Quick Fix: Exchange 2010 Back Pressure workaround

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We are now in the year 2017 and any exchange admin will know this by the back of their hand but as little as I touch Exchange now (either because it's rock solid or we've moved to Office 365), I always have to Google it.  So this is just a reminder for me in the future. A customer had a backup issue over the past weekend due to an unfortunate set of circumstances.  As a result, their D: was getting full.  They had 15 Gb left of 600 Gb total but the probably well known feature of Exchange called Backpressure prevents your hard drives from filling up due to email transport and their mail stopped flowing. I needed to get their email working ASAP while a backup completed in the background. An…
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2017 Goals

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You are under no obligation to be the same person you were 5 minutes ago. This quote hit a cord with me late in the year.  I knew something had to change. Politics, Facebook, job, hobbies, kids, wife, family, were all fighting each other for a time slot.  My sleep schedule oddly wasn't very picky and for quite some time my wife considered me to be on the the sleepless elite but from around November to now, I'm just tired. My body needs to rest and reset. Like most people, I suppose, I set some goals for myself this year.  Some of them I had and failed in 2016 but want to dedicate some time to them nonetheless. Here they are (in no particular order): Read 1 book a month…
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Troubleshooting Network Performance Issues

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This won't be a tutorial, however, the purpose of this post is to highlight some common TCP/IP issues that degrade network performance. Network Congestion - If your firewall/router graphs your network usage, use that or obtain your current throughput (up/down) to your ISP. Use the current usage and then run a few speed tests in order to determine if your hardware is capable of hitting your maximum download/upload speeds you currently pay for. So if you have a 100 meg fiber circuit and your firewall is showing you are currently using about 60 megs at any given time, you should be able to get somewhere close to 40 megs on a download test from speedtest.net. If not, either your provider is not giving you the bandwidth you are paying for…
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Faster XenServer VM Exports

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I am migrating a few XenServer VM's between AMD and Intel pools for a customer and stumbled across a faster way to do the export than through XenCenter. From the Windows host where XenCenter is installed, run the following command: C:\Program Files (x86)\Citrix\XenCenter\xe.exe -s x.x.x.x -u root -pw xxx vm-export vm=SERVERNAME filename=C:\users\user\folder\SERVERNAME.xva --nossl The trick here is that part of the slowness of the export is SSL encoding/decoding happening within XenCenter. By using the --nossl option, you are bypassing that abstraction? application layer. Also making it less secure but let's not dwell on the facts.
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Process Automation with IFTTT

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I've used this tool for quite some time but after talking with a number of people, have discovered that most have never heard of it.  It's a web service that automatically does tasks for you based on whatever rules you give it (they call them recipes).  Here are some examples of processes you can automate with ifttt.com. The recipes follow the simple IF...Then methodology. Download Facebook photos that you're tagged in, upload them to a Google Drive. Download gMail attachments, upload them to Dropbox. Search Craigslist for keywords, notify you via email when a new listing is posted. You can check out sample recipes or create your own at http://ifttt.com.
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