and talent constraints, I often feel that the needs of a single user are secondary or forgotten about by the nature of the process. It’s easier to make broad strokes for the largest user communities over individuals with diverse and specific needs.
With these challenges in mind, I’ve created BgAssist as an open-source project to help VDI administrators create better end-user experiences. Even if not groundbreaking or revolutionary, it’s a step forward in pushing the capabilities of virtual desktop service delivery.
As I’ve slowly built out my home lab, I realized that while none of it is mission-critical, I’ve invested a lot of time educating myself and getting everything configured. Therefore – it should be backed up.
I began searching r/homelab for solutions and came across plenty of notable options (GhettoVCB, Veeam, Vertical Backup) until one, almost too obvious, recommendation slapped me in the face: Synology Active Backup for Business. I’ve become quite the fan of Synology products over the past few years. I’ve successfully deployed a fully-automated Synology powered backup solution for my personal and small business use. Admittedly, I’m a borderline fanboy at this point.