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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.

Server Fault bragging:

  • I was the top rep user on the site from July 22, 2009 to November 24, 2014.
  • First user to hit the rep cap from their laboring wife's hospital room
  • First user awarded the Legendary badge (hitting the rep cap 150 days).
  • First user awarded the "Epic" badge (hitting the rep cap 50 days)
  • First user to be awarded a tag badge (for "windows")
  • First user awarded the gold "windows" tag badge
  • First non-beta 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, 100K, and 110K marks.

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Jul
23
answered Tools for finding domain names
Jul
23
answered Group Policy installation failed error 1274
Jul
23
comment How to reduce performance impact of joining Windows domain?
Sounds like voodoo to me. Where a computer is joined to the domain doesn't impact how it operates in the future. DNS and SRV RR's are used to determine the "best" DC to talk to during bootup and logon. Their "site's domain controller" isn't going to "poison" PCs that have their computer objects created on it.
Jul
23
answered How to reduce performance impact of joining Windows domain?
Jul
23
comment How to reduce performance impact of joining Windows domain?
@sysadmin1138: RID pool master hands out ranges of RIDs to DCs. Each DC works from that range and, when it's nearing running out, the DC contacts RID pool master and gets more. A round-trip to RID pool master doesn't happen on every security principal cretion.
Jul
23
comment How to reduce performance impact of joining Windows domain?
RID pool master isn't something you'll find a record in DNS for, and it's only going to be at play when you're actually creating user objects or computer objects en masse. You can think of RID pool master as handing out booklets of stickers to DC's. Each DC uses a sticker each time a user, group, or computer is created on that DC. When the DC is close to running out of stickers it contacts RID pool master for more-- and that operation involves only a little bit of network traffic. You're not seeing anything related to the RID pool master location.
Jul
22
comment Drunk test for cpanel or website?
This may well be the funniest thing I've read this morning. I've got this vision of a drunk sysadmin trashing the servers and ending up passed out sprawled out on the floor with his head cushioned by a pile of fibre-optic patch cords laying in the bottom of a rack cabinet. Someone once told me that one of the datacenter support people at their "old job" kept 6-packs of beer under the raised floor tiles to keep it cold... heh heh...
Jul
22
comment Windows explorer (filename) string corruption when using remote desktop?
@Triynko: Haven't see that one. Now that you've mentioned it, though, it will happen to me almost immediately!
Jul
22
comment PXE booting with TFTPD32 For windows Server 2008
@squillman: My smartassedness knows no bounds!
Jul
22
answered Discretely restrict users from running certain programs on Windows computers
Jul
22
comment Discretely restrict users from running certain programs on Windows computers
@John: Probably not. This is a pretty terrible idea.
Jul
22
answered PXE booting with TFTPD32 For windows Server 2008
Jul
22
comment How do you document windows server configurations?
@John: It's not really all that bad. Once you get the hang of using command-line registry manipulation and some of the various specialty command-line tools (dnscmd.exe from the support tools, netsh.exe, etc) you can really do a LOT from the command-line (and, thus, from scripts) to get repeatable configurations. I started my life with "real" software in the Unix world (Xenix-- ick) and I've grown to be fine w/ the Windows way of doing things. The registry just feels like an /etc directory to me. Microsoft has gotten a LOT better about command-line admin the last few yeras, too.
Jul
22
revised Using ICACLS to set permissions on user directories
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Jul
22
answered Change Windows 2003 domain controller to ordinary server?
Jul
22
comment How do you document windows server configurations?
@Chris: You're not scripting hard enough, then... >smile<
Jul
22
comment How do you document windows server configurations?
@John: The configuration for Exchange, for example, is stored in Active Directory and not "on" the Exchange Server computer. When you need to "rebuild" a machine the configuration is already there in AD. Exporting and "diffing" the configuration for server-specific settings for Exchange wouldn't be too difficult. A lot of Windows admins don't look "under the hood" and realize that most of the configuration of their server computers is just a bunch of key-value pairs in either the filesystem, the registry, or the Active Directory.
Jul
22
answered How do you document windows server configurations?
Jul
22
comment How to make Windows 7 write to Samba shared folder?
Just checkin' up on some of my older answers... Did you ever get this going?
Jul
22
comment Gigabit not working with Hyper-V VMs (?)
Category 5e cables will run gigabit Ethernet fine. You've got something other than a cabling problem wrong if you're seeing such performance.