Work out how much Space

https://rps.dewin.me/

work out bandwidth

https://rps.dewin.me/bandwidth/

Refs Calculator

http://dewin.me/refs/

 

 

  1. It is not a good idea to target the primary and backup copy job to the same repository as this negates the 321 rule and if an issue was to occur on that repository the primary and secondary copies of data would be lost.
  2. Instead it would be better to use a primary repository configured with ReFS and then have a secondary location configured with Windows Deduplication (Compression should be off instead of auto).
  3. It is not generally considered a good idea to have deduplication for the primary backup chain as this effects performance and increases RTPOs.
  4. The actual space savings depend on the change rate of the source data and the types of chains that are used on the ReFS repository. Also ReFS savings don’t show when viewed through file explorer. To learn more about checking the files savings please take a look at these links;

https://www.virtualtothecore.com/how-much-space-am-i-saving-thanks-to-refs-blockclone/

http://dewin.me/refs/

  1. Some limitation worth mentioning are Windows deduplication is for 4TB files so larger files will not be completely deduped. Also GFS doesn’t show ReFS savings until the point is synthesized as up to this point it will only shows as an incremental and changed blocked cannot be reused by ReFS pointers.

 

 

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I needed to allows N-able Take Control 

The guide online showed that we had to whitelist  *.mspa.n-able.com , however the firewall could not whitelist Wildcard address. The static address’ are

  • melgw-mct01.mspa.n-able.com
  • sydgw-mct04.mspa.n-able.com
  • sydgw-mct05.mspa.n-able.com
  • sydgw-mct06.mspa.n-able.com
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VERBOSE: PowerShell meta provider initialization failed.
PackageManagement\Import-PackageProvider : No match was found for the specified search criteria and provider name
‘NuGet’. Try ‘Get-PackageProvider -ListAvailable’ to see if the provider exists on the system.
At C:\Program Files\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\PowerShellGet\1.0.0.1\PSModule.psm1:7302 char:25
+ …     $null = PackageManagement\Import-PackageProvider -Name $script:Nu …
+                 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidData: (NuGet:String) [Import-PackageProvider], Exception
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : NoMatchFoundForCriteria,Microsoft.PowerShell.PackageManagement.Cmdlets.ImportPackageProv
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Run this before

 

To enabled TLS 1.2,  you may need to run this before

[Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = [Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12

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Sender Rewriting Scheme (SRS) functionality was added to Office 365 ( and other platforms ) to resolve a problem in which autoforwarding is incompatible with SPF.

SRS rewriting does not fix the issue of DMARC passing for forwarded messages. Although an SPF check will now pass by using a rewritten P1 From address, DMARC also requires an alignment check for the message to pass. For forwarded messages, DKIM always fails because the signed DKIM domain does not match the From header domain. If an original sender sets their DMARC policy to reject forwarded messages, the forwarded messages are rejected by Message Transfer Agents (MTAs) that honor DMARC policies.

 

So if you are forwarding emails , you can set SPF to Hard Fail , but DMARC you will not be able to fail due to DKIM

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https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/admin/misc/become-the-admin?view=o365-worldwide

Had to go through this process for a customer, because their VLSC account was setup at some stage in the past using [email protected] VLSC account as a work or school account, the domain  was already registered against an unmanaged Azure AD directory, so we couldn’t set them up to use Teams. It’s a straight forward process just follow the article.

To find out if a domain is part of an unmanaged Azure AD directory, you can follow https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform/admin/powerapps-gdpr-dsr-guide-systemlogs#determining-tenant-type as specified in the article.

 

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I recently picked up a customer with Divi WordPress Theme. I have helped them installed a new plugin however the h2 color wasn’t showing the right color defined in the plugin 

Looking at the compute of the CSS this line was causing it 

color: #5a5f72!important;

!important overules all other settings!

Turns out this was defined in the text widget of Divi that just needed changing

 

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For auditing purposes you will need to report on the updates install on a server and the install status. 

Below is a  powershell script that does just that

 

[email protected]('Unk','Installation','Uninstallation','Other')
[email protected]('Unk','In Progress','Succeeded','Succeeded With Errors','Failed','Aborted')

$updateSession=New-Object -ComObject Microsoft.Update.Session
$updateSearcher=$updateSession.CreateUpdateSearcher() 
$historyCount=$updateSearcher.GetTotalHistoryCount() 
$updateSearcher.QueryHistory(0, $historyCount) | 
    Select-Object Date,
                @{N='Operation';E={$operation[$_.operation]}},
                @{N='Status';E={$resultCode[$_.resultcode]}},
                Title |
    Format-Table -AutoSize
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