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Mass migrating distribution groups to 365

Recently I was tasked with recreating 500+ email distribution groups from our companies local exchange servers up to 365. Recreating over 500 distribution groups by hand would take weeks and an extreme number of raw man-hours, so there was only one solution, powershell scripting! This is a quick guide to how I scripted the recreation, and re-adding of members from…

Emax Nighthawk 200 build and mods

Intro: S3fpv was graciously provided with a Emax nighthawk 200 racing drone for review. Will (nicklyw) of S3 and myself did the following build and I then proceeded to mod the 200 to bring it up to acceptable S3 racing standards.       TL;DR Results: Overall I would give this kit a 3/5 (three out of five). LOS and…

Adding journal drives to Windows Storage Spaces 2012

After reading several pages including this great writeup on improving windows storage spaces speeds, I found myself needing to add some SSD journal drives after the fact (after the spaces had already been created). For anyone else looking to do the same, here’s the powershell commands needed to do so. 1. Get the ‘friendly name’ of the disks you’ll be…

A lesson in backup testing!

This is a real world example of why you should always test your backups. Approximately two weeks ago while running a backup restore test an error started occurring that would cause all restores of the fileserver drive to fail, going back any length of time. A ticket was opened with Veeam support about the error and troubleshooting began later that…

A quick and simple disaster recovery policy

A quick disaster recovery policy boilerplate. Customize it for your business, or leave it as-is. Please be sure to write up detailed disaster recovery procedures and make sure you have a proper business continuity plan in place as well. The policy itself: Section 1. This DR Policy The major goals of this policy are as follows: To minimize interruptions to…