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Windows Network Admin that has been around the block a few times. Hopefully sharing info with others can help save them the time it took me to learn it.


Aug
5
comment How to manage local groups on a remote machine?
If you have user management access on that machine, you might be able to connect remotely to it via computer management from a remote machine and then just manage it like you would if you logged into it.
Aug
2
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Jul
23
comment WSUS on Win2012R2 doesn't see Windows 8.1
Are you using port 80 or port 8530 for WSUS? This one killed me a few times, so I figured I'd mention it.
Jul
23
comment Do both Active Directory servers need to see each other for replication?
If the VPN is setup as dial out from where you main DC is, then the replication would only happen when the DC contacts your box in AWS. Though in truth you should probably setup both way as in a DR event, you'll need it to work the other way around anyways until your local copy is back online..
May
13
comment Group policy: deploying a space as a registry value
Is the Value Type a REG_DWORD or REG_SZ? I wonder if you set it to DWORD and plug in "20" as the hex value if that would work?
May
13
comment Tripwire unable to send mail
Glad you figured it out...
May
12
comment frustrating issue while transfer data from windows 7/8 through vpn(openvpn or pptp)
are you dragging the file to your desktop folder locally? Try doing the transfer from the command prompt. I wonder it the latency or lag from the connection is causing something on the desktop to hang while it waits for the transfer to finish..
Apr
29
comment unusual rate of unsolicited mail originating from your IP address
As a side note, you should also consider that if any of your users mark email in their gmail box as spam, because you forwarded the email, your server will be considered the responsible server and will contribute to possibly being blocked (or have email filtered via Blatant Spam Blocking a la Postini). I have one user that insists on using AOL that I keep having to reeducate to not mark things as spam once they get to AOL or it will block us.
Apr
29
comment Can we disable DFS on Windows SBS 2011?
I think the only way someone here can help is if they know a bit more about your infrastructure (database type for instance would be a great place to start). You might want to update your question.
Apr
26
comment Tripwire unable to send mail
what happens if you telnet to port 25 locally on that machine? Does your SMTP virtual server have any ip or relay restrictions?
Apr
25
comment Can we disable DFS on Windows SBS 2011?
What problem are you trying to solve or is the a preemptive move? Maybe we can help with the problem? It sounds like your software vendor is grasping at straws..
Apr
23
answered vvg2000 netgear multiple ips
Apr
23
comment Switch won't enable ports connected to network printers
Had a similar issue with some Extended Systems Print Servers (the old school kind with the Centronics port on them). I had to not use newer hardware as a work around while we found replacements for the units. I ended up using some Netgear EN104s in the middle between the GB switch and the printer. Messy, but it worked.
Apr
23
comment Identifying failed hard drive in RAID
I figured as much, some of their controller do it automatically when the battery is no longer usable too. Did you figure out which drive is having the issue?
Apr
23
answered Identifying failed hard drive in RAID
Apr
23
answered Access to Windows event observer with ODBC
Apr
16
comment Is that OK to leave a small endless loop script running on server?
You don't want to use Task Scheduler's Trigger set to 1 second. Even your script you had posted earlier sleeps for 60 seconds. You very likely will have issues if you try to keep brute force scanning a folder like that. Just step away. Plus, whatever your bosses beef with DFS-R is, odds are it was the same experience many of us had at first with it. But many of us rely on it everyday to handle our workloads, at the worst, you can certainly "test" it again and prove it's worth. The robocopy suggestion is what I would likely go with instead.
Apr
16
comment Is that OK to leave a small endless loop script running on server?
Actually, Task Scheduler will let you manually type in "1 second" if you really want to use that as a duration. But since you are introducing a delay if there are no existing files, running it once a minute should effect the same "delay". Truth is, once the process runs, it will just sleep again for 60 seconds. My vote would be to use a folder watcher or something less "me mongo me use big hammer" of an approach. But task scheduler will do what you are asking. But I agree that it isn't a best practice..
Apr
5
comment A Robocopy job to copy files from VM Windows 2003 to a windows 2008 DFS Share over WAN
If you are doing this over a WAN, you might try using the /MIR option instead ot skip previously copied files if you are doing a repeat process over and over. In more modern versions of Windows (2008+), DFS offers the ability to do this in real time as files are changed and are synced over automatically. I've used Robocopy over a high speed WAN link (50Mbps) and it worked fine, but if you are dealing with something slow, you probably just have to wait...
Apr
4
comment How to add context menu entries on a Samba share
Since Windows context menu is a locally based mechanism, what you are asking for isn't possible without having something on the workstation even if it is nothing more than a trigger to have the server handle the request for the user. SMB simply doesn't work like that. At least not on Windows. There is no "trigger" that I am aware of that would let you do what you are asking.