Month: October 2018

The Case of Upgrading a Veeam Backup Repository from Windows Server 2016 to 2019 and Enabling Deduplication on ReFS – #ReFS #DeDuplication #WindowsServer2019

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, I was working with a customer today, and we are finally ready to upgrade our primary Veeam Backup Repository that is running Microsoft Storage Spaces on Windows Server 2016. The new Operating System will be Windows Server 2019 LTSC, and the whole point of this upgrade is to allow us to use ReFS + Deduplication. The Deduplication feature is now supported in the LTSC builds of Windows Server and the purpose of this post today is to show you how to upgrade the OS Drives, Install the Deduplication Feature, Enable it and test. Step 1 –...

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That case of updating to the latest .WIM for a thin Windows 10 Image using MDT – #deployment #MDT #MVPHour

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, I was on a call with a customer today that we’ve been supporting for a long time. We help them with their Windows Deployment / Imaging solution, and along these lines, we have setup an extremely thin imaging process. What we wanted was when the next version of Windows 10 comes out, ie. 1803 or 1809. We wanted to be able to update the task sequence with a few simple steps. Here is what we do when the new version comes out: Step 1 – Download the new ISO from the Volume Licensing site. Step 2...

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The Case of not being able to Migrate between Hyper-V Clusters using SCVMM – #HyperV #SCVMM

Hey Checkyourlogs fans, Today I was working a case with a customer of mine that had built out a new Hyper-V Cluster using SCVMM. We had the new cluster built with SCVMM and were at a point that we wanted to use Shared Nothing Live Migration between the two clusters to move VM’s. However, we ran into the error below when we first tried. No Available connection to the selected VM Network can be found. No Connection to the subnet “External Switch” with sufficient resources could be found. The fix for this was pretty easy. Just open the Fabric...

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Is Hardware Giant #SuperMicro in trouble over recent hacks to their hardware via the supply chain? – #HackingNews #HyperConvergence #HCI

Hey Checkyourlogs fans, As many of you know, I have been an advocate of the HyperConverged solutions on the market for quite some time. During my adventures in this space, I have done a lot of work with Vendors that OEM SuperMicro hardware for their solutions. It makes a lot of sense because SuperMicro makes it quite easy to rebrand and customize the solutions. The unfortunate reality is that with the recent announcements from Bloomberg that came out this morning it could be disastrous for companies that use this hardware. I can’t confirm that the models listed in the...

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The Case of figuring out Performance Counters to monitor Storage Spaces Direct – #StorageSpacesDirect #SCOM

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Tonight I had a call with a customer that was looking for specific counters to monitor for Storage Spaces Direct in Windows Server 2016. I had stumbled across a document a while back that came with the SCOM Management Pack download for Storage Spaces Direct. I reviewed this again and felt it would be a good thing to share with everyone. It’s always a struggle to figure out what the good bad and ugly look like especially with performance counters. You can grab a copy of this document here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=54700 When downloading you are going to...

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