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 moreTrend Micro ScanMail Virtual Analyzer Connection Troubleshooting

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 moreVMware vCenter Certificate Management Default Values

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 moreMicrosoft Nano Server Version 1709 Changes

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 moreUnexpected Large Page File Troubleshooting

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 moreRename Windows Network Adapter with Powershell

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 moreHPE Discover 2016 Pictures

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 moreMicrosoft Server 2016 and System Center and SQL Oh My!

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 moreSet Cluster Log Size and Verbosity in Microsoft Server 2008 R2

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 moreTrend Micro Smart Protection Server SSL TLS Certificate Replacement

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 moreDisable Automatic Chkdsk on Windows Failover Cluster