Author Archives: ianworkshere

List of backup solutions for VM’s on both the paid and free ESXi …

I’ve been casting around for something to backup both the paid and free¬†versions of ESXi 5.x VM for the least possible cost. Here is a list of the various ones I have come across. Note that I haven’t tried most of these yet so have not real comments. Qantum vmPRO & DXi V1000 …¬†http://www.quantum.com/products/vmbackup/vmprosoftware/index.aspx ESXi […]

Server naming conventions …

Here are some discussions/articles I came across while researching naming conventions: http://blogs.technet.com/b/instan/archive/2008/07/03/naming-schemes-to-avoid-in-ad.aspx http://community.spiceworks.com/topic/293158-what-s-your-dc-naming-convention http://community.spiceworks.com/topic/447607-server-naming-standard?page=1 http://social.technet.microsoft.com/forums/windowsserver/en-US/eea32eef-3f78-420b-9b34-3a294f1d1a64/active-directory-domain-naming-convention   I thought the following was a really interesting idea although probably overkill for our organisation: http://mnx.io/blog/a-proper-server-naming-scheme/#comment-7308   The above link also generated some quite intense discussion here: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8010247    

Update Deltacopy rsync to resolve long file name issues …

Was using rsync in Deltacopy to sync some files from server to nas but was having issues with long file names. Discovered this was resolved with a later version of rsync with dll’s available in the cygwin package. Just wasn’t sure how to update the Deltacopy dll’s with the cygwin ones but found these pages: […]

Change Local Administrator password complexity requirements …

I recently had reason to reset the Local Administrator password to one that did not satisfy the local security policy complexity requirements. This server had already been joined to the domain. Firstly, I logged on as local administrator and tried to change the password complexity requirement here: Administrative Tools > Local Security Policy > Account […]

Samsung Galaxy s4 (Telstra) Update to Android 4.3 breaks WIFI …

Traditionally an iPhone user, I recently swapped my iPhone 4 for my wife’s Samsung Galaxy S4. A very good trade you might say. At this stage, I think not but will reserve my judgement for a little while. “So why did you swap?”, I hear you say. Well, here is why. Against my advice, my […]

Office 365 Cost Assessment Tool …

We are looking seriously at moving to Office 365 as an alternative to replacing our Exchange 2003. It would also be a means of standardising Office desktop application versions across the organisation. These currently range from Office 2003 to Office 2013 with the various problems this causes. There are various other drivers also but won’t […]

DiskShadow and multiple VSS Providers …

In a recent post I outlined how I created a rudimentary backup solution using DiskShadow and Rsync. On one particular 2008R2 server, I struck a problem with the DiskShadow script. It would error when it tried to create the shadow copy. After some searching, I discovered that there were 2 VSS Providers installed. At command […]