Dear Scotland

It’s 10:55 pm where I live, and it’s 6:55 in the morning in Glasgow on a pretty special day for you guys.  It’s kinda amazing to me to be alive on a day that will end up on a Wikipedia entry page.  (When I was a little girl historical things ended up in the World Book Encyclopedia that I used to read, now they end up on Wikipedia).

Tracing back in my family tree is the name of Clan Wallace.  So there is a sliver of me that is Scottish.  And it’s pretty cool that you are able to decide your future and make such a change not with swords (as used to be done) or guns, or bloodshed but words and people going to a ballot box and making a decision.  If only more of the world did what you guys are doing.  Fighting with words or an issue, not with blood.

A long time ago a group of folks in the country I live in also wanted to decide their own fate.  They wanted to have government of their own, representation of their own, a voice of their own.  Several hundred years have gone by and one could argue that our Government leaders aren’t leading at all these days, but regardless, based on the history of my own country, I can only imagine what it feels like to vote on such an important issue like this.  To get our independence, we ran off the British Army (who was kinda an easy target with all those Red Uniforms).

I remember the very first time I went to the ballot box and cast my vote.  It was an empowering day.  To read that you’ve given the voting rights all the way down to 16 year olds, that’s very very cool.  You’ve just empowered young folks that will probably always feel that they have to responsibility to be engaged in their country’s future.

So to the folks in Scotland, as someone who has a sliver of Scottish ancestry in my family tree, I’m pretty blown away with the energy I see from this side of the ocean.  I hope that we in the United States get inspired by what you guys are doing and turn out to vote more in our own elections (hey I can hope, can’t I?).  I hope that others around the world can see what a profound change you are making with the voting box and not with war and do likewise.

I for one will be excited to see how this turns out.  Me, I’m hoping the Yes vote takes the day.

 

Do you want to virtualize ONE desktop in HyperV?

And you want to know how to license it?  As I read it, you need to either purchase a VDA subscription (don’t ask me how this is done) or purchase VL with SA in order to be able to host one desktop in HyperV if you plan to have other servers being hosted as well.

If you wanted to only host ONE desktop and only that ONE desktop you could use a retail license – not OEM.  But that’s kinda silly.

But bottom line, want to host one virtualized desktop operating system?  Get VL and SA to be legal.

See discussion with Cliff on the sbs2k@yahoogroups.com listserve for more nuances and details.

How to hide a shared folder in RWA

Want to know how to hide a shared folder in RWA in SBS 2011?  (this should also work in Essentials as well)

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/c653943f-98d6-47ad-86ca-05e370467f65/sbs-2011-std-how-to-prevent-shared-folder-from-displaying-on-rwa?forum=smallbusinessserver

Share name is null or empty

Share type is not of type disk drive (0)

Share name ends with a $

Share is special:

Address

ExchangeOAB

GroupMetrics

NETLOGON

SYSVOL

WSUSContent

WSUSTemp

UpdateServicesPackages

Share directory does not exist

Share is not created on an NTFS volume

Access to share volume is denied

No IISRESET required when share list changes

Bottom line put a $ at the end of a folder name and it will be hidden.

 

And if Microsoft had done this?

u2photo
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6439?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

And if Microsoft had done this… wonder how much folks would have been up in arms over this?

So what’s this Storage server thing?

http://blogs.msmvps.com/bradley/2014/09/12/windows-storage-server-2012-r2-essentials/

Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials.

Okay so what is this?

To be clear it’s not Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Standard.  It has no feature set from the Storage server line.

It’s a new OEM only sku… or rather a price point.  It’s the Standard server os with the Essentials role, so it needs to BE a domain controller or SEE a domain controller.  It can’t be merely a workgroup computer (unfortunately).

So think of it as a low cost/OEM only/has to be or see a domain controller but still provide the Essentials role/feature set.

So?  What do you think of it now?

Will you consider it for your client base?

 

Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials

http://www.thecus.com/media_news_page.php?NEWS_ID=15373

09/10/2014- Thecus Technology Corp. today announces another world first: Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials is now available for NAS users. Available this October, the 2-bay W2000, 4-bay W4000, and the 5-bay W5000 offer a host of benefits to SMB users, including data protection, integrated cloud services, and secure remote access.

“Thecus NAS provide users with a complete solution to their storage needs. With the additions to the W Series, Thecus is able to offer a more diversified product to its customers.  Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials is an ideal pairing with Thecus NAS and will equip small businesses with a powerful and trusted storage solution.”  Florence Shih, CEO at Thecus Technology Corp.

By running Windows Server software on a Thecus NAS, users will be able to simplify the integration of Microsoft’s cloud-based applications and services, including Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure. These new NAS offerings provide users with an affordable, flexible solution that minimizes resources spent on business operations while still optimizing productivity.

“The Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials software allows small businesses to protect, centralize, organize, and access their data anywhere by using almost any device,” said Peter Han, Vice President of Worldwide OEM Marketing, Microsoft. “We believe offering our software on Thecus NAS devices will provide an excellent solution for those small businesses looking to protect their data while optimizing their resources with a hybrid, on premise, and cloud-connected offering.”

Thanks to proven Thecus hardware based on the Intel Atom platform, serviced by dual LAN ports and no less than 2GB of DDR3 RAM, and all featuring media connectivity (HDMI and VGA), the new line of world-first Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials NAS are user-friendly yet robust answers to the data needs of every forward-thinking small to medium-sized business.

 

 

External hard drive becomes read only

USB External Hard Drives Become Write Protected In Windows 7 – Page 2 – Windows 7:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/300492/usb-external-hard-drives-become-write-protected-in-windows-7/page-2

Have and encrypted usb hard drive.  Today it suddenly started indicating it was read only.  Excuse me?  Read only?  I couldn’t take ownership, nor change permissions, nor change the drive letter.  I ended up flipping it to offline and then back to online and that did the trick.

I’ve never had this happen before.  Weird.

In case it ever happens to you.

Thinking about pen testing

Reading The Hacker Playbook, Practical Guide to Penetration Testing by Peter Kim (Book and Kindle versions) and reading it and thinking about how many firms would not / DO not protect themselves.

So many times in small to medium businesses, a client will say they want a pen test and they really don’t want a pen test.  Or rather, they coudln’t afford the fee for an expert to pen test their network.  Typically what they really want is an external scan that may even merely be an external PCI scan.  Just because you’ve passed a PCI scan doesn’t mean that the network is secure however.  As showcased in the book, there are so many ways a determined attacker can wiggle in, it’s scary.

Trying out a geek toy for the phone

fisheyephoto

Trying out the 4 in one lens for my iPhone 5 from http://www.olloclip.com/

There’s a version for the iPhone and a version for the iPad.  The one thing to watch about the version for the iPhone is that you either need to buy the special case for the phone that allows you to slide a trap door away from the lens so you can put the lens over the phone, or you have to take the case off your phone each time you want to slide on the lens (obviously not too fun to be peeling off a case each time you want to add the lens feature).

This is a view of my backyard with the Hummingbird feeder hanging from the pergola.

 

 

Exchange 2013 and got perf issues?

Performance issues or delays when you connect to Exchange Server 2013 that is running in Windows Server:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2995145/en-us?sd=rss&spid=16526

Bottom line:  If you’ve installed .net 4.5 on that server, make sure you do a registry entry if you have Exchange 2013 installed.

When you connect to a Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 server that is installed in Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2008 in which Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 is included, you may experience delays to access email messages or disconnections to the Exchange server. When this issue occurs, the CPU or memory usage on the server is high for some services that include one or more of the W3wp.exe processes.

This issue occurs because too many objects are pinned on the .NET Framework 4.5 garbage collector heap. It causes heap fragmentation in addition to an increase in CPU and memory usage by the garbage collector.

Important Follow the steps in this section carefully. Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Before you modify it, back up the registry for restoration

in case problems occur.

For Exchange Server 2013 that is installed in Windows Server 2012


Apply hotfix 2803755 that needs a restart, and then use one of the following methods to enable the hotfix:
  • Create the COMPLUS_DisableRetStructPinning environment variable, and set the value of the variable to 1.
  • Create a DWORDvalue of the DisableRetStructPinning entry at the following registry subkey, and set the DWORD value to 1:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\.NETFramework
Then, restart the computer.

For Exchange Server 2013 that is installed in Windows Server 2012 R2


Create a DWORDvalue of the DisableRetStructPinning entry at the following registry subkey, and set the DWORD value to 1:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\.NETFramework
Then, restart the computer.

For Exchange Server 2013 that is installed in Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008


Apply hotfix 2803754 that needs a restart, and then use one of the following methods to enable the hotfix:
  • Create the COMPLUS_DisableRetStructPinning environment variable, and set the value of the variable to 1.
  • Create a DWORDvalue of the DisableRetStructPinning entry at the following registry subkey, and set the DWORD value to 1:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\.NETFramework
Then, restart the computer.