Posts by Todd Baratz

How to Restore Files from Encrypted Azure Disks

Like many things in a secure world, restoring deleted/corrupted files to an Azure VM with encrypted disks is not as straight forward as restoring unencrypted files. File and folder stores are not available and even though you can download the entire virtual hard drive from backup, it is unusable due to the encryption. The encrypted…

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Uses and Setup of Azure Site Recovery Explained

Microsoft provides two ways to backup and recover data using its Azure cloud platform, Azure Backup Server (ABS) and Azure Site Recovery (ASR).  With Microsoft’s well-known penchant for fragmenting their own technologies is this more of the same? In this case, no.  These two services satisfy different requirements and should be employed to achieve separate…

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Azure Data Protection – An Overview of Your Options

With Microsoft’s cloud solution there seems to be a dizzying array of options to secure data, with new ones coming out all the time.  There is Azure Site Recovery (ASR), Azure Information Protection (AIP), Customer Key (new and not fully rolled out), Azure BitLocker, Key Vault, and the list goes on. Some of these solutions…

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Blocking Built-in Applications With AppLocker

With the new world of Windows 10 and its never-ending stream of feature updates, Microsoft has introduced a new set of “built-in” applications.  Some of these “applications” can be removed as part of an MDT or SCCM task sequence or manually from PowerShell.  However, there are some applications which Microsoft does not allow to be…

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How’s Your Insecurity Level?

Panama, Paradise, Publicity P.T. Barnum receives attribution for the phrase “There’s no such thing as bad publicity”.  I think there are a large number of offshore investors who may be disagreeing with that statement this week.  The Panama and Paradise Paper revelations have placed an exclamation point on the importance of an aggressive security posture.  As the game of cat and…

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Implementing Jumbo Frames

A lot has been said about jumbo frames.  Some say it’s not worth the effort while others proclaim it to be an absolute requirement.  Regardless of where you stand on the debate it is generally accepted that jumbo frames can yield performance improvements on isolated iSCSI networks.

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Updating Windows 7 Workstations

Sometimes when you setup a new Windows 7 workstation and try to do Windows Updates it just appears to “hang” on the checking for updates screen? There can be a number of reasons for this, but there are some things you can try that will usually help resolve the problem. First, Microsoft puts out a…

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Recovering Data From An Exchange Archive

There are many many articles written about how to recover data from an Exchange recovery database, but fewer articles are around that talk about how to recover data from an Exchange archive recovery database. Normally you can mount a recovery database and run a “New-MailboxRestoreRequest” to get your data.  However, if you want to recover…

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Outlook Slow After Migrating to Exchange 2013

If you’ve just migrated your mailbox to Exchange 2013 and you’re having issues with slowness in Outlook (opening Outlook, reading e-mails, etc.) you may need to adjust something called TcpAckFrequency in the registry. The default TcpAckFrequency parameter in Windows is 200ms, which does not always work well with Exchange 2013. Luckily, there is a very…

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