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Alex Fontana
Redwood City, Ca
I write about computer stuffs.
Interests: Music,Snowboarding,Golf,Skating,Running,BBQing
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This really sucks, and you won't find out until the process has completely failed. The breakdown is; you are migrating mailboxes, you go to complete (or auto-complete), and mailboxes get stuck with a move status of "InProgress". If your users are in mail they will get disconnected and not be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at Alex Who?
Seems straight forward; you have some DAG nodes in one site and you bring up another site for some purpose...maybe DR. Most likely you will have a seperate subnet. Exchange does a great job of masking all of the crap you would have to go through when adding those nodes... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Alex Who?
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UPDATE 11/22/2013: Added a correction, the option is for vSphere HA, not DRS, added some notes about the option and a link to the KB. -alex …but it did before, right? I mean, I've seen a bunch of documentation (from VMware) and blog posts (from people who work or worked... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at Alex Who?
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This is the perfect case of something that I saw a while back and thought to myself, "there's no way I can forget this." When encountered with a similar problem a few weeks ago it took me a while to figure out I had seen this issue before. This time... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2013 at Alex Who?
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Here's the situation; you are trying to create a golden template to be used in some cloudy way. This template has your base OS (Windows of course), is up to date with all updates and security patches, and has your desired disk configuration. This disk configuration includes an OS volume... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2013 at Alex Who?
Almost a year after Exchange 2013 went RTM, which was (IMO) just a marketing move to be part of the "Office wave" since it didn't become useful until earlier this year, Microsoft has released the Exchange 2013 Load Generator. I know that most folks won't care about this, but many... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2013 at Alex Who?
I recently had the joy of working through a request to build a VM and have said VM connect to a database server, create a database based on input parameters, create a login based on input parameters and log the results. We did this using VMware App Director. App Director... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2013 at Alex Who?
I won't bore you with the whys or hows, but just know that there are certain configurations of Windows Server 2012 clustering that are perfectly ok to run on vSphere. Let's take, for instance, the cluster nodes that use in-guest iSCSI to connect to shared storage. Those virtual machines do... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2013 at Alex Who?
It's not supported...for now....kinda That's all I can say about that at the moment. So why write anything at all? Well, because there are those of us who want to be able to test stuff and are not worried about support. So what's the skinny Scooby-Doo? Ok, so while it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2013 at Alex Who?
If you've deployed Exchange in a production environment you've undoubtedly gone through the joy of figuring out what you were going to do for load balancing. This really became relevant in Exchange 2007 when adoption for Outlook Anywhere or RPC over HTTPS started picking up steam. This was also when... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2013 at Alex Who?
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I've recently been working on some automation for deploying SQL and SharePoint for a project I'm working on and ran into an issue that I don't believe I've ran into before. To begin the process of figuring out the recipe for the automation scripts I'm building using vCloud Automation Center... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2013 at Alex Who?
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In preparation for this bad boy http://www.amazon.com/Virtualizing-Microsoft-Business-Applications-Technology/dp/0321912039 I was setting up a DAG on Exchange 2013 and failed miserably. Ok, it wasn't that bad, but it failed and as per usual, the error message from PowerShell was of no help. The sequence of events was as follows: Installed Exchange 2013... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2013 at Alex Who?
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Not that it means anything since you STILL can't co-exist with Exchange 2003, 2007 or 2010. But at least you can test your storage out for whenever it becomes possible. This version of JetStress is supposed to simulate Exchange 2013 storage disk IO. I hope it does and they didn't... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2013 at Alex Who?
While browsing around the internet for topics near and dear to my heart I stumbled across this gem. I have to say, this is a great article and I hope everyone will add it to their favorites and "Like" it…is that what it's called with the thumbs up thing? http://redmondmag.com/articles/2012/11/01/how-vmware-virtualizes.aspx... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2013 at Alex Who?
Update (3/13/2013): The versions have been updated due to an issue found in the versions of 5.0 that was previously posted. Alright, what we've all been waiting for, the ability to clone domain controllers til the cows come home! Not only that but now we can snap, restore, snap, restore,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2012 at Alex Who?
There are certain operations that you do so infrequently that you end up re-learning the process each time you do it. In my most recent learning experience I wasn't actually intending on moving from a vDS to a standard switch, rather I was moving from one vCenter Server, which used... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2012 at Alex Who?
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I've been working with Windows Server 2012 for the past few weeks pretty extensively. During this time I've managed to (finally) find where most things lie. Because most of my work is very project oriented I don't tend to poke around too much; I go in, figure out how to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2012 at Alex Who?
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It appears this issue has been around for a while now, but I had not run into it until about six months ago. I'm am just now getting around to writing about it. At the time I was going through the motions of updating my Windows 2008 R2 template with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2012 at Alex Who?
I recently built out a new Exchange organization and encountered a problem I had never seen. I can't recall how many new orgs I've set up over the past two years, but this issue really stumped me. After prepping AD and installing the first Exchange 2010 server in this org... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2012 at Alex Who?
Most of us who heard about this today probably reacted in much the same way; it's about damned time! For months now the Exchange team went on about how the combination of the two HA technologies was not supported, spreading FUD about how you can't live migrate DAG nodes because... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2011 at Alex Who?
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I have been doing some testing lately that required me to increase the failover threshold of a Windows 2008 failover cluster. The particular application was Exchange 2010 and a database availability group (DAG). Windows failover clustering gives a few options to adjust the amount of time the nodes can be... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at Alex Who?
I've been running some Exchange 2010 DAG tests in a simple two-node DAG, and kept having failover issues. The failures would occur during loadgen, or when everything was idle. When I investigated I found that both nodes were almost simultaneously logging this "informational" message: Log Name: System Event ID: 4201... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2011 at Alex Who?
This document actually shows both Exchange 2007 as well as Exchange 2010 tested with BES to show the impact. The general recommendation for 2010 is that a BES user uses the same resources as an equivalent Outlook user. If you have an Outlook user that generates .1 IOPS and 2... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2011 at Alex Who?
As is typically the case, I've spent the past hour trying to figure out this poorly documented task. So here goes; somewhere on the net where you can easily find how to set a friggin iLo's IP address using the builtin (crappy) CLI. I was given a couple of blades... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2011 at Alex Who?
Saw this posted in an email that flew by my desk this morning. Pretty cool… http://www.wmarow.com/strcalc/ -alex Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2011 at Alex Who?