Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE – Released Today!

Veeam it just works

Veeam have been hard at work recently and have just released Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE. I’ve been using the Beta version for the past few months and it has worked really well, so I’m really excited to take a look at the full version and see what it has to offer.

The backups can be volume or file level, and bare metal restore is available for the volume level backups, but what is really exciting is the ability to backup to a current Veeam Backup & Replication repository.

Read the official blog post here:
http://www.veeam.com/blog/veeam-endpoint-backup-free-is-here.html

Download and further information can be found here:
http://www.veeam.com/endpoint-backup-free.html

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Exchange 2010 Management Console Initialization Failed: The WS-Management service cannot process the request

Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP2 Update Rollup 6

I recently ran across a small problem while trying to open the Exchange 2010 Management Console. I received an initialization failure error message.

 

The full error message is below:
“The attempt to connect to http://server/Powershell user ‘Kerberos’ authentication failed: Connecting to remote server failed with the following error message: The WS-Management service cannot process the request. The system load quota of 1000 requests per 2 seconds has been exceeded. Send future requests at a slower rate or raise the quota for this user. The next request from this user will not be approved for at least xx milliseconds.”

Exchange Management Console - The ws-management service cannot process the request

To resolve the problem, I opened a command prompt and ran iisreset.

Command Promotp - iisreset

Below are a couple of good links on Technet regarding EMC issues.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2010/02/04/3409289.aspx

http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2010/12/07/3411644.aspx

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PowerShell: How to add all users in an OU to a Security Group using Get-ADUser and Add-ADGroupMember

PowerShell

I’m currently setting up a new system for a client and wanted to add all users in a specific Organisational Unit (OU) to a specific Security Group.

I’ve written about Get-ADUser a few times before, so by combining that with another PowerShell cmdlet Add-ADGroupMember to add users to a group we should be in business!

In this example we’ll add users in the OU Head Office to the SSLVPN Users Security Group.

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How to convert a Hyper-V VHDX to VMDK for VMware Workstation

Starwind Software

In this post we’ll look at how to convert a Hyper-V virtual machine using the VHDX format virtual disk to a VMware Workstation virtual machine using the vmdk format virtual disk.

Until Windows 8 I’ve used VMware Workstation for testing, but with the advent of  Windows 8 and the built in Hyper-V I decided to give it a try and have been using it quite happily ever since. In the near future though I’m going to be looking at some vSphere testing, and from memory recall that you can nest it within VMware Workstation, so I thought I would give the latest version a go.

The only problem is I don’t want to rebuild my current test environments so I need some way of converting the VHDX that Hyper-V uses to vmdk that VMware Workstation uses.

My first thought was VMware converter, but that doesn’t support VHDX, so looking around on the Internet I cam across a nifty bit of FREE software from StarWind Software- StarWind V2V Converter.

You have to register to download the product, but once you have and installed it below are the steps I took to convert a UEFI Boot, Gen 2, 2012 R2, Hyper-V VM using VHDX to vmdk for VMware Workstation.

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Windows Server 2012 R2: How to create a UPN Suffix

Windows Server 2012 R2

In this post we’ll look at how to create a new User Principal Name (UPN) Suffix. These instructions are also applicable to Server 2008 as well.

The current best practice for new active directory domain naming is a little hazy see my earlier post Active Directory Domain Naming Best Practices.

But for my scenario i decieded to use a sub domain of our registered company domain. This can be confusing for users as their logon name will appear slightly different to their email address.

So to remedy this we can create a new UPN suffix.

In this example I’ve used an ‘ad’ sub domain of my oxfordsbsguy.com domain. So on initial account creation I only have the @ad.oxfordsbsguy.com domain that i can choose.

ADUC - Create New User

To add a new UPN Suffix, open Active Directory Domains and Trusts, and right click the top level on the left hand side Active Directory Domains and Trusts [DC1.ad.oxfordsbsguy.com] and select Properties.

Active Directory Domains and Trusts - Properties

Type in the alternative UPS Suffixes required, in my case I just want my email domain as an additional UPN suffix, and click Add and click OK.

Active Directory Domains and Trusts - UPN Suffixes

Now back in ADUC, if you select the end user and go to the Account tab you can select the new UPN Suffix.

ADUC - User Logon with UPN Suffix

The end user will now have a username the same as their email address which they will be able to use to login with.

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Active Directory Domain Naming Best Practices

Windows Server 2012 R2

It’s quite uncommon to get to setup a new company Active Directory infrastructure from scratch. Usually a customer has some kind of infrastructure in place already which I then help manage, maintain and enhance.

However recently I’ve been tasked with setting up a brand new company’s infrastructure and one of my first tasks was to name the Active Directory domain.

There are a number of possible scenarios:

  • You could use a .local or other non-routable domain
  • You could use an external domain (Split brain DNS)
  • You could use a similar domain to your fqdn e.g. .net instead of .com
  • You could use a sub domain of your fqdn

But which is best?

I guess that depends on your specific scenario.

Certainly if SSL certificates are going to be involved at all (think Exchange) then non-routable domains are out due to recent changes.

http://www.networking4all.com/en/ssl+certificates/faq/change+san+issue/

https://www.digicert.com/internal-names.htm

After doing some research on the Internet there is no definitive answer, however I have found lots of articles relating to the best practices when naming an Active Directory domain. Rather than duplicate the work of others I have provided links below to some of the most useful webpages I found:

http://blogs.msmvps.com/acefekay/2009/09/07/what-s-in-an-active-directory-dns-name-choosing-a-domain-name/

http://www.mdmarra.com/2012/11/why-you-shouldnt-use-local-in-your.html

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb727085.aspx

http://blog.varonis.com/active-directory-domain-naming-best-practices/

http://exchangeserverpro.com/ssl-requirements-for-exchange-when-certificate-authorities-wont-issue-certificate/

https://acbrownit.wordpress.com/2013/04/15/active-directory-domain-naming-in-the-modern-age/

(Incidentally, I went for a sub domain of the fqdn).

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PowerShell: How to clean up the WinSxS folder in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

In this post we’ll look at how to use PowerShell to reduce the size of the WinSxS folder in Windows Server 2012 R2.

A customer has a very quick SSD based server at a cloud provider, but although it is SSD based it only has a tiny 40GB C:\, which is a very small footprint for the OS, a couple of apps and logs files. So i was asked to take a look and see what i could do to make a bit of room.

The WinSxS folder contains the files for all the Windows Features you can install in the default operating system. Each time you run a windows update files in the WinSxS folder get update and the size will continue to grow.

Since Windows Server 2012 Microsoft have made it very easy to tidy the WinSxS folder up. They introduced a new feature called “Features on Demand”. Rather than the WinSxS containing all the binaries for all the features you could possibly install on the server, “Features on Demand” allows you to remove the files for features you aren’t using.

If at a later date you want to install a feature you have removed from the WinSxS folder you’ll need to specify a location for the source files.

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