Troubleshooting Tip: Recovering Access to a MSSQL Database

I was recently helping a customer create a SQL database backup for a support ticket and noticed that they had an interesting SQL Server configuration. There was only a single account with sysadmin rights, the sa account, but this account wasn’t allowed to sign in. The SQL Server was domain joined but there was just… Continue reading Troubleshooting Tip: Recovering Access to a MSSQL Database

VMware vSphere 6.5 – End of General Support Changes

Hey everyone! VMware released some unexpected news yesterday regarding the end of support for vSphere & vCenter 6.5 and vSAN 6.5 & 6.6. These were both originally intended to reach End of General Support (EoGS) this year, on the 15th November 2021. VMware are now extending this general support window to the 15th October 2022,… Continue reading VMware vSphere 6.5 – End of General Support Changes

Microsoft Exchange Server KB5000871: Unable to Apply “owaauth.dll”, 400 Bad Request & Server Error in ECP application

Hey, so I’ve been going through all our customers this week that’ve been identified as potentially at risk by the latest Exchange Server vulnerabilities (full details straight from Microsoft here) and as you can expect from a rapid response release, it’s not quite consistent when installing. Please be painfully aware of the Microsoft installation notes… Continue reading Microsoft Exchange Server KB5000871: Unable to Apply “owaauth.dll”, 400 Bad Request & Server Error in ECP application

Polycom/3PIP Device doesn’t get any results (Skype for Business Server)

Evening, I had a support ticket I dealt with today that I couldn’t find any useful information on via the web, so I’m here to spread the knowledge, if you’re reading this it likely means you’ve searched one of the keywords here and are hoping to get your Skype for Business Address Book Service sorted… Continue reading Polycom/3PIP Device doesn’t get any results (Skype for Business Server)

Taking control of Windows Server 2016/2019 Updates

Automatic updates are a blessing for most IT technicians as with user machines we can set and forget our rules and feel comfortable that 99% of the machines are up to date. Now it’s our turn to feel the pain that our users have told us about with updates being installed at the most inappropriate moments. It boils down to Microsoft’s latest change for Windows 10 / 2016. Active hours.

Handy Tip: Veeam Replication & vCenter VM Mac Conflict

Evening, I just wanted to write this quick blog post to help people who use Veeam to replicate their VMs on vCenter 6 U1B or newer. Apparently somewhere in the vCenter 6 lifeline it was decided that an alarm will trigger if a MAC address conflict was detected. I personally am all for this trigger… Continue reading Handy Tip: Veeam Replication & vCenter VM Mac Conflict

Cloud vs On-Premise: Where to draw the line?

Morning, For my first blog post I’d like to shine a light on the burning question in everyone’s mind recently. The cloud. There will always be salesmen trying to pitch on-premise or hosted solutions to your problems but unfortunately they’ve often only known about your business for 10 minutes and are hardly the ones to… Continue reading Cloud vs On-Premise: Where to draw the line?