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Semi retired old time computer nerd who started programming on a Commodore Pet.

Since I'm also active in the Physics forum I should add that I started as a theoretical chemist, moved into solid state photochemistry and finally worked in industry as a colloid scientist. I only became a full time computer nerd in 1997.


Jun
11
comment Help with simple networking setup
Why was this marked down? This seems to me an entirely reasonable suggestion.
Jun
11
comment HP Proliant Servers - WMI query for system health
Search www.microsoft.com/downloads for "WMI Administrative Tools". These allow you to browse the various counters. They have fairly obvious names, so it isn't hard to pick out the ones you want. When I last looked a an HP it didn't provide any custom WMI classes, which is a bit surprising since even cheap Dells do.
Jun
10
comment After patches, installing item that reads from OS CD.. Service Packs re-apply?
Yes, the Windows update will reapply any hotfixes needed. The $hf_mig$ directory in C:\Windows plays the same role for hotfixes as ServicePackFiles does for service packs.
Jun
10
comment SQL Server 2008 faster in Windows XP than in Windows 2003 Server R2
I see you've resolved the problem, but in case anyone else is reading these comments, if the disk queue goes to the top of the graph you need to change the scale. The default has the top of the graph at a queue length of 1.0 and SQL Server will usually exceed this.
Jun
9
comment [updated]Basic business network problem, what should i do?
I know what the prices are in the North West of England, but no idea what they are anywhere else! I would guess the entry level option would be a few hundred pounds as a retainer then you'd pay by the hour when they actually do work. That's the way we work, though for your few hundred pounds we also remotely monitor the server, backups etc.
Jun
8
comment Real time monitoring of MS Windows servers and their services
>perfmon now supports limits other than 100 Hmmm, W2k3 perfmon supports this. Are you sure XP doesn't (I don't have an XP handy to check)? Just right click, go to the Graph tab and change the graph maximum.
Jun
7
comment Real time monitoring of MS Windows servers and their services
Hmmm, possibly an authentication problem? If you do a net use \\target\ipc$ before opening the .msc does that make any difference?
Jun
4
comment Split access on a Windows Server?
You can use the 2910 in failover mode rather than load balancing, i.e. have only WAN1 active and bring up WAN2 only if WAN1 has a link failure. However if you use the router this way you can't handle incoming connections on both WAN ports because obviously only one WAN port is active at a time.
Jun
4
comment Split access on a Windows Server?
Good news first: the 2910 does accept incoming connections on both ports and our 2910s at least don't lock up and need rebooting. It also copes fine with failure of either WAN1 or WAN2 and uses whichever port is working. Bad news: if you have a policy to force e.g. connections to port 80 via WAN2 then if WAN2 fails it will not dynamically modify the policy to use WAN1 instead. You would have to manually disable or change the policy.
Jun
3
comment Connecting with Samba to a Windows Share returns “NT_STATUS_DUPLICATE_NAME”
It's not a bug, it's deliberately designed that way. Possibly for security, though I'm not sure why precisely. I suppose it stops you accidentally connecting to the wrong server if you have rogue entries in the hosts file or duff DNS. Personally I put the registry hack on all of my servers.
Jun
1
comment ntbackup fails to save to NAS under windows sbs 2003
Hi Tim, I agree up to a point, and that point is the backup. I look after over a hundred SB2003 installations (and two SBS 2008s) so I have been burned by everything in SBS that can burn you, and I'd agree that as far as possible you should use the SBS tools provided by MS. However I would always roll my own backup.
May
31
comment SBS 2008 pop 3 connector won't download emails
A minute is about right for the timeout. After the POP3 server has received the RETR command and sent the message size it should then send the rest of the message without needing anything more from your server. Why it isn't working I don't know. I would try uninstalling Symantec. NB just disabling it isn't necessarily enough. In any case isn't the POP3 connector in SBS2k8 very limited functionality? I'm sure our chaps gave up on it and used a third party collector.
May
31
comment One way audio on SIP phone on one call direction.. where to look next?
Is it possible the VOIP module needs it's own IP address programming in? Apart from that I'm stumped.
May
31
comment ntbackup fails to save to NAS under windows sbs 2003
Hi Kartsen, as you've spotted, the SBS wizard just uses NTBackup and the restores are just NTBackup restores. The wizard is pretty good at simplifying what can be some messy scripting, but as you've found it has it's limitations. The nice thing about scheduling a script is you can have your script do things like "dir \\192.168.x.y\backup\pdc 1>>log.txt 2>>&1" to help diagnose errors (in this case presumably you'll get an "access denied" error.
May
29
comment Decent hardware (< $1.500) for Hyper-V dev/test machine
In that case I recommend a Poweredge 440. I use one at home because it's (very) quiet. It's quieter than most workstations. Mine has a Perc5/i and 4 1TB disks. Note however that the 440 takes a max of 4GB RAM. The Poweredge T100 is the 440's successor and will take 8GB RAM but they're not so common on eBay (though there's one on the UK eBay at the moment at £200). You'll need T adaptors for the SATA cables because of the way the disks are positioned.
May
29
comment Is it worth putting high-performance drives in a home NAS?
SAS and SATA disks are basically the same but built to different standards. The biggest difference is the seek time i.e. the average time to jump to a random sector. SAS disks are twice as fast as SATA in seeking, and the seek time is especially important when the disk is doing a lot of random access. In general databases (including Exchange) do a lot of random access so they run a lot faster on SAS than on SATA. SAS disks are more reliable than SATA, but in these days of RAID6 that's less of an issue.
May
28
comment SBS 2008 pop 3 connector won't download emails
See answer below: I tried commenting but the comment got too long.
May
21
comment Using XCACLS to set permissions with long filenames
How did it go? Did it work?
May
20
comment windows 2003 software raid - booting secondary disk with no FT floppy
The reason the Dell system partition causes problems is because it's the first and active partition but it doesn't get/can't be mirrored to the second disk. So when you try to boot off the second disk the partition table needs some jiggery pokery to make the server boot. This would apply to any server with some form of system partition on it. Is this possibly the case on your server?
May
16
comment Using XCACLS to set permissions with long filenames
Oops, just noticed that ServerFault has replaced the double backslash with a single backslash. The filenames should start with two backslashes then ?