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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.


Oct
21
comment Exchange 2010 to Office 365 Migration
I almost dread to ask but what problem do you think this is solving? Because if you woke up one morning and thought our email system just isn't byzantine enough then just install lotus notes, like everyone else who wants to ruin their professional lives does.
Oct
19
comment Error 0xfffffa84 when mounting Public database
The best advice anyone can give you at this point is to call Microsoft PSS
Oct
17
comment Server 08 Print server deploying to server 03
What are you actually trying to achieve here? If these are terminal servers and you want users to be able to print, for example, then this is (IIRC) a per-user setting in Windows, not a per-machine setting, and these need to be managed via GPO settings applied to users.
Oct
16
comment Upgrading infrastructure
The only really accurate answer is "Test it for your exact scenario, then you'll know the answer", but I suspect the reason you're asking here is to try to avoid that.
Oct
14
comment Powershell script for specifically OU
This is not a "write my script for me" service, and nor is this an especially complex bit of powershell. How about you tell us what you've tried already and what errors you're getting.
Oct
12
comment Reinstalling linux server
@sirex - definitely in the 'if you have to ask how, you don't' category.
Oct
9
awarded  Good Question
Oct
8
comment Exchange 2013 Outlook “Send to cache”
I think the simplest solution here is to stop creating new AD accounts every time a user moves to another department. Unless your business organisation or your IT infrastructure is purposely being run as part of a social experiment in creating the least efficient way of doing things possible, there should be absolutely no need for this.
Oct
4
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How do you manually set Powershell's OneGet repository source to Chocolatey?
Oct
3
awarded  Popular Question
Oct
3
comment Windows 2012 - Dynamic start screen definition
@TomaszSzkudlarek oh yes, it's absolutely not what you asked for... just the closest I know how to get. Sorry about that but I hoped it would be better than nothing.
Oct
3
answered Windows 2012 - Dynamic start screen definition
Oct
2
comment Wireless Router Username and Password Access
Well you can do it that way if you want and change the passwords when people leave but realistically, no, I don't think you'd be happy with RADIUS but that will be because of the dysfunctional nature of the network management here rather than any failing of RADIUS or the wireless access points, etc.
Oct
1
comment Disable Windows Share Without Administrator Access
I can't think of any other method that would allow you to disconnect active sessions without having administrative rights. I haven't been able to find any way to delegate those privileges either -- @tfrederick74656 as much as I think your answer is the best game in town here, there's no way to get away from the fundamental problem of this question which is "how can we perform an administrator task without being an administrator". We might be able to change the size of the splat or how easily it mops up but there's still going to be a mess on the floor no matter what, I think.
Oct
1
comment GPO to Set Wallpaper per Computer instead of per User
What is the problem you're actually trying to solve here? Setting wallpaper on a 'per user' basis for all users should achieve the same affect as setting wallpaper for each computer would.
Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Sep
26
comment How to test if my server is vulnerable to the ShellShock bug?
@brad at least they're telling you. I'm sure that if I was providing a whitehat security service that offered this service I might well keep a log (if only a counter with no individual details) of how many people blindly entered their site details into a website that said it was going to attempt a penetration test, without knowing much about the authenticity of the site offering the test... and they'd want a log of who tested what in case someone used their service to find vulnerable sites belonging to others, too...
Sep
26
comment Will unattended-upgrades automatically fix shellshock (cve-2014-6271)?
I can't answer that directly which is why this is a comment, but I will say that if your server is in a position where its vulnerabilities are likely to be exposed to attackers then you should verify that the patch is installed and schedule an emergency maintenance window to install it by hand urgently if it is not, rather than relying on automatic maintenance schedules either way.
Sep
25
reviewed Looks OK File system and file permission
Sep
25
reviewed Looks OK Log/Save domain users login/logout time on Windows Server 2008 R2