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

Rename Windows Network Adapter with Powershell

I like my servers configured exactly the way I want – this extends even to minor things like the name of a network adapter interface. I’m slowly rebuilding my lab with the latest versions of ESXi and Microsoft Windows Server 2016. I noticed that my new 2016 servers were creating the network adapter with a … Read more

HPE Discover 2016 Pictures

Well HPE Discover in London was awesome – I must have left an impression last year as various HPE reps around the event remembered me. There was so much to see and I wish I’d taken more pictures but I spent more time talking to people. Let’s take a look at some of the pictures … Read more

Microsoft Server 2016 and System Center and SQL Oh My!

Well it’s finally here – Microsoft Server 2016 has been released and is now generally available (GA). I’ve been messing around with the technical previews since they first came out and I eagerly awaited the final release. It is now time for me to start rebuilding a large portion of my home lab environment and … Read more

Set Cluster Log Size and Verbosity in Microsoft Server 2008 R2

Recently a critical cluster system had a bit of a hiccup wherein the SQL resource failed between nodes a few times and then gave up. Most of my clusters run on Microsoft Server 2012 R2 so I tend to use PowerShell for everything, in this case the cluster is an older one running Server 2008 … Read more

Trend Micro Smart Protection Server SSL TLS Certificate Replacement

If you run Trend Micro business products you should really consider running a Smart Protection Server (SPS) appliance in your datacenter. In a previous post I stepped through the process of deploying an SPS appliance in a VMware environment. It is possible to deploy to Hyper-V as well so don’t worry if you aren’t running … Read more

Disable Automatic Chkdsk on Windows Failover Cluster

These days it is pretty rare to be prompted to run a chkdsk on a Microsoft system, I certainly remember it being a more frequent occurrence on older hardware and OS versions. That being said, there are still occasions where Windows will prompt for a chkdsk and this post deals with a particular event – … Read more

pfSense Wake On LAN

This is a pretty short post on how to use pfSense to send ‘Wake On LAN (WOL) magic packets’ to an endpoint – in this case a server. I should mention that the servers I’m setting up for WOL do have their own IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface) port which I can logon to and … Read more

Supermicro IPMI Power On Server via SSH

Running two Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T servers for my home lab has required me to learn a new IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface) web interface and command language. In this case I’m going to share how to power on a Supermicro server. While it is of course possible to connect via a web browser to the IPMI … Read more

Windows Server Core Expand Volume

I am trying to run as many of my Windows server home lab virtual machines (VM) as Core installs. This reduces the resource requirement for each VM in terms of drive space, memory and CPU – obviously a good thing in any environment. It also forces me to learn more ways of dealing with situations, … Read more