Microsoft, Take 5

For those of you who still linger, reading this blog: first, I’m sorry. I shouldn’t even have a blog, I’m ashamed. Second, thanks. I just came through an Exchange gauntlet that I thought to document, in case anyone should need it. It’s better not to run this particular gauntlet at 1 a.m. as I did. ...

Putting On The Ritz

In a weird Cockney rhyming parody, Putting on the Ritz is posh. Posh is PoSh. PoSh is Powershell. Now that you’re convinced I’ve gone totally off the rails, bear in mind this is my first PoSh-related post and go easy on me. The problem is a dark evil that descended on yours truly when I ...

More For Me …

Paul Robichaux has a post about Android devices flogging Exchange servers to death. I was looking through the logs of one of my mailbox servers the other day, looking for a reason as to why the CPU loads on it were stratospher … er, high. I was expecting to see something to do with iOS, ...

Every summer it seems the gods decide to put me through an Olympics: “you, athlete (ha! Athlete!) prepare thyself for competition … with yourself.” Boom! Here it comes—I picture a lightning rod upon which rides the gnarliest of viruses. This  year, it was these little beasties that landed with a thud: These things decided to take ...

The White Rabbit Rides Again

Every summer it seems the gods decide to put me through an Olympics: “you, athlete (ha! Athlete!) prepare thyself for competition … with yourself.” Boom! Here it comes—I picture a lightning rod upon which rides the gnarliest of viruses. This  year, it was these little beasties that landed with a thud: These things decided to ...

A Judicial Temperament

Yesterday I received a call for help. Literally. I’m one of a group of system administrators who provide help for technicians in other departments experiencing problems managing their small parts of the enterprise over which we preside. As usual, I learned something from the interaction but sadly it wasn’t a positive lesson. It seemed to ...

Two Thousand and Thirteen

Two Thousand and Thirteen
And so it came to pass that it fell upon your humble correspondent to undertake a perilous journey into the grimy reaches of the land known as Exchange 2013 from that known as Exchange Server 2007. (Why omit ‘Server,’ Microsoft?) So far, I’m getting a handle on the beast as it is quite different from ...

PoSh On Time

I’m learning PowerShell. I’ve been told I needed to learn PowerShell or learn how to ask if the customer “wanted fries with that …” Or something. Never mind the exaggeration, it’s a good idea to learn PowerShell if  you’ve either been sentenced to or willingly (crazy bastard!) manage a Microsoft installation. Magnus Andersson who looks ...

Writers Lead Mad, Lonely Lives

This may deal with writing, but there’s a cautionary tale to be told here of any endeavor which requires being good at thinking and the price paid: Writers Lead Mad, Lonely Lives.

Extirpate

Extirpate
A colleague walked by and said, “Hey Fred, maybe you know the answer to this.” As I thought, “Of course I do!” I sat up and told him to lay it on me. It seems a Windows Server 2008 R2 box—a virtual machine—had been set up recently. Its solitary NIC had been assigned a static ...