WatchGuard Fireware v11.12 Update 2 released

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Note: Fireware v11.12.4 is now available, see here for details.

WatchGuard Fireware v11.12 Update 2 was released on 11th April 2017. This replaces the previous version of 11.12.1.

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Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 17 installation tips

Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 11 Installtion tips

Edit: Update Rollup 18 is now available for Exchange 2010 SP3 see the post Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 18 installation tips.

Microsoft released the Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 17 on 20 March 2017, so I’m a little late with this post, but i’m sure it will still be useful to you if you are reading it!

I installed Update Rollup 17 on my test SBS 2011 server this morning and it took 13 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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How to check BitLocker Drive Encryption status in Windows 10

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BitLocker Drive Encryption is the technology in Windows 10 which can encrypt your hard disk drive and keep your data safe. It will usually require you to enter a pin/usb key/certificate to allow access to the encrypted hard disk drive.

But how do you check the status of BitLocker on your computer?

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Dell EMC Server Update Utility SUU 17.04.00 released

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EDIT: Version 17.07 has now been released, see the post Dell EMC Server Update Utility SUU 17.07 released.

The latest version of Dell EMC Server Update Utility (Dell SUU) 17.04.00 was released on the 28 March 2017. The Dell EMC 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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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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