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 more

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 more

PowerShell Compare-Hash Function

Quite some time ago I created a PowerShell function which allowed one to compare a given cryptographic hash against one locally generated to see if they match. Looking back on the old version (here is a link to the blog article https://www.bytesizedalex.com/powershell-cryptographic-hash-checker/) it is very much reminiscent of old school batch files. I decided now … Read more

VMware vCenter Certificate Management Default Values

If you have ever replaced VMware vCenter server certificates you will know that there are default values for common SSL/TLS certificate attributes, for example country code and organisation name. By default VMware have their own details for these attributes as shown below – Country – US E-mail – [email protected] Locality – Palo Alto Organisational Unit … Read more

Microsoft Nano Server Version 1709 Changes

Microsoft are making some big changes to their Nano Server operating system. I’m going to briefly cover what they are doing and consider how it might impact existing users and future plans for those of us who have not yet deployed it into a production environment. The below was taken from the following Microsoft link … Read more

Visual Studio Code and Team Services Integration

I finally got round to creating my colleagues and I an account on Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS). If you haven’t looked into it then basically it is the cloud version of Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) which is typically run within your own environment and managed internally. We have been looking to move … Read more

Speaking at Technology UG

Well I had an amazing time at Technology UGĀ in Manchester this week. Speaking was fun and hearing from the other speakers and generally interacting with the guests was a great experience. I would happily take another days annual leave to attend or speak at one again, maybe next time work will let me go without … Read more

Technology UG Event in Manchester

How exciting! I’ve been asked to speak at a Technology UG event in Manchester on May 18th – here’s a link to their website along with the event page. http://www.technologyug.co.uk http://www.technologyug.co.uk/Events/Manchester/TechUG-Manchester-Thurs-18th-May-2017 My talk has been titled “Running Production Hyper-V and vSphere – A User Comparison Analysis” and will cover our journey from a single hypervisor … Read more

Unexpected Large Page File Troubleshooting

This week one of my colleagues has been performing updates on our hypervisor hosts including those running Hyper-V. During this work we received alerts from our monitoring system to indicate two of the hosts had essentially run out of disk space, obviously a little worrying. We stopped the update process while troubleshooting was carried out … Read more