Failover Cluster OUs

I recently created a proof of concept for a client that was built into their production environment.  The POC required me to create a couple of failover clusters, so I got the names from the customer, and created them… like I’d done a thousand times before. Several weeks went by and the customer called me… Continue Reading →

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Cluster-Aware Updates: Be Aware!

When I started evangelizing Windows Server 2012 for Microsoft, there was a long list of features that I was always happy to point to.  There are a few of them that I have never really gone into detail on, that I am currently working with.  Hopefully these articles will help you. Cluster Aware Updates (CAU)… Continue Reading →

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Offline Files: Groan!

You’ve configured Folder Redirection in Group Policy, and it works as expected… as long as you are connected to the network.  As soon as you disconnect, things stop working.  That may be a real inconvenience if you are redirecting your Photos, but if you have redirected your Desktop folder to a network share, there is… Continue Reading →

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KB4103723: DO NOT APPLY!

Hey folks, if you know what is good for you, do not apply this patch yet.  KB4103723 protects against a CredSSP vulnerability that has not yet been compromised.  However, it will break lots of things in your system, including RDP and Hyper-V connections.  Errors will include CredSSP errors when trying to connect via RDP (or… Continue Reading →

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That Was the Week That Was…

This has been one of those weeks that I love as an IT Professional.  I have succeeded in keeping meetings to a minimum, and got to play with a lot of cool technology. If I look back on the week, and this is without reviewing my notes, I have built: Storage Pools iSCSI Targets Failover… Continue Reading →

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Distinguished Names for Complex Items

Distinguished Names are pretty simple, right? Well… it depends on several factors.  To figure out the DN for swmi.ca it is… dc=swmi,dc=ca.  An Organizational Unit is not much harder… Let’s take an OU called Toronto in the swmi.com domain… ou=Toronto,dc=swmi,dc=ca.  Simple. But what happens when we add a little complexity to our environment?  Say… OUs within… Continue Reading →

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Help! Where is my Client Access Point?

So you are building a Scale Out File Server (SoFS).  You are all happy because you read one of my articles (or POSSIBLY someone else’s… but really, why would you hurt me like that?) and you know you are good to go.  You have your cluster, you have your drives, and you have created your… Continue Reading →

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