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Top 10 Android application R2D2 uses

Top 10 Android application R2D2 uses

Top 10 Android application I use I’m an avid fan of Android platform. I was an avid fan of Windows Mobile 2003 SE edition on a Harrier device for approx 6 years, until the Telco’s network type mig

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IT Change Management – the very necessary evil (or why change management is NOT only for live systems)

IT Change Management – the very necessary evil (or why change management is NOT only for live systems)

As IT professionals, regardless of our specialisation, we are all familiar with the change management concepts. Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) describes change management as a co

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First RAW Windows 8 impressions (Part1)

First RAW Windows 8 impressions (Part1)

First RAW Windows 8 impressions ( Part 1) Today, my wife and I decided to reward my son Thomas with a new computer. He’s been using one of my old Dell SX machine with an antiquated Pentium 4 cpu, ru

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Problem Management and fault analysis

Problem Management and fault analysis

I’ve been very privileged to attend a class-based  formal Kepner-Tregoe course (to the practitioner level) focused on problem management. I highly recommend this structured approach for any IT

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CMD batch script store settings in DNS

CMD batch script store settings in DNS

Howdy Earlier in the year I was working on developing some scripts to add a bit more flexibility on Microsoft’s WSUS server at no cost. I’ve dug up a freeware tool ( WUInstall.exe ,downloa

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Free Windows Event log monitor to Syslog

Free Windows Event log monitor to Syslog

I thought I’d drop this in as a follow up the previous one (SNMP) , for the environments that only have syslog server as an aggregation point. I have FAILED to find a free and simple to use S

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Free Windows Event log monitor with SNMP

Free Windows Event log monitor with SNMP

I guess this is not common knowledge to most Wintel engineers/admins, but, if you have an SNMP-based monitoring system in your environment (and it’s common to have SNMP or Syslog) it’s rea

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Windows TCP/IP PMTUd slow performance

Windows TCP/IP PMTUd slow performance

I am increasingly puzzled by how many environments decide to implement some degree of TCP/IP stack “hardening” on their internal (core lan) systems. One of the  tuning actions, without ex

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Add/remove windows components via script

Add/remove windows components via script

It is possible to add/remove windows components using a batch script (hence this can be run on multiple machines and automatically) More information is available here: http://support… 44 And her

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After installing KB 973917 IIS6 crashes

After installing KB 973917 IIS6 crashes

Good old Microsoft … If your IIS-based websites suddenly stop working with app pool crashes after patching, check out this: http://blogs… ling-kb-973917-the-iis-6-0-application-pools-canno

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Increasing performance/stability VMWare

Increasing performance/stability VMWare

In order to increase performance and stability when running VMware-based virtual machines (guests), do the following: 1. Disable TCP/IP chimney feature (normally done through netsh or registry, and de

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TheDude – Enterprise monitoring?

TheDude – Enterprise monitoring?

Monitoring your enterprise (or not so enterprise) systems is like the icing on the cake for service compliance, as it augments and automates some of the ITIL processes that should have, by now, reache

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Windows “touch” equivalent

Windows “touch” equivalent

Updating a file’s attributes with the current date and time can be easily achieved under Microsoft Windows by issuing the following command in CMD: copy /b filename.ext +,, You can either navig

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Incorrect installed version detected

Incorrect installed version detected

It’s amazing what we learn everyday, regardless of how much we think we know or how long we have been in the industry… New tricks – sometimes, installed MSI packages (and not just) m

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W2K8 GPO issue not reading gpt.ini

W2K8 GPO issue not reading gpt.ini

On a Windows 2008 Server in an Active Directory 2003 environment, with W2K3 DCs, you get the following error: Log Name:      System Source:        Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy Event ID: 

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