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Feb
12
Hyper-V: Set Up An Internal Network For Host/Guest File and Service Sharing
Posted by Amy Babinchak on 12 February 2015 01:18 PM

Here’s a quick and simple How-To for setting up network communication between a Hyper-V host, both Server and Windows 8/8.1, and any guests.

  1. Hyper-V Manager –> R.Click ServerName –> Virtual Switch Manager –> New –> INTERNAL.

     

    • Note the description for the internal vSwitch.

       

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  2. Click APPLY and OK
  3. Assign the newly created vSwitch – Internal to the required VM(s)
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  4. On the HOST: Start –> NCPA.CPL [Enter] –> Set an IPv4 IP Address
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    • Use a different subnet for this network than anything else on the host’s NICs.
  5. On the Guest: Start –> NCPA.CPL [Enter] –> Set an IPv4 IP Address
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    • Note the host and the guest are assigned an IP on the same subnet.
  6. On either the Host or the Guest open Windows Explorer
  7. \\IPv4Address\
  8. Authenticate

     

    1. To host: Either MachineName\Username or DomainName\Username

       

    2. To guest: MachineName\Username
  9. Copy and paste files and access services as expected
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If there is a need to work with UNC paths, HTTPS and certificates, and more then make sure to set up a small VM running DNS and ADDS if needed. One could also put DHCP on that VM to make addressing simple.

Philip Elder
Microsoft Cluster MVP


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Dec
18
Third Tier 2015 Sneak Preview
Posted by Third Tier on 18 December 2014 02:10 PM

We held a webinar where we talked about what we’ll be up to in 2015. Here’s the concluding slide. 8 programs and 11 staff. We recorded the session; you can download it and have a listen. We talked about our current programs: Helpdesk, MicroStaffing, SMBKitchen and Brain Explosion. Then we talked about our new programs: Super Secret News, Look a Whale, Tech Your Books and Be the Cloud. We also announced a monthly webinar series. All of the new things start up in 2015.

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Jan
27
From the Desk of Philip – Happy Monday
Posted by Philip Elder on 27 January 2014 01:44 PM

Original Here: MPECS Inc. Blog: From the Desk of Philip – Happy Monday

We are running at 115% right now. Things are crazy.

This can be good, but it can also get quite stressful.

So, taking a few moments to drop off and dream …

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I’ve had that book since I was a young teen. Small Block Marine was probably some of the better builds I’ve been a part of in the past (easily 1hp/CID).

Today’s wistful thinking is along the lines of LS6 at 6.2L, cold-air intake, 8-10lbs of Magnuson Roots based boost, headers, high flow cats and Y pipe with a 4″ straight pipe, and then a pair of high flow mufflers on a banana. The final bit would be in the tune (Side-Note: Gotta get rid of the nanny pause whenever I hit that accelerator! What were manufacturers thinking?).

The Dyno slips I saw for this setup showed 490bhp/ at the wheels (the one that really counts). Torque was relatively flat from about 2,800RPM to a little over 5K.

As a car guy it brings a bit of pain to say this but this would be the setup for a Sierra 1500 series pick-up.

We all know that one needs to be practical when it comes to life in the country!

We hope your Monday is going as good as ours is!

Keep dreaming the dream. :)

EDIT: Point of order: I was stuck on the Z06 LS6 crate motor … Engine code for the 6.2L is L9H in the Sierra Pick-ups. My apologies for the misleading bits. :)

Philip Elder
Microsoft Cluster MVP
MPECS Inc.
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

Chef de partie in the SMBKitchen
Find out more at
Third Tier: Enterprise Solutions for Small Business


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Nov
8

Original Published here: MPECS Inc. Blog: Cause For Pause: Accounting Firm Possibly Done In Due to Technician Error and Cryptolocker (reddit)

This article came across one of the lists I am a part of and really brought home our own experiences back when Backup Exec and Symantec spent three days working with us to recover a backup that in the end proved to be unrecoverable.

In the above case we were fortunate to have other methods in place to protect the data but we did end up losing the domain and 24 of a partner’s files out of 650GB of data (the failure was progressive – garbage in garbage out).

The BUE fail taught us to advocate strongly for us to be the ones to rotate the backups (the person responsible in the above case failed to rotate the two magazines) and to do a quarterly _full_ bare metal or hypervisor restore of the backup.

It also drove us to find a different backup and restore method that gave us portability for the backed up server along with good recoverability. We came across and have been running with StorageCraft’s ShadowProtect product ever since. Since then we have had some spectacular recoveries completed as a result of ShadowProtect and the skills learned via Jeff Middleton’s SwingIT migration methods.

One of the other lessons we learned early in our IT careers and is exemplified in the above article is the thoroughness with which we keep our client’s audit notes. We document absolutely _everything_ about their network setups. They get any updated versions after they have been updated. One can never be too sure!

A full bare metal/hypervisor restored backup is the ONLY known good backup. Period. Full Stop.

Philip Elder
MPECS Inc.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

Chef de partie in the SMBKitchen
Find out more at
www.thirdtier.net/enterprise-solutions-for-small-business/


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Sep
25
SMBKitchen at the SMBTechFest
Posted by amy on 25 September 2013 11:12 AM

We’re putting on a show with the SMBTechFest on October 19th! You can join us in-person or remotely. The content of this event is all about the future of supporting Small Business. Ideas for adjusting your IT business for continued success, training on implementing advanced solutions that your clients need for their on-premise solutions, and understanding the issues around security so you can bring these high value solutions to your clients. We’ll be diving into a discussion on what’s new for Small Business in Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 too. Like all of the events that Third Tier does, it’s going to be a day packed full.

As Third Tier, we’re also going to bring you some extras too:

Join us the morning before (at 10am) for a tour of the Equus Computer Systems manufacturing facility. We’ll get to see how a $100 million dollar company builds servers and laptops from end to end. Later that same evening join us for a pre-party at Dave and Busters and we’ll buy the beer or soda. Come hang out with us and get to know your fellow attendees and speakers before the big day. Finally, Boon Tee is giving a copy of Windows Server Essentials Administrators Companion book to all attendees of the SMBTechFest!

That’s a lot of value. It’s $99 for the general public and $49 for SMBKitchen members. Get signed up here: http://www.smbtechfest.com/thirdtier

Amy Babinchak

Vision of the Future
Presenter: Amy Babinchak
Small business networks remained the same for many years. The standard was a server, some workstations and perhaps a networked printer. Many of us built our businesses on installing and maintaining those networks. Now things are changing rapidly and Amy predicts that cloud services will result in a 60% revenue loss from migration, installation and maintenance if she didn’t change a thing about her business. In this session she will share how she is changing her business, Harbor Computer Services, to meet the challenges ahead.
Amy Babinchak is a Small Business MVP and Owner Harbor Computer Services and Third Tier. Amy has been an ISA, EBS and SBS MVP and yet still contends that it’s not her fault that the products were cancelled. She has opened Harbor Computer Services as a firm specializing in small business technical support services in 2000 and Third Tier to assist other IT firms with technical challenges in 2008. She started into small business IT after realizing that they were not being taken seriously by most IT professionals. Amy has always enjoyed the business side of IT as much as the technical.

Boon Tee

Hyper-V Configurations for SMB with Replication
Presenter: Boon Tee
Boon Tee will examine how SMBs can benefit from Hyper-V Replication and how this can be implemented in small business scenarios. We will highlight the existing offerings and preview the upcoming new features of Hyper-V Replica in Windows Server 2012 R2.
Boon will also focus on providing Hyper-V on smaller scale clients under 10 users. The same concepts will apply to leveraging Replication in larger sized businesses. All without the big acronyms but rather focused on the solutions. Boon will show you how to identify great candidates for Replication deployments.
Boon Tee, has been working with computers and networks for almost 40 years. He is a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist and Microsoft Small Business Specialist and has a degree in Computer Science from California State University (Fresno) with high honours, a MBA (University of South Australia) and an MA in Education (Flinders University). He has been awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for his contributions to Microsoft Small Business Server for 4 years. His experience covers support of larger networks from 100-500 computers down to repairs and upgrades of individual workstations and smaller networks of less than 10 computers. He has served as IT consultant for several organizations. He has extensive working knowledge of Microsoft Windows networks, including all versions of Microsoft Windows. Boon has also been active in hands on staff development and training for various organizations. He has taught part time at the Flinders University of South Australia, lecturing on computer and multimedia literacy. He recently authored a book entitled “An Administrators Guide to Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Essentials.”
Currently, Boon operates PowerBiz Solutions, a computer technology solutions and managed services provider offering products and services to cater for small to medium sized businesses. He is currently Vice President of SMBiT Professionals Inc, a professional association of IT Businesses in Australia.

Phil Elder

Hyper-V Configurations for SMB with Clustering
Presenter: Phil Elder
Join Philip Elder as he walks through the Technical Gotchas for setting up Hyper-V Clusters on Intel Whitebox and Tier 1 systems. We will walk through some of the particulars such as server BIOS settings, working with SAS versus iSCSI, and other pearls not to be found in one place. Clustering focus will be for 15+ seats and the concepts will be applicable to larger sized installations.
Phillip will show you how to identify great candidates for Clustering deployments. Examples will abound as he has been selling clusters into SMB for over five years now so we will be able to discuss the practicalities of the sale.
Philip Elder own MPECS Inc. an IT Solutions Provider based out of St. Albert, Alberta Canada with his wife Monique. Together they have developed a broad range of products and services to provide the best all-around solution set to their clients. Philip initially honed his tech skills on Small Business Server and IT hardware. He is now focused on providing Microsoft Stack Solutions, Hyper-V Failover Clusters, with developing Microsoft Private Cloud Solutions. Philip has been an SBS MVP since 2009. He is certified on SBS 2008 Standard and 2011 Standard. He is also an author and prolific writer on their company blog, Microsoft forums, and other help forums on the InterWebs.

Susan Bradley

The state of SMB Security
Presenter: Susan Bradley
From bring your own vulnerability to ensuring your cloud data is accessed more by you than the hackers, join Susan as she identifies tools to help your clients protect their systems today from hackers, identity theft, banking protection as well has showcase where your next SMB server may be located. Learn how to better protect wireless and plan for device management. We will bring you up to date on Industry compliance changes, the latest news in the security industry and PCI-DSS trends. She’ll give a view of where we’re going by showing you servers running in Azure and how being in the cloud doesn’t necessarily ensure they are more secure and how you can help your client pick the right cloud services and be assured of their security.
Susan Bradley has been patching since before the Code Red/Nimda days and remembers exactly where she was when SQL slammer hit (i.e. trying to buy something on ebay and wondering why the Internet was so slow). She writes the Patch Watch column for Brian Livingston’s Windows Secrets, and was one of the authors of Windows Server 2008 Security Resource kit, and Small Business Server 2008 Unleashed. In real life she’s the IT wrangler at her firm, Tamiyasu, Smith, Horn and Braun, where she manages a fleet of Windows Servers, an Exchange Server, desktops, a few Macs, several Windows mobile and iPhones and tries to keep patches up to date on all of them. In addition, she provides forensic computer investigations for the litigation consulting arm of the firm. She blogs at www.sbsdiva.com on the topics of small business server, tech topics and whatever she stumbled over that day.

Speaker Panel

Speaker Panel
Presenter: All Speakers
The speakers will share their thoughts on what the biggest issues they personally have to tackle in the coming year are in their preparation for the future of small business IT. This includes the release of Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1. Learn how they will adjust, rollout, and handle support of these platforms.

SMB TechFest Expo Hall

Expo Hall
Expo Solutions is open to all attendees. It’s open from 10:30am – 6:30pm. It’s your opportunity to engage and ask vendor questions on their products and offerings. See the latest technologies and learn about new sources of revenues.

SMB TechFest Expo Mixer

Expo Mixer
The Expo Mixer is open to all attendees. It’s from 5:00pm – 6:30pm. Join in social mingling with your peers and the event speakers. Event giveaways will be announced so be sure to turn in your Event Giveaway Passport sheet.

Days Schedule

Time
Event
Presenter
Topic Session

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Registration/Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Welcome & Kickoff

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Session 1
Amy Babinchak
Vision of the Future

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Session 2
Boon Tee
Hyper-V Configurations for SMB with Replication

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 p.m.
Expo/Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Session 3
Phil Elder
Hyper-V Configurations for SMB with Clustering

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch/Expo

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Session 4
Susan Bradley
The state of SMB Security

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Expo/Break & Snacks

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Session 5
All Speakers
Speaker Panel

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Expo/Break

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Expo Mixer/Prizes
Socialize with attendees and speakers

Online Remote attendees

SMB TechFest leverages today’s technology to offer a full online learning experience. You will learn and participate from the convenience of your local location. No travel required or the expenses. You will view live presentations including the speaker’s screen, voice, and video. Included is also chat to ask live questions of the speakers.


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Aug
21
SMBTechFest with the SMBKitchen Crew
Posted by amy on 21 August 2013 12:20 PM

On October 19th in Orange County California the SMBKitchen Project will be providing all of the technical content in this special edition of the SMBTechFest. Registration is open. This event will sell out so I suggest signing up immediately.

SMBKitchen members with a fully paid membership ($180 for the year) are eligible for a 50% discount off of the price of admission to this event. In addition you are invited to a special members only pre-event evening at Dave & Busters where we buy the beer (or soda). Register for the event at http://www.smbtechfest.com/thirdtier

Your cost for the party, breakfast, lunch, great content, and expo vendor hall and social is only $49!

Not a member of the SMBKitchen yet? Get your membership at http://www.thirdtier.net

 

At SMBTechFest We have a great 10 hour day planned with 5 educational sessions, breakfast, lunch, expo hall and vendor social. Here’s what we’ll be speaking about:

Speakers

Amy Babinchak

Vision of the Future
Presenter: Amy Babinchak
Small business networks remained the same for many years. The standard was a server, some workstations and perhaps a networked printer. Many of us built our businesses on installing and maintaining those networks. Now things are changing rapidly and Amy predicts that cloud services will result in a 60% revenue loss from migration, installation and maintenance if she didn’t change a thing about her business. In this session she will share how she is changing her business, Harbor Computer Services, to meet the challenges ahead.

Boon Tee

Hyper-V Configurations for SMB with Replication
Presenter: Boon Tee
Boon Tee will examine how SMBs can benefit from Hyper-V Replication and how this can be implemented in small business scenarios. We will highlight the existing offerings and preview the upcoming new features of Hyper-V Replica in Windows Server 2012 R2.
Boon will also focus on providing Hyper-V on smaller scale clients under 10 users. The same concepts will apply to leveraging Replication in larger sized businesses. All without the big acronyms but rather focused on the solutions. Boon will show you how to identify great candidates for Replication deployments

Phil Elder

Hyper-V Configurations for SMB with Clustering
Presenter: Phil Elder
Join Philip Elder as he walks through the Technical Gotchas for setting up Hyper-V Clusters on Intel Whitebox and Tier 1 systems. We will walk through some of the particulars such as server BIOS settings, working with SAS versus iSCSI, and other pearls not to be found in one place. Clustering focus will be for 15+ seats and the concepts will be applicable to larger sized installations.
Phillip will show you how to identify great candidates for Clustering deployments. Examples will abound as he has been selling clusters into SMB for over five years now so we will be able to discuss the practicalities of the sale.

Susan Bradley

The state of SMB Security
Presenter: Susan Bradley
From bring your own vulnerability to ensuring your cloud data is accessed more by you than the hackers, join Susan as she identifies tools to help your clients protect their systems today from hackers, identity theft, banking protection as well has showcase where your next SMB server may be located. Learn how to better protect wireless and plan for device management. We will bring you up to date on Industry compliance changes, the latest news in the security industry and PCI-DSS trends. She’ll give a view of where we’re going by showing you servers running in Azure and how being in the cloud doesn’t necessarily ensure they are more secure and how you can help your client pick the right cloud services and be assured of their security.

Speaker Panel

Speaker Panel
Presenter: All Speakers
The speakers will share their thoughts on what the biggest issues they personally have to tackle in the coming year are in their preparation for the future of small business IT. This includes the release of Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1. Learn how they will adjust, rollout, and handle support of these platforms.

We’d love to see each and everyone of you in Irvine California at our private party and the SMBTechFest but if you really can’t make it we’ve made arrangements to broadcast all of the sessions and provide powerpoints to you as well. Registration is at http://www.smbtechfest.com/thirdtier


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