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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!


Oct
23
comment RAID5 array Ready for Rebuild
...and HP support said, what, approximately?
Oct
23
reviewed Edit and Reopen Why do the Link States on my Force10 S50N LACP differ?
Oct
23
revised Why do the Link States on my Force10 S50N LACP differ?
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Oct
23
reviewed Leave Closed In Debian, what is NAMED service for?
Oct
23
comment SuperMicro IPMI using Windows-based RADIUS (NPS)
Make sure your gear's patched. From June of this year: Zachary Wikholm of Security Incident Response Team (CARISIRT) has publicly announced a serious failure in IPMI BMC (management controller) security on at least 31,964 public-facing systems with motherboards made by SuperMicro: "Supermicro had created the password file PSBlock in plain text and left it open to the world on port 49152."
Oct
23
revised SuperMicro IPMI using Windows-based RADIUS (NPS)
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Oct
23
comment Powershell arrays and comparissons
As implied, but not explicitly stated in the answer by @fdibot , the issue is that you're actually storing an array of user objects, even if the FT only displays the property you specify. So it's not an array of SAMaccountNames, it's an array of users (which all have a SAMaccountName attribute), and you have to access the properties of those objects accordingly.
Oct
23
comment use sysprep for windows custom deployment, but leave settings like keyboard, start menu the same
Seems to me like the easier approach would be to use a script to change those settings back to the way you want them.
Oct
23
comment Azure accounts for software/IT departments
This question appears to be off-topic because we're not Microsoft. Ask Microsoft.
Oct
23
comment What type of email address should I recreate to prevent this NDR?
Do you have access to the client sending the emails that generate the NDR? If so, you should be able to use NK2edit to extract the email address this client has cached.
Oct
23
answered What type of email address should I recreate to prevent this NDR?
Oct
22
reviewed Reopen grep behaving differently on Fedora vs Ubuntu
Oct
22
comment Installing SCCM Client 2012 failed: “CcmSetup failed with error code 0x80004002”
Do you have an older version of the SCCM client installed on this machine? If so, manually uninstall it before attempting to install a newer version.
Oct
22
comment Powershell - Sort-Objects, list of IP Adresses
If you're using Server 2012, the IPAM feature would seem like the much easier solution, FYI.
Oct
22
comment Windows 7 Group Policy Printer not Loading
Anybody got any ideas on how to troubleshoot/identify/fix the cause of this problem? RSOP.msc and gperesult should always be your first steps in troubleshooting a GPO issue.
Oct
21
reviewed Leave Closed Add remote host to known_hosts file without prompt
Oct
21
reviewed Leave Closed Super-power PC for many users - Server (2008 R2) on Hyper-V can not use full Machine hardware resources
Oct
21
comment Outline the quirks of Windows Small Business Servers (SBS)
@TheCleaner I (try to) do that bit with the DHCP reservations for our static devices, for no other reason than centralizing information about our network devices on the DHCP server.
Oct
21
comment Outline the quirks of Windows Small Business Servers (SBS)
Nah, not weird. I see it done both ways a lot. It might have to do with coming from a Linux background - most Windows admins I've worked with use exclusions, like above, but the Linux and networking guys I've worked with tend to favor explicitly defining the DHCP range and just leaving out whatever addresses they don't want assigned by DHCP.
Oct
21
comment Outline the quirks of Windows Small Business Servers (SBS)
Regarding the DHCP exclusions, that's only about 40%, not 80%. IPs .51 through .199 are available for DHCP leases. As to the local IT guy's claims that "it won't work" without those exclusions, it's probably a matter of the network gear and other stuff with static IPs being near the start and end of the IP range, but he's not experienced enough to know that. (But yeah, stuff "won't work" if you give a client PC the address of the switch, etc.) You can probably get away with much smaller exclusion ranges, but it doesn't sound like you need the IPs anyway, so ... why mess with it?