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I'm a Windows administrator by day; but my first passion is FreeBSD and Open Source Software. I put my money where my mouth is on a quarterly basis. I'm inspired everyday by my peers, their abilities, drive, and passion for competent applications of technology and supporting operationals. As a Myers-Briggs INTJ and DISC C/D I value Quality highly and at times can be a purist. Incomplete jobs are loans with high interest (see Technical Debt).


Nov
12
awarded  Popular Question
Nov
12
comment Proliant DL380 G5, MSA60, Opensuse 13.1
I'd always recommend updating to the latest firmware when installing new hardware or troubleshooting a problem. Since LSI HBAs generally require DOS to update the firmware I keep a bootable USB stick around with all the relevant utilities. The latest firmware is available for all the cards we've mentioned on LSI's website. I'm running the old MSA60 v1.5 firmware without issues, and it's a hassle to update, so I wouldn't worry about that.
Nov
12
comment Proliant DL380 G5, MSA60, Opensuse 13.1
FYI, the 9201-8i does not have an external SFF-8088 port (the "8i" means "8 internal" ports), mine's connected through a HP SAS Expander (allows me to connect the LSI card to 16 SAS drives in the server and has the external SFF-8088 for the MSA60, and aggregate all 8 lanes). The 8i could be used with a SFF-8087 to 88 cable strung through an open PCI slot, or with a 87/88 PCI Bracket as well. Or the 9200-8e is the same chip with two SFF-8088 ports.
Nov
11
comment Small Business Server Guidance - Does this quote look reasonable?
As others have mentioned the hours seems high (though the Inventory software is a notable unknown, the rest is relatively quick). At the same time their rates are cheap. This concerns me slightly that they might not have the relevant expertise and maybe be selling themselves at a lower rate to secure the job and padding the hours to compensate for inexperience. It might also be the case that you're in an area with particularly cheap consultants.
Nov
11
revised Small Business Server Guidance - Does this quote look reasonable?
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Nov
11
comment Windows DHCP server - distribute multiple default gateways?
Any given connection defines a gateway as non-operational (dead) when a packet sent to the gateway must be retransmitted more than half of the number of times specified in the value of the TcpMaxDataRetransmissions entry. The connection switches to the next gateway in the list in the DefaultGateway or DhcpDefaultGateway entries. The system defines a gateway as dead when more than 25 percent of its connections have switched to the next default gateway in the list. Source: technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc960464.aspx
Nov
11
comment Proliant DL380 G5, MSA60, Opensuse 13.1
Yep, 2.18 is the version and it's new enough. If you want to flash a newer version you'd need an HP P-Series SAS card, HP locks the update process to their own hardware. How about the firmware on the SAS card? It should be Firmware version 01.33.00.00 and BIOS version 6.36.00.00
Nov
10
comment Office365 SPF record has too many lookups
Ah, good find there. I wasn't aware of the caveat.
Nov
10
comment Proliant DL380 G5, MSA60, Opensuse 13.1
Did you verify that the MSA60 is running firmware v1.50 or newer? What SAS card are you using (1068E is a chip, not a card)? I have a MSA60 with 3TB drives connected to a LSI 9201-8i (2008 chip) at home, works great.
Nov
10
comment HP proliant DL320 g5p Ram
What did iLO say about the red light error?
Nov
10
comment What is “tid” in a MSDTC trace?
Nonexistant documentation for debugging MS software?! Quelle surprise!
Nov
10
comment What are you allowed to run on a Free Hyper-V 2012 host?
I don't recall the exact language of the Hyper-V Server license, but you can install any software directly related to managing the server (config management, backup, virtualization management, etc) so long as that software is used only for the purposes of managing the server. So if your particular 3rd Party Virt Management software requires a 3rd Party shell, that should be acceptable, so long as you're only using that software for managing the server.
Nov
10
comment Is it possible to upgrade a LTO3 drive to LTO5 or LTO6?
-1 Sorry, some of the information is incorrect, other parts are just misleading... And you take forever to get to the point.
Nov
10
comment Can subdomain.example.com set a cookie that can be read by example.com?
This question should have been closed/migrated back when it was asked, but since it gained a lot of attention I'm going to lock it instead of closing. See stackoverflow.com/questions/3089199/… for the dupe, on the correct site.
Nov
8
comment No network adapters in Virtual Machine after converting from VirtualBox to Hyper-V
Do the VMs have Network Interfaces configured in Hyper-V? Because I'm thinking they don't.
Nov
8
answered How to apply a windows domain network in multiple locations
Nov
7
comment “//” button on hp server case
Are you sure that's an HP server? It doesn't look like any I've seen, the color and styling are off, and the LEDs looks like they only light up green. Also, the product number doesn't match anything.
Nov
6
comment Windows DHCP server - distribute multiple default gateways?
This doesn't work and in Win8.1 and newer it will not let two default routes on the same interface have the same metric.
Nov
6
comment Simplex, half-duplex, full-duplex (ccent1)
No idea what documentation you're looking at, or what would have the specifics you're looking for. In the CCENT I would assume if they're talking about duplex it's in relation to a port, that test isn't terribly complicated. Have you worked in IT for a while?? The Cisco tests really aren't meant for complete beginners.
Nov
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