Author Archives: The Illusive Man

How to cheat at Pokemon Go!

One of the things I find myself getting asked reasonably often is whether it’s possible to cheat at Pokemon Go! The answer is, yes of course it is… It does require installing a hacked version of the app, which (depending on your phone’s operating system) may require installing third-party enterprise certificates and trusting the applications […]

Escape to the Movies: Also Showing

I’m holding off on writing my review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi for the moment. Partially to let everyone see it and avoid giving away any spoilers, but mostly because I’m lazy. Short version, though: its brilliant and you should go see it. In the meantime, I thought I’d share these trailers for upcoming […]

DPM2016 CU4 Fix

I’ve noted in other recent posts on DPM that we have been experiencing issues with the latest release of Data Protection Manager 2016 CU4. The main issue has been that when the overnight maintenance jobs run to remove expired replicas from storage, the job causes a service crash when trying to remove some disk/volume backups. […]

Pruning DPM Replicas

There are times when, as a DPM administrator, you might want to prune disk-based replicas of data sources, either to save space or because of another reason entirely. As we’re currently experiencing an issue with DPM 2016 CU4 whereby replicas of filesystem data (disks/volumes/directories/shares) aren’t being pruned (the maintenance task calls a SQL procedure with […]

Thought for the day

Shamelessly stolen from the Core Rulebook of the Elite: Dangerous RPG: … when you’re out there in your ships, a canopy of stars above you, and not a living thing for a million miles all around, the light of a purple dwarf star glinting off the hull plates, and an unexplored galaxy stretching out in […]

Off-boarding Exchange Online users who have never had an on-prem mailbox

Wow. Sorry for the long title on this one folks, but allow me to continue. As regular readers of my occasional tech-tips posts will know, our organisation exists in a hybrid relationship with Exchange Online. Some users are in the cloud, some are on-premises as we migrate them. Occasionally a user will need to be […]

Large DPM databases

Had an on-going issue recently where one of our DPM servers seems to crash over night. Eventually I found an error in the log stating that the DPM server had lost connectivity to the DPMDB database in the SQL instance. I thought this was a little odd because we have three DPM servers which all […]

Exchange 2013 > Exchange 2007 mail relay issues

Had an interesting issue come to light in our Exchange environment recently. Before I go into it, I’ll give a bit of background on how we’re set up… Most of our organisation has mailboxes in an Exchange 2007 environment. There are some users and shared mailboxes in Exchange 2013, and this environment is in a […]

Exchange Online migrations and calendar permissions

We’re in the middle of migrating our on-premises Exchange organisation to Exchange Online. You see some odd things when you’re running a hybrid Exchange environment, but one of the oddest I’ve seen so far is a user being denied permission to edit or remove items in their own calendar after being migrated. Trying in Outlook […]

DPM, Previous Versions and Terminal Services

We use Data Protection Manager to allow end-users to perform self-service recovery on their own homes drives by using previous versions. This integrates with Active Directory to present the replica shares directly from the DPM server which performs the backup. It seems that the functionality of this tab is disabled by default on remote desktop […]