Philip Elder

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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 […]

SMB & SME IT Pro Ransomware Protection Guidance

The following is a list of things we can do to help protect our client’s networks from a Ransomware Attack or recover from one if someone does end up doing something they should not have. Train users to not click ENABLE MACROs. Image Credit: https://www.malware-traffic-analysis.net Remember, those little EXTERNAL flags […]

OS Guide: Slipstream Updates Using DISM and OSCDImg Updated

We’ve updated our slipstream guide. A link to the OSCDImg download via the ADK is now included along with some additional instructions. Crayon has been loaded and tweaked to work with our WordPress so the script is so much easier to read. 🙂 OS Guide: Slipstream Updates Using DISM and […]

Data Leak: 1.2B Unique People’s Worth

This news is more than disappointing: Personal and Social information of 1.2 billion people Discovered in Massive Data Leak The old cliché: Ignorance is Bliss Anyone else out there not know what “Data Enrichment” is and that there are companies out there that do this and then sell that information? […]