In Place Upgrade Windows 2016 to Windows 2019
Aug11

In Place Upgrade Windows 2016 to Windows 2019

KB ID 0001761 Problem For the last twenty years or so I’ve said “In place upgrades are a bad idea”, my rationale has been that if something is broken we are simply migrating that problem, and we are relying on a lot of factors, (some of which may be unknown.) That we will just have to ‘trust that it will work’. Most modern servers are virtual so we can snapshot them, or clone them and test the upgrade...

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vSphere Upgrade VMware Tools Suppress Reboot
Jul27

vSphere Upgrade VMware Tools Suppress Reboot

KB ID 0001760 Problem If you want to Upgrade VMware Tools and Suppress the Reboot, (because rebooting production servers is always a touchy subject), But putting ‘maintenance windows’ and ‘CAB procedures’ to one side. If you want to deploy new versions of VMware tools from vSphere, if you just right click and select automatically upgrade, it will reboot the server. How do you stop that happening? Solution:...

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Use Azure MFA With Microsoft NPS (RADIUS) Server
Jul20

Use Azure MFA With Microsoft NPS (RADIUS) Server

  KB ID 0001759 Problem I was in a forum last week and someone asked, “Can I enable Azure MFA, on my RADIUS server, to secure access to my switches and routers etc”. It turns out if you want to enable Azure MFA with Microsoft NPS it’s actually quite  simple. So, I’m using RADIUS auth (above) on my NPS server, and it’s simply checking the authenticating user is a member of a domain security group....

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Can I Upgrade Veeam 10 to Veeam 11?
Jul19

Can I Upgrade Veeam 10 to Veeam 11?

KB ID 0001758 Problem People are always ‘a bit twitchy’ about upgrading their backup software. Mines on my test network so I’m a little more cavalier about diving in and clicking next. So when you want to Upgrade Veeam 10 to Veeam 11, peoples main concerns are; Will I lose my backup / replication jobs? Will I need to rescan backup repositories? Remember Veeam keeps all its data in a database, so your configs should...

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Can you Backup the Free Version of ESX 7?
Jul19

Can you Backup the Free Version of ESX 7?

KB ID 0001757 Problem ‘Backup the Free Version of ESX?’ This was asked on Experts Exchange this week, I responded with the usual answer of “No the VAPI is not exposed in the free version, so it cannot be backed up by a third party backup  application.” The poster responded with, “That’s what I thought, but I’ve got a Technical Consultant here who says it can be done with version 7” This...

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