BCDEDIT – Boot Configuration Data Store Editor

I recently had to troubleshoot an interesting problem which required me to reboot a server into safe mode a number of times.¬†While I was hammering away on the F8 key during the boot phase I wondered if there was a different way to change the boot menu to avoid the key spamming. That’s what brought … Read moreBCDEDIT – Boot Configuration Data Store Editor

Kali Linux Update Fails – Key Outdated

If like me you have Kali Linux installations you may have come across a slight problem recently whereby the public key had expired resulting in an error when attempting to update. You likely received something similar to the example below when attempting an apt update –

I must admit I don’t update Kali as … Read moreKali Linux Update Fails – Key Outdated

HPE iLO 5 TLS SSL Settings

People who work with me or have done in the past will know I’m really keen on ensuring TLS/SSL settings and certificates are properly implemented wherever possible. In this post I’m going to cover some of the nice features in Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) latest iLO. If you’re not familiar, HPE provide IPMI functionality via … Read moreHPE iLO 5 TLS SSL Settings

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