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The Case of Initial OOBE (Unboxing) DataON S2D-5208i Azure Stack HCI Node – #AzureStackHCI

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Today, I will be showing you the Out of Box Experience (OOBE) for a DataON S2D-5208i (Azure Stack HCI) node. What we have done so far is plug in the onboard Lan-On-Motherboard ethernet ports and connected our cross-connect 25 GB cables between both nodes. When the units ship, they are pre-imaged with DataON’s standard build, and upon first poweron, you can access the server via their Intel Integrated BMC Web Console. In our case, we accessed the server using https://10.113.6.84 DataOn units ship with a default user ID / Password combination of – admin/admin or admin/admin1....

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How to Upgrade Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 V3 to V4 #Veeam #Office365 #Backup #Mvphour

Veeam released Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 V3 on November 26 2019, there are lots of function be increased and improved, including Object storage support, Increased Information security, Faster backup performance, Exclude retention for contacts and calendars, Group-based targeting, Enhanced reporting…etc.

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The Case of Migrating an Azure Stack HCI Cluster to a new Fabric Domain – #AzureStackHCI #S2D

Hey Checkyourlogs fans, This week I was tasked with moving an existing Azure Stack HCI (S2D) Cluster to a new Fabric Domain. Traditionally, this would require us to tear down the cluster and rejoin the machines to a new domain and rebuild the cluster. With Server 2019, Cross Domain Migrations are supported.     Migrating a cluster to a new domain original steps were found at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/failover-clustering/cluster-domain-migration I have since updated with the rest of the steps required to do this for an Azure Stack HCI Cluster.   In the following steps, a cluster is being moved from domain...

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Creating an Azure AD Conditional Access Policy Requiring MFA for Admins

Browse to https://portal.azure.com/#home (login if prompted). Click Azure AD Conditional Access. Click New Policy Enter a descriptive name such as MFA for Admins. Click Users and groups. On the Include tab, click the Select users and groups radio button, then click the Directory roles (Preview) checkbox. Expand the listbox under Directory roles (Preview). Select the following nine roles: Global administrator SharePoint administrator Exchange administrator Conditional Access administrator Security administrator Helpdesk administrator Password administrator Billing administrator User administrator Click the Exclude tab, then click the Users and groups checkbox. Click Select excluded users, then in the Select excluded users flyout...

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How to use SendGrid as SMTP Relay at Sophos UTM firewall #Azure #SendGrid #Email #Exchange #SMTP Relay #Sophos

Today, I am going to show you how to use SendGrid as SMTP relay at Sophos UTM firewall and help you send email out successful, the Sophos UTM firewall and exchange servers are VMs of Nested Hyper-V host at Azure, if you don’t know how to build a Nested Hyper-V host in Azure, you can reference our Building Real Word lab in Azure Volume 1 book from https://leanpub.com/buildingrealworldlabsinazurevolume1) , this is step by step to tell you how to build your own lab in Azure.

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How to Send Email from Exchange Server VM with Azure #Azure #SendGrid #Email #Exchange #SMTP Relay

When you try to send email out from exchange server VM at Azure, you will notice it will failed send email out. Because starting on November 15, 2017, outbound email messages that are sent directly to external domains (such as outlook.com and gmail.com) from a virtual machine (VM) are made available only to certain subscription types in Microsoft Azure. Outbound SMTP connections that use TCP port 25 were blocked. (Port 25 is primarily used for unauthenticated email delivery.), so you will notice the exchange server VM won’t send email out after you configure send connector.

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The Case Of Error Enabling Security Defaults for Azure AD

Attempting to enable Microsoft’s shiny new Azure Security Defaults in Azure Active Directory, it’s possible to run into an error “It looks like you have Classic policies enabled. Enabling Classic policies prevents you from enabling Security defaults.” What a bummer considering Security Defaults replace the older Baseline Conditional Access Policies as of 29 February 2020. Enabling Security Defaults is also the easiest way to ensure multi-factor authentication is enabled for Azure administrators. Time to fix this error and enable Azure AD Security Defaults! Browse to https://portal.azure.com/#home (login if prompted) Click Azure AD Conditional Access Under the Manage heading, then...

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How to create a Free SendGrid Account at Azure #Azure #SendGrid #Email #Exchange #SMTP Relay

As we know, starting on November 15, 2017, outbound email messages that are sent directly to external domains (such as outlook.com and gmail.com) from a virtual machine (VM) are made available only to certain subscription types in Microsoft Azure. Outbound SMTP connections that use TCP port 25 were blocked. (Port 25 is primarily used for unauthenticated email delivery.), so you will notice the VM at Azure won’t send out email.

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Troubleshooting Tips – Fixed failed to publish blog after enable SSL certificate at Blog site issues #Azure #MVPHOUR #Blog #Word

Today, I try to publish blog via Microsoft word as usual, but it failed and show a warning message “Word cannot publish the pictures in this post. The most likely cause of this problem is that you do not have enough storage space. Contact your provider and try again, or choose a different picture provider”, this so weird and I am sure I didn’t change any settings at my blog site except enable SSL. I figure out the issues after do some research and test.

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How to enable SSL certificate at website of Azure #Azure #SSL #BLOG #WEBSITE #Mpvhour

There are some reasons why your website should invariably have a SSL certificate, e.g. SSL certificates help to ensure your website security, website visitors will see it as a trustworthy Brand, also it will enhance the search engine ranking for your website. Today, I am going to show you how to enable SSL certificate at the website of Azure, let follow the step by step to complete it and make your website better at azure.

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Troubleshooting Tips – How to delete Read-Only Storage Pool

Today, one of my clients told me their storage pool ran out of space, he removed 4 x 1TB old drives to install the new 4 x 3.8 TB drives, and then asked me to reconfigure storage pool for him, it looks very easy to change it.

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Setup FindTime for Exchange Online

FindTime, a nifty little tool from the Microsoft Garage folks, aims to ease the circus surrounding scheduling a meeting. You know, the dance we do until we find a time where all the participants can meet? FindTime essentially uses a survey allowing everyone to vote on proposed times until consensus is reached. FindTime then sends a meeting invite on your behalf. A great tool aimed to prevent us spending more time scheduling meetings than participating in them. Learn more about FindTime at https://findtime.microsoft.com/. Deploy FindTime to your Exchange Online deployment using the Services and Add-ins blade in the M365...

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The Case of MRS Error Migrating Mailboxes to Exchange Online

Migrations from on-premises Exchange to Exchange Online don’t often occur overnight. In many cases, they take weeks or months to complete. During this time, account passwords often change due to password policies, security initiatives, and the like. If the account password changes for the account assigned to a migration endpoint it will cause new migration batches to fail. Unfortunately, the error doesn’t exactly scream “hey, your on-prem password changed for the migration endpoint account.” It’s a bit more ambiguous with the actual error being: The Mailbox Replication Service was unable to connect to the remote server using the credentials...

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The Case of Configuring DataON S2D-5219 as a Veeam Backup and Replica Target using Storage Spaces Standalone – #Veeam #DataON

Hey Checkyourlogs and Veeam Fans, Today, I’m going to look at a newly certified configuration from DataON and Veeam. Recently DataON has certified its DCS Storage Server as a Veeam Backup Target. You can check out the details here https://www.veeam.com/kb3019.   In this certified configuration, the unit shipped with a Broadcom RAID Controller with two RAID 50 Spans across 6 HDDs. My Configuration is going to be slightly different as my team has been using HBA’s and Storage Spaces Standalone for the past 3 + years. We find the configuration extraordinarily stable and it performs like a champ.  ...

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The Case of Veeam Failed to Process Replication Task Error: Boost::FileSystem::Create_Directory

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Today, I was called in to troubleshoot a weird error for some Veeam Replica Jobs that were failing. In the console, the error message was displayed as – Failed to process replication task Error: boost::filesystem::create_directory: The system cannot find the path specified: “E:\” Agent failed to process method {FileSystem.DirectoryCreate}. This error was not very helpful for me, so I decided to check the veeam logs directly on the Veeam Backup and Replication Server. I went to c:\programdata\Veeam\Backup Found the Replica Job and opened the logfile job.<JobName> Once inside the logfile, I searched for the word error....

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The Case of lost connectivity to the Management Network on Azure Stack HCI #AzureStackHCI

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Today, I was called in to work on a case with a customer that had messed around with their Virtual Switch Settings in the Hyper-V Console on an Azure Stack HCI Cluster. I didn’t get a lot of details but what I did get emailed was this “I was building a Virtual Machine in Failover Cluster Manager and I couldn’t get it on the network. So, I went into Hyper-V Manager Virtual Switch Manager and made some changes. After that, I couldn’t ping the host anymore”.   I was able to logon via the out of...

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Using Azure Storage Explorer to remove unattached VM disks

In this blog post, Rickatron shows how you can use Azure Storage Explorer to remove unattached VHD files.

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The Tale of 3 Veeam Backup Targets with Deduplication on Windows Server 2019 – #Veeam @Veeam #LowDiskSpace

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Today I wanted to discuss 3 Veeam Backup Targets at a customer that I’m working with. All three of these backup targets are running Windows Server 2019 with the deduplication feature enabled. We are having constant issues with one of the backup targets running out of space and my team having to manually run garbage collection, scrubbing and optimization to free up space. This backup target, as we found out, is the victim of what I call a non-dedup optimized workload. This means that the Windows Server 2019 Deduplication engine is having a difficult time breaking...

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Storage Account Enhancements with Azure Disk Bursting

Azure Disk Bursting will be a big deal. In this post, Rickatron sheds some light.

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The Case of VM’s not Showing up in Veeam One Hyper-V Infrastructure Object – #VEEAM #VEEAMONE #HyperV

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Today I was working with a client that was having issues with one of their Veeam One Infrastructure Replica Targets not showing any Virtual Machine information. I checked the alerts on the server and noticed that there was an alert about the Hyper-V Management Service not running. Well, this is where it would pull all of these details from. Sure enough it was stopped. Started the Service Within a minute or two I could once again see the Virtual Machine in Veeam One. I hope this help you out. Thanks, Dave...

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The Case of Veeam Error 32768 Failed to revert VM Snapshot – #Veeam @Veeam

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans,   Had a ton of my Veeam Replica jobs fail at a customer site overnight. The issue presented itself with the following error messages:   Failed to process replication task Error: Job failed (“Domain Controller_replica’ failed to apply checkpoint. (Virtual machine ID 6FC739AB-3494-43E1-875F-81442AC2C3CB)’). Error code: ‘32768’. Failed to revert VM snapshot, snapshot path ‘\\<SERVER>\root\virtualization\v2:Msvm_VirtualSystemSettingData.InstanceID=”Microsoft:E48E5F9D-9DF2-4F7F-9700-224604157E69″‘.   It appears that something might be wrong with the services on the Target Hyper-V replica server. When I did some more checking this morning, I found that we ran out of disk space overnight.   This Server has been running as...

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The Case of the missing Service Connection Point in Active Directory for Hyper-V

Hey Checkyourlogs fans, This case occurred today when I was writing a new Hyper-V Reporting Script. The script needed to hunt for all Hyper-V Services in a Domain. Everything seemed fine until I noticed that a couple of the servers were not picking up in the report. Let’s start by looking at the query function Get-HyperVServersInAD { [cmdletbinding()] param( ) try { Import-Module ActiveDirectory -ErrorAction Stop } catch { Write-Warning "Failed to import Active Directory module. Exiting" return } try { $Hypervs = Get-ADObject -Filter 'ObjectClass -eq "serviceConnectionPoint" -and Name -eq "Microsoft Hyper-V"' -ErrorAction Stop } catch { Write-Error...

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Building a Hyper-V Report using AD and PSWriteHTML – #HyperV

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, I’m Writing you here tonight with some great news about a new Hyper-V and Azure Stack HCI report that I’ve been working on. I had a customer ask me to get them a list of all Virtual Machines running on Hyper-V Servers in their Domain. The problem was that they didn’t know how many Hyper-V Servers or VM’s they had running. This customer wasn’t using SCVMM, so that wasn’t an option.   Off to PowerShell. First Off à In Researching how to write crisp reports using PowerShell I found the ultimate repository.   It was courtesy...

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Virtually There Post Ignite 2019 EP1 Tim Mangan #MSIX

In an effort to keep the community up to date on the latest developments with MSIX technology for packaging and deploying application I catch up yet again with Tim Mangan. Tim has been a fixture in the SoftGrid/Microsoft Application Virtualization world but keeping with the times means working with MSIX and it’s an evolution into Microsoft’s next-generation application package platform. The entire interview is about 40 minutes so be prepared, we have lots to talk about as we don’t get to chat as much as we used to....

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Can a Bridge Be a Destination? Co-Management for Windows Devices Has Become a Destination for Many Organizations

Announcements and speculation have been coming out fast and furious since the Microsoft Ignite conference, but one point stood out for me. The introduction of Microsoft Endpoint Manager, which merges device management services from System Center Configuration Manager and Intune into a more unified experience.  One of the key features bundled within Microsoft Endpoint Manager is co-management, which was initially developed as a bridging technology to help organizations migrate from SCCM to Intune. Co-management wasn’t supposed to become a solution in and of itself, but most organizations encounter challenges that obstruct or significantly delay complete migration. Microsoft really worked...

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