Patching your Small Business Network – Part 2 – Deciding on your patching strategy

9:31 pm on July 22, 2015

The key decisions you need to make in terms of patching your small business network are around how much you want to do, how much reporting/verification you want and how reliable the technology is.  In the small business space you’ve got a few options available to you, and as such you need to decide which one you wish to follow before implementing it.

  1. Do nothing and let wh...
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Patching your Small Business Network

5:00 pm on July 17, 2015

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials and other small business networks all require patching to ensure that you stay up to date with the various security patches and therefore remain as secure as possible given the various attack vectors that hackers will take.  The default settings on PCs and servers mean that they might patch dependant on what the users do with these settings. ...
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Disks disappear after HP SUM installed

5:00 pm on July 16, 2015

I’ve just finished building two HP Proliant DL380 G9 servers for a clients project.  As part of that I downloaded and installed the latest HP SUM to ensure all drivers, firmware etc are up to date.  In the past I’ve never had an issue with this, it’s normally a matter of installing them, reboot and you’re good to go.

I discovered however that after installing HP SUM on...
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Renewing SSL certificates with Digicert

11:15 pm on July 15, 2015

My SSL certificate expired tonight.  I’ve used Digicert certificates for for a while now and I’ve got to say I like there customer service.

Normally renewing an SSL certificate can be painful.  You’ve got to generate a CSR, upload that to the website of the SSL provider, wait for the returning certificate, then install that on the server, before then assigning...
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Trend WFBS 9 Upgrade causes applications to stop working

5:00 pm on July 9, 2015

Any program which increases the security of your systems is bound to stop things that are not really dangerous and in fact are need to work.  I reported recently here about an update from Trend that increased Trend WFBS 9.0 ability to prevent the ransomware going around like Cryptolocker.

When I installed the update, I ran...
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Outlook Logging folder consumes all disk space

12:05 pm on July 7, 2015

I’ve got a problem that started in the last week where my hard drive on my laptop fills up quickly.  I’ve used Treesize Professional to check out the disk space and can see there’s huge numbers of 3MB files in the “Outlook Logging” folder buried deep down under the “C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Temp\Outlook Logging\” path.

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Trend WFBS 9 Upgrade to prevent CryptoLocker

8:00 pm on May 20, 2015

Trend last week, quietly released and update for WFBS 9.0 to help prevent infections from Cryptolocker and the other various ransomware

You can get the download from here
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There was an error during move operation when moving a VM into a Cluster

8:36 pm on March 26, 2015

Moving machines around my network is often challenging, but hey – that's why we do this right? Smile

I’ve recently rebuilt my cluster, and it’s now entire...
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SCVMM 2012 R2 and moving machines to an SMB3 share fails

8:00 am on March 26, 2015

I’m doing some work with my home cluster at the moment, and moving machines back onto it after I rebuilt it to use SMB3 only.  When I attempt to move the VMs using SCVMM 2012 R2, I get the message “The specified path is not a valid folder path…”

This only happens if I check the option to “Make this VM Highly Available”.  If I leave that option disabled, then it wor...
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HP Stream 7 power button does not sleep

12:52 pm on March 17, 2015

I’ve got a HP Stream 7 that I’m using for a few things around the place. Nice little unit all up although could do with more RAM.

Recently I noticed that for some reason, when I hit the power button, I was expecting it to go into sleep mode, but instead it presented me with a shutdown screen instead.  I figured that something had gone amiss with the power settings, so I checked...
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