Server Cable Disasters That Look Like Famous Paintings

February 21st, 2017

Server Cable Management and how to avoid a wiring mess.

Is there something about a stray cable that makes your eyebrow twitch? Driven mad by your colleagues making a mess with fiber optic lengths, each one a greater trip-hazard than the last?

Well, we’ve got the solution for you. Don’t view it as a chaotic mess. Look at it, and imagine it’s art.

Sounds crazy? Not as much as you’d think. In fact, we’ll show you five shots of absolute cable monstrosities, and then an image of a famous painting. It’s hard to tell the difference.

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How to Hot Add & Remove Hyper-V Memory, Network Adapters

February 16th, 2017

How to hot add virtual memory to a VM.

One of the neat new features of Windows Server 2016 is the ability to hot add and remove memory from your Hyper-V Guests. Officially known as ‘Runtime Memory Resize‘, this trick saves you a lot of time.

This feature is different from Dynamic Memory, which we’ve had since Windows Server 2012. The key difference is:

  • Dynamic Memory monitors the memory you use in a virtual guest, then adds and removes it depending on your usage. This is not suitable for some scenarios where you don’t want constantly changing memory (E.g. A hoster).
  • Runtime Memory Resize allows you to change a VM’s memory resource to a specific value without restarting the guest OS.

You can also hot add other virtual hardware such as a network adapter in Hyper-V 2016. We’ve written a how-to on doing both, so read on!

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Windows Server Backup vs BackupAssist: Which Is Better?

February 10th, 2017


So, you’re looking around at backup and recovery software for your Windows server. But you also know it comes with its own free backup software called Windows Server Backup.

Naturally, the million dollar (or rather, no dollar) question is “why pay for third-party backup software?” Specifically, why do people buy BackupAssist when they’ve already got server backup software on their OS?

For those tossing up between Windows Backup and BackupAssist, we answer the question why the latter isn’t just the better option, it’s really the only option for your business needs.

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The Dark Web Knight Rises? The Anti Ransomware Batman

February 8th, 2017

Is there an anti ransomware batman out there?

Remember how we predicted in 2017 that with law enforcement unable to do anything about ransomware, vigilantes would rise up to fill the void?

Well, it’s already happened. Just two days ago, cyber-vigilantes took down 10,000 underground websites on the Dark Web. Many of these sites were black markets for weapons, drugs, illegal pornography, and downloading ransomware.

With the mass take down, over 100 Bitcoin scams, 1000+ carding and counterfeit sites, and multiple Bitcoin escrow and wallet sites have also been terminated.

For a list of our other predictions for 2017, here’s our article. To hear more about the landmark Dark Web hacking, read on.

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The Real Cost of Not Having SQL Backup Software

February 6th, 2017

Database Backups of SQL

Imagine this—you come into work, and try and pull up some customer details from the day before. But they’re not there. You call the SysAdmin in…. and he gives you the worst news possible.

All your customer details are gone. The server hardware crashed, and took the data with it. It’s last gasp may as well been that of your business. Now, you’re all just people sitting around in some rooms. It’s over.

And in that moment, you might feel uniquely unfortunate. But the truth is about eleven businesses are suffering significant data loss every minute in the U.S. alone, with eight of those going out of business*. And it’s all completely avoidable.

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SysAdmin Accidentally Deletes $32.9 Million Dollar Company’s Data, Suffers Major Backup Failure

February 3rd, 2017


Whoops. A SysAdmin at a high profile Silicon Valley company went to tidy up their database—and accidentally deleted the directory instead.

The employee in question belonged to $32.9 Million start-up GitLab—a virtual workplace for programmers to merge individual projects, similar to GitHub and Atlassian.

The problem started when spammers were hammering the database. This lead to load time and stability problems, forcing an outage.

To fix the problem, the SysAdmin went to the backup database to tidy and use it to fix the problem. Except they accidentally typed the command to delete the directory.

By the time he cancelled the rm -rf command, just 4.5GB remained of their 300GB directory.

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Over 70% of Washington DC’s CCTV Hacked Before Trump Inauguration

February 1st, 2017


Scant days before President Trump’s inauguration, the majority of Washington DC’s surveillance cameras were hacked by criminals in a massive cyber attack.

The infection downed 123 of its 187 network video recorders, each controlling four cameras each. And the perpetrator’s virus and motivations aren’t hard to guess.

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How to Restore from Backup, and Avoiding Common Pitfalls

January 31st, 2017

How to restore from backup everytime.

So you’re looking to reliably backup and restore your data? There’s some tricks and tips that separate the backup pros from the beginners. No matter what program you end up using, the tips below will make sure you avoid the most common pitfalls.

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Our Seven Top Tech Predictions For 2017

January 24th, 2017


The complete domination of Amazon Cloud, internet-connected glasses, and an anti-ransomware Batman. That’s what you have to look forward to in 2017.

Read our tech predictions on the year to come. Unlike Nostradamus and the Aztec Calendar, we’ll tell you what’s coming in no uncertain terms.

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Australian Office Closed Thursday 26th January for Australia Day.

January 23rd, 2017


Our Australian Office will be closed on Thursday the 26th of January 2017, due to the Australia Day public holiday. As a result, our APAC Sales and Support Teams will be unavailable on this day.  However, US Support and Sales will continue to operate as normal.
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