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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've been an independent consultant / contractor since 2004. I write some code too but my main gig is sysadmin and IT project work.

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Jul
24
answered Debugging network traffic on local Windows machine
Jul
24
comment Have to rejoin VMWare server VM to the domain after moving
What kind of errors happen in the Windows Server member when you move it around? David Spillett is correct-- the VM ID doesn't affect anything re: the Windows domain. You're only moving the VM and not rolling-back to an older snapshot-- correct?
Jul
24
comment Have to rejoin VMWare server VM to the domain after moving
Your problem w/ your NT domain and "rolling back" was probably the result of the regular domain member trust password rotation. That can be disabled in Active Directory domains.
Jul
24
comment How to rename multiple computers in a domain
It looked to me like the poster already knew that using location-dependent computer names was a bad idea-- hence the statement: "Computers from one city moved to another city, but the name hasn't been changed." Perhaps I read too much into the poster's statement, but it seemed to me like he knew that it wasn't a good idea to use location-dependent names.
Jul
24
answered Microsoft Licensing for the small business
Jul
24
comment Microsoft Licensing for the small business
OEM licenses are perfectly "legit". The poster indicates that he was purchasing computers from a manufacturer who provided OEM licenses.
Jul
24
comment Events 1030 and 1006 in Windows 2003
The event ID's aren't enough information for us to help you. Please edit your post to include the event sources and, if possible, copy and paste the description text.
Jul
24
revised How to rename multiple computers in a domain
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Jul
24
comment How to rename multiple computers in a domain
Assuming all the computers are powered-on and reachable over the network at the time you run that script it would work.
Jul
24
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Jul
24
answered How to rename multiple computers in a domain
Jul
24
answered Active Directory GPO which forbidds user to change proxy settings in IE?
Jul
23
comment Windows Server 2003 DNS added CNAME not working
Zow-- KAPes answering this made me "remember" it. This is an utterly confusing situation, but I think that KAPes is on to it. My guess is that you're creating the record in a DNS server internal to your network, then querying an Internet DNS server looking for that record.
Jul
23
comment Where are Windows Server license violations logged/manifested?
I haven't seen the code so it's not right for me to speak definitively, but I am not aware of any documentation indicating that "License Logging" does anything enforcement-related in current versions of Windows Server, with the exception of the SBCore.EXE process that runs on Windows Small Business Server and checks for the License Logging service to be running. My single largest Customer site has in excess of 1,000 PCs and no license counts have ever been loaded in servers there. I'd be shocked to find out there's any behaviour other than generating whiny event log entries.
Jul
23
answered Where are Windows Server license violations logged/manifested?
Jul
23
answered How to check windows domain user status?
Jul
23
answered Active Directory OU design for <500 users, 4 locations
Jul
23
answered what is good way to protect batch file?
Jul
23
comment How to reduce performance impact of joining Windows domain?
My advice is to avoid SEP like a venereal disease. We used SAV for years, and version 10 worked pretty well for us. Several of our Customers switched to SEP when it came out and had some pretty horrible experiences with it. While it has gotten better with the maintence releases (no more total loss of network connectivity on server computers-- yay!) it's still quite a resource hog. If you can avoid it at all I'd recommend doing so. (Perhaps try to sell the head office on "diversity" in antivirus and get another package, etc.)
Jul
23
comment How to reduce performance impact of joining Windows domain?
@Ehtyar: In general, there's no specific functionality that should "slow down" a computer after it's joined to a domain. It sounds like you need some good ol' fashioned perf monitoring. Grab Process Monitor, Wireshark, invoke Perfmon on the misbehaving computers and get to monitoring. Unfortunately, that's the only way you're going to get to the bottom of it.