January 16, 2013

Windows 7: The Never Ending Printer

The past couple of weeks I have been dealing with a fairly aggravating issue at home.  My wife has a Windows 7 laptop which for some reason started printing everything repeatedly (repeatedly being defined as forever and ever until the bottom of the paper tray was found).  Our printer in particular is a HP Laserjet 1022n which is connected to the network, and my wife’s […]
October 23, 2012

Windows Server 2012: Storage Pooling

Windows Server 2012 includes a new storage model.  It follows in the footsteps of ZFS and btrfs, in that it uses a pooled disk model, and attempts to combine all of the functionality of RAID, LVM, and the file system.  Now this looks like a 1.0 from the perspective of integration, however I am quite impressed by the implementation from the usability perspective.  While it […]
October 22, 2012

Windows Server 2012: NIC Teaming

I don’t tend to use a lot of Windows in recent years, but if you look at my past articles I used to do quite a bit around Hyper-V, DFS, Exchange, and various other Windows Services.  One thing that was always frustrating is the inconsistent experience around NIC teaming.  Basically Teaming allows you to gain throughput and resiliency by having multiple physical NICs listen over […]
March 14, 2012

KVM Guests: Windows NT… What?

OK so you have been kicking around an old NT machine for years, neigh, a decade.  So what do you do with it?  Realistically the machine has already sustained numerous failures, and it won’t make it through another one.  We have all fought this battle.  I personally fought this battle many years ago and frankly P2V is never clean when coming from NT.  But if […]
February 6, 2012

KVM Guests: Graceful Shutdown

So a fairly trivial (but critical) aspect of using KVM is of course performing graceful shutdowns of your domains, without having to reach inside of the guest to perform the shutdown.  Now when it comes to turning off your guests you have two ways of proceeding (with virsh)… Which is a HARD power off of your guest.  This is the same as pulling the power […]
April 27, 2011

Exchange Management: Locate Email Addresses

If you have a large Exchange environment with a large amount of users, contacts, distribution lists, and public folders you can end up “losing” email addresses.  It can take a lot of time to perform the different types of searches required to locate an email address.  Or you can use powershell and locate it quickly.
April 26, 2011

Active Directory: Identify Stale Computer Accounts

Using the Active Directory Modules included with Windows 7 + Windows 2008 R2 we can use powershell to identify computer accounts which are “stale” and have not changed their passwords in a specified amount of time. Define the Windows for “Stale” Example will check for 365 days old. Count the Number of PCs which are Stale Output a List of the Computer Accounts
April 25, 2011

Windows Client Management: Remotely Enable DHCP

Using WMI and Powershell we can remotely configure a client machine to use DHCP as long as you (1) have administrator rights on the remote machine (2) want all interfaces to be DHCP (3) know the computer name or IP of the remote machine (4) have Powershell installed on your machine, remote machine is not required. Check Network Configuration Check Network Configuration (only where IP […]
+1 (844) 368-2747