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


  • IIS, PHP, MySQL and Web PI

    I’ve posted a couple of things last week regarding how I use Virtual PC, and since recently I’ve been downloading web apps that need php and mysql I figured I would document what I did to make them go. One of the things I figured out very early on is my job is to find things to make us go, yes I stole that from a Star Trek episode but it’s so true!

  • Building Servers

    Building a server, using the method I outlined in my previous post, becomes cake.

  • Windows/Linux Server Base Image

    I do a lot of software evaluations and as such I have come to rely quite heavily on virtualzation so I don’t have to worry about setting up hardware. As the software that we evaluate can be either Windows or Linux based I have created two base images, and from there build out my test servers for software deployment. The steps for each OS are very similar and I won’t go into any great detail on specific setup steps. I tend to just do a basic Windows Server installation taking all the defaults, and likewise for my Ubuntu LTS installation with only exception being selecting the OpenSSH at the end.

  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS and Request Tracker

    Looking at some different possibilities regarding desktop support, so I’m outlining the steps I took to get a working copy of RT up and running on an Ubuntu 8.0 LTS server.

  • Views and the Cloud

    One of the things I’ve enjoyed recently are tag clouds I have no good explanation for it other than they look cool. So since I just finished migrating all my junk over to this server I decided I would set that up. Drupal appears to have a module for almost everything so a tag cloud seemed like a no brainer on the module site listing. Sure enough there is the “Views_Cloud” module that depends on the “Views” module.