Microsoft Exchange Server vNext Delayed – New Details Available

In 2020, Microsoft announced the vNext editions of their popular SharePoint, Skype for Business, Project, and Exchange Server applications, due for release in the second half of 2021. However, as of the time of publication, only SharePoint and Project Server Subscription Editions are available. The other products have had their delays greeted with a wall… Continue reading Microsoft Exchange Server vNext Delayed – New Details Available

Backups, Trust, Boundaries, and Cloud Security Considerations in 2022

Cloud adoption continues to increase as organisations are either taking their first steps into the cloud, or progressing their IT strategies, whether it’s a full cloud migration, multi-cloud or delivering a hybrid architecture. A great workload to leverage the cloud has been as a backup repository. By using the cloud, we can meet multiple improvements… Continue reading Backups, Trust, Boundaries, and Cloud Security Considerations in 2022

Veeam Supported Products Reaching End of Life in 2022

After my last post highlighting the Veeam software that reaches end of support in 2022, I wanted to expand this further and discuss software that Veeam works with that will be approaching end of life in 2022. Why does this matter when I’m just trying to protect the data? Times change, and software changes with… Continue reading Veeam Supported Products Reaching End of Life in 2022

Upgrading CPLD on a Dell PowerSwitch N20xx/30xx/40xx-Series Switch Stack

Hi, Just a quick one from me today, detailing the steps required to upgrade the CPLD against a Dell switch stack. I’ve seen all too often that customers have got issues with their switch stacks that are caused by CPLD version mismatch, such as ports not working intermittently on all but specific switches. To remind… Continue reading Upgrading CPLD on a Dell PowerSwitch N20xx/30xx/40xx-Series Switch Stack

Database Considerations: Veeam Backup & Replication / Veeam ONE on Windows Server 2022 – Part One

Veeam v11a is now available in RTM, bringing support for Windows Server 2022 amongst its many other features. If you’re planning a new deployment however, you’ll want to read on…

Skype for Business Server 2015 CU12 Released – Important Changes & Prerequisite Troubleshooting

Microsoft have released the CU12 cumulative update for Skype for Business Server 2015, and with it, some huge changes. In addition to the usual bug fixing, they’ve also taken the stance that they won’t be investing any further effort into the Skype for Business Online PowerShell module, instead you MUST use the Microsoft Teams PowerShell… Continue reading Skype for Business Server 2015 CU12 Released – Important Changes & Prerequisite Troubleshooting

Data Protection Best Practice: Encrypting Backups

Today I want to talk about backups, and the importance of encrypting them, everywhere. When people think of encrypted backups, the usual first thoughts are around portable backups such as tape and USB or backups outside of your trust domain such as cloud storage. This is a great starting point, and if you’re not currently… Continue reading Data Protection Best Practice: Encrypting Backups

Fix: AzureAD/Teams – Unable to Update SIPProxyAddress

I had an interesting issue over the past week that stumped Microsoft Support for a while. A customer of mine had created a user but accidentally left a trailing space after their UPN. When the user had synchronised to AzureAD with this attribute and their Microsoft 365 licensing had deployed, this created a SIPProxyAddress with… Continue reading Fix: AzureAD/Teams – Unable to Update SIPProxyAddress

VMware vCenter Server Appliance: Sequence Wrong Size for a Certificate when replacing SSL Certificates

Hi! Just a quick one today. I was replacing a certificate for a customer’s VCSA today with one from their internal CA when I hit the error “Sequence Wrong Size for a Certificate”. To clarify, I had generated a CSR from the VCSA, requested the certificate from the CA, downloaded this and the certificate chain… Continue reading VMware vCenter Server Appliance: Sequence Wrong Size for a Certificate when replacing SSL Certificates

Windows Server 2022 Released – What to remember before you start upgrading!

Microsoft dropped a surprise on us today by releasing Windows Server 2022 to no fanfare at all. It’s been released today 18th August 2021, it will have mainstream support until the 13th October 2026 and will be considered end of life on the 14th October 2031 (how are we talking about the 2030’s already?!). This… Continue reading Windows Server 2022 Released – What to remember before you start upgrading!