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Network Administration: Tech-Notes

Breaking it down, Barney style!

Visio- Network File Card Stencils

05 October 2017
Create Network Diagrams faster with less clutter!

Network File Card shapes:

  • Are Self Labeling
  • Change the icon when you change the type of device or server it is
  • Change their color when you change their classification
  • Collapse to an icon with a movable host name when you don't need to full file card
  • Link to external data (excel spreadsheets) to make filling in shape properties even easier!

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Hyper-V Domain Controller Time Problem

23 October 2015

With computers, usually the simplest answers are the hardest to find. For example, for the past several months, my home's domain time has been off by a couple hours. The task of fixing it was put on the back burner because I didn't know the simple answer to it and when I finally got around to trying, I simply couldn't find the answer. 

As with most things in a computer, it came down to a stupid checkbox being checked. 

Problem: A Hyper-V Domain Controller had the wrong time and kept resyncing to the wrong time

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ESX install onto M65 Problem

21 January 2013

This is probably not a problem that is going to effect much more than .00001% of anyone in the IT community, but it did affect me and successfully killed about 30 hours of my life in troubleshooting. Lucky me. These are just some quick technotes mainly consisting of workarounds rather than real solutions.

Task: Install ESX 3.5 on a Dell M65, 32 bit laptop.

Problem 1: ESX Image will not install initially due to the following error:

Installation Operation Failed!
Unable to find a supported device to write the VMWare ESX Server 3i 3.5.0 image to.
(The rest ommited)

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Domain Census Script

12 November 2012

script.gif This script uses a text document with a list of domain computers (defined under INPUT_FILE_NAME) to conduct a Census remotely that captures in a CSV (OUTPUT_FILE_NAME) the Computer name, image Date, Model, Serial Number, Hard Drive Serial Number, Antivirus version (McAfee), Last user on the machine, and the IP address. An example input and output file is attached.

H Drive Mapper

12 November 2012

script.gif Problem: The way we were mapping people to their Home drives (h drives) was through active directory (the 'Profile-Home Folder-Local path' option). When we migrated to a new server, we needed to change the server to the new server in ADUC A little while after that, we decided to start mapping people to their home drive via VBscript rather than through ADUC. In order to be successful, we needed to clear the local path string in ADUC and assign the script via GPO to each users logon script. Problem was no one wanted to waste 10 hours getting carpal tunnel. removing these values manually. To further complicate the problem, our VBScript mapped the home folder using the %username%, some of which were changed since the folder was created. This meant that for those select users, the script would not work.
Solution: We created a script that would change the 'local path' value to the new server. Later, we created one that would clear out all the 'local path' values of a defined OU. To rename the folder to the current username, we created another script that would scan each folder, look at the usernames that have permissions, ignore usernames that it was defined to ignore, then if it found a username that it was not told to ignore and found that it did not match the folder name, it would prompt the admin to change the folder name to the current user name. Wicked, ain't it? Attached file has all necessary scripts to do what was just described.