Disable ATS Heartbeat
Mar22

Disable ATS Heartbeat

KB ID 0001529 Problem After ESX 5.5 Update 2, VMware added ATS Heartbeat.Some vendors, (like HPE SureStore and VSA) recommend that this is disabled. I can’t find any info about whether it’s safe to do this in production, so to be on the safe side I placed the hosts in maintenance mode first. Enter Maintenance Mode Use the following command; vim-cmd /hostsvc/maintenance_mode_enter Disable ATS Heartbeat Use the following...

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Exchange: Create a PFX Certificate and Import a Private Key
Mar22

Exchange: Create a PFX Certificate and Import a Private Key

KB ID 0001528 Problem On my test network I have an Exchange server (Exchange 2016). As it’s publicly available and connected to Office 365 it needs a digital certificate. Because its my test network, I don’t want to spend a fortune on a certificates, so I buy the cheapest one I can find. I replaced it last week with a 2 year certificate for about $5.00. When the certificate came I had certificate-name.crt, and a CA bundle,...

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Virtual SAN:  Suppress ‘Datastore Usage on Disk’ Alarm
Mar19

Virtual SAN: Suppress ‘Datastore Usage on Disk’ Alarm

KB ID 0001527 Problem While deploying a HPE StoreVirtual VSA this week. We noticed all the local Datastore were showing an ‘Alarm’. If you are unfamiliar with Virtual SANs, then you give all the LOCAL Storage to them, which then gets ‘aggregated’ and provided back to the host(s) as fault tolerant clustered storage, like so; Which is great, but the VMware hosts just see that their LOCAL Datastore(s) are full,...

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Deploying a ‘Nano’ Webserver (IIS)
Mar08

Deploying a ‘Nano’ Webserver (IIS)

KB ID 0001526 Problem We’ve had Server Core for a while now, and I’ve never really seen it deployed in anger. Now we have Nano Server. You don’t install this like normal Windows Server distributions, i.e. it’s not an option when you run the install DVD. Originally you have to create the image with Powershell, but now you can use ‘Nano Server Image Builder’. Nano Server is a tiny distribution, and...

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VMware ‘Disable DelayedAck’ Does Not Work?
Mar07

VMware ‘Disable DelayedAck’ Does Not Work?

KB ID 0001525 Problem I’ve got a client thats been having some performance issues with their VMs. Their storage vendor, (EMC) said that as a result of finding this in the logs; B       02/28/19 09:50:53.953 scsitarg          117000e [INFO] System: iSCSI Logout Initiator Data: IP=192.168.200.161 Name=…-ec-21 Target Data: Port=2 Flags=0x00002002 Info=0x01200801 B       02/28/19 09:50:53.969 scsitarg          117000e [INFO]...

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Windows: Deploy and Configure DNSSEC
Mar06

Windows: Deploy and Configure DNSSEC

KB ID 0001524 Problem Like many protocols and solutions, DNS was designed in a time when we all trusted each other, and a ‘hacker’ was some sort of farm equipment. To ensure when you get a response form a DNS server it is coming from where you expect it to, and you can trust it. We use DNSSEC. Basically it signs the DNS record with a digital cypher.  The client can then validate the DNS record when it receives it and it...

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