Archive for 2016

Gmail SMTP Configuration for Backup Alerts

If you plan to use a Gmail email account for sending email alerts, the configuration requires two steps. First visit https://www.google.com/settings/security/lesssecureapps and able “less secure apps”. This step is only necessary once: Then enter the Gmail settings in BackupChain’s Log Options tab as follows: SMTP Server: smtp.gmail.com Port: 587 Sender’s email address and User Name: […]

Network Backup Software for Windows Server 2016 / 2012

If you are looking for a network backup software with file versioning for Windows Server 2016 or older versions, have a look at BackupChain, the most advanced network backup versioning tool with over 40,000 users in over 60 countries. Check out the summary and download the full version for a test drive, it only takes a few minutes to […]

Ubuntu VM Hyper-V Backup and What You Need to Know for Linux Support

In order for Ubuntu virtual machine live Hyper-V backup to work properly, you need to install Hyper-V’s Linux Integration Services. Download the currently latest version 4.1 at https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/virtualization/2016/03/21/linux-integration-services-4-1/   Then run the commands: Sudo apt install hv-kvp-daemon-init linux-tools-virtual-lts-xenial linux-cloud-tools-virtual-lts-xenial   Then reboot the VM.      The ISO and RPM files can be downloaded here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=51612   How […]

How to Fix: The semaphore timeout period has expired, Error 121

If you encounter the Windows Error: 121, “The semaphore timeout period has expired”, this could have several potential origins: It could be a hardware connection issue, to or from the drive, such as its physical connection. Beyond that it could be a network issue, as described in Microsoft’s KB 325487 https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/325487 The network issue may be […]

Server Administrator’s Checklist: Manual Server Monitoring

Below is a general checklist aimed for basic server administration and server monitoring when done by hand: When you unpack a new server Hardware defects with brand-new servers and PCs are unfortunately not uncommon. To be certain your hardware is in good condition before you put your server in production: Run chkdsk with /b on […]

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