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Just another sad, but unremarkable tale of a bright kid who squandered his potential and ruined his life by turning to a career in IT.

Since first embarking down this dark path, I've done a little bit of everything, from small businesses to large datacenters, Linux to Windows, networking and security, DBA roles and, in my darkest moments, even some light mainframe operations.

These days it's Microsft products paying the bills, for what difference it makes. Whether it's a multi-domain AD environment with tens of thousands of users, a small cluster of Linux webservers, or a tangled web of network cables, systems are all just complex tools to do complex jobs, perpetually in need of someone to make them perform better and ensure they're always available when someone needs them.

Since being a lawyer seemed too boring, being a doctor seemed too hard, and my idea of a good time usually involves using a powerful computer anyway, I really can't imagine doing anything else.

Recently certified Genius of network:

Dear HopelessN00b Genius of network... it's easy for you to speak. If I could explain my problems in my language probably also an hysteric like you could help me, but in another Language (english) is no easy for me. Anyway thanks, I'll continue to try online. Ps. I make this job from 1998 when you were probably coming out of college. So before to speak... think!


Feb
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comment Downgrade SQL Express 2008 R2 SP2 (x86) to SP1
@user209781 Yeah, seems you're right. vCenter 5.5 supports SQL Server 2008 R2, SP2, though, which what I'd upgrade to. If you're hellbent on vCenter 5.1, though, then you'll have to uninstall SP2 from your SQL server and apply SP1. Gross, but that's what the compatibility matrix says. (Seems to me like another argument in favor of upgrading your vCenters to 5.5, but whatever...)
Feb
18
answered Downgrade SQL Express 2008 R2 SP2 (x86) to SP1
Feb
18
comment Deploying Printers via GPO/GPP - is there a programmatic option?
@AdilHindistan No. Each computer should get all the printers available at its site. (More or less.) But separating them isn't the hard part. It's getting the printers into GPOs in the first place that's turning out to be more of a pain than you'd think it should be.
Feb
18
comment Deploying Printers via GPO/GPP - is there a programmatic option?
@RyanRies Yes, I'm still kicking it a round in my mind, and one of the things I haven't decided on is whether or not my scrip needs to be supportable, or just a one time thing for setting it up in the first place. Pretty sure I'll post it here, whatever I end up doing.
Feb
18
comment User folder not showing up in Windows Explorer
Copy folder contents to new folder. Delete old folder. Rename new folder. Call it a day.
Feb
18
reviewed Approve How do I know if IP Multicasting is enabled on my network in Windows?
Feb
18
reviewed Reject How to reproduce read ETIMEDOUT with node_redis on my local dev machine?
Feb
17
comment Deploying Printers via GPO/GPP - is there a programmatic option?
Yeah, without 3rd party tools, GPO/GPP automation via PowerShell is pretty painful. I found something that looks pretty good, save for the fact that it requires a 3rd party software suite we probably won't be allowed to buy... so it will probably be some script like your to edit the XML in existing site-specific GPOs... which I imagine I'll post here once I'm done.
Feb
17
comment Deploying Printers via GPO/GPP - is there a programmatic option?
It's a good answer (and I might end up using something like this to meet some of our deadlines), but I suspect that an intern or subordinate is in this question's future, actually, since we are being required to use GPOs/GPPs to assign printers at some point. And while a PS logon script would technically fit that requirement, I expect that management would merp at me enough to make it not worth my while to do it that way.
Feb
17
comment Is there a way to create a 'trackable' link (~hard link) to a folder on Windows (Windows XP in particular)?
@trismarck He's talking about at the file system level. Sure, you can create a loop in your folders with junction points, shortcuts, and probably other methods, but this does not create a loop at a file system level because soft links are different than their targets. True hard links are not. Read the link to U&L I included in my most recent edit for more details.
Feb
17
answered Changing VNC Password Remotely - All Sorts of Versions (Windows)
Feb
17
comment Is there a way to create a 'trackable' link (~hard link) to a folder on Windows (Windows XP in particular)?
@trismarck I believe the difference is that junction points can be differentiated from their targets (like soft links), whereas a true hard link cannot. That so many applications and utilities in Windows don't check for the difference is a different problem. But it is possible to check for the difference, as (for example) robocopy does via the /XJ switch.
Feb
17
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Feb
17
comment Is there a way to create a 'trackable' link (~hard link) to a folder on Windows (Windows XP in particular)?
@trismarck A junction point (in NTFS) is a hardlink to a directory. To my knowledge, that's as good as it gets. My apologies for not reading your question thoroughly enough, but I'll update my answer.
Feb
17
answered Is there a way to create a 'trackable' link (~hard link) to a folder on Windows (Windows XP in particular)?
Feb
17
asked Deploying Printers via GPO/GPP - is there a programmatic option?
Feb
17
reviewed Approve FTP user with home /var/www and group www-data has no write permission to /var/www
Feb
17
reviewed Approve Why Nginx reverse proxy shows http location?
Feb
17
reviewed Approve How can I force users from USA to go the USA server and visitors from UK to go to the UK server