Re-cycling an SBS 2008 SSL Certificate on a WatchGuard Firewall

I recently rolled out the SSL VPN feature on my WatchGuard M200 Firebox. This will replace the SBS 2008 PPTP VPN for Mobile Users. PPTP is no longer regarded as secure. The SSL VPN itself works fine, but the SSL Certificate is "self generated" by the Firebox, so users receive a security warning when they … Continue reading Re-cycling an SBS 2008 SSL Certificate on a WatchGuard Firewall

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Decommission WSUS 3 on Small Business Server

I am slowly but surely moving all of the services from Windows SBS 2008 onto our brand new Windows 2016 Server. This article covers the steps I took to decommission WSUS 3 after switching to WSUS 4. Firstly, I checked that none of my clients were still connecting to WSUS 3. Once I established this, … Continue reading Decommission WSUS 3 on Small Business Server

Creating a Shared Resource Calendar in Exchange 2007

It’s often handy to create a shared calendar within your organisation for booking rooms and other shared resources such as cars and laptops. Outlook / Exchange 2007 makes this easy to achieve. Firstly, create a shared Calendar (within Public Folders) using Outlook. For the purposes of this example, let’s call this “Pool Cars”.    The … Continue reading Creating a Shared Resource Calendar in Exchange 2007

Dell PERC RAID Controller Configuration

The Dell PowerEdge Expandable RAID Controller Card Configuration Utility (BIOS) is accessed by hitting CTRL-R (or CTRL-C) at System Startup. From here, you can setup new RAID Arrays and maintain existing ones. There are normally three options within the Configuration Utility: Virtual Disk Management (these are the “Disks” that the Operating System can “see”) Physical … Continue reading Dell PERC RAID Controller Configuration

Dell PERC RAID Controller: Degraded RAID States

The failure of a Hard Disk within an Array will cause the Array to become “Degraded”. The failed disk will be marked as “Offline” within the RAID BIOS. It is always worth trying to force the disk back “Online” before trying anything else. If this doesn't work, replace the faulty Drive ASAP with a brand new drive … Continue reading Dell PERC RAID Controller: Degraded RAID States

Dell PERC RAID Controller: Foreign RAID States

The Dell PERC RAID Configuration BIOS will mark an Array as “Foreign” under the following circumstances: The entire Array has been moved across from another server (and therefore the RAID Card has no knowledge of the Array) There has been a “glitch” on the RAID Card and the configuration has lost details of the existing … Continue reading Dell PERC RAID Controller: Foreign RAID States