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Then one appeared among us, in our own form visible, but greater and more beautiful; and he said that he had come out of pity.

I'm like the Clint Eastwood of backups. I drift into town, say "ahm-a gonna clean up yer backups", shoot the place up a bit, get rid of the bad guys, then drift back out again.

Been there, done that, still doing it.


Jun
10
comment Bad results from malware cleanup tools?
+1 for the reimage remark. Cleaning a work PC is - imho - not a productive use of time in most cases.
Jun
9
comment What is the best (free) tool to wrap an .exe into a MSI?
Alternatively use something like 7-Zip to extract the MSI. Any installer I have that comes as an exe, I will always as a matter of course run it through 7-Zip just to see if there's an MSI lurking within.
Jun
9
comment What is the best (free) tool to wrap an .exe into a MSI?
Used this, it's a pretty fantastic tool. If it can successfully package Oracle client software, it has to have something going for it.
Jun
9
comment What is the best (free) tool to wrap an .exe into a MSI?
Orca's been great for editing of installer options, but I certainly wouldn't use it for the full packaging job!
Jun
8
comment As a Windows administrator, what were the issues you encountered with trying to learn a linux distro?
+1 for the "build it" comment: this is a major falling-down point for Linux. It really needs to shake off it's "primary target audience is programmers" thing before it can gain more widespread use.
Jun
8
comment How to edit registry hives without live running
You cna get it from here: microsoft.com/downloads/… no MSDN or anything like that required. :)
Jun
7
comment RAID or batch copy on scheduler?
+1 likewise. It's a common enough misconception, so there's no harm in the OP thinking it was an option.
Jun
7
comment What is preventing you from deploying desktop Linux in your environment?
PST files - ugh! Outlook with Exchange doesn't need PST files, so that argument seems valid only in limited circumstances.
Jun
5
comment Why won't my service start as local system?
At the very least it will confirm if the theory is correct, and give you a jumping off point for further troubleshooting, so take a mark up. :)
Jun
5
comment Synchronize with intelligent move and rename - windows
I used this product back when it was Veritas Storage Replicator, and found that it had some rather nasty habits of crashing or locking up servers, and was also rather bandwidth-hungry. Any improvements in Replication Exec?
Jun
1
comment New-QADUser CmdLet not adding UserPrincipalName when called in PowerShell
Been a while since I checked but if memory serves the UPN is created when the user logs on or something similar.
May
31
comment The Joel Test for system administrator jobs
Nice comprehensive response. The "refresh and recycle" is one that would be fun to ask of servers also; you don't want to be going into a shop where you're spending most of your time nursing ancient servers, do you?
May
29
comment How do you know when a Microsoft hotfix has been obsoleted by a newer patch?
True enough, as a hotfix that you need to explicitly request, it wouldn't show (that only applies to regular patches). I reckon you did the right thing by searching on the KB number though, it's what I would do for any hotfix as a matter of principle.
May
29
comment The Joel Test for system administrator jobs
Yes, that makes more sense to me. The obvious correct answer would then be "depends on the software"; whereas a rigid dogmatic answer in support of either to the exclusion of the other would be a warning sign.
May
29
comment The Joel Test for system administrator jobs
I don't see that the open source vs proprietary question matters. The important thing is "do you use the right software that does what you want, how you want?"; whether that be open source or not is irrelevant.
May
29
comment The Joel Test for system administrator jobs
And are they aware that DR is not just an IT problem? A lot of places seriously think of DR in terms of IT alone, and don't have plans for their paper files.
May
29
comment The Joel Test for system administrator jobs
On the other hand, if the answer is "no" you should probably follow it up with "how many others are there?" - especially if it's a top-level enterprise admin job.
May
29
comment Windows: Can domain controllers also serve other functions?
Aside from having 40 remote servers with no IT staff on-site, splitting out your server roles to separate boxes does put you in a very nice position where you can do maintenance on one box without affecting the others. Also, putting weird and flaky third party software (I'm talking printer drivers here) on a DC doesn't chime well with my sensibilities. Thrdly, you want your DC event logs to be squeaky clean, you don't want a minor heart attack any time you get a security or system warning from one of those!
May
29
comment Windows: what is the difference between DEP always on and DEP opt-out with no exceptions?
That's interesting... I know that there is a DEP-aware option in Visual Studio, but what it does seems poorly documented. Perhaps if the app was compiled with this option switched on or off it may also be a contributing factor (in which case there's not too much you can really do about it).