About Hector Santamaria

Hector Santamaria has been with Peters & Associates for over 4 years. A Senior Consultant, Hector assists our clients in designing and deploying IT solutions that are effective and appropriate for the needs of their businesses. His specialty areas are server virtualization, networking, collaboration, Email and Office 365, all of which are supported through his credentials as an MCSE.

Safely add credentials to automate your scripts

PowerShell and scripting. It is supposed to make your everyday tasks easier! Yet if your script needs to have administrative rights to run, then you might as well sit there and run them one by one. How would you even schedule it to run as a task? Let’s look at some ways that can be [...]

By |2018-12-27T09:48:44-06:00December 6th, 2018|Infrastructure Services|Comments Off on Safely add credentials to automate your scripts

Site-Aware Clustering

Perhaps you’ve created a cluster in your data center but still have the nagging concern - what if we lose the site?  Windows Server 2016 can help with site-aware clustering and leveraging your witness in the cloud. What is site-aware clustering? Site-aware clustering allows for stretched clusters to be set by physical location. You can [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:46:28-06:00October 1st, 2018|Infrastructure Services|Comments Off on Site-Aware Clustering

Server Message Block 3.0 and Firewalls

Microsoft introduced Server Message Block (SMB) version 3.0 with Microsoft Server 2012.  This version is more secure and provides many features including SMB failover and scaling out servers.  Sometimes, though, you cannot connect from one site to another.  This blog will explore why this happens and how to resolve the issue. What are the signs [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:47:34-06:00June 25th, 2018|Infrastructure Services|Comments Off on Server Message Block 3.0 and Firewalls

Chrome will no longer trust older Symantec Certificates

Late last year Google announced that it will no longer trust digital certificates issued by Symantec. The first phase began at the end of last year when Symantec began to “outsource” the issuance of certificates to another trusted Certificate Authority (CA). The second phase is scheduled to begin sometime after Mid-April 2018 with Chrome version [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:49:20-06:00April 9th, 2018|Infrastructure Services|Comments Off on Chrome will no longer trust older Symantec Certificates

File Restore on StorSimple

If you are using StorSimple for file access, restoring a deleted file is a fairly easy process, but is not necessarily intuitive.  Here are some tips to make the process go smoothly. The restore procedure Assuming you are using StorSimple as an ISCSI target for your file server: Log onto your Azure portal. Choose your [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:51:33-06:00March 7th, 2018|Infrastructure Services|Comments Off on File Restore on StorSimple

Similarities between Skype and Teams

Skype and Teams share a lot of the same features and capabilities that you are probably leveraging today. Below are just some of the major features that both applications share: Instant Messaging Presence File Sharing Group chat Make and receive calls Integration with Outlook calendar Share Skype for Business server as backend (online) Differences It [...]

By |2017-10-23T13:08:23-06:00October 23rd, 2017|Collaboration|Comments Off on Similarities between Skype and Teams

Cluster Patching – It’s easier than you remember

A Hyper-V cluster - or any cluster for that matter – have are notoriously painful to patch. This pain often results in administrators delaying patching their clusters. Well, Microsoft has heard your cries and simplified cluster patching in server 2012 R2 and Server 2016. Patching headache Patching servers in a cluster can be daunting and [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:55:31-06:00July 24th, 2017|Infrastructure Services|Comments Off on Cluster Patching – It’s easier than you remember

Windows Server 2016 Active Directory

We’ve written a number of blog posts about the new features in Windows Server 2016. What about one of the most used functions of Windows Server – Active Directory? Here are some new and interesting features added to Windows Server 2016 Active Directory. Directory Services In Server 2016 Microsoft has added group membership expiration. This [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:56:20-06:00June 16th, 2017|Infrastructure Services|Comments Off on Windows Server 2016 Active Directory

Windows Server 2016 DNS Improvements

There have been some nice improvements to Windows 2016 networking. While not as flashy as some of the other changes, such as Nano Server or storage replicas, the new DNS features can help secure your server. DNS Policies DNS policies can be created to tell DNS how to handle incoming requests. Here are only a [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:58:01-06:00March 29th, 2017|Infrastructure Services|Comments Off on Windows Server 2016 DNS Improvements