Renaming Files en Mass…

I take a lot of pictures… not only with my phone, but also with my Nikon DSLR camera.  It is one of my hobbies… I am not very good at it, but I enjoy it nonetheless. Keeping track of hundreds or thousands of pictures is easy, as long as you copy them into the appropriate... Continue Reading →

Scheduling Server Restarts

If you manage servers you have likely come to a point where you finished doing work and got a prompt ‘Your server needs to reboot.  Reboot now?’  Well you can’t reboot now… not during business hours.  I guess you’ll have to come back tonight… or this weekend, right? Wrong.  Scheduling a reboot is actually pretty... Continue Reading →

Remotely Enable RDP

Like most IT Managers I manage myriad servers, most of which are both remote and virtual.  So when I configure them initially I make sure that I can manage them remotely... including in most cases the ability to connect via RDP (Remote Desktop). But what happens if you have a server that you need to... Continue Reading →

Wireless Networks: Know your strengths!

It is not uncommon for me to hear people complain that their wireless network is not stable, is not working properly, disconnects, is slow, and just isn't good enough. Unfortunately, unless you are a networking specialist, wireless connectivity is essentially a binary state: It works... or it doesn't work. There are three things I ask... Continue Reading →

Where am I? HELP!

My colleague created a virtual machine for me in our datacentre a few weeks ago.  (Thanks Michael!)  Earlier this week I needed to create a second virtual machine to cluster with it, and I felt that the best way to maximize my resources completely would be to create another virtual machine identical to the first. ... Continue Reading →

Insanity Is…

We have all heard this quote before… and it is exactly true.  However in your server environment, when you want things identical, then we would turn this phrase around: Insanity: Doing things manually over and over and expecting identical results. I have not spent a great deal of time learning PowerShell… but whenever I have... Continue Reading →

Do IT Remotely

A few days ago I was in with my boss and he asked me to perform a particular bit of maintenance during off-hours.  ‘Just come into the office tonight after Taekwondo and do it… it shouldn’t take you very long.’  He was right, and I almost did… and then I remembered that in 2014 there... Continue Reading →

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