Category Archives: Storage

Don’t display last username if C drive encrypted with BitLocker

I’m moving from encrypting laptops with a third party disk encryption product to BitLocker. The third party product uses a pre-boot username & password prompt, and only boots into Windows if the credentials are correct. Users then have to log … Continue reading

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PowerShell: BitLocker Encryption Progress Bar

When enabling Bitlocker I want to know how far through the process of encrypting the drive it has got. The script gets the encryption status from the manage-bde.exe command, parses it using a regular expression to get the percent complete, … Continue reading

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Storage Replica in Windows Server 2016

What is Storage Replica? Block level synchronous or asynchronous, volume based data replication. What does it do? Replicates storage data from a disk attached to one instance of Windows Server to another disk attached to a different instance of Windows … Continue reading

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Extract private key from Microsoft CA-issued certificate

I wanted to use my internal Active Directory Certificate Services server to create a certificate for a Synology NAS. The Synology needs the private key and the certificate to be in separate files. I created the certificate by using the … Continue reading

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Windows Server 2016

Lots of good stuff. This video about Storage Replica from the guy who heads the Storage team up, Ned Pyle, is definitely worth watching. Informative and funny. There’s also a free eBook: Introducing Windows Server 2016

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Using the Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS)

Having just written an article about how to get items back from a volume shadow copy, I thought I should make some notes about how VSS works, how to configure it, and actually get VSS to create you some shadow copies! This … Continue reading

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Convert Hyper-V VM vhdx to VMware vSphere vmdk

This turned out to be pretty simple, if pretty slow. I was converting from a Hyper-V 2012 R2 VM into vSphere 5.0. The VM itself was also running Windows Server 2012 R2. There are a few steps and points to … Continue reading

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Proper VMware Storage Quality of Service from Tintri

One complaint that I’ve had about mixed storage technology (i.e. SSD and HDD in the same box/same LUN/volume/store) is that an application’s performance can’t be guaranteed to be consistent. For example, if a database has been happily running from SSD … Continue reading

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Defrag your VMs to improve storage performance

Even if you have some kind of clever VM storage device such as a Tintri, ideally you should still defrag your VMs. If you’re still running VMs on a legacy SAN you should definitely keep them defragged. I’m not going … Continue reading

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How to shrink a Windows harddisk and migrate to SSD

I have been switching a lot of people from HDD (hard disk drives: spinning, magnetic disks) to SSD (solid state disk: silicon/flash-based) recently. It can breathe new life into an old PC/laptop, the HDD is almost invariably the slowest part … Continue reading

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