Patching Is Not Always Easy

I don’t go a day without a company e-mailing me about a product that will help with patch management, or claim it will somehow resolve all my GDPR issues that may come in the near future. Social media is awash with vendors and people telling us that we should deploy a patch immediately – that … Read morePatching Is Not Always Easy

Microsoft Exchange 2016 RAM Sizing Update

We’re currently in the process of planning to migrate our existing Microsoft Exchange servers to new hardware running Exchange 2016. Up until the past few weeks the Microsoft recommendation with regard to RAM sizing was to avoid going above 96GB total memory per server. I won’t go into the whole history of why this came … Read moreMicrosoft Exchange 2016 RAM Sizing Update

VMware VMUG

Well I finally took the plunge and invested my cash into the VMware VMUG Advantage subscription for a year. If you are unsure what that is let me provide you with some links and short descriptions below. https://www.vmug.com/ As per their own ‘About’ section – Officially launched in August of 2010, the VMware User Group … Read moreVMware VMUG

HPE CLX Virtual Machine Protection Fails

Recently a colleague was attempting to configure the cluster extension protection (CLX) which is required by our Active/Active HPE 3PAR storage setup. Our Microsoft Failover Clusters are stretched over geographically separate sites and the Cluster Share Volumes (CSV) are spread over the 3PAR storage arrays in each site. We use the CLX software to manage … Read moreHPE CLX Virtual Machine Protection Fails

NMAP Docker Container

I often find myself needing to leverage the incredibly useful tool Nmap which is used for network/port scanning and so much more. Usually I will find a server that I can justify installing it on and just leave it there for when required or build and leave a virtual machine running Kali Linux. I figured it … Read moreNMAP Docker Container

Replace Synology SSL Certificate with pfSense CA Issued

I recently made an addition to my setup in the form of a Synology DS716+ii NAS – I’ll probably write some more posts about it in the near future but for now I want to cover how I replaced the default SSL/TLS certificate it uses with one issued by my pfSense system. My home computer … Read moreReplace Synology SSL Certificate with pfSense CA Issued

Trend Micro ScanMail Virtual Analyzer Connection Troubleshooting

I’ve been working on our Trend Micro Deep Discovery Analyzer (DDAN in Trend parlance) and today I finally finished off the virtual image which it will use to sandbox suspicious files/URLs. Having finished that work I figured I’d take a look at integrating our Trend Micro ScanMail for Exchange (SMEX) systems so that e-mails can … Read moreTrend Micro ScanMail Virtual Analyzer Connection Troubleshooting

Updated Computer Name App

Way back in February 2016 I put together a small C# and XAML application which displayed the users computer hostname, IP address and Active Directory domain. This was to replace a tool used internally at work written in an older code (which still checked out). I had for ages talked about adding a little icon … Read moreUpdated Computer Name App