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Random Disconnected Diatribes of a p&p Documentation Engineer

  • Blog Post: Recertified, Un-moused, and Port-holed

    You can't believe just how fast a year goes by. It seems like only yesterday I was rebooting all the Hyper-V virtual machines because the server certificate for Hyper-V had expired. And now it's gone and done it again. The certificate is renewed automatically, but it disconnects the VMs when it does...
  • Blog Post: Deproxied

    Having run out of ideas, and given up Binging a solution for my intermittent connectivity problems around Windows 8, IE 10, and Outlook, it was time to stop playing nicely. Time instead for a day with my head in the server cabinet, a handful of network cables, some sticky labels, and decisive action...
  • Blog Post: Talk To The Mouse 'Cos The Keyboard Ain't Listening

    So it's true. Senility had obviously settled in and my addled brain can no longer maintain even the simplest items of information such as a two-fingered keyboard combination. It seems that in future I'll be wandering aimlessly around my server room dribbling helplessly onto the network switches, muttering...
  • Blog Post: UPS Outside Your Head

    Does lateral thinking mean you need to look outside your own head instead of just accepting the most obvious solution? If so, I might as well plead guilty in terms of managing the backup power supply for my servers. Like a great many people I depend on APC UPSs to handle mains power fluctuations and...
  • Blog Post: A Moving Easter

    In the days when I used to visit my Uncle Gerald, who was a keen gardener, he would often present me around this time of year with a large bundle of rhubarb and the instruction to "give these to your Mother and wish her a moving Easter". I suspect that the comment was somehow related to the laxative...
  • Blog Post: Tales Of A Paranoid SysAdmin (Part 2)

    "Welcome back! You join us as Alex is trying to decide whether to act out his Star Wars fantasy with an R2 detour (D2-er, get it? Maybe not). With several hundreds of newly acquired gigs in the servers, will he risk upgrading from the so-last-decade Windows Server 2008 to the shiny new R2 edition? Especially...
  • Blog Post: Tales Of A Paranoid SysAdmin (Part 1)

    Oh dear. Here in this desolate and forgotten outpost of the p&p empire it's pretend-to-be-a-sysadmin time all over again. Daily event viewer errors about the servers running out of disk space and shadow copies failing (mainly because I had to disable them due to lack of disk space) are gradually...
  • Blog Post: To R2 Or Not To R2?

    ...that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler in the server cabinet to suffer the outrageous lack of valuable new functionality, or to take arms against the powerful improvements to the core Windows Server operating system. And by opposing, manage without them? To sleep (or hibernate): perchance to dream...
  • Blog Post: A Drip Under Pressure

    I read somewhere a while ago that the word "expert" comes from a combination of the two Latin words "ex" meaning "a has-been", and "spurt" meaning "a drip under pressure". I'm not sure I actually believe it, but is does seem a remarkably fortuitous match to my capabilities when it comes to the grudge...
  • Blog Post: The Shadow in the Machine

    There's some ethereal guy called "system" wandering around inside my servers stealing stuff. It's a bit like when you were a kid and your parents hid things from you. When my hamster died, my Dad told me it had gone to live on a farm. Of course, when I got a bit older and my Grandmother passed away I...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2008 Hyper-V and Service Pack 2

    A quick note to Hyper-V users. When I installed Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2, it installed fine with no errors, but after a while I was getting NetBT errors in Event Log saying there was a duplicate name on the network, and other issues finding machines on the network. Turns out that the service...
  • Blog Post: How Much Configuration Do You Need?

    I endured a severe culture shock this week. And that was without meeting new people from countries afar, or travelling to distant lands. And it didn't involve a trip to some foreign eatery (such as our local Indian restaurant or Greek fish 'n' chip shop) either. No, all I did was respond to a change...
  • Blog Post: Cursory Distractions

    First off, I need to apologize to all those people who have been reduced to reading my previous "Hyper-Ventilating" posts hoping to find some crumb of comfort to alleviate their crippling medical condition. It seems from the analysis of Web search requests for those posts that more people are ill than...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-Ventilation, Act III

    After approximately two weeks of intermittent network upgrades, I seem to still have a working network. I guess at least that's something to be thankful for. But it's still not fulfilled the original plan. And much hyper-ventilation has occurred during the process, particularly when watching those little...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-Ventilation, Act II

    Outside, the snow lies deep, crisp, and even. Inside, the continuing quest to achieve calm and serenity through the application of virtuality. Noticeably, without much sign of virtuosity. I know that a "Minister of the Church" is somebody who ministers to the poor and sick as well as the good and the...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-Ventilation, Act I

    I guess there are at least two people out there who may be interested in hearing about my latest upgrade experiences. One of them I know is just about to experience hyper-ventilation. Perhaps if I sprinkle it with some useful tips and pointers I can make it at least partly worth reading. And maybe mix...
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