Month: July 2015

Canadian MVP’s and Microsoft provide aid to Evacuee’s

I am so proud that we were able to provide some much needed assistance to the Northern Lights School District #113 in La Ronge during their time of need. On July 3, 2015 a notice was given to have the entire township of LA Ronge evacuated. Unfortunately part of the DR Plan that the School Board has was to have a DR Site in the same geography. With no physical access to any critical systems and only remote access and limited power. It was deemed that some emergency measures were required. In fact over 1000 members of Canada’s finest from the Armed forces are on front lines fighting this blaze. Not to mention the countless volunteer firefighters and emergency personnel from around Canada.   At 10:00 PM on July 3, 2015 a decision was made to migrate all critical information to the cloud as the entire town was at risk. Being a strong partner with Microsoft we decided to use Microsoft’s Azure Site Recovery, Microsoft’s Azure Backup Services, Crash Plan and Dropbox as a place to quickly dump important data. In order to expedite the process a trial account was setup for Microsoft Azure on a 30 day trial, along with the other providers. Then we quickly setup an Azure Site to Site VPN (in less than 1.5 hours to their core ASA 550 firewalls). Once done we proceeded...

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Speaking at TechMentor 2015 in Redmond

I will be speaking at the TechMentor conference August 3-7, 2015. This will be an exciting chance to meet some of the smartest and coolest geeks in the industry. My session with be T08 – From Zero to Hero in 75 Minutes: Deploying a HyperConverged Architecture for the Modern Data Center. I was invited by Kelly Murphy – CTO from Gridstore to co-present this exciting topic: Kelly Murphy, Founder and CTO for Gridstore™, the leader in hyper-converged all flash infrastructure for the Microsoft Cloud-Inspired Data Center will demonstrate how you can “Go from Zero to Hero in 75...

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Critical Patch for Hyper-V Servers – MS15-068

On July 14, 2015 Microsoft released a Critical Hotfix for Hyper-V Servers. The details are a bit vague right now, but it seems that if a Guest has elevated rights with the right tools they can gain access to the Host’s Parent Partition. For obvious reasons this isn’t good and as such all Hyper-V Farms should be patched immediately. It appears that there are two issues: #1 – Hyper-V Buffer Overflow Vulnerability –CVE-2015-2361 A remote code execution vulnerability exists in Windows Hyper-V in a host context if an authenticated and privileged user on a guest virtual machine hosted by Hyper-V runs a specially crafted application. To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker must have valid logon credentials for a guest virtual machine. Systems where Windows Hyper-V is installed are primarily at risk. The security update addresses the vulnerability by correcting how Hyper-V handles packet size memory initialization in guest virtual machines. Microsoft received information about this vulnerability through coordinated vulnerability disclosure. When this security bulletin was originally issued Microsoft had not received any information to indicate that this vulnerability had been publicly used to attack customers.   #2 – Hyper-V System Data Structure Vulnerability – CVE-2015-2362 A remote code execution vulnerability exists in Windows Hyper-V in a host context if an authenticated and privileged user on a guest virtual machine hosted by Hyper-V runs a specially crafted application. To exploit...

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Gridstore + Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track

It was announced today in a press release by Gridstore that they have been approved into the Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track Program. This is a major step forward by the industry towards accepting HyperConverged Technologies. Below is a sample illustration of a 6-node HyperCoverged Appliance from Gridstore. This configuration can come with over 100 TB of usable SSD Flash Disk. It is amazing to see how far things have come. D. See below for the Press Release from today: MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — (Marketwired) — 07/14/15 — Gridstore®, a leader in hyper-converged all flash infrastructure for the Microsoft Cloud-Inspired Data Center today announced certification of the Gridstore HyperConverged Systems in the Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track program. This program ensures that the Gridstore systems meet all of the specifications for delivering a Windows and Hyper-V based private cloud solution for the data center. Gridstore has also announced immediate availability of two higher density flash options that pack 96 2.9GHz cores of compute and 92TB of SSD storage into a 2U package. Gridstore now provides a range of All-Flash HyperConverged solutions to meet both Tier 1 and Tier 2 computing needs — while using the economics of hyper convergence to make the All-Flash datacenter a reality. The Gridstore HCI is one of the only HyperConverged solutions delivered solely for the Windows platform, allowing it to take full advantage of...

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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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