Error Lookup With net helpmsg Command

Microsoft provide a convenient command line tool which allows you to lookup error codes and be provided with the text description relating to that code. It may be something you’ve not come across before so this quick post will hopefully be useful. If you are familiar with the net commands (e.g net user, net localgroup, … Read more

HPE 3PAR Remote Copy Volumes Both Read Only

I recently ‘enjoyed’ working on an issue where a 3PAR remote copy group issue resulted in both virtual volumes entering a read-only state. I’ve seen a similar problem where both copies go into a read-write state which is probably more worrying when it happens. Let’s take a look at the problem, the data I had … Read more

Configure HTTP Strict Transport Security HSTS htaccess

I configured my site for HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) a while back and being satisfied it was all running OK I figured it was about time I configure my site to be preloaded in popular browsers. When I went to the hstspreload.org website to submit my site I received an interesting message – Unnecessary HSTS header over … Read more

HPE 3PAR Want List 2017

I still remember being impressed with the design and architecture of the HPE 3PAR storage system all those years ago when going through a tender process for a replacement SAN. Over time new versions of the hardware and software have been released and again I’ve been impressed and excited to see the new possibilities. I … Read more

Microsoft Visual Studio Code

Microsoft released a great product named ‘Visual Studio Code’ which should not be confused as another edition of the well-known Visual Studio product line. I recently started using it and have already suggested the workplace team deploy and migrate to it for any code writing requirements. I will say that as a team we will … Read more

HPE Discover 2016 Slides and Presentations

I meant to post this shortly after the HPE ‘Discover’ event in London last December but unfortunately it slipped my mind and it was only this week when I went looking for a particular presentation that I remembered. For anyone who attended the event I’m sure you had a great time and came away with … Read more

HPE Purchase Nimble Storage

Well this is an interesting and unexpected announcement – Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) are to purchase Nimble storage. This is in addition to the recent acquisition of Simplivity which is a player in the hyperconverged market. We already have 3PAR storage arrays at various price points with the current 8200 as the entry level with … Read more

Infrastructure as Code – The Journey Begins

I’m sure there are many of you who will be familiar with the arduous nature of spinning up many new systems on a regular basis. There is certainly a lot which can be done to automate that process but once the server is running (let us assume it is a virtual machine) you still need … Read more

UK Public Sector DNS Service

Today the UK government (via the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)) announced that the DNS service it has been working on for public sector organisations within the country is now available. This is an interesting move and I think it’s worth discussing. First let me provide you with some useful links for background reading – https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/news/uk-public-sector-dns-service … Read more