Home Server icon   Home Server (3) – First steps configuring HP Microserver Gen8

Third post of the Home Server series in which I explain how I built my own server.
Visit the first post for details about the objectives of the project.

Maybe you have decided to have your own server and already you are owner of any model as HP Microserver Gen8. Surely there are many more to be done, but theseRead more

EXCHANGE   Exchange 2013 – Cumulative Update 21 released

In June 2018 Microsoft released Cumulative Update 21 (build 15.00.1395.004) which is the last planned quarterly update for Exchange 2013 (https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/rmilne/2018/06/19/exchange-2013-cu21-released/)

I was not sure about updating my Exchange 2013 directly from CU12 to CU21. It is supposed to be supported by Microsoft. Maybe I could install an intermediate CU before but, anyway, I decided to move on.Read more

Home Server icon   Home Server (2) – Hardware to buy list

In this second post of the “Home Server” series I show you a list of the hardware I have used. Not all of them are mandatory, but depending on the performance you want to achieve it is interesting to use all of the recommended.

HP Microserver Gen8

The main protagonist of the project. These servers stand out because they offer Read more

Windows   Windows – .NET Framework 4.7.1 install stuck / hangs

I needed to install .NET 4.7.1 to allow updating Exchange 2013 to CU 21.
This is the installer I downloaded and tried to install: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=56116

But the installation never ends. It remains stuck without progressing in the “Installation progress” bar. Tested both with offline and online installation:
Windows - .NET Framework 4.7.1 install stuck hangs

To install .NET Framework 4.7.1 download the msu package from the following link:… Read more

F5 BIG-IP icon   F5 BIGIP – Name based reverse proxy (LTM policies)

F5 BIGIP is a very powerful and versatile product that can be used for several purposed. I started using it as a load balancer. Then I used it to replace the previous SSL VPN portal (and it works perfectly).

Some time ago I decided to start using it as reverse proxy (it was time for my old Microsoft TMG to … Read more

Checkpoint   Checkpoint – Database Revision Control

“Database Revision Control” is a really useful feature when you are going to make important and/or many changes in the firewall policy, objects…

To make an analogy, DRC are like snapshots (as in the case of VMWare of a virtual machine) of the policies, objects, etc … everything that contains the database of the management server of Checkpoint is backed … Read more

Icinga icon   Icinga – How to configure passive checks made easy (2)

In the previous post I explained what is the difference between Icinga active and passive checks, why can be interesting to use passive checks, what is the result format Icinga is expecting when processing those checks and the way I use to send those results (instead of using snmp traps).

Now it is time to show how to configure it … Read more

Icinga icon   Icinga – How to configure passive checks made easy (1)

As I posted long time ago for Nagios (Nagios – Using passive checks without agent), it is time to show an easy way to configure Icinga to perform passive checks (without using SNMP traps).

This is the first of two posts. In this I only want to make some theoretical explanations and then in the second I will … Read more

Windows   Windows – Configure scheduled task every minute

This time a simple as well as important post. Have you tried to run a scheduled task every minute?

When editing the trigger of a task schedule, there is a section in which the “Repeat task every” parameter can be set, and you have probably noticed that by default only the values “5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 … Read more