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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My Email’s Gone Cloudy

For the past several months I’ve been fighting to resolve network connectivity problems, especially with the Office 2013 version of Outlook. And then, suddenly, this week all the problems went away. Without me doing anything! Those brave souls who subject their Monday morning coffee break to my rambling diatribes will no doubt recall some of…

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Infinity = 40

At last our phone company has managed to drag a strand of high-speed cable across the six miles from the exchange to the green box at the end of my garden. In a flash I’ve been transported from the “back of beyond” into the exciting world of the “digital now” (at least, that’s what it…

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An Automatic Upgrade to Uncontrolled Access

How could they get it so wrong? I’ve been very happy with all the other Netgear hardware scattered across my network, including ADSL modems, switches, and the NAS box, but I’m beginning to wonder if the WNDR 4500v2 wireless router I upgraded to last year was such a great idea. Especially when a firmware update…

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Re-balanced and Re-routed (a.k.a. Wanna Buy An Old Modem?)

Maybe it’s because I was a boy scout when I was young that I have this need to be prepared for every eventuality. Or maybe it’s my default paranoia mode that assumes stuff will just break without warning, typically on a Friday evening. It’s probably why you can’t move in my office for piles of…

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Doing the Right Thing

So after I was castigated by Cisco’s customer support people for buying from Amazon, who they class as a “grey importer”, I decided to do the right thing this time. And look where it got me. I decided to upgrade my load-balancing router, and chose one that is relatively inexpensive yet has more power and…

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You Have To Trust Somebody…

After spending part of the seasonal holiday break reorganizing my network and removing ISA Server, this week’s task was reviewing the result to see if it fixed the problems, or if it just introduced more. And assessing what impact it has on the security and resilience of the network as a whole. I always liked…

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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. The problems…

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Hotel Cablefornia

So there’s another New Year on the horizon and it’s time to make some resolutions that will hopefully last for at least a few weeks into January. But at the moment I can think only one: find a new Internet provider. As previously documented in these pages, I really do try hard to deal with…

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