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vRanger Automated Savepoint Cleanup

In our environment, we have configured vRanger to backup with the equivalent of 2 full backups and 6 incrementals before the earliest backup is overwritten.  This provides some protection against a single full backup becoming corrupted for whatever reason and rendering the entire backup of that virtual machine useless.  However, this configuration does add a …

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HOWTO: Ultimate Powershell Home Drive Verification Script

The script below was designed to solve the following problem in my environment.  We have 32 discrete home servers scattered across Canada and thousands of employees that use them.  The problem was appeared to have many times more folders than we did employees.  This turned out to be the result of having an incomplete take …

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I have a wall!

My certification journey has produced its first physical fruit.  

HOWTO: Clean up vRanger savepoints with Powershell

The scripts below I came up with as a way of identifying old or orphaned savepoints within vRanger 6.1.  Be careful with the remove command though as in its current form will also delete any differentials.  That’s probably what you’re looking for but if you have weird orphans, it might cause you some issues.  Pay …

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HOWTO: Configure Citrix Netscaler to Perform Website Aware Load Balancing

This HOWTO describes the process of configuring a Citrix Netscaler to monitor for a keyword on a load balanced website and if that key word is not found (ie the node has failed), remove it.  Once removed, continue scanning and once the node is back up, read it. The foundational technology we use here is …

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HOWTO: Resolve “login failure” issue for Service Account after Restart

Hi,   Have you ever had a situation where you have a service account configured on a Windows box and everything works great… until you reboot the server? After the reboot though, the service doesn’t start. When you open the services MMC, you discover that the status is in fact shown as not started. So …

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HOWTO: Figure out whose is using space in the Recycle Bin Folder

I was troubleshooting a low disk space alarm on a server.  After running TreeSizeFree, I discovered that the bulk of the space was in use in the Recycling bin which is stored in a hidden directory called #:\RECYCLER (I say # because on exists on each drive present in the machine).     You’ll note …

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Automated Macrium Reflect Backups to ISCSI Storage

This HOWTO will allow you to accomplish the following tasks using Macrium Reflect: – Detect if a external NAS device is powered on and if not, power it on for the duration of the backup and power it down again – Wait for the web management interface of the NAS device to come online before …

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