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With backups, it’s the restore that really counts

When is the last time your backups were tested?  For me, personally, it was a couple weeks ago.  My wife and I were sleeping beside our very sick child in the hospital (he’s great now, by the way).  My wife got up in the night to do something and her phone hit the floor – one […]

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HP 3PAR SSMC 2.1 makes Peer Persistence configuration easy as 1-2-3

With the 2.1 release of the HP 3PAR StoreServ Management Console, HP has enabled the creation and control of Peer Persistence configurations within the management tool.  Peer Persistence is the HP branding for transparent LUN failover between storage arrays with no downtime – a concept VMware administrators will recognize is Metro Storage Clustering in the VMware vernacular. […]

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Microsoft

Using PowerShell to compare a registry key before and after a change

So, while deploying IE 11, it became evident that something was happening in the IE settings that affected the display of certain webpages.  If we ran an IE Reset in the browser and set all the default settings, the sites would work fine, but after a while a policy or some change was occurring to […]

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Installing Windows 2012 R2 on ProLiant DL380 G7 without SmartStart

Since HP SmartStart CD went the way of the dodo bird before Windows 2012 R2 was released, HP ProLiants older than a Gen8 require administrators to manually install Windows 2012 R2.  On ProLiant Gen8 and higher, you have Intelligent Provisioning – the replacement for SmartStart – embedded on the system, but this isn’t available on […]

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ExcellenceInIT

Great advice for building a successful IT career

If you’ve spent any time at all in the IT field, you know that there is a lot more than just being skilled with computers needed to be successful in the IT industry.  There’s a range of life skills needed that surround your technical competence that will help to make you successful.  Author Warren Zabloudil […]

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Introducing ‘PowerCLI Cookbook’, the step-by-step guide to adopting PowerCLI

If you’ve noticed that my blog posts have been a bit light over the last year, I am happy to finally tell why.  Last week, my first book published.  It was many months in the making, a lot of effort and it is now in the wild.  PowerCLI Cookbook is written to be a guide for beginners […]

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Enabling Change Block Tracking (CBT) with PowerCLI Script

Change Block Tracking (CBT) is a technology in VMware used to record all the changed data within a VMDK file so that when backup software runs incremental backups, it knows exactly what has changed and can send only differences to the backup software.  This is a technology that greatly improves backup speed and efficiency by […]

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Microsoft

Pass The Hash (No Really Don’t)

I attended TechEd 2014 back in May of this year and there was one session that I wanted to share called “TWC: Pass-the-Hash and Credential Theft Mitigation Architectures”. The part from the session that I wanted to focus on was regarding administrative privileges. Credential theft has become a serious problem in today’s world where everyone […]

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HP ProLiant Gen9 Family

ProLiant servers getting RESTful API for management

ProLiant servers are getting some REST – a RESTful API.  One of the innovations HP is showing off on the HP Discover showroom floor is a new RESTful interface packaged as part of the iLO management chips on ProLiant servers.  With the RESTful API, HP hopes to deliver future generations of ProLiant that can be […]

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HP announces new Flat Backup direct from 3PAR to StoreOnce

Today, at HP Discover EMEA, HP announced new flat backup capabilities allowing 3PAR snapshots to be directly backed up to StoreOnce deduplicated backup arrays.  The new capability is called Express Protect and allows for direct backup without third party backup software for VMware vSphere deployments.  Snapshots taken on 3PAR arrays can be initially moved to StoreOnce for […]

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