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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:

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Jul
8
comment How to install magento extensions from behind an ISA Server?
You're getting an ICMP destination unreachable from where? Does the TCP connection to 208.69.123.164 ever actually get started (i.e. you see the SYN from your box to the 208.x.x.x address, a SYN-ACK coming back from the 208.x.x.x address, and an ACK from your box back to the 208.x.x.x address)?
Jul
8
comment What are the pros and cons of open source vs proprietary relational db mgt systems?
Forking an RDBMS wouldn't be taken lightly, but at least you'd have the option. I would hope that the average company would contribute changes back to the community. I would agree that it might not make practical sense, but there's always the chance that it might. Having said that, I don't want to give the impression that freedom is the only (or even the most important) factor I'd take into consideration for an RDBMS. For some applications, freedom matters more than others. Ideally, software utilizing an RDBMS would be written w/ an some de-coupling from any specific RDBMS anyway.
Jul
8
answered Connection between client machine and home server is slooow
Jul
8
comment Which DHCP Client OS Support DHCP Option 119 Domain Suffix Search?
I don't see it working on Windows 7 x64 build 7100, either.
Jul
8
answered Proxy.pac myIpAddress() returns local address and not ethernet adapters
Jul
8
comment Windows environment variables: “Default User” vs. “System”
PATH is special. If you set that in a user's registry the entries will be appended to the system path. What I was saying re: this being incorrect relates to the ".DEFAULT" entries "being overridden". The ".DEFAULT" entries are only used by the SYSTEM context. Setting a value in a user's enviroment will override the value specified in the system environment (but has nothing to do with the .DEFAULT values).
Jul
8
answered Perfmon returns unusual performance objects
Jul
8
comment License handling best practices
+1 for understanding and clearly articulating both aspects of software license / instllation maintenance. I'd give you another +1, if I could, for keeping an electronic archive of installation files.
Jul
8
comment License handling best practices
Be aware that you sometimes need the original CDs and manuals in order to transfer ownership of software within the terms of the license agreements. I've seen PCs with genuine Windows licenses and OEM stickers attached donated to charities who end up having to re-buy Windows license because the original owners didn't transfer the CDs and manuals with the PCs to the charity. (It's completely bogus, but until we stand up against these EULA's and say enough-is-enough this king of thing is going to keep happening...)
Jul
8
comment Windows Legendry
I have issue with the "HPFS was renamed to NTFS" statement. AFAIK, NTFS was a "from the ground up", though some inspiration (not code) was taken from HPFS. Sounds like you've read "Show Stopper! The Breakneck Race to Create Windows NT and the Next Generation at Microsoft", by G. Pascal Zachary (amazon.com/Show-Stopper-Breakneck-Generation-Microsoft/dp/…). Jeff Atwood recommended it on his blog at one point: codinghorror.com/blog/archives/000060.html I heartily agree-- it's a good book. Dave Cutler sounds like a great guy, and a real badass... >smile<
Jul
8
comment Windows Legendry
You're talking about something that I did entirely too much of... >smile< x86 assembler under DOS! The first 0x100 bytes are the PSP-- program segment prefix. You're correct in that the command line parameters went in here (hence the limit of 127 characters), as well as pointers to the environment and other structures. COM programs could use as much of memory as they wanted, but the binary could only be 64KB. EXE files, with their relocation table and the OS loader, allowed for executables larger than 64KB.
Jul
8
answered Allowing access to company files accross the internet
Jul
8
answered How to apply a policy at the ou level on Windows 2003
Jul
8
answered Barriers preventing from deploying 64-bit OS in workstations?
Jul
8
comment Barriers preventing from deploying 64-bit OS in workstations?
I think it's probably just you. I've had exactly the opposite experience with my Customers using Windows XP x64, Windows Server 2003 x64, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Server 2008 x64, and on my own laptop running Windows 7 x64. Pretty much everything, aside from those things that use unsigned kernel-mode drivers, works fine.
Jul
8
answered Link order and best practices when updating a computer assigned application in Group Policy/Active Directory
Jul
8
answered Which DHCP Client OS Support DHCP Option 119 Domain Suffix Search?
Jul
7
comment What are the pros and cons of open source vs proprietary relational db mgt systems?
What do you think you're doing when you pay the license fee for closed-source software? You're hiring a tiny piece of a programmer... a programmer that doesn't care about your business interests, but rather one that cares about selling more licenses for their company's product. I'll take a programmer that cares about my interests by way of a support contract with whomever I choose, instead of being locked-in to the "manufacturer" and whatever quality of "support" they decide they want to sell me.
Jul
7
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Jul
7
revised How do I easily move a DFS share to a new drive?
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