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Windows / Linux / Unix sysadmin since '96. Cut my teeth on Xenix (ick!) and have been a Linux user since '93 (yay-- Slackware!). Worked w/ more Windows NT 3.51 and 4.0 than I care to recall. Today MSFT stuff mainly pays my bills but I try to keep at least passingly familiar with Linux.

I write some code too, but my main gig is sysadmin and IT project work.

Server Fault bragging:

  • First user to hit the rep cap from their laboring wife's hospital room
  • First non-beta Server Fault user over the 10K reputation mark and the second user to do it, beta nonwithstanding. Also the first user over the 20K, 30K, 40K, 50K, 60K, 70K, 80K, 90K, and 100K marks... (yeah-- I guess I'm counting... >smile<)
  • First user to be awarded a tag badge (for "windows")
  • First user awarded the gold "windows" tag badge
  • First user awarded the "Epic" badge (hitting the rep cap 50 days)

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Jul
4
answered Sharing a drive on a hosted Win2003 Server
Jul
4
comment Sharing a drive on a hosted Win2003 Server
Why is using PPTP not a "secure approach"? It seems like using a strong password and 128-bit encryption with PPTP would probably be "good enough" for most cases. Any software system can "be compromised" if it's configured poorly. Do you think that LogMeIn Hamachi is bug-free?
Jul
3
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Jul
3
revised Why are Linux-based operating systems considered safer than Windows?
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Jul
3
comment Why are Linux-based operating systems considered safer than Windows?
Vista users at my Customer sites never see UAC because they're running as limited user accounts. You'll only ever see UAC if you're running as an "Administrator". You can disable UAC with group policy, but you shouldn't ever need to.
Jul
3
comment Why are Linux-based operating systems considered safer than Windows?
I wholly disagree. I've depoyed thousands of desktops since Windows NT 4.0 with limited user accounts. "RunAs", which is somewhat analagous to "sudo", has been in the operating system since Windows 2000 (the "right-click, Run As functionality"). I will say that user account control is a stupid feature and shouldn't have been included in the OS. Microsoft did the wrong thing by making it "safer" to run as an "Administrator" instead of making it more difficult and painful while encouraging developers to work on writing software that doesn't suck (i.e. require "Administrator" rights).
Jul
3
answered Why are Linux-based operating systems considered safer than Windows?
Jul
3
comment Why are Linux-based operating systems considered safer than Windows?
"Its very true that the sudo and root concepts have always been around in UNIX and are only now coming to Windows." What are you talking about? Windows NT isn't as old as Unix, but Windows NT has had very reasonable security "designed in" since it was released in 1992. It's unfortunate that a lot of Windows admins don't deploy users with "limited user" accounts (as they should have been, from the beginning), but that shouldn't damn the operating system.
Jul
3
answered Setting up IIS7 and TomCat on single machine with multiple IP
Jul
3
comment How can I install PHP5 on Fedora Core 5?
Sounds like you need update gd and sqlite packages. Not sure what "libt1" is, thought. Have a look at the RPM search engine at pbone.net: rpm.pbone.net/index.php3 It's quite handy for this kind of stuff.
Jul
3
comment How to monitor usage in Exchange 2003?
Awesome, Richard! Thanks for sharing. I've been fairly evasive of PowerShell, but these look like really useful scripts and a great use of the facilities provided by Microsoft. I'll give them a shot!
Jul
3
answered Using BackupPC to backup Linux server to a windows network drive?
Jul
3
comment Best practices for Windows Server 2003 live server reboot
+1 for mentioning IP KVMs and remote power management, and +1 again (if I could) for mentioning scheduled maintenance windows.
Jul
3
answered How can I install PHP5 on Fedora Core 5?
Jul
3
comment Domain Controller Vmware and Time Problem
+1 - It may not be "preferred" to run a DC inside VMware, but I have a Customer who has been doing it with great success. Their PDC Emulator FSMO role-holder in their forest-root domain is running on a VMware ESX instance, sync'ing its hardware clock to the ESX host's hardware clock via VMware tools (with the W32time service disabled in the guest OS), and the host is doing an NTP sync to public NTP server pool. All other computers in the AD forest sync to that server, either directly or through another stratum of machines (the other DCs).
Jul
3
comment Domain Controller Vmware and Time Problem
@Fionn: What is "the network adapter problem"? Are you talking about the server computer registering its VMware virtual adapters in DNS? If so, have a look at my answer here: serverfault.com/questions/33425/…
Jul
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revised Access tomcat from outside LAN
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Jul
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answered Access tomcat from outside LAN
Jul
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Jul
3
comment What's The Worst Server Configuration/Setup That You Have Ever 'Inherited'
@Izzy: Microsoft SQL Server and JobBoss, if I remember properly. Nary a database dump in sight, and MDF/LDF files skipped every day!