Microsoft

Collecting computer inventory using WSUS

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I was recently tasked with collecting a list of software installed in my environment (desktops and servers). In the past, I would have used a WMI script to query the computers and export it into a database or spreadsheet. However, the more recent Windows versions block all remote connections by default, meaning my WMI script […]

SQL

Connecting to Windows Internal Database

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I recently had to retrieve some information from a WSUS server and was unable to connect to it from my management station. A little research identified that it was using the Windows Internal Database, which doesnt allow remote connections. Below is from http://www.mssqltips.com/tip.asp?tip=1577 that describes how to overcome this shortcoming. Problem Microsoft products such as […]

Microsoft

Identifying the HBA WWNs in a Windows system

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Every once and a while I have to hunt down the WWN of an HBA. On Linux systems, there is normally a combination of LSPCI and searching in /proc that can get you the answer. But how to do it on Windows? I found the page http://wintelguy.com/2010/20100117_find_wwn.html, that points to a MS Utility that quickly […]

VMware

Change block tracking in vSphere

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One of the new features in vSphere is the ability to track which blocks changed between backups. This is useful for the new generation of backup software that is capable of performing a disk-level backup of a VM, and now can perform incremental backups. So, how do you enable it without manually editing all your […]

Coding

Upcoming MS Scripting Games

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I am looking forward to the upcoming scripting games by MS. I have done these before and was always surprised by what I submitted and how good/bad it was compared to others. Give it a shot and see! Grab this badge here!

Microsoft

Windows Storage Server 2008 password

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I found that an ISO for the 2008 Storage Server was available on MSDN, so I thought I would try it out. I really like the idea of multiple connection types (CIFS, NFS, iSCSI), as well as the automatic file-level deduplication features. When I first downloaded and installed it, it prompted me to log in, […]

Storage

Removing inactive hosts from an EMC SAN

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There is a moderate amount of churn in my FC fabric – new hosts being added/removed, new storage being added/removed, systems being moved between locations, etc… This results in Navisphere reporting the following errorsServer initiator (50:01:39:71:00:0F:91:1A:50:01:39:70:00:0F:91:1A) on Server (SAN1) no longer has an active connection to the storage system. While this is a benign error, […]

Microsoft

FSMO role placement woes

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I recently ran into some problems that I tracked down to the placement of the FSMO roles in my domain. I remember reading about role placement years ago, but the task is so rarely performed, that it is easy to forget. Below are the basic rules – referenced from http://loguinfo.blogspot.com/2008/07/best-practices-for-fsmo-role-placement.html Group PDC Emulator and RID […]