Data Protection Manager 2010 – Backup to [empty] Disk

When I transfered most of my VMs over to shared storage, I didn’t really have the time (or money) to build a respectable storage environment. Needless to say there are some VMs that are stored on non-redundant storage….but most are on at least a RAID1 volume. It was at this time I decided to install Data Protection Manager 2010 and start getting things backed up. Obviously I will be using backup-to-disk as 1. no tape … Read more…

SBS System drives running out of space

I have seen this issue more and more lately…don’t get me wrong, Windows SBS is a perfect solution for smaller businesses that can’t afford a more robust infrastructure…however – the nature of Small Business Server can be its downfall: all applications and core services running on a single server. Thus the problem: a SBS system drive tends to run out of space quick. Consider the following applications\services running on a single box: Active Directory Domain … Read more…

More plagued capacitors

Same story, different capacitors. The symptoms were “a loud pop, followed by the smell of burning plastic”. This PC was made by a certain small company that went bankrupt in 2008…it’s a P4 Intel board, so it’s fairly old. Removing the side panel from the case exposed the vented electrolyte: This failed capacitor was a part of the processors VRM – only one showed to be failed, but where there is one, there are probably … Read more…

An Exercise in Networking – NATing twice

And I don’t mean Twice NAT as on Cisco ASA devices. The problem: I have been using a PIX 501 as a gateway for some time. It works great – except for one small problem – it has a 10-user license. What does this mean? It means that if you are using NAT or VPN (or anything) there can only be 10 devices behind the firewall on the inside interface. The easiest way to see … Read more…

Scammers phishing by phone now?!?!?

I just got a call from 620-450-4497 which came up as Pratt, KS. It was some cheap recording stating that “My debit card has been lost or stolen. Press 1 to reactivate” Being that I just love hearing all the latest scams, I eagerly pressed 1 to “find out more about my debit card”. I was then prompted to “press 1 to continue or 2 to exit”- 1 was pressed again of coarse. I was … Read more…

Network Time vs. Hyper-V Time syncronization

I have dealt with incorrectly configured NTP in a domain several times – the worst case was where all client computers were off by 14 minutes from real time! Why did this happen? That happened because the GPO and w32tm settings were configured completely wrong and the authoritative time source for the domain was a local servers local hardware clock. The proper configuration for NTP in a domain is a whole post in itself, and … Read more…

Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 – Enabling Dynamic Memory

In a mad dash to “reclaim some of my memory”, I built a DC with some spare hardware, and begun the installation of SP1 on my 2008 R2 host – if you’re wondering why I did that, my [only] other domain controller is a VM. The install was uneventful – I ate dinner while it was going on. When I came back, the two VMs that I had left running were now saved, and SP1 … Read more…

Data ONTAP Simulator on Hyper-V R2

Prior to updating to Server 2008 R2, I had a 1.0 VM running the Data ONTAP Simulator. I had never rebuilt or restored it after the host upgrade, so I figured I would give it a shot. I still had the old VHD – but there was a problem – there was also a snapshot, and I had no idea if it was current, or what. After I created the new VM and added the … Read more…

BlogEngine2.0 Installed!!

Hooray! This site is now running on BlogEngine 2.0! The update went fairly well – the worst part was that I forgot that this needs an AppPool that’s running either .NET 3.5 or 4.0…and uhhh…neither were installed. So once that was resolved, everything went very well! I have not played with it at all, but I’m sure I will at some point. For now, the basic install looks better already!

Changing from IDE Emulation to AHCI

Recently, the second [Media only] hard drive in my HTPC started to fail – my Wife heard lots of good old clicking coming from it. So I checked the SMART status – which reported OK, but there was clearly something wrong with the drive. I also happened to be looking in the BIOS just to make sure everything was OK, and I noticed that all of the SATA ports were set for IDE emulation mode! … Read more…