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Azure: Creating an SSL Certificate on IIS then Importing the .PFX

We use IIS to create the CSR and to complete the Certificate Request. We use the Computer Certificates MMC to export that certificate to .PFX. When exporting with the intent to import the .PFX into Azure we run the following steps: Open the Computer Certificates MMC Click on Start and […]

Remote Desktop Shadow Replacement for CoPilot: Microsoft Quick Assist

With the demise of the CoPilot service we’ve been using for about a decade now, we had to look for something to replace it. CoPilot was a simple to use remote desktop shadowing product that was very reasonable in cost. What we’ve come to use is free and built-in to […]

Server/NAS Recipe for Storage Spaces or FreeNAS Veeam Backup Storage

The following is a recipe that we’d look at using for a backup destination for Veeam. Our current preference is for Storage Spaces set up for the requested 64KB Allocation Size but we’re looking into Linux Harden Repositories as an option. FreeNAS Operating System Ubuntu Server Distro Silverstone CS381 Chassis […]

PowerShell Guide: Install Exchange Server 2019 CU11+ Into Server Core

We’ve added the following PowerShell Guide to our KB: PowerShell Guide: Install Exchange 2019 CU11+ into Windows Server Core The above PowerShell allows us to install on Windows Server Core but it also has the setup for breaking out the three components of Exchange into their own partition: D: Exchange […]

Microsoft Office LTSC 2021 and M365/O365: Missing Sounds Fix

We installed Office LTSC 2021 and noticed right away that there was no sound feedback from any of the Office applications. Apparently, they are not enabled by default in this version. Getting started with Office Sounds To get them going: Click FILE Options Ease of Access Tick Provide feedback with […]

Windows Borders Tip: Add Some Colour to the Edges

One of the annoyances when working with multiple windows open is the inability to see their edges out of the box. A simple remedy: Start Settings Colors Choose an accent color Tick Start, taskbar, and action center Tick Title bars and window borders For those of us who are visually […]

AMD EPYC and Ryzen ThreadRipper Cooling: It’s Important to get the Right Cooler!

We’re in the process of building an AMD ThreadRipper based system. One thing to keep in mind when it comes to either AMD EPYC or AMD ThreadRipper is that they are _big_ processors! So, when looking to cool the processor it’s important to make sure the cooler is designed for […]

Azure Stack HCI/Storage Spaces Direct: Optimal Network Configuration

There are many ways one can go about setting up the networking for an Azure Stack HCI (ASHCI)/Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) cluster. TL;DR Our rule of thumb is to start with four 25GbE ports via two network adapters for multiple nodes requiring switches or even in smaller […]

Custom Build S2D: The Elusive SlimSAS 8x (SFF-8654) Cable

Server and workstation boards have had SlimSAS 8x connectors for dual NVMe drive setups for quite a long time now. ASRock Rack EPC621D6U-2T16R (BTO Board) The SlimSAS SFF-8654 connector is to the right of the PCIe x16 slot. When they started appearing on server and workstation boards, we began trying […]

TYAN RMM TIPs: Default Username and Password Plus Set Up Tips

TYAN has an excellent built-in Remote Management Module (RMM) that does not require an extra license like some Tier 1 vendors do. TYAN Default Administrator Username and Password The default TYAN username and password is: Username: root Password: superuser The first thing we do when we sign in is create […]