Taking steps backwards – update BIOS on SuperMicro servers with DOS bootable

Preface In todays’ age, you would think that when you have to update BIOS on your servers, you will be downloading an exe file and simply run it from your […]

Step-by-Step Configure DHCP Failover with 2012 R2 – Part 1

Many times in my past years of IT, I wanted to have DHCP load balancing and high availability. It was possible by creating non-overlapping scopes etc. but that was all […]

ESX Server Host status shows “OK (Limited)” in System Center VMM 2012 R2

Preface Microsoft’s System Center VMM helps you manage virtual and cloud environments. It includes full support for Windows Server capabilities and also supports VMware vSphere and Citrix XenServer. While Hyper-V […]

Would you like an open proxy with your firewall?

UPDATED 5/8/2014: Cisco/Meraki has updated their documentation to state that a separate firewall is needed to protect MX firewall configured in passthrough mode. However, their document still fails to state […]

Script to download MEC 2014 Content

If you have remotely anything to do with Microsoft Exchange, you probably know that Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) took place in Austin not too long ago. If you were an […]

What does Heartbleed vulnerability mean to you

A lot has been said lately of Heartbleed since its announcement few days ago. However, as it goes with overload of information at times, media attention has managed to create […]

How to protect your KEMP LoadMaster and applications from Heartbleed bug

If you haven’t read about heartbleed bug, it’s pretty serious one you should know about. In a nutshell it exploits OpenSSL vulnerability to read system memory of computers/machines/applicances protedted by […]

Gigabyte Brix – Ultra Compact PC for IT Pro’s Hyper-V lab!

Disclaimer: I wasn’t approached by Gigabyte, neither have anyone provided me any units for review. I am just writing my experience with the unit I purchased recently. As I am […]

Ignoring SSL Trust in PowerShell using System.Net.WebClient

This article was originally posted on my PFE blog here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/bshukla/archive/2012/08/22/3324650.aspx. I noticed a few inaccuracies with the article and since I am not a PFE anymore, I can’t edit […]

How to assign Static IP to Azure VM

When you start working with Windows Azure IaaS offering, you quickly realize that the age old ways of dealing with infrastructure configuration immediately becomes invalid. Let me give you an […]