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Azure File Share Remote Connection Checklist

Today I had a situation where I wanted to connect my Azure file share to my Windows PC. This is a very important step in putting a practical use case around the Azure file share from outside of the Azure cloud. I had a few questions and required steps to get there, so I decided to share them with some consideration so you can easily do this when the time comes for you.

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How to Convert Windows SSL certificate PFX Format to PEM Format #WINDOWSSERVER #MVPHOUR @Digicert

Today, I am going to show you how to convert Windows SSL certificate PFX format to PEM format via free DigiCert GUI too

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MFA for Azure Portal, You’ve Done That Right?

From the last two posts I made related to the Azure Key Vault (one on encrypting with your own key and the other on how to generate a key), I’ll admit I’m getting started with security in Azure.

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Generating Keys in Azure Key Vault

In my last post, I indicated how easy it was to tell a storage account (particularly the Azure Shell storage account) to use an encryption key. In that example, I brought my own key. That key was an 2048-bit RSA key that Azure Key Vault was happy to use and apply to my storage account. The figure below shows my 2048-bit key:

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Using Azure Shell and want to encrypt with your own key? It’s easy.

I recently had a situation where I started using Azure Shell. The way I look at Azure, and really any cloud service, security should be the first part of the process.

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Clear Display Cache using Registry Hack

Hey checkyourlogs.net fans! I’m a prolific Surface guy, having used them daily from the release of the original, much maligned Surface RT to my current daily driver, the Surface Book 2. I love these devices, but occasionally, particularly after firmware updates, they like to torment me with odd issues. Today’s gremlin was my SB2 not detecting my external monitor, the very same external monitor I’ve used with this SB2 and it’s Surface Dock since day one. After trying all the usual easy remedies, i.e. disconnect/reconnect the dock, power cycle everything, update the SB2 and the dock, etc… I concluded...

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INSTALL Veeam BACKUP & REPLICATION 9.5 UPDATE 4b #Azure #VEEAM #WINDOWSSERVER #MVPHOUR

Veeam released the Backup & Replication 9.5 service pack 4b yesterday, Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4b is a cumulative hotfix rollup that addresses issues reported by customers on the original build of Update 4 and Update 4a, as well as add some new feature and platform support enhancements –
Microsoft Windows 10 May 2019 Update and Microsoft Windows Server version 1903, Microsoft Windows 10 May 2019 Update and Microsoft Windows Server version 1903, Linux Kernel version 5.0, Ubuntu 19.04, SLES 15 SP1, RHEL 8, CentOS 8 and openSUSE Leap 15.1, VMware vCloud Director 9.7, VMware vSphere 6.5 U3 readiness, VMware vSphere 6.7 U3 readiness.
In addition, Update 4b addresses over 100 minor bugs reported by customers and found during the internal testing.

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The Case of the Missing Control Panel Mail Settings App

Hey checkyourlogs.net fans! I stumbled across an issue yesterday where the Mail settings app in Control Panel on my Windows 10 1903 PC wouldn’t open. In expected style, it provided a very non-helpful error “Application not found.” What do you mean, not found? This is the Control Panel for goodness sake! Best guess is that an Office 365 App Update sometime previous “broke” my settings. Especially problematic since my Outlook O365 wouldn’t open because I needed to delete a corrupt profile using, you guessed it, my Control Panel Mail settings app. Oh well, enough ranting and raving, let’s get...

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Troubleshooting Storage Spaces Direct Failover Manager with Get-ClusterLog – #StorageSpacesDirect

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Today, I just wanted to share with you a super easy way to get detailed information about what is happening inside of your Storage Spaces Direct Clusters. We are facing an issue with one of our clusters where the “Network is Partitioned” for the Management Network. We would run a command Get-ClusterLog to generate the cluster.log file and review it for diagnostics. Unfortunately, this generates a rather large file with extra data we don’t need. For us, if we can reproduce the error message or problem and run the following: Get-ClusterLog –Node Node2 –TimeSpan 15 -UseLocalTime...

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Filter Out Local AD Users to Not Sync with Azure AD

Hey checkyourlogs.net fans, today’s post covers a common “ask” from those synchronizing on-premises Active Directory with Azure AD: how to prevent certain local objects, specifically users, from synchronizing to Azure AD. Use AD Connect’s filtering capabilities, that’s how! In today’s scenario I’m going to prevent the SystemMailbox account created for Exchange from synchronizing to Azure AD. I’ll set a value on an existing, but unused attribute found on the SystemMailbox AD object, then filter based on that new value. Let’s get this done! Step one is preventing unwanted synchronization while making changes. Do this by disabling the synchronization scheduled...

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The Case of unable to connect to Storage Spaces Direct in Windows Admin Center because of WinRM errors – #StorageSpacesDirect #HyperV

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Today, we were working on a Storage Spaces Direct cluster that is managed by Windows Admin Center. We love using Windows Admin Center because it gives our administrators an HTML 5 interface with rich reporting and performance history. When we attempted to logon to the cluster this morning, we received the following error message: Connection to remote Server <Server> failed with the following error message: WinRM cannot complete the operation. Verify that the specified computer name is valid, that the computer is accessible over the network, and that the firewall exception for the WinRM service is...

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The Case of low Disk Space on Windows Server R2 File Servers – Enable Dedup – #MVPHour

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Today, we have a quick post just reminding you that if you have Windows Server 2012 R2 File Servers are not able to migrate them to Server 2019 yet. You can still fix issues like lack of disk space with good old deduplication. Deduplication has worked for us like a charm on NTFS volumes, especially file servers for 7+ years now. We run it in production, and it makes a big difference. This week we faced an issue with a customer that was looking to convert virtual machines using ISCSI and Passthrough disks with Veeam. http://www.checkyourlogs.net/?p=66163...

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The Case of Troubleshooting and poor VM Performance via Windows Admin Center – #MVPHour

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Today, I wanted to write a very quick post showing how you can use Windows Admin Center to quickly diagnose issues with poorly performing Virtual Machines on a Storage Spaces Direct Cluster. We had a call come in from a customer today that their SQL Server in production was running a bit sluggish on our all flash (NVME) S2D Cluster. Step 1 – Open Windows Admin Center and browse the Virtual Machine Summary Tab. What I noticed right away is that my CPU looks fine only 16 % utilized and none of my VM’s appear to...

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Converting Virtual Machines with Pass Through disks using Veeam Agent for Windows – #Veeam @Veeam

Hey Checkyourlogs fans, Today, I want to showcase a hidden little gem with Veeam Agent for Windows. Let us have a look at our problem. This VM is a SQL Server, and in the original design, the team decided to build out on their ISCSI SAN using Pass-Through Disks. These are known as Raw Device Mappings (RDMs) in VMware. The problem is that Veeam or Azure Site Recovery cannot replicate a VM with this configuration. Here is what the Pass-Through disk looks like inside the VM. So, how can we fix this? I like to use Veeam Agent for...

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Veeam Agent for Windows Error – Failed to load backup meta from file #Veeam @Veeam

Hey Checkyourlogs fans, today I encountered a very weird error when attempting to take an incremental backup of a SQL Server using the Veeam Agent for Windows. When running the job, it would immediately fail with an error message that said: “Failed to load backup meta from file: Blah veeam Backup.vbk.” This was a very interesting error message because I had just completed a full backup earlier that morning. Here was the error message from the Veeam Console. Digging in the UI told me to have a look at the logs for more details. So, I went to the...

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Force Stop Veeam Backup Job When it stuck at Stopping Status #Veeam #Backup #

Today, I tried to stop a running backup job session, but its status stuck at stopping for 1 hour, there are some jobs are running, I don’t want to impact them, so I decided to force stop the backup job.

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Checking out Azure Security Center and Security Center (ATP) – #MVPHour #Azure #Security

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, I’m coming off a wonderful day presenting at the local Azure Bootcamp in Calgary and I wanted to show you some of the cool things you need for your Servers. There hasn’t ever been a better reason to upgrade to Windows Server 2019 until now. The tight integration with Windows Defender, Advanced Threat Protection, Security Center, and Azure Security center should surely win you over. First,, let me show you https://securitycenter.windows.com The only thing you need to do to use this is to sign up for a trial to check it out. Then you just onboard...

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VEEAM TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS – Error Unable to detect database action to upgrade Veeam Backup and Replication 9.5 Update 4a #VEEAM #MVPHOUR #WINDOWSSERVER

As we know, Veeam Backup and Replication 9.5 Update 4a supports lots of new features, I showed you how to step by step to install it at my previously Blog.
Today, I tried to upgrade Veeam Backup and Replication from 9.5 update 3a to 4a, and it showed Unable to detect database action error message, it has never happened this error before, I got a solution to solve this issue after contact with Veeam support engineer, let’s follow steps to solve this issue.

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Integrating Windows Azure Hybrid Services with Windows Admin Center 1904GA – #MVPHour

Hey there Checkyourlogs Fans, Today we are going to look at the latest release of Windows Admin Center version 1904. This is not the insiders build, but the latest GA build that Microsoft has delivered and it has some cool new enhancements. Like the new Azure hybrid Services. Let’s go have a look at that now. Setting up Azure Hybrid Services (WAC 1904GA) Instructions Screenshot (if applicable) Logon to Windows Admin Center and select the Server you want to work with. Click on Azure Hybrid Services and click Register your Windows Admin Center Gateway to get Started On the...

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How to Remove Users License from Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 V3.0 #Veeam #MVPHOUR #Office365

You have to very carefully about users License issues before run Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 backup job, because once a license has been given over to a user/site/item, it will aspirate (fall off) 31 days after the last backup. so, you will got the warning message even you removed the user from the backup job settings.
Fortunately, you don’t need to remove backup job or backup repository now because Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 V3.0 added the feature to remove licensed users, but you must remove those unwanted licensed users from backup repository’s database and then remove the license.

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Moving a Storage Spaces Direct Cluster to a new Location – #StorageSpacesDirect

Good Morning Checkyourlogs Fans, Today, I had a customer call me and let me know that they would like to move a Storage Spaces Direct Cluster into a new rack in the Data Center. They have a full maintenance outage window so we are just going to move the whole thing all at once. The process to do this is similar to taking a full outage for servicing. Ensure that the Network Ports in the new location have the same VLANs configured. To be sure you could ask your network team for a running configuration. If you don’t get...

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How to Configure Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 V3 #Veeam #MVPHOUR #Office365

Veeam released Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 V3 on April 2, there are lots of function be increased and improved, including increased backup speeds, improved security with multi-factor authentication support, simplified management for larger environments, flexible retention options… etc.
The most import is Veeam release Community Edition version, what is Community Edition? It provides FREE backup and recovery of Office 365 Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business, eliminating the risk of losing access and control over your Office 365 data – limited to 10 users and 1 TB of SharePoint data. What are you waiting for? Let’s follow steps to configure it for protecting your Microsoft office 365 data.

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How to Install Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 V3 #Veeam #MVPHOUR #Office365

Veeam released Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 V3 on April 2, there are lots of function be increased and improved, including increased backup speeds, improved security with multi-factor authentication support, simplified management for larger environments, flexible retention options… etc.
The most import is Veeam release Community Edition version, what is Community Edition? It provides FREE backup and recovery of Office 365 Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business, eliminating the risk of losing access and control over your Office 365 data – limited to 10 users and 1 TB of SharePoint data. What are you waiting for? Let’s follow steps to install it for protecting your Microsoft office 365 data.

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Critical Firmware Update Required for Intel Solid Sate DC S4510 and S4610 Drives – #StorageSpacesDirect

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, I just wanted to make you aware of a critical Firmware Update that is require for your Intel DC S4510 and S4610 Drives. In the fine print of the release notes you will see a critical note: Resolved 1.92TB and 3.84TB SKUs may become unresponsive at 1700 hrs of cumulative Idle Power On Hours. To me this is a pretty critical fix and just reminds everyone that when dealing with Storage that your Drive Firmware requires updating just like your other components. You can find more information here: https://downloadmirror.intel.com/28639/eng/Intel_SSD_Data_Center_Tool_3_0_19_Release_Notes.pdf You can download the Firmware Tool Here:...

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Fixed unreadable symbols in Notification email of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 #Veeam #MVPHOUR #Office365

I was trying to configure and test Notification email of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 V3 function, I received a test notification email consist of unreadable symbols.

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