Author: Émile Cabot

The Ultimate Veeam Production-Replica Test Lab Step by Step

As a consultant, I implement many different solutions, be they pilot, production, or proof-of-concept. In any organization of any size, it is important to test the implementation, functionality, and management of a new solution before the production environment is touched. To do this we use a test lab. Generally, there are three types of labs: Sandbox: A sandbox is typically isolated, with internet connectivity separate from the production network, and contain a series of VMs with any mix of forests/domains/services. They are often for educational purposes and do not contain any representation of the production environment. Several people have...

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The Worlds Largest Availability Conference – VeeamOn, May 16-19, New Orleans

2017 is a big year for IT infrastructure. Non-volatile SSDs are readily available, Azure datacenters are cropping up in all corners of the planet, and HyperConverged Infrastructure is free to everyone running Windows Server 2016. A lot of companies have been keeping existing systems running for a few years now, as IT budgets were severely cut due to the economy. Hardware, along with operating systems, are due for a refresh. Now oil is on the rise, the government is bloating the deficit with financial incentives, and a production outage has suddenly opened the door to some new upgrades. Time...

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Comparing Office 2016 and Office365 ProPlus

With the widespread adoption of Office365, a popular question that comes our way is whether to deploy the Office 2016 Client, Office365 Client, or a hybrid of the two. The Office365 ProPlus client is available to license as a standalone monthly/annual subscription, or comes included in many of the subscription levels available on, whereas Office 2016 is licensable software that adheres to traditional software purchase practices…a one-time cost for the license which you then own for the life of the product. In this post I’m not going to provide you with a cost-benefit analysis of subscription vs. perpetual...

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MDT 2013 Update 1 Re-released

Anyone who installed MDT 2013 Update 1 experienced a number of issues with the initial release. As of September 16, Microsoft has re-released MDT 2013 Update 1 under build 8298, which addresses most (but not all) of these issues. The new build replaces the existing links from the Download Center, and the old build has been taken down. A full list of fixes and known issues can be found here. It’s important to note that Build 8290 is no longer supported, so those running it will have to upgrade their MDT installation. Among the bug fixes, Microsoft has finally fixed the problems with the UEFI partitioning process, which means that any Task Sequences should be re-created as well. Unfortunately, there are still a few bugs in the release. Microsoft has said that there are no updated builds planned for MDT 2013 Update 1, as Update 2 is scheduled to be released later this year. The upgrade process from Build 8290 to 8298 is very straightforward. Download the new MicrosoftDeploymentToolkit from the Download Center and launch the MSI installation. Next, Next, Finish through the install, and launch Deployment Workbench. From there, if you expand Deployment Shares, you’ll see that your Deployment Share has a yellow Exclamation Mark. Right-click and choose Update Deployment Share. Next, Next, Finish through the upgrade process, and you’re all good to go to re-create your Task...

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Cannot find useable certificate in Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V

I was doing some work on my home network this weekend, and in the process joined my Hyper-V hosts to a new domain. My demo laptop, which had about 20 VMs saved, threw an error when I attempted to start them, stating that Hyper-V could not find a useable certificate. To resolve this, I launched the Microsoft Management Console, clicked File -> Add/Remove Snap-in… and double-clicked Certificates. In the Certificates snap-in window, where it asks for the account to manage certificates for, choose the Service account radio button and click Next. Select the Local Computer radio button, click Next and select Hyper-V Virtual Machine Management as the Service account to manage, and click Finish and then OK in the Add/Remove Snap-Ins window. In the Console1 window, expand Certificates – Service (Hyper-V Virtual Machine Management) on Local Computer, then vmms\Personal, and click on the Certificates node. In the results (middle) pane, you will see a certificate(s) for your previous hostname/domain name. Delete these. Launch Services.msc, and restart any running services that start with Hyper-V. Now, back in the Microsoft Management Console, hitting F5 will refresh the screen and show your new valid certificate. You’re now free to go back to Hyper-V Manager and start your VMs.   É...

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