WSUS: Recovering Disk Space

Over time, my WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) Server began to consume alarming amounts of disk space, mainly due to neglect on my part. So, it was time for a bit of a tidy up. Declining Superseded Updates The most important thing to realise is that (even though there were over 30,000 items listed within … Continue reading WSUS: Recovering Disk Space

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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