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  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit (How I learned to freely burn ISO images in Windows)

    In my prior life before coming to Microsoft, I didn't use Windows as a server but rarely and as a workstation very little. My main workstation was running on RedHat (or Fedora from time to time), and I managed mostly Unix and Linux servers, only managing Windows servers on an as-needed basis, which was...
  • Blog Post: RedHat Cap at MMS 2005

    Even though I didn't get as many comments as I'd hoped , the few that I received convinced me to commence wearing my RedHat cap at the Microsoft Management Summit 2005 in Las Vegas. I wore it on Thursday. It was a good day to wear it, as just the day before, Steve Ballmer had given a keynote address...
  • Blog Post: I need more if I'm going to wear the RedHat Cap to MMS

    Come on people! I need more of you saying that I should wear my cap if I'm going to do it. So far, there are only two comments on my post asking whether I should wear my RedHat cap to MMS 2005 to draw attention to the fact that for companies like Web Hosters, the management tools need to be better able...
  • Blog Post: Blogging from MMS 2005

    This week I'm at Microsoft Management Summit 2005 in Las Vegas. I don't like Vegas very much, but the content will be very interesting I hope. Look to see my take on what I learn here at my blog. I'm debating wearing my RedHat cap to one of the sessions to see what reaction I get. Don't get me wrong...
  • Blog Post: Linux Can't Kill Windows

    Today when reading slashdot , I was referenced to an article that so eloquently states what I've been thinking for some time now: You can quit proclaiming Linux the Windows killer. Linux is established and has a niche that, as various pendulums swing, will grow and shrink. Show me charts...
  • Blog Post: Attack of the Clones

    An article posted about a month ago details a serious challenge for companies with GPL software seeking to protect their intellectual property. Basically, RedHat's newly released Enterprise Linux 4 was cloned shortly after its launched by few other companies. Up until a few years ago, RedHat freely distributed...
  • Blog Post: The Journey Begins Part 3 - Abuse, Automation, Management, and Aquisition

    … Continued from part two ( part one ): As we last left my chronicle of my experiences in Web Hosting, I was the sole systems administrator at Virtual Servers. The systems were running high on load average, which isn't surprising given what we were running on the hardware that was available back then...
  • Blog Post: Back from Vegas

    I just got back from being in Las Vegas for a few days for the CSNA offsite meeting. Overall, I enjoyed the meetings as it helped me get a better understanding of the organization I'm working in, and to meet all of the members of my team in person for the first time. I have decided that I don't really...
  • Blog Post: The Little Worm that Couldn't

    I read an interesting article posted here about a worm written to affect MySQL installations on Windows servers. In a nutshell, the worm replicates itself by scanning the internet and local networks for MySQL servers and brute-force guessing the root account password. Once it gains entry to a system...
  • Blog Post: Mysql Triggers Turn on the Heat

    Peter Gulutzan wrote an interesting article describing his Mysql Triggers Tryout with the latest Alpha build of MySQL 5. I've been a long-time fan of MySQL. I first started using it in 1998, and have watched with great interest as it has matured. It seems that it is working very hard to match the features...
  • Blog Post: The Journey Begins Part 2 - The Early Days of Hosting

    … Continued from part one : In the beginning of 1999, the small hosting company I worked for (Virtual Servers, LLC.) realized that they were loosing business because they didn’t have a Windows based hosting product offering. By this time we were using NT 4.0 as workstations in the office, but we didn...
  • Blog Post: Knoppix to the Rescue!

    I found a fun article called " True Stories of Knoppix Rescues ". My first experience with Knoppix was when a co-worker of mine pulled a business-card sized CD out of his wallet during a server emergency. It sure does come in handy to carry around one in your wallet, especially if you're running systems...
  • Blog Post: Linux Is No Longer "Free"

    Today I came across an interesting article written on the History of Linux . The article quotes the famous newsgroup posting in which Linus Torvalds first announced his operating system project to the world. Notice how he calls it a "free" OS. It is clear that he grossly underestimated the future of...
  • Blog Post: The Journey Begins

    With this post, a new blog is born. Keep reading, as this isn't your typical blog by your typical Microsoft employee. My name is Deven Kampenhout. I'm not new to blogging, but you probably won't find my name on other blogs, as I've posted as an anonymous alias in the past. My blog wasn't only technically...
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