Enable Change Block Tracking via PowerCLI Scipt

Issue: You need to enable Change Block Tracking (CBT) on numerous virtual machines and have it take effect immediately. Background: Enabling change block tracking does not take effect immediately and requires a suspend/resume or snapshot create/delete.  This process of changing the CBT setting and activating the change becomes incredibly time consuming. Solution: Enable Change Block Tracking via PowerCLI Script Copy the below txt and paste into a text file with extension .ps1.  Place Read more [...]

WannaCry Ransomware

Based on our research it sounds like infection often comes in via email attachment. The whole SMB exploit aspect is the unique sexiness of this crypto in that it spreads to multiple machines that way so multiple nodes are encrypting basically.  I think any Desktop that gets infected would encrypt server mapped drives. So patching servers prevents 'server-uber-doomsday-infection' of server itself being infected.  But any node on network getting it will basically cause server to get encrypted anyway, Read more [...]

Best Practices for Securing and Passing Privileged Account Audits

Best Practices for Securing and Passing Privileged Account Audits Privileged accounts can be divided into categories; such as built-in, user made, linked to a consultant/contractor and anonymous. To better secure and pass privileged accounts audits, you must monitor the activities of these accounts and maintain proper management and control them. A new network, where the latest guidelines are adopted as the system is rolled out, can be easy to track and monitor. In such an environment, passing Read more [...]

How to move SQL 2016 TEMP2 TempDB

Moving your TempDB locations should be performed outside production. Check Current Temp DB Locations: SELECT name, physical_name AS CurrentLocation FROM sys.master_files WHERE database_id = DB_ID(N'tempdb'); GO Move the Temp2 or any additional Temp databases: USE master; GO ALTER DATABASE tempdb MODIFY FILE (NAME = temp2, FILENAME = 'T:\MSSQL\DATA\tempdb_mssql_2.ndf'); GO Check Current Temp DB Locations again: SELECT name, physical_name AS CurrentLocation FROM sys.master_files WHERE Read more [...]

How to disable Office 365’s Outlook Junk Email Filter

Issue: After deploying Office 365 you find that your end users are complaining about specific emails going into the Junk folder in Outlook. Background/Applicability: You are continuing to use a third party spam filter solution and this solution sits in front of Office 365.  Prior to Office 365 Junk Email in Outlook was not enabled.  You do not desire to use Office 365 Spam Filtering given your existing Spam Solution. Solution: Read more [...]