New ransomware variant also finds & deletes backups?!

11. April 2017 Technical 0
I recently came across this forum thread on Veeam’s website, which scared the crap out of me. Coincidentally, Veeam published this article the same day. If these reports are accurate, then it means most organizations have some work to do to better secure themselves against the latest emerging rasomware / crypto-variants. It makes sense. Probably ...

Bug with Essentials Integration for Azure Site Recovery

06. April 2017 Technical 5
Awhile back, I had written a series on all the neat integrations available with Windows Server Essentials (or Essentials Experience, if installing it on top of Standard as a role).  You may have noticed that I never published an article regarding one of the most exciting features–integration with Azure Site Recovery (ASR). Azure Site Recovery is ...

Warning: Domain Renames are Not Recommended (or Supported)

06. April 2017 Technical 0
I have recently run into a couple of different scenarios wherein I’ve been asked to fix domain rename operations gone awry.  After having worked through this process extensively twice now, I thought I’d post about my experience, in case this helps anyone else avoid the same troubles. To begin, you should know that in both cases, ...

Why you need UAC (and how to enable it)

30. March 2017 Technical 0
I don’t know why it has come to this, but here it is. Here we are. We need to review why it is that you need User Account Control (UAC), and how to go about turning it on. I know! Like, why is this even necessary, right? I’ll tell you why. Laziness or Ignorance? Maybe ...

Why You Should Avoid Single Label Domains

16. March 2017 Technical 0
What is a Single Label Domain (SLD)?  This is a term that Microsoft uses to describe domains which have only a single name, and no suffix such as “.local” or “.com.”  For example, your Active Directory domain might have a name like “company.local,” but if it were Single Label, it might be just “company.” The problem ...

Casual Cape Day: It’s About Gratitude

09. March 2017 Misc, Opinion 0
Three years ago, I decided to start a new holiday at my office. I got the idea from an old friend of mine back in college, who randomly put on a cape one day, and decided to declare Casual Cape Day. This kind of thing has been done before, so certainly there is nothing particularly original going on ...

What to do about cloud outages

06. March 2017 Opinion 0
Last week, Amazon experienced a major service disruption to it’s Simple Storage Services (S3). Here is their official (detailed) statement on the cause of the outage. As you probably heard, a lot of major online retailers and other companies who depend on these services were impacted. But what can you do about something like this, if your business ...

It’s all about your downtime tolerance

02. March 2017 Business, Technical 0
Before you go picking the cheapest possible IT solution that meets your business requirements, or on the other side of the equation, adding unnecessary complexity to your network, you first need to consider: What is your downtime tolerance? If you don’t answer this critical question, you might end up with a solution that cannot live ...

Benefits to keeping an On-Premises Active Directory Domain

23. February 2017 Opinion 0
I have seen an alarming trend in the small business market–as more and more companies offload their IT infrastructure to cloud-based applications and services (which is great in many cases), many of them are also starting to abandon older tools and platforms such as on-premises Active Directory. This I cannot agree with, for multiple reasons. ...

Hyper-V Failover Cluster: Basic Setup

16. February 2017 Technical 4
I have previously shared a slightly more complex method for configuring a simple 2-node failover cluster, involving a converged Hyper-V virtual switch, with QoS policies and so forth to manage traffic on the Management, CSV and Live Migration networks. However, there is another config I wanted to share, which in some cases is preferable in an ...