Just Collecting Dust…

It’s Edinburgh Festival time again, and as usual they voted a winning joke. One of my favorite actors and stand-up comedians, Tim Vine, won it for the second time this year with a new one-liner: “I’m thinking of selling my vacuum cleaner. It’s just collecting dust.” Likewise, it seems I now have a large and…

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Do I R2, or Just 12?

We all know that hardware failures are not unheard of events, and – like most people – I try to cover for such eventualities. Many features of my network depend on a single server running a few Hyper-V machines, and so I have a cold-swap backup server all set up and configured to take over…

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Seventeen Syllable File Delete in ASP.NET

The days when I played with ASP.NET web sites all the time have, perhaps unfortunately, gone. Now my day job has me delving into grown-up stuff such as the wonderful worlds of cloud service infrastructure, design patterns, systems and software architectural, Big Data, and even open source projects named after animals. So a simple task…

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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 this. Which causes…

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The Windows Server Update Service That Doesn’t

One of the great things about being a technology pessimist is that you don’t suffer that sinking feeling when something doesn’t work as expected. And, of course, you get to experience a nice ripple of surprised elation when stuff actually does work as it’s supposed to. This week I’ve experienced a roughly equal mixture of…

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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 profanities in response to the strange symbols…

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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…

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Keep Calm and Eat Cake

One of the wondrous features of Windows from Vista onwards is Network Location Awareness (NLA). It means that, while the whole family can view your photo collection at home, when you pick up your laptop and wander out for coffee everyone else in Starbucks can’t see the holiday pictures of you in embarrassing shorts. Or…

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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…

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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…

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