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

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 morepfSense Wake On LAN

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 moreSupermicro IPMI Power On Server via SSH

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 moreWindows Server Core Expand Volume

Intel X552/X557-AT Network Adapter Driver Installation on VMware ESXi

My home lab is comprised of two Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T servers which utilise the Intel Xeon-D system on chip (SoC) CPU. This chip has built in 10Gb Ethernet support and provides two ports for cool stuff like storage/vMotion/VSAN etc. We also have two 1Gb NICs, again provided through the SoC. Unfortunately the standard installation of VMware ESXi … Read moreIntel X552/X557-AT Network Adapter Driver Installation on VMware ESXi

Hyper-V Enhanced Session Mode

Hyper-V Enhanced Session Mode (ESM) is a configurable option which enhances the Hyper-V virtual machine console providing options and features similar to an RDP client session. Configuring ESM can be achieved either via the Hyper-V Manager GUI or through PowerShell – obviously if you have many hosts to configure PowerShell is the way to go. Some … Read moreHyper-V Enhanced Session Mode

Supermicro Server BIOS Update

Having received my Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T servers for my home lab it’s now time to update the BIOS on each unit. This process can be achieved either through bootable media or if you have the correct license key for the dedicated IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface) interface you can update through that. In my case I … Read moreSupermicro Server BIOS Update

Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T Servers First Look

Yay! Today my Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T servers arrived which will make up my home lab along with the Cisco SG300-20 switch. The microservers pack one hell of a punch, let me give you some quick specs. 8 core Xeon-D 1541 SoC (System on Chip) which includes hyper-threading and every feature you can think of enabled 128GB … Read moreSupermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T Servers First Look

VMware ESXi SD Card Problem with HPE Server

Recently a number of servers in my estate began to flag the following error –

All of the servers in question run VMware ESXi 5.5 and are Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) DL360 Gen8 rack mount servers with SD cards as storage for the ESXi image. None of the servers had ceased functioning while running … Read moreVMware ESXi SD Card Problem with HPE Server

Changes to Microsoft Licencing in Windows Server 2016

We are still waiting for Microsoft Server 2016 to be released but there is information out now which outlines changes to the licensing model we are currently familiar with. This change is definitely something you want to make yourself familiar with as it could alter your hardware plans for future server purchases. First off let … Read moreChanges to Microsoft Licencing in Windows Server 2016