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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!


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comment Linux: Iptables: Block most ports for accessing from outside
Closing this question because it made me ask "what the hell?!?" more than once.
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comment AD domain name: Did I choose appropriately?
You should edit these follow up questions into your answer... just try to make them clearer, because I don't know what you're asking with them. Additionally, your question "what should I name my AD" has been asked and answered many times - if you want a question that isn't an oft repeated duplicate, try "I misnamed my AD, what do I do now/how do I fix it?"
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comment AD domain name: Did I choose appropriately?
This thread might be of some use as well.
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comment AD domain name: Did I choose appropriately?
Get the domain or start over. FYI, you can use UPN suffixes to shorten what needs to be typed in at logon. There's no need to mangle your domain name just because it's longer than is convenient to type.
Dec
24
comment Mysql dump failed?
Well, that's rough, but it really seems like if you try this, you'll just make a bigger mess and have a really pissed off sysadmin once he gets back from vacation. IF it's really that important, call your sysadmin. If not, wait until he gets back.
Dec
23
comment Mysterious Terminal Server HTTPS issue
Doesn't sound like you've got enough to go on. I'd whip up a little USB key with some portable apps making use of the Windows cryptology APIs, as well as FireFox with my favorite web developer/debugging apps, and Wireshark, to see if I could narrow it down to something on the network side, or something with the OS side. Or at least try to get something more useful to go on than a silent connection failure.
Dec
23
comment Mysterious Terminal Server HTTPS issue
What happens when they "an no longer load" https sites? Is there an error message? What about other applications relying on cryptography? Do they fail too?
Dec
23
comment Mysterious Terminal Server HTTPS issue
Which browser(s)?
Dec
23
comment Bash script to move certain files to specific directories?
This question appears to be off-topic because Server Fault is not a free script writing service.
Dec
23
comment Viruses bypassing Trend ScanMail - Could it be a licensing issue or a mime issue
Frankly, any one of those issues would be enough to get me to toss an A/V program on the trash heap and go with a different company. Not an answer to your question, but something to consider. A/V that usually scans incoming files is less useful than parachute that usually opens... because you could make a tent out of that useless parachute.
Dec
23
comment Set proxy for specific Windows 8 apps
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about a home environment. It seems.
Dec
23
comment Should %LOGONSERVER% be set to the RODC
There's not nearly enough here to answer your question. Should the logon server be the RODC? Maybe, maybe not. Provide details about your AD setup so a reasonably informed opinion can be formed.
Dec
23
comment Windows server 2012 Standard License on Windows Server 2012 R2
Unlikely. If you actually owned a legitimate copy of 2012 R2, you would probably be entitled to downgrade, but since you don't, you basically have to build your server from scratch as a Server 2012 server, or buy a Server 2012 R2 license.
Dec
23
comment Windows server 2012 Standard License on Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows server 2012 Standard license/ Windows server 2012 datacenter license cannot be applied to Windows server 2012 R2. He is absolutely correct. Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2 are entirely different licenses.
Dec
23
comment nagios check_ping ipv4 ipv6 dual stack
Questions must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved. Try including attempted solutions, why they didn't work, and the expected results. See How can I ask better questions on Server Fault? for further guidance.
Dec
22
comment Samsung 700z Laptop Unusual Screen Flickering
While it's powered on, pour some water into the GPU. You'll be able to honestly diagnose the problem as a massive short circuit in the GPU to satisfy your boss, and move onto something more useful, to satisfy yourself.
Dec
22
comment Samsung 700z Laptop Unusual Screen Flickering
You've clearly wasted too much time on this already. If it's under warranty, return it and let Samsung deal with it. If it's out of warranty, time to buy one that is in warranty.
Dec
22
comment Upgrade an old Windows 2003 server or not?
@MichaelHampton Doesn't even have to be disgruntled. There's nothing saying that even a happy employee will pass on the chance to steal enough money to retire to a life of luxury in a non-extradition country.
Dec
22
comment Windows 2008 auditing
Uh, no, that's not really how this site works.
Dec
22
comment How do I get as much debugging info as possible out of the Network Policy Server (ias) service?
Are you using IAS or NPS? It makes a difference. Regarding NPS, all I know of is what's covered here, regarding IAS, there's also a painfully formatted RADIUS log kicking around somewhere.