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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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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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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vSphere: Presenting Physical Disks to a VM
May30

vSphere: Presenting Physical Disks to a VM

KB ID 0001563 Problem I’m doing some work presenting StarWind vSAN into VMware ESX. Because we also want ‘disk tiering’ it has to be ran from Microsoft Windows with Storage Spaces*. To do that I needed to present the physical disks in the ESX hosts, (HP DL380 Gen 10s) to the Windows Virtual Machines that StarWind will be running on. *Note: At present, ‘tiering’ cannot be done from the StarWind Linux...

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The Storage Pool Does Not Have Sufficient Eligible Resources
May30

The Storage Pool Does Not Have Sufficient Eligible Resources

KB ID 0001562 Problem When attempting to  create a vDisk in Tiered Windows Storage Spaces you see this; Failed to create virtual disk – Not Supported Extended Information: The storage pool does not have sufficient eligible resources for the creation of the specified virtual disk. Recommended Actions: -Choose a combination of FaultDomainAwareness and NumberOfDataCopies (or PhysicalDiskRedundancy) supported by the storage pool....

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Windows Disks ‘CanPool’ set False?
May29

Windows Disks ‘CanPool’ set False?

KB ID 0001560 Problem While attempting to create some Storage Spaces in Server 2016 today, I presented a bunch of ‘new’ disks and some of them were flagged CanPool as false? CanPool simply means the disk it available to be added to a storage pool, Id just removed all the arrays from these drives so I was confused? Solution Just because we’re on Powershell does not mean I can’t go old school! Launch Diskpart and...

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