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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.


Dec
23
revised Download exported Mikrotik config
deleted 3 characters in body
Dec
22
comment Exchange 2010 Database Dismounted, Corrupted
What the heck is a "database shell"? To be honest, the correct answer at this point is 1) hope you have recent backups, 2) Call Microsoft PSS.
Dec
20
comment Quantum LTO-4 Drive fails with new tapes and need to be cleaned too often
So much this. If you have data that's worth backing up then surely its worth backing up with a reliable system. Also, I've seen failing tape units that appear to write successfully but the data they were writing could not then be restored reliably or even read at all by other drives. Doing anything other than repair/replace of the drive right now is insane, unless you don't need backups of the data it's supposed to be protecting, in which case why are you trying to back it up at all?
Dec
20
comment How to manage servers in middleware app?
I don't want to be harsh but it sounds like you're woefully out of your depth here and your "designing of a middleware application" probably needs to be limited to hiring other people to do it for you.
Dec
15
reviewed Close Making Git repository
Dec
15
reviewed Close Azure IO performance sql server
Dec
15
comment Is there any way to see if the mail sent by my server was received by the recipient server?
Well you might be able to verify that the message was accepted by their public-facing mail server (and that might be enough depending on the OPs needs) but yes, that in itself is no guarantee that it actually ended up in someone's inbox waiting to be read.
Dec
14
comment “Quarterly round trip to populate the cloud”
I suspect (hope) they mean they're going to ship physical media to an offsite backup facility but to be honest, I would be extremely wary of anyone who uses the term "cloud" in a technical proposal. It's a marketing term and even there I would suggest its losing whatever currency it once had.
Dec
10
comment How can I make MS Exchange think that a samba PDC is running a version of windows later than Server 2003?
There are some times where "near enough" just isn't good enough. This is one of those times.
Dec
3
comment Is a sonicwall tz105 firewall necessary for my network?
If you're using a sonicwall, it should be perfectly possible to see what traffic its looking at and the choices its making based on browsing category and threat level.
Dec
2
comment Is there a way to provide user-specific passwords for Wi-Fi?
It's the only "proper" way of doing things that I'm aware of, which isn't to say that its the only proper way of doing things, or that there isn't some wireless access point out there that supports creating as many SSIDs as you have users in order to assign them all their own password, or some other similar hack.
Dec
2
comment Is there a way to provide user-specific passwords for Wi-Fi?
If you have decent business class wifi and an appropriate infrastructure then you may be able to configure your wireless access points to support RADIUS authentication back to whatever central authentication service you use. If not, throw them out and get real ones.
Nov
30
comment win 2008 as terminal server with multiple IPs running win 7 in it?
Sounds like the boss doesn't know the difference between virtualisation, VDI, or their own ass.
Nov
30
comment Resetting an ESXi root password
-1 This adds nothing that isn't already covered by the two 8-month old answers already here.
Nov
29
answered What is a proper LINUX backup strategy?
Nov
29
comment What is a proper LINUX backup strategy?
So what are you asking here? How to undo your permissions snafu, or how to restore the directory that was affected? I'm a little confused because I assume you mean the former, but that isn't really related to backups.
Nov
29
reviewed Approve How to get authoritative answers from nslookup?
Nov
28
awarded  Constituent
Nov
25
comment Excessive number of sleeping processes in CentOS - howto diagnose?
"I have to increase maxClients in prefork module to 400, because in low numbers my site will be down quickly. " - why is this happening in the first place. It sounds like you're treating a symptom here, at best, rather than looking for the root cause of the problem.
Nov
24
answered Converting VMware VMs to Hyper-V