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

  • 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.

  • Forwarding Events from WS08 Core DC

    There were some changes between Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2, the one I’m interested in is WinRM. The default HTTP port on Windows Server 2008 is TCP 80, but on Windows Server 2008 R2 the default HTTP port is TCP 5985. There are a couple of ways to get around this; either change the listener port on the Windows Server 2008 machine, or use a Collector Initiated subscription and change the port on the Advanced tab. In my example these computers are both Domain joined. Setting this up in a Workgroup environment is a little different and I may write up something for that later.

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 and Print Logging

    Yesterday I got a support ticket that stated the user was unable to connect to any printers on the network. I found this odd since we push out printers via GPO Preferences, and that user’s particular computer had the correct GPO linked in. So I started my troubleshooting process which usually involves grep’ing the logs looking for relevant entries.

  • Managing your network interfaces for VMware Player

    If you need to reconfigure your virtual network, you will need the vmnetcfg.exe utility. This is part of the VMware Player download, but you have to run the installer such that it only extracts it’s files. Once you have extracted the files to a temporary folder, you will then need to extract the network.cab file. This cabinet file contains almost everything you need.

  • Working with computer objects

    So I’m working with computer objects, if you can’t tell from my previous post. There are times when what you really want to know about a given computer is, who’s responsible for it. With good user education, your OU admins or computer admins will pre-stage a computer and populate the ManagedBy property. This effectively lets anyone who can read that property, know who is responsible for this object.