Windows Server

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Windows Server

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 Centre SSDs: No Power Loss Protection (PLP) Means No S2D Deployments

Reading this article on Serve The Home this morning: Kingston DC450R SSD Released SATA and 3.84TB Maximum. The Kingston DC450R SSD is being released with “Data Center Series” on the sticker. But, it does not have power loss protection (PLP) so how could this be? The suspicion here is that […]

Remote Desktop Services Vulnerabilities: Now what?

There have been a number of vulnerabilities published for the Remote Desktop Services protocol stack over the last little while. The catch with all of them is to have a RDP listener open to the Internet on any port with Network Level Authentication disabled or not available as it was […]

Veeam: Manage the SQL Instance Memory Limit

One of our standalone Hyper-V hosts was experiencing performance issues with the Remote Desktop Session Host that provides the company’s primary user environment. The main application running on the session host can be a bit finicky so we ran the gamut troubleshooting within the guest OS. The performance drags were […]

AMD’s Game Changer: EPYC Rome and S2D

A conversation on the S2D Slack channel brought about a realization that we are on the cusp of one of the bigger technology shifts in the CPU industry in a very long time. Since Intel incorporated Core into their Intel Xeon line many, many years ago where we saw a […]