Hardware

Synology SSD Cache Setup and Testing

Enabling Synology SSD Cache Due to budget constraints my Synology DS1815+ is only populated with 6 WD Red drives, and the last two bays have been sitting empty for a while now. After a recent unrelated upgrade I found myself […]

Home lab video walkthrough and rack diagram
Home Lab

Home Lab setup for Virtualization, Hyper-V, and MCSE

Virtualization Home Lab Guide When it comes to home labs each of us is constrained by size, power, heat, noise, performance, and budget factors.  On top of that the IT field encompasses a host of various technologies and many of […]

Hyper-V logo on fire
Hyper-V

Hyper-V VMs cannot find the path after storage migration

VMs cannot find the path specified I encountered an interesting issue today after completing a VM storage migration of approximately one hundred Hyper-V VMs.  Most of them began reporting: VMs cannot find the path All one hundred Hyper-V VMs were […]

HP iLO RESTful API manged with PowerShell
PowerShell

Mange HP Servers with iLO RESTful API via PowerShell

Using PowerShell to manage HP servers via the iLO RESTful API If your environment contains HPE Gen9 Servers running iLO 4 2.00 you can leverage PowerShell to interact with the iLO RESTful API of these devices. Why should I care […]

Upgrading Server 2012R2 to Nano Server
Hyper-V

Upgrade Hyper-V to Nano Server with zero VM downtime

Hyper-V to Nano Server with no downtime Upgrading Hyper-V to Nano Server is relatively straight forward.  A Nano Server image should be created for each Hypervisor in your Hyper-V cluster.  Each of those Nano Server images should be customized to […]

Nano Server Console with PowerShell Logo
Nano Server

Customizing Nano deployment using SetupComplete.cmd

Nano Server SetupComplete.cmd While possible to set many options in the actual Nano Server image you will likely find yourself needing to perform a few post deployment customization tasks.  These can be accomplished through use of SetupComplete.cmd which can be […]

Nano Server Login Console
Nano Server

How to create a Nano Server Image

Creating a Nano Server Image Unlike other versions of Windows Nano Server does not have install media to load onto a VM or Physical Host.  Instead, a base level Nano WIM, Nano Packages, and Nano scripts are used in conjunction […]

Synology DS1512+ with failed hard drive
Hardware
Synology DS416 withy WD Red NAS 3.0TB Drives
Hardware

Synology Disk Station Manager – initial configuration guide

Overview The Synology Disk Station Manager (DSM) is the Operating System (OS) that runs on your Synology unit.  This guide will cover the basic steps to setup your Synology device and complete the initial configuration settings of your DSM. If […]

Hyper-V Ignite Videos
Hyper-V

Learning Hyper-V 2016 changes – Ignite Playlist

Server 2016 was announced at this year’s Microsoft Ignite ushering in a lot of new features for Server 2016 and especially for Hyper-V. Upgrades to the Hyper-V platform read almost like a wish list with Microsoft offering an array of […]