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Tag: Server

Network Interface Removal and Renaming

by on Dec.09, 2012, under Drivers, Scripting, Tweet, Work

So we had some Blade Chassis and implemented some Firmware upgrades. Surely this should not impact the blades themselves, or the OS on which they run? You’ve got to be kidding right. As soon as the Blade Chassis firmware has been upgraded we lost all four Broadcom NICs, and we had four new Broadcom NICs added in their place. This means that any IP Configuration has been lost and so has, in our case, Team configuration. Due to the four original NICs being removed, their Connection Names have also become unusable, because there are hidden devices that are still using those names.

Firstly, how do we remove devices via PowerShell. The Answer can be found on any Windows 7 workstation in the C:\Windows\Diagnostics\System\Device\CL_Utility.ps1. There is a function there called RemoveDevice.

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NIC Bind Order for Microsoft Failover Cluster Virtual Adapter

by on Oct.24, 2012, under Scripting, Work

I’ve been busy working on a project that is implementing a SQL Geo-Cluster. One of the requirements was to modify the NIC bind order such that the order of preference is Production,Heartbeat,…,Microsoft Failover Cluster Virtual Adapter. Most of this can be achieved through the Network Adapter Advanced Configuration window (Start->run->ncpa.cpl->Advanced Menu->Advanced Settings…) but the Microsoft Failover Cluster Virtual Adapter is a Hidden adapter and needs to be handled separately.

The original Suggestion from the Design document is to run “wmic nicconfig get description,settingid”. This list is used to get the SettingId of the NIC where the description is “Microsoft Failover Cluster Virtual Adapter”. The SettingId is then checked and moved in HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\tcpip\Linkage\Bind. The line in the Multi String that equals “\Device\” needs to be moved to the last line.

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SEP11 Scan Logs

by on Mar.03, 2011, under Scripting, Tweet, Work

I will start out by simply stating how much I HATE SEP11, and how it handles client scan logs. For some reason there is NO way of getting a client scan log out of the Central Management Console. The whole point of Central Management is being able to … manage CENTRALLY.

Anyway, enough rant. I wrote a batch file to pull the latest (or specified) log file from a list of servers (in a file called Servers.txt). More Source: (continue reading…)

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Changing Roles

by on Jun.30, 2008, under Novell, Politics, Scripting, Work

Interesting moves happening at work. Today I moved into a Networks role. Originally it was intended that I be doing 80% Servers and 20% Networks due to the solid input I have provided within the Server team to date. This has now been changed to 80% Networks and 20% Servers. The guy who I am filling in for didn’t like the idea of his role being technically abandonned, and I agree with him. There will definitely be some Server Action from my end anyway, because I have a keen interest in running with a few ideas.

Trav and I have approached the Server team with an idea on distributing apps more effectively, relying mainly on network addresses of the PCs to correctly locate an application server. This brings up a few logistical hurdles. (continue reading…)

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