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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

StarWind Updates 6 October 2015

1) Tap Room in German:

Eine komplett Schlüssel-fertige Lösung. Stecker in die Dose und los geht’s! Die Hyper-Converged Plattform.


Datum: 8 Oktober, 2 pm CEST

Hyper-Konvergente Virtualisierungslösung steht jetzt für kleine Unternehmen und Unternehmen mit Außenstellen zur Verfügung. StarWind Hyper-Converged Plattform kombiniert Server, Hypervisor und zugehöriger Software in einer skalierbaren Ebene und macht schnelle Implementierung und einfache Bedienung bei den Virtualisierung Belastungen. Diese Schlüsselfertige Lösung ist nicht abhängig von den Lieferungsunternehmen und erfordert keine besonderen Fähigkeiten des IT-Personals.

Gastgeber: Taras Schwed, IT-Systemingenieur, ‪‎StarWind Software Inc.

Jetzt registrieren!

2) Veeam & StarWind: Your Backup Infrastructure Will Never Fail You

13 October, 1 pm ET

Speakers: Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software.
Ryan Post, Inside Systems Engineer, Veeam Software, Inc.
Mike Resseler, Backup Solution Expert, Veeam Software, Inc.


A reliable and still cost-effective backup infrastructure is one of the primary moving targets every virtualization admin shoots at.

Today we offer a 100% free but fault-tolerant and high-performance backup storage solution. It allows you to reduce backup time dramatically to fit the process into backup window, survive up to 4 individual disk failures and transparently failover backup job in case of a complete server crash. The solution can be deployed on any industry standard servers running Windows, is clustered with the help of StarWind Virtual SAN Free, and includes Veeam Availability Suite. Veeam provides high-speed recovery, verified protection and complete visibility for virtualized environments, while StarWind virtual shared storage reinforces it with resiliency to backup storage hardware failures.

Join our webinar to learn how to boost up your backup infrastructure performance and make it resistant to multiple disk and server failures without breaking the bank

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Add a Range of Endpoint Port on Azure Virtual Machine


On Azure Management Portal, we can add a single endpoint port. Now how do we add a range of endpoint port that need to open?

Well, the only way that you can do it is by using Azure Powershell by here is an example on how we open endpoint port range from 60000 – 60030 for a particular VM

[ Configuration]

1. Identify VM Service Name and Name by using Get-AzureVM

2. Enter the following command

$vm = Get-AzureVM -ServiceName (yourvmservicename) -Name (yourvmname) ; 60000..60030 | ForEach { $VM | Add-AzureEndpoint -Name TestEndpoint$_ -Protocol TCP -LocalPort $_ -PublicPort $_} ; $vm | Update-AzureVM

$vm = Get-AzureVM -ServiceName "kl-ms4u-dc1" -Name "kl-ms4u-dc1" ; 60000..60030 | ForEach { $VM | Add-AzureEndpoint -Name EndpointPort$_ -Protocol TCP -LocalPort $_ -PublicPort $_} ; $vm | Update-AzureVM


Verify on Azure Management Portal :


Voila! 30 endpoint ports has added.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Download Azure Conference 2015 (29 Sept 2015)

Missed the live streaming AzureCon session? Well, you can now download the entire AzureCon session by download and execute powershell script from this link.

For those who would like to view streaming, go to this link.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Remap Tape Library on DPM

Your environment is running DPM Server and attached with tape library. It’s has been running fine and suddenly tape library/drives fault. Principal came and replaced either tape library or drive. New hardware definitely will has new serial number and probably resides on new SCSI BUS, LUN or Ports. Therefore you need to do remap of tape library.

To verify , open DPMLA.xml from Program Files\DPM\DPM\Config\


 Compare from the one listed in DPM Console.

Tape library:




You will notice serial number and drive bay index is different.

[ Pre-configuration]

1. Make sure DPMRA services is not running

2. No cleaning tape

3. Remove any tape from drive.

[ Resolution]

1. Manual modify the DPMLA.xml

  • Serial number
  • Port
  • Bus
  • Target
  • LUN


or execute DPMDriveMappingTool.exe from ProgramFiles\DPM\DPM\bin


Lastly open DPM console and click Rescan

Missing Cleaning Tape from DPM


Ghost? hahahaha….This is the weird part after we put cleaning tape into DPM. The cleaning tape is inside on one of the slot in tape library. But now your tape library slot indicated missing status and Slot 20 is disappear.


You need to add DWORD registry value RSMCompatMode – 8


Then restart the DPM Server and perform again tape library inventory. Your missing cleaning tape is back!

Our tape library is IBM TotalStorage 3573 Tape library (TS3100)

Credit to Robert on writing the solution.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Extend Azure Data Disk

Well, come in time we would be running out of hard disk space on Azure Data Disk. Probably we allocate 50GB data disk size and database grew till occupy most of the space and you would like to extend the size. In Azure, you can extend the data disk up to 1TB.

But the question, where can we extend the disk? Too bad, we cannot find the option on Azure Management Portal and Azure Preview Portal.

You only can attach or detach disk


The only way is using Azure Powershell in order to extend the data disk.

But before that, you need to make sure VM is power off and in deallocated state.

Once you VM is deallocated, execute the following command:

# Get the data disk name for the particular VM
Get-AzureVM –ServiceName (VM Service Name) –Name (VMName) | Get-AzureDataDisk

# Resize the dataDisk to 100GB
Update-AzureDisk –DiskName (diskname)-201505110718430497 -Label ResizeDataDisk -ResizedSizeInGB 100

Screenshot: Get data disk name

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Screenshot: Resize data Disk

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Once done, you can power on the virtual machine and use disk management snap-in to extend your disk.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Azure RMS Document Tracking

Azure RMS Document Tracking features is now GA!. You can track and revoke your protected document by using Azure RMS. Let have a quick preview on Azure RMS Document Tracking.

[ Protect ]


We protect an image file by using Azure RMS with only view permission. Besides that, we set

  • document to expire on next day
  • Notify us when other open the document
  • Set to allow revoke access

Document was sent to 1 person (example: Hock Seng) and also to other people ( cannot open the document due to no permission)

Feel free to check out our previous post on how to protect using Azure RMS.

[ Notification ]

Received an alert by email which mentioning that an unauthorized person is attempt to open the document.



[ Tracking ]


You can perform document tracking by clicking on “Track Usage” on RMS Sharing app or go to , you able view which document has shared to.


Click on the document to view more details. On summary page, able to view the status of the tracking.

  • Document has expired (after a day)
  • Target recipient did not open the document . So sad!
  • Has 6 attempts to open the document by unauthorized users


View in excel will provide more details such as name, email address, status, when attempt to open, country and city.


Click on LIST, two unauthorized users attempt to access but has no permission as the document is protected by Azure RMS. 


Click on TIMELINE, able to view number of attempt , date and time.


Click on MAP, able to view summary of attempt in global map. (A user from Malaysia and Indonesia was trying to access the document)


Click on SETTINGS to modify email notification when someone tries to open the document.


Finally, you can revoke access to stop the sharing and prevent access to the document.


Well, that all about our document tracking features walkthrough. You may want to check the document tracking features yourself.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Win 2016 TP3: Use Microsoft Azure Storage as Cloud Witness


  • 1 Vote! from Microsoft Azure Storage …
  • 1 Vote from Node 1
  • 1 Vote from Node N….


With Windows Server 2016 TP3, we can assign Microsoft Azure as Cloud Witness, a new type of quorum for Failover clustering. Unlike File Witness, we no longer need to use 3rd datacenter. Just use Azure Blob Storage as Cloud Witness. (Not Azure Virtual Machine)

To do so, create a new Azure Storage.


Once Azure storage has created, take note the primary key.


One same Azure Storage can use for multiple cluster

Then use Failover Cluster Manager snap-in to assign cloud witness as quorum. Right click cluster name | More Actions | Configure Cluster Quorum Settings


Select the quorum witness


  • Select Configure a Cloud Witness


Enter Microsoft Azure Storage account name and primary key that you’ve created in previous steps.



End result after assigned Cloud Witness on Failover Cluster Manager.


End result on Microsoft Azure Management Portal. It contain one small blog file. A very data written per blog file updated only once when cluster nodes state changes.


You do not need to worry about cost as the file is quite small.