WSL Installation Step-by-Step

WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) is a very useful way of being able to use Linux tools on a Windows system, making it simple to get a proper, working Linux shell up and running. Now WSL2 makes it a lot faster, having an actual full Linux kernel running.

Fixing Broken Redirected Folders

Redirected folders are a blessing, when they work smoothly and result in thousands of otherwise-unprotected folders being stored on a safe server, backed up and available if a PC fails. They can also be an infuriating mess when they go wrong. I recently tested a new redirected folders setup using a GPO and fresh fileserver. […]

Timeout Failure – Veeam Backup Agent

I had a Veeam Agent backup running regularly and successfully. The agent server is a simple Windows Server 2016 file server. One day recently, the backup job simply stopped working. When I manually ran the job, it started OK, it got as far as “Required backup infrastructure resources have been assigned” being green-ticked, and then […]

How to Fully Reset an NTFS Filesystem

I’ve recently needed to reorganise a very large (>3.5 TB), very complex (millions of folders, tens of millions of files) NTFS filesystem which had been allowed to evolve slowly over the years into a great big mess. Share permissions were a little too liberal, so users of varying technical competence had run riot – applying […]