Changes

With coming home from VMworld, I got inspired to finally do what I have meant to do for awhile — separate my eclectic blog.  I have seen the problem for awhile that while my URL for this blog features network administration and virtualization the actual blog does not.  It used to until my Youtube career or . . . → Read More: Changes

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70-648 Beta Passed! Thoughts from a certified cert addict…

I took 71-648 exam on August 3 primarily just to get a heads-up on what the upcoming exams would look like (simulations, type of questions, etc.). In retrospect, one with MCSE in 2003 should only need to take 70-649, but that wasn’t explicitly clear to me when I took the exam. My plan was to take . . . → Read More: 70-648 Beta Passed! Thoughts from a certified cert addict…

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Lieberman Tools: "We go above and beyond"

Let me start this post out with a bit of praise for Lieberman Tools, namely User Manager Pro, Service Account Manager, and Task Scheduler Pro. We purchased these tools to assist us in managing our 375 servers. User Manager Pro, which coincidentally is probably the worst named program ever, UMP assists us in managing not only . . . → Read More: Lieberman Tools: "We go above and beyond"

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2007 Budget Time – Year of Virtualization

I have been able to put into place a pretty successful first run at a virtual infrastructure. I have convinced management enough to virtualize the entire test/ development/ sand box/ limited QA (shhhh) environment on to our first ESX boxes. We currently have implemented around 90 virtual machines on our 6 ESX servers. Has it always . . . → Read More: 2007 Budget Time – Year of Virtualization

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Longhorn Core – Step Forward, Step Back

Server Core : Renaming and Terminal Services in Server Core

Terminal Services is another common topic. A lot of people think that since there is no shell you can’t TS into Server Core. However, Server Core does include TS remote admin mode, when connected you just have the same experience as if you were logged on locally, . . . → Read More: Longhorn Core – Step Forward, Step Back

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Clustering SQL Gotcha's

I have been working on an QA, TST Microsoft SQL Single-node Cluster for work. I ran into a few gotcha’s that I thought I would pass along, so I am not the only one looking foolish or making undoable recommendations. I am not a SQL cluster newbie having cluster multiple large SQL boxes before this mini-project. . . . → Read More: Clustering SQL Gotcha's

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TechEd 2006 — on the horizon again

Teched 2006

I was able to get the authorization by my boss to attend TechEd again. There are a number of interesting server infrastructure courses that I plan on attending. Being in Boston, it is not exactly in the vacation capital of the U.S. like Orlando last year, but the former historian in me . . . → Read More: TechEd 2006 — on the horizon again

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Patching an inherently dangerous activity

We’ve been busy patching for the recent vulnerability. This has led to touching a lot of servers that had been left to rust in recent past. We have 60-some servers that meet the criteria (Windows 2000 SP4) in the most vulnerable group, ignoring of course all the Windows SP2 & 3 servers unable to . . . → Read More: Patching an inherently dangerous activity

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Windows 2000 SP4 Rollup patch = BSOD Generator?

I have applied this patch to three different machines, including one fresh build Windows 2000 SP4 device and consistently get a Blue Screen after the first reboot. The subject of the BSOD is “Stop 0x000001E” “Address 804A6467 base at 80400000, DateStamp 427b58bb – ntoskrnl.exe.” I went browsing a saw more people where having the . . . → Read More: Windows 2000 SP4 Rollup patch = BSOD Generator?

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TechEd 2005

Well I have received word from the boss that I am getting the opportunity to go to another conference. No, not Brainshare 2005 this year. This year will be the year of TechEd 2005. Laura and myself will hopefully be making the trip together, so I should have excellent company with me.

Having another . . . → Read More: TechEd 2005

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