Monthly Archives: November 2015

Large IT Delivery (Freight)

IT professionals seem to need a little knowledge about everything. This post is about receiving large or heavy items (freight) rather than smaller packages delivered by parcel carriers. Even small items like UPS units that exceed 100 pounds are often … Continue reading

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yum-cron

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (RHEL 7) provides a package for automated updates called yum-cron. Here are some notes on this functionality. NOTE in RHEL 7, the old “vixie-cron” has been replaced by the modern Red Hat fork “cronie” which … Continue reading

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UPS Maintenance Tripp Lite vs APC

As a thrifty shopper and inquisitive soul, I’m always interested in trying alternative products if they may be a better deal or perhaps just provide a better customer experience. With a desire to try different brands, we bought several Tripp … Continue reading

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Windows DHCP Failover Load Balancing

Windows Server 2012 (and newer) provide a powerful option for DHCP service high availability. You configure a DHCP scope on one server and then configure “Failover Load Balancing” to replicate the scope to the partner DHCP server. This new DHCP … Continue reading

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PowerShell One Folder per Week

I have the need to run a daily script job and log the results in a separate file for each week. There are two problems that I need to resolve to completely automate this task. (1) I need to figure … Continue reading

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Dell Server Build Notes

Here are some high-level notes for a typical Dell R430 or R730 Server build. Some of the items listed may be specific to this generation / model of hardware, and others may apply more broadly. Your mileage may vary (YMMV) … Continue reading

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Lync, Exchange, and Active Directory Photos

Recent versions of Microsoft Lync and Exchange support a centralized photo capability so that all users in the organization see the same photo for colleagues hosted on the same Exchange/Lync/Active Directory (AD) infrastructure. This new feature is still evolving and … Continue reading

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Concatenate CSV Files with PowerShell

For us Unix/Linux folks, the classic “cat” command is a beautiful way to combine text files together. Because of this popular Unix command, Microsoft ships PowerShell with a default alias cat which maps to their Get-Content command. Unfortunately, the similarities … Continue reading

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