Welcome to the site, my name is Jeff and I have been working in the IT field since the early 90's. Most of what I post here is related to work that I do for the various companies that I have worked for over the years. Please feel free to look around ask questions or post comments (if available).

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Recent Posts


  • Fun things to know and share about the Dell PowerEdge NX3000 NAS Appliance

    This was originally going to be a post about setting up a cluster on the NX3000, but I’ve had some fun messing around with them, so I thought I would share that and make a second post for the setup. Both Carson and Nick would likely attest to the fact that I’m a little picky about how my servers are setup (although I’m not nearly as Spartan as Nick can be). I have never left the factory setup on the servers that I’ve put out, and personally can’t imagine anyone doing that. So anyway, these arrived about a month ago and unfortunately my time has been consumed by printer issues and I’ve not had a chance to work on them.

  • Redeeming my IT card

    So flat in the middle of standing up a new file server cluster and writing about it, in draft, and tweeted a few things that Carson nailed me on. First, I am just slightly annoyed at how the Dell NX3000 comes pre-configured, to which Carson pointed out that it’s an appliance and to get over it. Then I was annoyed because of the default roles and services and progressed through the baseline in my head adding what I needed, removing what was there that was not needed.

  • 'Single node cluster' oxymoron or reality?

    You might be asking yourself, what? how? why? To be honest I asked myself the very same questions. I don’t purport to have all the answers to these important questions, but I have found a few resources, and I wrote a little step-by-step to show answer the how.

  • What to do when you receive a truly horrible request

    I’m fairly certain this happens more often than not. A user fashion’s an email, than in their mind makes perfect and complete sense. They blithely send this email off to you, without care to the damage that could be wrecked upon your psyche. Today, a good friend of mine received just such a letter, and it took a considerable amount of time to fashion a politically correct response. So I decided that there should be a canned response to these types of request’s and I would like to submit mine today.

  • How to attach a custom task to an event on WS08

    In an earlier post I talked about how to forward events from one machine to another. That works out quite well, but unless you’re sitting at the log and watching the events go by, you might miss something. You might agree that there are some events that you are more interested in than others. For example, while it’s neat that Windows let’s you know server uptime in seconds as an event but I’d be much more interested in an event related to a computer that is unable to establish a trust relationship with it’s domain controller.