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I am a professional geek, working in enterprise data systems. I fill the role of systems engineer, architect, developer, project manager, etc... a one-stop enterprise IT kinda guy.

I develop in .NET, MVC, and IIS on Windows platforms; on *nix I favor to develop in PHP with some Cake.

For database systems I favor MSSQL, MySQL, and I'm moving into PostgreSQL for BI/ Warehousing.

Security is near and dear to my heart; a well-designed security system puts a satisfied smile on my face.

Scalability is important to me; planning for the future is one of my greatest strengths.

Thats me! Computer geek extraordinaire!


Dec
19
comment GPG Encryption: Am I using the right keys?
@ChrisS after a phone call with them, I'm beginning to think it's a version problem. They are running a very old version of GnuPG, and I am running the latest BouncyCastle libraries... I expect that is the problem.
Dec
6
comment Complex retention policy
I'm not sure what you mean?
Dec
6
comment One-line backup, compress, scp database file
There are some provisions for shell access, but I'd rather it be a push operation if I can swing it.
May
12
comment VMWare power failure guests don't connect to internal network?
I do have the vmware tools installed on all the systems; I will reply back when I get a maintenance window and try this.
May
11
comment VMWare power failure guests don't connect to internal network?
@ewwhite updated as per your request.
Mar
6
comment Trigger event to fire when user connects to a terminal server?
What sort of effect will this have? Will it prevent login, or force the user to the active connection? Having the login prevented would be undesirable; as I said, the system is fragile and we often need to login and fix things.
Mar
6
comment Trigger event to fire when user connects to a terminal server?
Actually this seems better, if I understand properly what it does. I will try this out.
Dec
16
comment Can you have multiple writable, authoritative BIND DNS servers for the same zone, like AD-integrated DNS?
seriously, how does this get a downvote? It's a good question.
Dec
16
comment Can you have multiple writable, authoritative BIND DNS servers for the same zone, like AD-integrated DNS?
I think it's pretty clear now, the "like AD-integrated" pretty much sets the context of the question, and the details spell out the context further.
Dec
15
comment Can you have multiple writable, authoritative BIND DNS servers for the same zone, like AD-integrated DNS?
You are correct; I worded it poorly. I will fix that.
Dec
15
comment Can you have multiple writable, authoritative BIND DNS servers for the same zone, like AD-integrated DNS?
There seems to be some work on an LDAP back-end for BIND9. I think I will look into that.
Dec
15
comment Can you have multiple writable, authoritative BIND DNS servers for the same zone, like AD-integrated DNS?
Hmm... no DFS-like mechanism for BIND, huh? That makes me sad.
Dec
9
comment List all DNS records in a domain using dig?
@XXL ... except a lot easier to remember.... +1
Dec
9
comment What happens with the Guest OS's on ESXi in the event of a power failure?
@RobM, I hear what you're saying, but that really isn't true. Many small businesses would prefer to let their server drop on power failure than to pay even $100 for a cheap UPS. It's often difficult to convince them of the value of something like that; it's why they like ESXi. It's free, they can save a lot of cash by putting a bunch of linux servers on one machine, and then I get paid. :) I think the admin here is really hairsplitting. Of course, not much I can do about it except protest.
Dec
9
comment What happens with the Guest OS's on ESXi in the event of a power failure?
Yeah I would have expected someone to read "freelance developer and systems engineer" and realize that my home is my professional place of business. Trigger happy admins...
Dec
5
comment “Target the specific user you will be using and assign it user id 0/group 0”
This seems to work, thanks.
Dec
5
comment “Target the specific user you will be using and assign it user id 0/group 0”
@DerfK can I have 2 root accounts? That won't mess anything up?
Dec
3
comment Is there a way to install esxi on a system you want to virtualize?
Sigh. I would have really liked this to be effortless, but I guess it's not so bad.