Weekly Veeam R&D Forums Digest

Whether you use Veeam or not, it’s a _really_ good idea to subscribe to Anton Gostev’s weekly Veeam R&D Forums Digest. Veeam R&D Forums User Control Panel Anton always keeps us up to date on what’s happening with the various Veeam products whether it’s support issues, updates, KB pointers, upcoming […]

Apple M1 ARM64 – Parallels, Windows, and Office Caveat

We are setting up a new Apple MacBook Air with the M1 ARM64 based processor. There are a couple of caveats when it comes to setting up Windows and Office on the new chip: Parallels for ARM64 is in Beta Mode Windows for ARM64 is in Beta Mode The same […]

Printing Woes – Troubles with Drivers and BSODs (Blue Screens of Death)

We’ve been seeing mention of issues with printer and/or MFP drivers being the source of conflict with the current as of this writing Windows 10 20H2 cumulative update. Microsoft has released two out-of-band updates to try and address the problems being seen. What doesn’t seem to be clear is whether […]

Azure Stack HCI/Storage Spaces Direct: Optimal Network Configuration

There are many ways one can go about setting up the networking for an Azure Stack HCI (ASHCI)/Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) cluster. TL;DR Our rule of thumb is to start with four 25GbE ports via two network adapters for multiple nodes requiring switches or even in smaller […]

Dyslexic Reading Heaven: Kindle Font: OpenDyslexic

On the Kindle Paperwhite we found the following font: kindle: OpenDyslexic Font Family For those that have dealt with the process of learning to cope with and work with dyslexia this font is a life saver. It makes reading so much easier on the brain allowing for longer reads before […]

Lessons Learned: Rack Enclosures: PDUs, PDU Cables, and Cable Ties

This is what one of our Proof-of-Concept (PoC) rack enclosures looked like before we were finished buttoning things up: Four Node Storage Spaces Direct Cluster with Mellanox 40GbE RoCE Fabric In the end, we did a decent job of wrapping and coiling the massive 40GbE cables and the 250V PDU […]

Windows 10: WiFi Download Speeds Stall

There is an issue with Receive Segment Coalescing (RSC) on Windows 10 that causes download speeds to stall while connected via WiFi. Steps to disable Rsc using Microsoft’s automated tool: 1) Download the “.diagcab” file located here: https://aka.ms/diag_cssemerg11005 (UPDATE 2021-03-17: Link is dead) 2) Run it, and let it see […]

Custom Build S2D: The Elusive SlimSAS 8x (SFF-8654) Cable

Server and workstation boards have had SlimSAS 8x connectors for dual NVMe drive setups for quite a long time now. ASRock Rack EPC621D6U-2T16R (BTO Board) The SlimSAS SFF-8654 connector is to the right of the PCIe x16 slot. When they started appearing on server and workstation boards, we began trying […]