SOLVED: Comparison of Aruba 2930F, 2930M 3810 & Juniper EX3200 EX3300 EX3400 Series Switches

Below is a comparison of HPE Aruba and Juniper mid-range Gigabit switches we had to build for one of our customers. All of these switches can be happily used in medium sized offices or branch offices and offer a full range of features.  If you are interested in Aruba, you will likely want to skim through our article: Is HPE Killing Aruba & What is The Main Difference Between Aruba 2930F and 2930M Switches? Of…

SOLVED: Is HPE Killing Aruba & What is The Main Difference Between Aruba 2930F and 2930M Switches?

I recently decided to move a client away from my beloved Juniper EX series switches because of quality issues.  A networking buddy suggested Aruba so I dug in and found a lot of half-information or just misinformation.  Below are the facts I was able to determine as of March 2019: Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) bought Aruba in 2015 and recently decided to kill their own “HPE FlexNetwork” switch lines.  HPE is rebranding any remaining HPE…

SOLVED: 64Bit Office Cannot Be Installed

If you are trying to deploy 64bit Office 365 Pro Plus or Office 2019 using a command line from the Office Deployment Toolkit (ODT) you may see no error message but it just doesn’t install: C:\Windows\system32>\\cal-s2\office365$\setup.exe /configure semiannual-targeted-64Bit.xml C:\Windows\system32> or if you are using a deployment tool with PDQ Deploy, you might see: Command script returned error code 1603 which is a generic ‘didn’t work’ error. We spent several embarrassing hours on this one.  The…

SOLVED: Command Line To Uninstall Office365 Pro Plus

PROBLEM: For several years we have uninstalled Office using a command like: \\cal-s2\office365$\Office365ProPlus\setup.exe /uninstall ProPlus /config \\cal-s2\office365$\uninstall-Office365ProPlus.xml but it now errors out with: Office Deployment Tool SETUP [mode] [path] SETUP /download [path to configuration file] SETUP /configure [path to configuration file] SETUP /packager [path to configuration file] [output path] SETUP /customize [path to configuration file] /download Downloads files to create an Office installation source /configure Adds, removes, or configures an Office installation /packager Produces an Office…

Best 5 Smart Gadgets and Apps Every College Student Must Use

College students are a special category of people who can successfully juggle study and work, sleep 3-4 hours per nights, and, at the same time, manage to spare time for parties and hanging out with friends. Luckily for us, we live in the age of advanced technologies that are called to make our lives easier and more enjoyable. The latest technological innovations are always there for hard-working, busy, and extremely tired students. Check out the…

SOLVED: Veeam Cloud Storage Backup Costs Drop Dramatically

Two years ago it was normal for Cloud storage of Veeam backups (backup copy jobs, mostly), to cost between $100 and $125 per Terra-byte.  I had negotiated a rate of near $80/TB with my cloud provider on about 15TB of space.  However, the new Veeam 9.5 Update 4 enhances its ability to store data on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure blob storage so Veeam partners need to react if they want to keep…

SOLVED: Pricing and Details of How To Select a Boardroom Reservation System

If you are interested in a room reservation system for your office there are more products to sort through than most people would suspect. We recently need to replace some Crestron hardware and servers for one of our clients and so we investigated quite a few products to make sure we were going down the least cost TOTAL Cost of Ownership road. What to Look For In a Room Reservation System: There are three things…

SOLVED: How To Merge AVHDX When No Checkpoints Appear in HyperV Manager

If you have a Microsoft HyperV Checkpoint / Snapshot that has come disconnected from the Hyper V Manager console, then you need to manually merge the VHDX and AVHDX files.   Fortunately, this not generally very difficult: Shut Down the VM in question – This is not technically required but it will be faster and will reduce the likelyhood of data loss In HYPER V MANAGER, click EDIT DISK from the actions pane on the right…

PlayStation, Switch & XBox Game Consoles Are Officially Dead, What’s Next?

Watch this short video of Microsoft announcing Project xCloud and remember this was from Oct 2018.  They explain how they are adding some hardware to their Azure data-centers to allow XBox One games to stream to any device including something as lowly as an Android cell (and yes that is an XBox One controller she is holding.) Google just leaked that they will be pushing their new game streaming platform “Project Stream” into production, likely…

SOVLED: How to Completely Reset Azure Storage Explorer

If you are having problems with Azure Storage Explorer there are several things you need to do to reset it back to factory: Uninstall any existing version Azure Storage Explorer Delete the STORAGEEXPLORER/APP saved credentials from Windows Credential Manager If you are working on a Mac you need to find STORAGE EXPLORER in your keychain Delete C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer Delete C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\StorageExplorer Download and Install the free version of CCLEANER and run it…

SOLVED: Azure Storage Explorer Cannot Read Property ‘ConnectionString’ of Undefined & Other Troubleshooting

Azure Storage Explorer is Microsoft’s tool to directly access files in Azure Storage.  It is still relatively new and it has problems from time to time including the infamous “Cannot Read Property ‘ConnectionString’ of Undefined” 1: Fix Azure Storage Explorer Cannot Read Property ‘ConnectionString’: For most people the solution is to Delete Azure Storage Explorer configuration Close AZURE STORAGE EXPLORER Use Windows File Explorer (My Computer) to open %appdata%\storageexplorer For almost everyone this will be…

Proven Tips for Microsoft MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014 Certification and 70-463 Exam

There’s nothing more satisfying than achieving your goals. Every IT professional dreams of rising through the ranks and attaining the topmost Microsoft certification in the long run. However, obtaining the highly covetable MCSA and MSCE certifications is never a walk in the park. But as tough as the journey might get, the prospect of enjoying the potential benefits of these certifications in the future should keep you going. This article outlines the key aspects of…

SOLVED: Veeam Error Copying Data from Deduplicated Volumes Requires That The Console Is Installed on Windows Server 2012 R2 or Later

When performing file restores using Veeam you may see an error that says: Copying Data from Deduplicated Volumes Requires That The Console Is Installed on Windows Server 2012 R2 or Later.  This message appears when the data you are restoring was originally stored on a server with Windows Data Deduplication enabled. Fortunately all you need to do to get around it is to install the Data Dededuplication Console on the server that hosts your Veeam.  You…

SOLVED: Performance Differences Between Azure Storage Data Centers Sites

If you are considering using Azure Storage via Azure File Sync or Azure File Share, you need to know how fast files transfer.  To figure this out we setup Azure storage shares in Toronto, San Antonio, California and Ireland than ran some tests. Specifically, we used Azure File Sync which moves ALL of the files to the Microsoft Azure cloud but lets you cache files on your local servers to dramatically increase performance of your commonly…