Archive for 2019

Boot Hyper-V Server 2019, 2016 from USB Stick or Drive

Setting up a Hyper-V Server 2019 or Hyper-V Server 2016 to boot and run from a USB stick is actually easy to accomplish with the steps shown below. The most important thing is you need a fast USB 3.0 stick that offers fast random access speeds and high throughput at a good price. One such […]

How to Easily Protect Your Servers Against Ransomware

Below are some strategies to help protect against ransomware. The simplest solutions: Cloud backup Rotating external hard drives. Only one drive should be connected at a time. More elaborate strategies (revolve around the idea of making backup files inaccessible to ransomware, which usually runs in a regular user session or LocalSystem): Create a dedicated administrator […]

SMTP Troubleshooting Sending Email Alerts and Logs

Below is a list of strategies to troubleshoot SMTP settings. If sending email alerts or logs fails, the first step is to examine the error message. Most of the time, the error message helps narrow down the cause of the error; however, most of the time the following checklist should be used to systematically pinpoint […]

Why You Need To Defragment Your Backup Drives

Unfortunately there is still a widely held belief that file fragmentation is a thing of the past and not necessary. Some IT guys even mention they read somewhere that “NTFS does not need fragmentation” or somehow prevents fragmentation. Unfortunately the truth is, things haven’t changed at all and file fragmentation is the result of the […]