Load Balance IIS with Microsoft ARR
Jul05

Load Balance IIS with Microsoft ARR

KB ID 0001573 Problem If you have a lot of IIS servers, and want to load balance between them, then you can either buy a load balancer, or use Microsoft ARR (Application Request Routing). Note: ARR does a lot more than simply load balancing, e.g. it can perform caching, and complex web routing, and even SSL offloading. Here we are just looking at load balancing. I’m going to deploy TWO ARR servers in my DMZ, here I’ve got...

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Veeam Virtual Labs & SureBackup
Jul01

Veeam Virtual Labs & SureBackup

KB ID 0001572 Problem If you require a ‘Virtual Lab’ for testing patches or config changes, on copies of your live servers, or simply want to test the ‘integrity’ of your backups, then this is the post for you! Licence Requirements: SureBackup and On Demand Sandbox require Enterprise Plus Veeam Licensing. Host Licences: Hosts that are only used for SureBackup  / On Demand Sandbox DO NOT NEED Licences, (in...

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Find All HP iLOs on your Network
Jun26

Find All HP iLOs on your Network

KB ID 0001571 Problem I had to find all the HP iLOs on a client network today, I could have got an IP scanner and then sorted the results for HP devices, but I would have ended up with switches, printers and God knows what else! If only there was a PowerShell command I could use? Solution There is! You will need to download it though, (HPiLOCmdlets-x64,) extract them to your C: drive.   Here I’m installing them from PowerShell,...

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Convert MBR Partitioned Drives to GPT
Jun25

Convert MBR Partitioned Drives to GPT

KB ID 0001407 Problem I got asked if I’d ever had to do this today, I vaguely remember having this problem in the past, but I can’t remember how I solved it. You set the ‘Partition Table Type’ on a  disk in Windows, when the drive is first initialised, like so; And the default is MBR, so that usually gets ticked, the problem is MBR only supports disks up to 2TB in size. Now if it’s just a new disk, with...

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Certificate Chain Incomplete
Jun23

Certificate Chain Incomplete

KB ID 0001570 Problem The certificate here at PNL expired over the weekend, I got a new one and installed it. All appeared to be fine until I did an online check to make sure it was OK.  The server’s certificate chain is incomplete Solution I had this problem once before, back then I was using Apache and CentOS7, and things were a little different, (now I’m using NGINX and Ubuntu 18.04). Essentially you see this error...

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Windows 10 & Windows Server Update Error 0x800705b4
Jun18

Windows 10 & Windows Server Update Error 0x800705b4

KB ID 0001569 Problem I can’t remember Windows being so diabolically bad at simply updating? I built a new 2016 server, simply to create a VM template, and it would not update; There were some problems installing updates, but we’ll try again later. If you keep. seeing this and want to search the web or contact support for information this may help: (0x800705b4) Solution Well that’s a very polite but useless error!...

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