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How to correctly cleanup WSUS server

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Problem A typical WSUS server is getting more and more updates over time and disk space needed for those updates is growing. Unfortunately the integrated Cleanup Wizard does only half of the work needed, to really cleanup the WSUS server from unnecessary updates. Solution Decline superseded updates Open WSUS admin console and go to “All Updates”. Change “Approval” to “Any… Read more »

How to reset Veeam Endpoint Backup

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Problem Veeam Endpoint Backup is only doing a full backup on initial backup configuration. All subsequent backups are incremental. If you want Veeam Endpoint backup to create a new full backup, you can do a standalone full backup or completely recreate the backup. Solution Stop the “Veeam Endpoint Backup” service. Create the “RecreateDatabase” registry entry. HKLM\SOFTWARE\Veeam\Veeam Endpoint Backup Start the… Read more »

Consolidate virtual machine disk files fails with “Unable to access file since it is locked”

Problem You may receive the following error message if you try to consolidate disk files of a virtual machine in VMware. Cause One of the virtual disks may be in use by any backup appliance such as “vSphere Data Protection”. To ensure, check all attached disks of the virtual machine, by editing the settings and check if there’s any disk… Read more »

Recreate deleted RODC NTDS connection

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Problem You may have accidentially deleted the RODC NTDS connection, which is typically named “RODC Connection (FRS)”. Even tought deleting this connection is normally not possible without removing the “protect deletion” flag, the object no longer exists. Solution You have two option to recreate the RODC NTDS connection. Demote and repromote the RODC. Manually recreate the NTDS object. Since demoting… Read more »

VDP appliance hangs on startup

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Problem The VMware VDP appliance (VMware Data Protection) hangs on startup at: Starting VDP appliance systems Solutions It’s possible that the appliance only needs more time to startup correctly. I have seen situations where it took about 2 hours (!!) to startup. If the appliance is not correctly starting up after several hours, it may hang. Do the following steps… Read more »

Update HP Intelligent Provisioning

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How to Go to the HP driver and download page of the HP Gen8 server. LINK Select any operating system (Example: Windows Server 2008 R2). Search for “HP Intelligent Provisioning recovery media” and download it. Boot the server from the downloaded Intelligent Provisioning recovery media. You can use iLO for this if you’re a lucky owner of a iLO Advanced… Read more »

Perform a silent upgrade of VMware Tools without restart

Problem You want to update the VMware Tools of a virtual machine without affecting the running machine (no restart). Solution In vCenter, right-click on the virtual machine and choose “Guest” -> “Install/Upgrade VMware Tools”. Put the following parameters into the “Advanced Options” field: Windows /S /v”/qn REBOOT=R” Linux –default

Fortigate Traffic Shaping (CLI)

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Problem Some Fortinet devices do not provide Traffic Shaping configuration via GUI. There you have to configure it by using the command line nterface (CLI). Solution Enable and configure traffic shaping by using the following commands: config firewall shaper traffic-shaper get edit guarantee-10Mbps (or other name) get set guarantee-bandwith 10000 config firewall policy edit ID of policy set traffic-shaper name… Read more »