Apr 06 2014

Configuring Distributed Key Management (DKM) in VMM 2012

Before we start digging into the practice stuff, I want to put some theory here so you can at least make an idea what Distributed Key Management or DKM is and why do you need to know how to configure it. VMM encrypts some of the data in the VMM database like the administrator passwords, …

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Mar 09 2014

Configuring Hyper-V Replica in Windows Server 2012/R2

I’ve been thinking for a while to write this article, and eventually I did it. For those that don’t know what Hyper-V Replica is, I will try to summarize it. Is a host-based replication in the hypervisor, and we are talking about Hyper-V here, at no extra costs; its free. By implementing this feature, you …

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Dec 24 2013

Creating a persistent scratch location on ESXi

When you install your ESXi host(s) on a flash drive, which is pretty common in an enterprise environment you will get a message on the Summary tab in your vSphere client or Web client interface “System logs on <ESXi host> are stored on non-persistent storage“.

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Dec 15 2013

Creating an Offline MDT Deployment Media

Everything is working fine in your main office, you capture, you deploy, you migrate, but you have a bunch of small branch offices (10-20 PC’s) with limited bandwidth where you need to do the same thing. Well…you could just tell the people in those offices to leave their desktops and laptops on and deploy or …

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Dec 01 2013

Configuring VMware High Availability (VMHA)

OK, you created your VMware cluster but the VM’s are not protected from hosts failure, and by not protected I mean your VM’s will not be automatically migrated to a working ESXi host and automatically powered on. They will be left in a powered off and not available state. The second bad thing about this …

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Oct 27 2013

Installing and configuring a Microsoft Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) Responder

Starting with Windows 2008 Microsoft has an Online Certification Status Protocol (OCSP) Responder feature. Many of you wonder what this is, and I’m going to explain this the best I can. Until OCSP came out, those companies that have their own Certification Authority had to publish to a web server or a LDAP path the …

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Aug 18 2013

Backing up Domain Controllers using Windows Server Backup and DPM

This is happening people ! Domain controllers need backups, like any other server in your infrastructure, even if they replicate with one another. Backing them up is an easy job, but you need to know what kind of backups you need to perform. I know you just want to create an image server backup of …

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Aug 15 2013

Creating an Active/Pasive SQL Server Failover Cluster

In a production environment you can’t afford downtime, well…not for hours anyway. If one of the servers stops or crashes, most of the applications in that production environment will stop working. Off course, you have a recovery plan. But what if those applications are using a database, and the database server crashes ? Your recovery …

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Aug 06 2013

Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7 using MDT

Well…You’ve been working for a long time with Windows XP, and now you got the approval to upgrade to a newer OS, and that’s Windows 7. I can already see the smile on your face. The downside of this, is that you can’t perform a direct upgrade. First, because is not supported by Microsoft, and …

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Jul 28 2013

Delegate Access Control and Management in Hyper-V

In a virtual environment security is vital, because you can’t give full permissions to everyone. Imagine just for a moment if a user connects to one of your Hyper-V servers, and by mistake power’s off some of the VM’s, or even worse, deletes them. But the user still needs access to his VM, right ? …

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