Thoughts on the problems and solutions I work with every day, along with musings on random topics.

  • Why are AV Receivers so Dumb?

    Tags: Corporate Stupidity

    Pre-emptive Note: If you're a manufacturer, and you want to use this idea (or it inspires you to do something better) - you have full and free reign to use this idea. Go forth and improve things! … more

  • Windows 2012 - Unidentified Network at Boot

    Tags: Windows Server

    This is a quick and easy fix. If, like many admins, you configure your server with a redundant network connection (colloquially a "team"); and if you have configured even servers to have a firewall ( … more

  • IIS7 and IIS8 - Pretty Directory Listings

    Tags: IIS

    I had a need to put together a directory browser, and IIS7 and 8 provide the old standard looking listing (I think it's been the same since IIS 3 on NT).

    I looked around and found Mike Volodarsky … more

  • CRLs and AIAs - The Paths to Enlightenment

    Tags: CA, PKI, Windows Server

    This past week I've been delving back into configuration of Certificate Authorities - and particularly into the most appropriate URLs for the CDP and AIA extensions in certificates.

    In case you're … more

  • Solaris Express - Static IPs the Right Way

    Tags: Solaris

    If you search the Internet, you'll likely strike dozens of articles describing how to set static IPs on Solaris Express by disabling NWAM (NetWork AutoMagic) and enabling the legacy physical … more

  • SCCM 2007 and Windows 2008 - WebDAV Fix

    Installing SCCM 2007 SP2 + R2 today on a Windows 2008 R2 server I came across what appears to be a common problem; the SMS Site Component Manager fails to install the SMS_MP_CONTROL_MANAGER component … more

  • Low Cost Cluster Storage for Windows Server 2008

    Tags: Clustering

    Since the release of Windows Server 2008, there has been no way to build a cluster without purchasing dedicated, proprietary storage (such as an array from HP, Dell, EMC or NetApp, to name just a few) … more