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Set up TPM support in vCenter on Dell R7515

Quick HowTo/reminder to myself on how to activate TPM on ESXi hosts connected to vCenter. The smoothest way is to configure the servers before they are connected to vCenter: Otherwise they must be removed from the inventory and re-added. The BIOS security settings must be correctly configured: Select System Security. TPM Security must be turned […]

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Fixing vSAN driver compatibility on Dell R7515

A while back, we purchased some vSAN Ready nodes for a new cluster. The machines came with ESXi installed in an all-NVMe configuration, but when setting up vSAN, Skyline Health kept complaining that the driver used for the write-intensive cache drives wasn’t certified for this purpose. I opened support cases with both VMware and Dell […]

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Reflections on Proxmox VE

I’ve now been using Proxmox VE as a hypervisor in my home lab for a couple of years, and as I’ve reverted to plain Ubuntu Server + KVM, I figured I would try to summarize my thoughts on the product. Proxmox VE can be described as a low-cost and open-source alternative to VMware vSphere with […]

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Computing HowTo Linux Postfix

Email address tags in Postfix and Dovecot

What if you could tag the mail address you provide when registering for various services to simplify the management of the inevitable stream of unsolicited mail that follows? If you could register myname+theservicename@mydomain.tld it would make it very easy to recognize mail from that service – and it would make it easy to pinpoint common […]

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ZFS backups in Proxmox – Part 2

A while ago I wrote about trying out pve-zsync for backing up some Proxmox VE entities. I kept using regular Proxmox backups for the other machines, though: It is a robust way to get recoverable machine backups but it’s not very elegant. For example all backups are full: There’s no logic for managing incremental or […]

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Computing VMware

Troubleshooting vSphere update woes

It’s 2020 and I still occasionally stumble on products that can’t handle international characters. I’ve been running my update rounds on our vSphere environment, but one host simply refused to perform is update compliance check. To troubleshoot, I enabled the ssh service and remoted in to the host, looking for errors in /var/log/vua.log. Sure enough, […]

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Enabling the booking of Teams meetings in Outlook on Mac

This issue had me scratching my head for a while: With the latest version of Microsoft Office and Microsoft Teams installed on my Mac running Catalina, I couldn’t enable the booking of Teams meetings from Outlook. The solution turned out to be to remove the regular Office programs and replace them with Office 365. The […]

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Trusting Palo Alto GlobalProtect to use a macOS machine certificate

On a managed Mac with a machine certificate, when the certificate is renewed, Palo Alto GlobalProtect will prompt for administrative credentials before connecting. This is because the executable isn’t allowed to directly read from the System keychain. There’s a nice explanation and fix described on Palo Alto’s site, but in case that one goes missing, […]

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Creating a working Ubuntu 20.04 VMware Image

A while back I was a bit frustrated at Ubuntu for their defaulting to Cloud-Init in the server edition of Ubuntu 18.04. Well I’m right there again, but now with Ubuntu 20.04. First of all, Cloud-Init is back, and it’s not more useful to me now than it was the last time. My process is […]

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Another case of “Who watches the watchers”

This text was updated to reflect the current status of the story on 2020-05-27. Not a good look for Trend Micro: Security researcher Bill Demirkapi took apart their Rootkit Buster software and described his findings in a long, technical article. The main findings: The program installs a driver which is designed to subvert Microsoft’s quality […]