Philip Elder

59 posts

Veeam, StarWind VTL, BackBlaze B2 and a GFS Setup

We’re in the process of configuring our backups for no more off-site physical rotations. There are several ways Veeam v10 allows for direct to block storage but limited to Azure and AWS out of the box. Blog Post: Setting Up a Veeam to StarWind Virtual Tape Library Configuration We set […]

PowerShell Guides Update: Added New-VM SecureBoot Linux & Updated Others

We took some time today to add the following PowerShell Guide to our repository: New-VM Template: Gen2 SecureBoot Linux We ran into a snag installing the latest Ubuntu Server software with the .ISO refusing to boot unless we turned SecureBoot off. As it turns out, thanks to a pointer from […]

Setting Up a Veeam to StarWind Virtual Tape Library Configuration

After an evaluation of the various cloud storage vendors and their cost to store our backups there we decided on the following: Veeam Backup & Replication v10 StarWind Virtual Tape Library (VTL) BackBlaze B2 At the bottom of the B2 link is a calculator showing the savings over the others. […]

Office 365 SharePoint: Enable Document Library Versions

A key feature that has always been a selling point for SharePoint for us is in the Check Out/In, Versioning, and Review functionality. To set up mandatory check out/in and versioning log on to your Office 365 SharePoint portal with the admin account. https://YourPortal.SharePoint.Com Click Documents Click Edit Click Return […]

S2D ASHCI: Extend the Cluster Performance History Cluster Disk

This process may be needed as the cluster grows due to the Health Service creating a somewhat small disk to start with. The following PowerShell will expand the Cluster Performance History Cluster Disk as the initial configured size may not be enough down the road. Variables to change: $VDNewSize = […]

Azure Cloud Witness: Azure Advisor Security Warning for HTTP Storage Connections?

We’ve taken to deploying a Cloud Witness for almost all of our Windows Server based clusters whether Hyper-V, Storage Spaces Direct (S2D), or Scale-Out File Server. When logging on to the Azure Portal this morning we were prompted to check out a number of different areas by the Azure Advisor. […]

SSDs and Endurance

We have been using Intel SATA SSDs in server settings for a very long time now. We have yet to hit one server, all virtualization platforms, exhaust any of the SSDs we’ve deployed. We’ve also been deploying HGST SAS SSDs in production for a very long time now. Same story, […]

Server Core Based Exchange 2019 CU4 Install Error: The organization name, First,Organization, can’t be used because it contains invalid characters. Plus Install Tips

We are installing Exchange 2019 CU4 into Server Core 2019 for the first time in a greenfield setting. We a strange snag that turned up very little in the way of search results on the error. The organization name, First,Organization, can’t be used because it contains invalid characters. The setup […]

2020-01-14 Remote Desktop Gateway Vulnerability: PATCH. NOW!

As the subject says, there is basically an open door in the way RD Gateway handles incoming packets. Whether it is being exploited in the wild as of this writing is questionable. That being said, this is a bad one folks. Get those RD Gateway servers patched up. Oh, and […]