HP 3PAR Grow a Virtual Volume

One of the virtual volumes used in a Microsoft Failover Cluster was almost full (~43MB space left) therefore we needed to grow the virtual volume (VV) to prevent downtime or should I say minimise as some VMs were already in a paused state due to insufficient disk space. The virtual volume in question was not … Read moreHP 3PAR Grow a Virtual Volume

HP 3PAR Cage Degraded and the Upgradecage Command

I came across a fault yesterday with one of the 3PAR arrays under my management. Logging onto the SAN with the management console I discovered one of the cages showing as degraded as shown in the screenshot below – As you can see cage0 is unable to report on the firmware status of either card … Read moreHP 3PAR Cage Degraded and the Upgradecage Command

Microsoft Server Best Practices Analyzer Scan Results

First off as an Englishman I hate the use of ‘z’ in this way… It should be analyser but Microsoft being a US company I suppose I can’t really complain. I recently reviewed the ‘Best Practices Analyzer’ (BPA) results on one of our servers and decided that a number of the results could be safely … Read moreMicrosoft Server Best Practices Analyzer Scan Results

Microsoft Azure

I’ve just gained access to the Microsoft Azure platform along with a small amount of monthly credits to spend. This is exciting as it will not only let me play with the Azure cloud service but also extend my lab environment to the cloud. Hopefully after some familiarisation I’ll be able to create some posts … Read moreMicrosoft Azure

Trend Micro Deep Security Remove Old Licenses

If you are running Trend Micro Deep Security you may at some point add a trial license to your management server. This is something we did to demonstrate functionality and help to build a business case. One problem you will encounter is once the key expires you will begin to receive alerts which you cannot … Read moreTrend Micro Deep Security Remove Old Licenses

HP 3PAR Battery Status

We currently have an active alert for a failed battery on one of our 3PAR arrays. This shows up in the alerts (see previous post) screen however we may want to see additional information. Log onto the 3PAR via your SSH client of choice and execute the command showbattery

This command provides some useful … Read moreHP 3PAR Battery Status

HP 3PAR Alerts

Let us look at how to review the alerts on a HP 3PAR SAN. CLI Once you have connected to the 3PAR via your product of choice over SSH you can use the showalert command to get a listing of the current alerts. If you wish to see help information for this command then you … Read moreHP 3PAR Alerts

List Windows Server Roles and Features with PowerShell

I’m sure for anyone who administers Microsoft Windows Server the Server Manager console is an all too familiar place. It does make it easy to add/remove roles and features however PowerShell is another great option that can really speed things up at times. So – what can we do with PowerShell to list the roles and … Read moreList Windows Server Roles and Features with PowerShell

Recycle IIS App Pools

We have a system which regularly requires the IIS app pools to be recycled, I haven’t yet gotten round to writing this in PowerShell or scripting with some form of orchestration software. For now it’s just a good old batch script. I’m going to remove most of the script and just leave the important lines … Read moreRecycle IIS App Pools

WSUS – DMZ Server

I have a virtual machine in a DMZ which is not part of my Active Directory domain however I want to configure it to point at my internal Windows Server Update Services VM (WSUS) server for patching. If it had been in AD I would have deployed a GPO however that not being an option I … Read moreWSUS – DMZ Server