SolarWinds MSP Backup Hyper-V or not to Hyper-V
Mar30

SolarWinds MSP Backup Hyper-V or not to Hyper-V

I recently asked if it was better to backup virtual machines at the host level using SolarWinds MSP Backup or to install it to each guest VM and backup from there. I had a few conflicting recommendations so decided to fire up and lab and try it out for myself! Here we have a Hyper-V host server called VMHOSTRECOVERY hosting two virtual servers. Server 2016 which is a domain controller and Server 2016 SQL a domain member SQL server....

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Guest Post for LOGICnow
Aug01

Guest Post for LOGICnow

Hi Everyone, LOGICnow have posted one of my guest blog posts! If you use their Max Backup service take a look: https://www.logicnow.com/blog/understanding-bandwidth-throttling-backup    ...

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LOGICnow Max Backup Bare Metal Recovery Step by Step
May19

LOGICnow Max Backup Bare Metal Recovery Step by Step

If your new to Max Backup or just haven’t been in a situation where you have had to do a bare metal recovery then its time to have a go. In this lab I’m going to try and recover one of our physical servers running on HP hardware to a Virtual Machine on a Hyper-V host. Not really what its meant for but it works and is a good way to experiment and learn the process. Why would we want to do this? Maybe you manage your clients...

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DrayTek Vigor 2960 Multi tenant setup using private and public IP addresses on LAN
Apr03

DrayTek Vigor 2960 Multi tenant setup using private and public IP addresses on LAN

This week in the lab we are going to setup a DrayTek Vigor 2960 for a small multi tenant office. Each office will have their own subnet and DHCP provided by our 2960. Each tenant will have the option of using public IP addresses on their own equipment on their LAN. In our lab we have a suitable internet connection to support several users and a single DrayTek Vigor 2960 router. In our building network we are subletting three offices...

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Demo Lab: Configure a Meraki Network
Mar10

Demo Lab: Configure a Meraki Network

I’ve wanted to get some more Meraki kit into the office to experiment with for ages and finally got round to sourcing some and setup a test lab. If you’ve never used Meraki equipment before you should! opening up a box is like the first time you purchased an iPhone or a brand new car it feels a bit special! No I’m not weird I’m a nerdy IT guy 😉 This is high end networking equipment for enterprise and utilises a...

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Using LOGICnow’s Max Backup service with Azure for offsite disaster recovery
Feb09

Using LOGICnow’s Max Backup service with Azure for offsite disaster recovery

We’ve been using LOGICnow’s Max Backup service for a while now to provide cloud backup and business continuity to our clients. Recently we’ve been playing with Azure to provide a DR solution that can be turned on within a few minutes without the expense of  having hardware laying around doing nothing. This can be done using windows backup and the Azure backup services but if you need offsite hot standby servers and a...

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SonicWall TZ500 Unbox and Install
Oct27

SonicWall TZ500 Unbox and Install

So today our SonicWall demo unit trial expired so a few days ago I purchased a not for resale (NFR) unit from Exertis to replace it. Having been impressed with the NSA3600 we wanted to use one on our own network for testing and training purposes. We don’t need anywhere the power of the 3600 so opted for the smaller TZ500 which is recommended for networks up to 50 users. The TZ500 retails for around £630 so its a good fit for...

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