Monday, November 28th, 2011
Recently I had some confusion with a client over what tape should be inserted into which tape drive and their capacity. The colour of the tape however is what was easily determined and helped resolve the issue quickly. I figured I’d post this for others in case they need it. This table is accurate for HP LTO tapes – but other vendors use different colours.
|1||100GB / 200GB||Blue|
|2||200GB / 400GB||Dark Red|
|3||400GB / 800GB||Yellow|
|4||800GB / 1600GB||Green|
|5||1600GB / 3200GB||Light Blue|
Wikipedia has a table which has other manufacturers LTO tape cartridges and their colours here
Thursday, November 24th, 2011
One of the things you should do before migration is to ensure that you set your DSRM password to something that you know. The quickest way to do this is to use NTDSUtil to synchronise it with the current SBS 2008 or SBS 2011 Network Administrators password.
To do this is easy – use the following procedure.
You can see below where I’ve configured my SBS 2008 server to sync with the account SBSADMIN
Of course, the next thing before you need to use it in a DR scenario is to test it of course!
Friday, November 18th, 2011
Working on site this week with a client who has a 512kb link back to their headoffice. I deployed a new server which had WSUS configured to replicate content and approvals from a central server in headoffice. The problem was however that it tried to download 23GB of updates from the server during working hours and the bandwidth to headoffice became very limited. Now I know WSUS is supposed to use background bandwidth, but it just didn’t seem to work.
I needed to find a way to stop WSUS downloading updates from the other server without permanently crippling the server. The answer ended up being very simple.
Later you can easily revert this change and continue the downloads without any issue.
Monday, November 7th, 2011
Yes – I had this happen on my SBS 2008 server myself. Instead of taking the normal route to try and resolve it however, I decided to mess with a few SQL commands and try to dig under the covers to see if I could delete data that was too old. I thought that this might allow me to reduce the content of the database so that I could not go through the hassle of replacing it. Sadly my SQL skills are not that good and I ended up making the database log files all that much more bigger to the point that I nearly ran out of disk space.
Oh well – I tried it on my system and not a customers system.
End result however is that if your SBS 2008 Monitoring Database grows beyond the 4GB limit, you’ve got no real choice but to replace it with an empty one. Best place to get one is from a new customer server – or if you don’t have one of those, then you can download a fresh one from here (Thanks Lyle for the link).
Once you have your empty database, the procedure is quite simple.
To configure SBS 2008 Alert Notifications do the following;
To configure SBS 2008 Reports do the following;
Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
Microsoft this week launched the beta of the long awaited Office Integration Module for SBS 2011 Essentials. This add-in or module provides links directly between SBS 2011 Essentials and Office 365. You will be able to directly control many aspects of an Office 365 users account from the dashboard. You can find out more about the beta here
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
In the last episode of Crack The Creds, Dana showed us how to bypass the iLo security. This time he’s showing us how to bypass the Apple iPad screen lock password and see the screen of the last application running. Well worth a look. Check it out here.