VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) – How to Configure NTP

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I’ve been working with VMware vSphere 6.5 recently on a few projects and had to make some minor tweaks to the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) to configure NTP and time synchronization. Here is a quick guide on how to change the NTP settings.

The change can’t be made from logging into the normal vCenter Server Appliance web client you would use for managing the cluster, you have to log directly into the vCenter appliance.

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WatchGuard Dimension: How to change the Logging Encryption Key

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It’s good practice to send WatchGuard Firebox traffic logs to a WatchGuard Dimension server so that you have a separate historic log of activity,  as a Firebox won’t retain its logs over a power cycle. The WatchGuard Dimension server can be useful for troubleshooting, but also has a wealth of reports available as well.

To be able to send log traffic to the WatchGuard Dimension server it needs to be encrypted, so you need to supply enter an identical key on the Firebox and in the Dimension server.

If you have multiple Fireboxes you’ll need to know the existing encryption key so you can set it on the additional Fireboxes.

If you don’t know the encryption key, here is how to change it on the WatchGuard Dimension server (don’t forget to change it on existing Fireboxes).

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Dell PS Series Configuration Guide version 17.1 (formerly EqualLogic Configuration Guide)

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I’ve been working with storage recently and looking back on my blog I’ve realised I’ve not updated the EqualLogic Configuration Guide for some time.

Dell released the latest version 17.1 of the Dell PS Series Configuration Guide, formerly the EqualLogic Configuration Guide in December 2016.

The guide is designed to help storage administrators build an iSCSI infrastructure for use with a Dell EqualLogic SAN solution.

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PowerShell: How to check for drives with less than 10GB of free diskspace

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I’ve been working on a simple PowerShell command today to import into our endpoint management solution so we can alert on disks with low diskspace. It’s been a while since I’ve dabbled with PowerShell, and it reminded me just how flexible it is and much I love it!

So I thought I would walk you through the evolution of the command I ended up with.

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Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 16 installation tips

Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 11 Installtion tips

Microsoft released the Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 16 on 13 December 2016.

I installed Update Rollup 16 on my test SBS 2011 server this evening and it took about 10 minutes from start to finish, so I wouldn’t expect it to take much longer than this in production.

Please test before installing into your production environment. Maybe even wait a few days or a week or two from the release date to make sure the QA is up to scratch on it.

For migrations to Exchange 2016, Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 11 is the minimum version that will be supported in a coexistance environment.

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Dell Server Update Utility SUU 16.12.00 released

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The latest version of Dell Server Update Utility (Dell SUU) 16.12.00 was released on the 15th December 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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