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Hello, my name is Chris. I'm a husband, father, and son; work as a systems administrator; and help my friends and family at every opportunity. Perhaps it's best to leave this short, and say I'm someone who's glad to meeting you and hope I can help with whatever problems.

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).


Dec
22
comment Inplace migrating ZFS RAIDZ with 3 drives to 4 disks, when pool has more than 1/3 of free space
Correct. This should work. But: 1. It will take a darn long time. If possible, move the data to something else and rebuild from scratch to save a lot of time. 2. If any disk has an error during this process (probably somewhere in the 1:1000 to 1:10 likelihood) you'll be losing data as there wont be any redundant disks. 3. Backups, backups, backups.
Dec
11
comment What features of Windows 8.1 Pro will not work without a Microsoft Account?
@Andy Thank you for reminding me! If the Store is disabled, and you leave any of the default Apps installed, MS provides updates for WSUS that you can import (manually). The current list can be found here: support.microsoft.com/kb/2971128
Dec
10
comment IPv6 issues with Server 2012
@EEAA, I meant that the Windows DHCPv6 Server can't get it's prefix from DHCP-PD. Windows can pickup an address from a DHCPv6 server or SLAAC.
Dec
10
comment IPv6 issues with Server 2012
@Zoredache Comcast only does dynamic prefix allocations, and only by DHCPv6; and Windows doesn't support that, so... yeah.
Dec
10
comment IPv6 issues with Server 2012
I should note: I really hate my own answer here, but the EXTREME lack of IPv6 support in Windows hamstrings what I can honestly suggest people try to setup.
Dec
10
comment IPv6 issues with Server 2012
@MichaelHampton I'm sure the problem is that the router has stateless autoconf configured (our new Comcast Business modem did) and the clients are preferring the IPv6 configuration, including mDNS addresses or Comcast DNS server, over their internal IPv4 scheme, including DNS on their server.
Dec
8
comment IPv6 in a SOHO network
1. SOHO gear is typically not the concern of people who manage large networks. 2. Google: IPv6 Benefits, your question shows a sharp lack of research. 3. Your ISP appears to be "behind" in technology, to put it kindly. I sincerely doubt you'll have access to IPv6 for many years. 6to4 requires minimal ISP support. 6in4 tunneling would work, though significantly slower than any sort of native connection.
Dec
8
comment How would you add a share to smb.conf via a script?
Yep, that should work well regardless of distro (unless the distro comes with something like this already, but I haven't seen one yet). It'd be the same procedure no matter what you're changing: make x.conf changes/additions/removal, rebuild includes.conf, restart the daemon.
Dec
5
comment Loose SATA power in Dell PowerEdge R300
What exactly are you trying to do here? This looks like a completely unsupportable setup, certainly not supported by Dell. What happens when you leave or get hit by a bus, will the next admin be able to figure out this custom-cable mess?
Dec
4
comment How to join computer to domain
Can they ping each other? Are there any firewalls between?
Dec
4
comment Checking fiber cables for light without risking my eyes
@AveryPayne Tell that to a fully loaded MDS600 (320 lbs in a 5U package).
Dec
4
comment Checking fiber cables for light without risking my eyes
Shining 1000BASE-ZX (the 120km/75mi variety) on a cell phone's camera is pretty likely to damage the camera, though I'd rather fry my camera than my eye (especially since I still couldn't see the light at that frequency). Also, high end cell phone cameras might filter more of the NIR light than others, so it might not work with all cameras. Interesting note, the light is almost always red to infrared, but IR typically shows up as blue or purple in unfiltered camera sensors.
Dec
4
comment Damage control - stolen laptop
@gparent I would hope if someone is carrying a laptop with information valuable enough for someone to steal it from the person while they're using it, that person would know to shut the lid if possible. Also, something with information that valuable should have a SC and policy that when yanked it locks.
Nov
30
comment FreeBSD `freebsd-update` automation?
Please reread the first line of this answer, I really meant it. The question was not about any of what you asked, just about automating that process. Ports aren't touched by freebsd-update, you'd need to automate portmaster, portupgrade, or possibly poudriere for that (and that ain't easy for some ports). What could go wrong: same as running any freebsd-update, mainly hardware issues in the middle of an upgrade; or a bad diff though that is unlikely from official sources. The script above does not jump versions; it would be much more complicated as you have to specify the new version.
Nov
28
comment Simulate WAN / Route Between 2 Virtual networks (Vmware)
This "answer" is the only thing I have downvoted, please be careful making assumptions about how other people have voted. You appear to be a native English speaker, but your grammar reflects a person who does not care about the way they are perceived or a pension for accuracy, including distinguishing companies from products. I explicitly stated that Windows will "fulfill your basic requirements", I do not see an issue opining it as the "worst" option. It can not natively simulate potential real-world problems your network may face, including latency, packet-loss, limited bandwidth, etc.
Nov
27
comment In ZFS, what is the difference between the various zpool versions?
NOTE: The version system mentioned here is no longer used by open source implementations. A new "flag" system has replaced the old system - where flags indicate feature support, the older system only allowed sequential support of features tied to version numbers.
Nov
27
comment How to use a Tone Generator to trace a network cable
Last place I worked had a Fluke tone generator, just standing in the same room as the cable made a faint noise, and it got steadily louder until you were touching the right wire. Absolutely fabulous for ancient buildings with weird old wiring and conduits like Pan's Labyrinth.
Nov
26
comment Simulate WAN / Route Between 2 Virtual networks (Vmware)
pfSense works well, it's based on FreeBSD. DD-WRT has a x64 version that runs in ESXi as well, it's based on Linux. If you're not familiar with either base OSes there isn't much advantage to either in your setup; in the near future pfSense will officially support ESXi.
Nov
26
comment Simulate WAN / Route Between 2 Virtual networks (Vmware)
"VMWare" is a company, not software. Windows is easily the worst "router" option that fulfills your basic requirements. Good luck.
Nov
26
comment Parse cookie by domain in NGINX
Maybe a dumb question, but why don't you fix whatever is setting the wrong cookie in your applications?