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Windows Server 2016/2019 RDS Server – Black screen or Start Menu not working


The purpose of this blog post is to try and consolidate all the information we found to resolve an issue we encountered on an RDS Host which caused the start menu to not open or users getting a black screen after logging in. A big thanks goes to all the contributors in the different forums.

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Append String to Veeam Tapes in Media Pool via Powershell


Today I needed to add a couple of tapes in a Media Pool and the customer asked me if I could append a string to the tape name. Having added around ~30 tapes in the pool it would have required a lot of clicking to do it from the Veeam Backup Console.For this reason I…

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Sonicwall Script Generator – Create Multiple Address Objects and add them to an Address Group


Today I needed to create a number of Address Objects on some SonicWall firewalls and add them to an Address Group. The addresses were the ones used by Up Time Robot. These needed to be whitelisted to allow the service to monitor the links’ uptime. This was going to take very long to do via…

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Activating Windows Server 2012/2016 Evaluation Edition – My little script


Had some time and created a script to activate windows server evaluation editions with Retail and Oem Keys

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Quick Post – Running the SANsymphony iSCSI Best Practices Scripts


Quick Post to take note of a way to execute the iSCSI Best Practice script against a number of interfaces.

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Error 5007 when Backing up VMs to a DataDomain Repository


Veeam Backups were failing on a DELLEMC DataDomain Appliance with error 5007 operation is not implemented.

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Allowing UptimeRobot to Monitor a connection with Mikrotik


Recently I needed to monitor an internet connection and wanted to be notified when the connection was down and also back up. A quick Google search allowed me to find UptimeRobot. Uptimerobot is an online set of tools which allow you to monitor IPs, ports and also services like HTTP/HTTPS. They offer a Free account…

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Import/Export Distribution Groups when performing an Exchange cross-forest migration/upgrade


A quick post to show how distribution groups and members were migrated from one active directory/exchange forest to another using powershell

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PSOD: ESXi 6.0 U2 on PowerEdge M710HD with Brocade BR-1741M-k


This post is a walk through on how to resolve an issue were a Brocade 1020/1741M card would cause a PSOD when installing VMware ESXi if the firmware is outdated. It helps in identifying the device that caused the PSOD and the steps to update the firmware and install the necessary drivers for the Brocade card.

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Using Powershell to validate recommended Updates and Hotfixes for Hyper-V Failover Cluster on Windows 2012 R2


My experience with Hyper-V Failover Clusters has showed me that it is best to install all updates and hotfixes on member hosts to try avoid any major issues. This page gives a brief intro to one of the cases that made me take this stance and will allow you to download and use two scripts which will allow you to check if a hyper-v host, or nodes in a cluster, has/have the recommended hotfixes installed.

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