VMware ESXi Server Build Numbers

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I’ve been doing a fair bit of VMware patching recently so thought it would be useful to highlight the current and past versions of ESXi and how to check which version you are running. The latest version is 6.5 released last week 15th November, 2016.

As with any new software test in a development environment first before upgrading to a new major version, let others lead the way on the bleeding edge and wait for Patch 1 to be released.

Version 6.5
Version 6.0
Version 5.5
Version 5.1
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WatchGuard Fireware v11.12 released

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WatchGuard Fireware v11.12  and WatchGuard System Manager v11.12 was released on 17th November, 2016. This replaces the previous version of 11.11.4 Update 2.

Full release notes can be found here. Please read them before upgrading! Your Firebox must be running, XTM v11.7.5, v11.8.4 or v11.9 or higher before upgrading.

The software can be downloaded from here.

New features and functions include:

  • ConnectWise Integration
  • Threat Detection and Response
  • Geolocation Service
  • Dynamic VPN Tunnels to Azure
  • IPv6 Support in Services and Proxies
  • Services and Proxies Enabled by Default
  • Gateway Wireless Controller
  • FireCluster with DHCP on External Interface
  • X-forwarded Information from Header in Logs and Dimension

For more detailed information see the presentation below.
What’s New in Fireware v11.12

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How to resolve Microsoft Exchange Information Store not starting – Event ID 5003

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I was called on to troubleshoot an issue with Microsoft Exchange Information Store not starting recently. All other Exchange services were up and running, but the Information Store wouldn’t start and produced the following error:

“Windows could not start the Microsoft Exchange Information Store on the Local Computer. For more information, review the System Event Log. If this is a non-Microsoft service, contact the service vendor, and refer to the service specific error code – 2147221213.”

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How to enable USB 3 on Dell PowerEdge 13G servers

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In this post I will look at how to enable USB 3 on Dell PowerEdge 13G servers, by default it is disabled.

I’ve been copying around a few large image backup files recently and turning on USB 3 has greatly reduced the time it takes to transfer these large files. This is especially useful if you are seeding remote/cloud backups.

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Dell Server Update Utility SUU 16.10.00 released

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The latest version of Dell Server Update Utility (Dell SUU) 16.10.00 was released on the October 2016. The Dell SUU is an application used to help patch Dell PowerEdge servers. It will compare currently installed drivers and firmware with those available on the mounted iso file.

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How to install Exchange 2016 (CU3 and beyond) on Windows Server 2016

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In this blog post we’ll look at how to install the latest version of Exchange 2016 on Windows Server 2016. At the time of writing the current version of Exchange 2016 is CU3.

When Exchange 2016 was first released it wasn’t possible to install it on the Windows Server 2016 Technical Previews due to some missing features in the OS that it relies upon, but now Windows Server 2016 has been released to manufacturing, installation of Exchange 2016 on WIndows Server 2016 is supported.

The demo environment I am using includes a Windows Server 2016 domain controller that is running at the Windows 2016 forest and domain level, and a Windows Server 2016 member server.

In the demo environment no previous versions of Exchange have been installed so as part of the installation the Exchange 2016 we will upgrade the AD Schema.

Finally before we start, always test in a demo environment before deploying in Production!

I hope this walk through helps.

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