Monthly Archives: September 2012

TrippLite UPS Management

TrippLite UPS systems can be managed by the PowerAlert Network Management System (PANMS). You can get more info about the software at If you’re installing PANMS on Windows, make sure that any built-in Windows SNMP Trap service is Stopped … Continue reading

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Custom Forms on

A cool feature available on Custom Forms. Very useful for contact forms, etc. Official documentation for these Custom forms at Cheers!

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Ubuntu – Upgrade LTS Release

Upon login, your Ubuntu system may notify you of a new release available. If you’re running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, you will be notified of “Precise Pangolin” Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. The command for upgrading is “do-release-upgrade“. The official documentation for this … Continue reading

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Ubuntu – Remove Old Kernels

This is based partially on a post from As time goes on and you keep installing updates on an Ubuntu system, the number of old kernels will continue to grow without any automated cleanup. This issue can be caused by … Continue reading

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SQL Express Default Instance

As of SQL Express 2008 R2, installing a default instance (not named) requires manually naming the instance to “MSSQLSERVER” for a functioning server on the default port. This problem is documented at – bug still exists in the SQL 2008 R2 … Continue reading

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Source Code on

Source code on my previous posts wasn’t looking very good, so I found a new blog feature to try: Posting Source Code Begin with shortcode [code option1="value1" option2="value2"] End with shortcode [/code] Hopefully this will make some of the code … Continue reading

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DomainDnsZones and ForestDnsZones Infrastructure Masters

There are five well-known master roles in AD that can be “seized” with “ntdsutil”, but this post is about a couple master roles that seem to be left out when trying to recover from losing a domain controller without properly … Continue reading

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Active Directory Upgrades for Domain Controllers and Exchange

Upgrading Active Directory with a new Windows Server version, or Exchange to a new release requires special Schema updates and other changes to your domain services (such as LDAP). These changes require special command-line utilities run by users belonging to … Continue reading

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Special Local Admin Passwords on Domain Controllers

Windows Domain Controllers have a special Recovery Console that is accessible with a special local administrator password. A good document for this is on Petri at This password can be reset with the “ntdsutil” tool and steps similar to these: … Continue reading

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Exchange 2010 Can’t Find Site Global Catalog

Related articles for permission required by Exchange, “Manage Auditing and Security Log”, in Default Domain Controllers Policy. If this is not granted to all Exchange servers connecting to the DC, BAD things will happen (Exchange services not starting, etc). Updated … Continue reading

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