Office Installation on RDS/Terminal Servers

If you have a terminal server/RDS server you probably know that there are specific rules that Microsoft puts in place regarding software licensing for use on such a box.  The short description of those rules is that you have to…

Disaster Recovery for the smaller organization – Part 1

I have published many posts on backup and on virtualization, this post will bring both areas together for “the win”.  And what is the win, you may ask?  That’s simple, it is Disaster Recovery that even small businesses can afford! …

A (Non) Profitable Journey – Part 4

Things continue apace at Swan Lake.  I’ve been fooling around with various things and I’m slowly rolling in the changes that I and they want to see in place.  It’s a slow process as I have to grab time to…

Active Directory–Where did my GPO templates go????

This is a short post to highlight something I stumbled across the other day. One of our customers has been bought out by a much larger company and the new parent company is in the process of transitioning my customer’s…

Quick little note on Lenovo server RAID

I was helping a friend this weekend with his new Lenovo server.  TS-430, nice basic server with decent engineering. We discovered one “oopsie” in the ordering process that you might want to be aware of if you are ordering a…

Hyper-V, oooo you ARE a seductress!

I have been a committed VMware vSphere and Workstation user for years.  The majority of the infrastructure at itgroove is built on vSphere as is that at many of our customers.  I have used the products since the very early…

Some days you’re the bear and other days the bear gets you …

There are times when those of us that work in IT Consulting have the same kinds of experiences that customers have when it all goes horribly pear shaped.  So, this is a cautionary tale that proves even the “gods of…

VMware ESXi 5–SLOOOOOW boot with software iSCSI

I posted this today on our internal blog, it may be of some interest to you. vSphere 5 (ESXi) has a known weird problem on system boot when using software enabled iSCSI (eg NOT using hardware iSCSI HBA’s). ESXi will…

How to save your butt when an old system starts to fail

Almost all of us in the IT world have been faced with the “emergency” of an old yet critical system that starts to fail and that cannot be easily replaced.  The scenario usually revolves around old line of business software…

Server Migration – A Tale of Two Tools

If you spend any time at all with systems you’ll know that, eventually, there will come a time when you have to perform a migration from your trusty but “tired” old server to some shiny new piece of kit.  Depending…