When the Thunder Rolls…

Last week we encountered some rough weather in the South. Though our datacenter was protected by battery backups (UPS systems), we did not expect surge through the Ethernet lines…

Lesson learned.

Our Firewall was toast…kaput…dead…due to two resistors on WAN 1. The whole device would not even power on. Thanks to NETGEAR support, we have been able to swap this FGX538 with a newer device….4 WAN ports.

We are now protected by this device on each WAN port: APC Ethernet 10/100/1000 Surge Suppressor

Windows Azure

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I recently signed up for a “free” month trial of Widows Azure. In return for signing up for an “” account and providing your credit card information(for a $1 charge and future purchases) you receive  $200 worth of credits for 30 days. Info Here

From the systems side of things, and having managed and managing physical hardware throughout my IT career, Microsoft gives the entry level guy a chance to use the same technology without worrying about the hardware…..for a very nice chunk of change. Of course you are also paying for Electricity, ISP’s, the team who manages the datacenter(s), etc… -> Availability.

From a business perspective, this availability is worth the cost. Does TC workout to be better? I would say it depends on what you need as a business. Microsoft would, of course, give a resilient YES. I will give you an example, which works for everything you encounter in life. Yes, everything…..

Balance….a.k.a “The Hybrid” theory. Use your own hardware and people for low to medium availability systems and items that you feel need to be “on-premise” or “in-house”. Then, use a 3-rd Party Cloud Provider, such as Windows Azure, for your high-priority systems. The ones that you will lose more $$$ than you can afford to if downtime occurs.

Of course, I would recommend every business to evaluate it’s systems and their worth to the company. Evaluate how much money you would lose for example if that “Customer Database System” was down for a day. Then, before you do anything, make sure you have backups…..TBC

IIS + Local DNS in Windows Server 2012


I believe it is called Windows Server 2012 now. When this “how-to” was created, this OS was still in beta form and being called Windows Server 8(The version number if i’m not mistaken.) This video shows the basic changes to IIS and local DNS when configuring new websites in MS Server 2012. The principal is the same in many other MS Server OS’s. In fact, it is almost identical to the process in MS Server 2008 R2. As an administrator and SE, it feels like MS put a new can of paint on Server 2008 R2 and called it Server 2012. Though, i’m sure more has been done in the back-end. Right? Has to be more in the back-end….

To Be Continued

P.S. Thanks to @Onlinebs for letting me play in his sandbox.

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