Resources

Click to download the Server & Network Maintenance Checklist Guide.
Maintenance Checklist

Temp Files Removal Script. (Download text file and save as .bat)
Delete Temp Files Code

Tools & Utilities
Click here to download list. (Spreadsheet)


Office 365
Compare Office 365 Plans
https://products.office.com/en-us/business/compare-more-office-365-for-business-plans

Instructions for using the new One Drive client for SharePoint
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Enable-users-to-sync-SharePoint-files-with-the-new-OneDrive-sync-client-22e1f635-fb89-49e0-a176-edab26f69614

Next Generation Sync Client | Sync now with # and % inĀ filename
https://hansbrender.com/2017/04/18/next-generation-sync-client-sync-now-with-and-in-filename/

Exchange Hybrid Configuration Tutorial
http://techgenix.com/using-office-365-hybrid-configuration-wizard-part1

Setting up Federation (ADFS)
https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/canitpro/2015/09/11/step-by-step-setting-up-ad-fs-and-enabling-single-sign-on-to-office-365/

Office 365 Identity Authorization Information
http://www.interlink.com/blog/entry/active-directory-federation-services-adfs-vs-password-sync

Litigation on hold
http://www.networkworld.com/article/3079099/cloud-computing/doing-ediscovery-litigation-hold-and-addressing-journaling-in-office-365.html

Office 365 DLP Overview
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Overview-of-data-loss-prevention-policies-1966b2a7-d1e2-4d92-ab61-42efbb137f5e?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US&fromAR=1

Microsoft Policy for Storing Cloud Data
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/trustcenter/security/encryption

Office 365 ADFS Firewall Exemption
http://www.markc.me.uk/blog/files/Office365PortalLogon.html

Office 365 Secure Score
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Introducing-the-Office-365-Secure-Score-c9e7160f-2c34-4bd0-a548-5ddcc862eaef?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

Office 365 Staged Migration Tutorial
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Perform-a-staged-migration-of-email-to-Office-365-83bc0b69-de47-4cc4-a57d-47e478e4894e#createendpoint

Office 365 Cutover Migration Tutorial
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Cutover-migration-to-Office-365-9496e93c-1e59-41a8-9bb3-6e8df0cd81b4

Bit Titan's Mailbox Migration Tool
https://www.bittitan.com/products/migrationwiz/mailbox-migration

ShareGate's SharePoint Migration Tool
https://en.share-gate.com/sharepoint-migration


Azure
Azure Pricing Calculator
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/calculator/

Azure Server Information
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/virtual-machines/windows/

Azure VPN Gateway Information
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/vpn-gateway/vpn-gateway-about-vpngateways

ExpressRoute Information
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/expressroute/expressroute-prerequisites

Azure Storage Types
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/storage/?b=16.50

Azure Backup Information
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/backup


Active Directory
Replmon & Repadmin Info
https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/askds/2009/07/01/getting-over-replmon/
https://virtualizationmaximus.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/run-replmon-on-windows-server-2008-r2-2012-r2-windows-7-8-8-1-without-installing-windows-server-2003-support-tools-2/


DNS
Stub Zones Information
http://techgenix.com/dns_stub_zones
http://www.cloudyfuture.net/2015/08/24/why-dont-people-use-stub-zones

Why use third party DNS Servers
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/reasons-third-party-dns-servers-secure

DNS Made Easy
http://www.dnsmadeeasy.com

Open DNS
https://www.opendns.com

DNS Record Types
https://blog.dnsimple.com/2015/04/common-dns-records


Exchange
Log Parser Studio 2.0
https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/exchange/2013/06/17/log-parser-studio-2-0-is-now-available/
Exchange Server User Monitor
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=51101


VMware
ESX Performance Tool ESXTOP
http://www.vfrank.org/esxtop/
http://www.yellow-bricks.com/esxtop/

Disk Performance
Device Latency not to exceed 25ms | Kernel & Queue Latency not to exceed 2ms | Total latency not to exceed 27ms
Counters to use:
Queue command latency
Physical device read latency
Command latency
Kernel command latency
Kernel read latency
Bus resets
Queue read latency
Physical device write latency

Network Performance
Look for dropped packets, usage in KBPS, check for errors on the physical switch port.
Counters to use:
Data receive rate
Data transmit rate
Receive packets dropped
Transmit packets dropped
Usage

Performance Best Practice for VMware 6.0
https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/techpaper/vmware-perfbest-practices-vsphere6-0-white-paper.pdf

Veeam One Monitoring
https://www.veeam.com/virtual-server-management-one-free.html

Multipathing in vSphere using EQL MEM
https://vmpete.com/2012/09/20/multipathing-in-vsphere-with-the-dell-equallogic-multipathing-extension-module-mem/

Best Practices for Implementing VMware vSphere in a Dell PS Series Storage Environment
http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/extras/m/white_papers/20434601


Monitoring Tools
SNMP Walk Tools
https://www.manageengine.com/products/mibbrowser-free-tool/
https://support.solarwinds.com/Success_Center/Network_Performance_Monitor_(NPM)/SolarWinds_SNMP_Walk%3A_A_new_tool_for_collecting_SNMP_MIB_walks

Monitoring Tools (Not Free)
http://www.solarwinds.com/
https://www.ipswitch.com/application-and-network-monitoring/whatsup-gold
http://www.red-gate.com/products/dba/sql-monitor/

Monitoring Tools (Free)
http://www.solarwinds.com/free-tools
https://www.veeam.com/virtual-server-management-one-free.html
https://www.ipswitch.com/resources/free-network-monitoring-tools
https://www.ipswitch.com/resources/free-tools/whatsup-iis-monitor
https://www.paessler.com/free_network_monitor
https://www.manageengine.com/sql-performance-monitor/sql-server-monitoring-index.html
https://www.manageengine.com/products/vm-health-monitor/free-vmware-health-monitor-index.html


BYOD
BYOD & HIPAA
https://www.scrypt.com/blog/byod-and-hipaa-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/

Meraki BYOD Guide
https://documentation.meraki.com/SM/Deployment_Guides/Enterprise_Deployment_Guide_and_Best_Practices

AirWatch BYOD
http://www.air-watch.com/solutions/bring-your-own-device-byod/


Resources for Backup Solutions
Storage Craft's Shadow Protect
http://www.storagecraft.com

Altaro Backup Solution
http://www.altaro.com/

Dell AppAssure (Dell Data Protection) Speed & Stability Tips
https://support.quest.com/kb/148170
https://support.quest.com/kb/119686


SAN's
Synology
https://www.synology.com/

EqualLogic SAN Headquarters
https://vmpete.com/2011/01/28/how-i-use-dellequallogics-sanhq-in-my-environment/

EqualLogic Snapshots and Clones: Best Practices
http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/storage/w/wiki/3619.equallogic-snapshots-and-clones-best-practices-and-sizing-guidelines-by-sis

Best Practices for Deploying Dell EqualLogic Synchronous Replication
http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/extras/m/white_papers/20437935/download

MEM Performance for VMware Essentials Customers
https://www.nexusos.co.uk/content/news/blog-articles/tech/mem-performance-for-vmware-essentials-customers.ashx


Training
IT Pro TV
https://itpro.tv/

PluralSight
https://www.pluralsight.com/

OpenEdx
https://openedx.microsoft.com/

Udemy
https://www.udemy.com/courses/