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

  • Evolution and Exchange 2010

    So you want Evolution to attach to Exchange natively, not unlike Outlook? The simple answer to your question is evolution-mapi. This lovely plugin allows you to connect over MAPI, to an Exchange server. I believe the supported servers start with Exchange 2003, and certainly go up to Exchange 2010 since that’s the version of Exchange we use on campus. The setup is fairly straightforward, but I have included screenshots at each step.

  • Windows Exit Codes and Error Codes

    So historically we have rebooted the lab computers once a week. The reason for doing this originally was to clear our local profile data, and empty the temp and scratch folders. In order to do this Carson created a script, that did some checking on the computers prior to rebooting them. His script relied on WMI, which for us has not always been 100% reliable. Recently he realized that due to the number of computers we currently manage in the labs, and the time-offset he was using and our continued WMI problems, his script would never finish.

  • 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.