23,029 reputation
33467
bio website itsalwaysmyproblem.com
location United Kingdom
age 43
visits member for 5 years, 1 month
seen 1 hour ago

Started working with IBM mainframe computers in the 1980s, moved on to Unix and Vax minicomputers before getting moved on to the traditional LAN servers we all know and 'love' today.

Former Microsoft MVP for Virtualisation, Windows Server & Security about 8 years.

Currently deputy department manager and "senior sysadmin" for a college in England, designing and providing server and infrastructure for an IT team that looks after several thousand users in a mixed environment.


1h
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How to remotely see what users are logged into Windows 7 or Vista
16h
comment RAID-5: Two disks failed simultaneously?
Shame this got down votes - I agree that it doesn't deserve downvotes because it's a sincere attempt to help, but it's a hail-mary last gasp desperate attempt to salvage something from the trainwreck, not a (with all respect to Peter) 'proper' solution to RAID 5 failures.
1d
comment MS-Exchange Server questions
The simple answer to second question is 'yes' but substantive answers to are too broad for this site. As for the first question, no. A server can only run one version of Exchange.
2d
comment Hardening Windows Server 2012 r2 for production
What would I do? I'd tell the security guy that either he starts defining what he means by "harden your boxes" or else he will be replaced by a sign that just says "harden your boxes", which will be about as useful for a fraction of the cost. In all seriousness, does he produce a corporate security standard/template to follow? If not, why not? W2012R2 ships with very little enabled by default so as long as you've followed best practice, only enabling what you need, deploying web app svrs and DB svrs securely (and it sounds like you have) then indeed there isn't much left to do.
2d
comment How to locate the cause of a excessive memory in ms sql
How have you determined that it is actually a memory leak? If you're just looking at what SQL Server is using then remember that: 1) SQL Server will use as much free RAM as it can within whatever limits are set for it, and 2) memory that isn't being used is memory you wasted money buying needlessly.
Jul
18
comment Mails received in spam although server removed from blacklist
Any email server admin can refuse or filter email from your server, mine or anyone else's, for any reason they choose including "because it's Tuesday" or "inadequate amount of Swag detected in message". To even begin to troubleshoot this you're going to have to work a lot harder I'm afraid.
Jul
10
comment What is a reasonable maintenance schedule for Windows PCs?
... and while it's easy to say "this deployment stuff don't apply to me, I just support a small business with 20 or 30 machines", I would suggest that if anything, fast deployment of a machine might even be more important to a small business where you might not have lots of 'spare' machines that can easily be put on someone's desk the moment they report a fault.
Jul
10
comment What is a reasonable maintenance schedule for Windows PCs?
This is, as others have suggested, a perfectly simple problem that has already been solved. There are plenty of methods for trivially creating a simple to deploy baseline OS image, possibly with one or two apps on it that you use everywhere and then adding (or for that matter removing) packages as an automated part of the deployment process to account for machines having different roles. It might take a day or two to set up and test but the time will be paid back when it takes 40 mins instead of half a day to deploy a new machine.
Jul
10
answered How to have Apple NetInstall and Windows Deployment Services on same subnet
Jul
9
comment Unable to locate DHCP Server …
I'd certainly unplug it, as @ward suggests, and see what happens from there.
Jul
7
comment MS SQL Server 2014 has changed my sa password and I cannot reset it
So you've verified that the password actually has changed and hasn't just been blanked out to 15 dot characters on-screen, to protect your actual password's length which might make it easier to guess. Right? Right?
Jul
7
comment How does a host receive an IP if there's no DHCP server?
Absolutely @DWhyte is right. The answer to "how do I make use of APIPA" is "you do not". While I see it might be useful for two non-technical people who just want to connect two devices, I think it's almost a step back in terms of technical troubleshooting of a connection. In some ways it was easier for problems to become apparent when things simply didn't work at all.
Jul
7
comment How does a host receive an IP if there's no DHCP server?
I agree it's not a sensible real world option. But the OP asked what would happen, not whether or not what happens is viable in the real world.
Jul
7
comment How does a host receive an IP if there's no DHCP server?
@DWhyte it allows devices on a local segment that are all using apipa to talk to one another. It's not pretty, it's quite limited, and I certainly wouldn't recommend using it to anyone, but it does work.
Jul
7
comment How does a host receive an IP if there's no DHCP server?
I'm not saying it's a good idea as a strategy for building a LAN but you could get a few machines talking to one-another just using APIPA/zeroconf
Jul
7
comment How does a host receive an IP if there's no DHCP server?
APIPA has been around long enough and on enough devices to make this "no longer strictly correct", I would say.
Jul
6
comment Connect printer to server and avoid clients to map it directly
You're going to need to do better than "that just work wierd" if you want help troubleshooting your problem.
Jul
5
comment Is backing up to Dropbox ideal?
backing up to dropbox is "better than nothing" in the same way that breaking your leg is better than losing your leg; while it might be technically correct to make that point, it doesn't mean you want a broken leg.
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Jun
29
comment PowerEdge R210 Memory Upgrade
The obvious answer is that the memory isn't compatible. Could you be trying to use registered/buffered ram? IIRC the R210 wants unbuffered memory.