Monthly Archives: June 2014

HTML Help CHM File in Shared Folder

If you try to open a Microsoft HTML HelpĀ file from a shared folder using UNC path, you may see only blank screens where the help content should be. These files end with the *.chm extension which stands for Compiled Help … Continue reading

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IKEv2 Cisco ASA Single Peer Limit

Cisco has been hard at work bringing IKEv2 support to the ASA firewall, but the feature set still lacks an important item currently only available using IKEv1 on the ASA. This feature is “Multiple peers used for redundancy” and is … Continue reading

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VLAN Management on HP Switch

These notes apply to VLAN configuration on HP Switches in the Procurve / Provision product lines. show vlan ports A1,B1 detail vlan numbers and names assigned to each port along with tagging status the “detail” option may not be on … Continue reading

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SQL Server System Rename

On the surface, a SQL Server system rename may appear simple. You rename the underlying Windows box and SQL will automatically use the new name. While that is true for many features in SQL server, there are quite a few … Continue reading

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Microsoft End of Support for Server and SQL Versions

One of the most important responsibilities for IT support teams is to keep track of the vendor support “lifecycle” for production hardware and software. All critical business systems must be maintained with “supported” hardware and software. Each vendor is responsible … Continue reading

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ProLiant G7 Server Install Windows 2012

HP discontinued development of the SmartStart easy installation CD software in 2011 after adding support for Windows Server 2008 R2 on ProLiant G7 servers. In order to install Windows Server 2012 or newer on G7 hardware, you can use the … Continue reading

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Microsoft Partner Vendor Email

If you get a marketing or sales email from someone with an email address similar to v-jdoe@microsoft.com then beware. Microsoft has a partner email access program that gives these v-*@microsoft.com email addresses to partner vendor personnel. While there must be … Continue reading

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Microsoft RADIUS Dial-In Remote Access Allow

A common problem with Microsoft RADIUS (NPS) user authentication is a pesky little setting within each user profile in Active Directory. While logged in as a Domain Admin, open the user properties within Active Directory and select the Dial-In tab. … Continue reading

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SQL Server Backup Script Example

Here is a small SQL Server backup script sample from some of my DBA work. These are usually run on-demand to create custom on-off backups before and after special software upgrades. The first part is a simple batch file that … Continue reading

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Identity Management Using IPA in CentOS and RHEL

UPDATED 8 Jan 2016 to include RHEL 7 IPA (Linux Domain) document which also applies to CentOS 7. I have also added a section at the bottom for Active Directory organizations desiring to add Linux IPA client systems directly to … Continue reading

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