HP TouchSmart Giveaway

Posted December 18, 2009 by miked
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Check out this giveaway from mom blogger: http://mckgiveaways.blogspot.com/2009/12/hp-touchsmart-giveaway.html


Moving the Blog

Posted September 5, 2008 by miked
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I have decided to move the blog to my own hosting.  I’ve been using Drupal lately, as mentioned in the previous post, and would like to put something there that I can actively play with.  At some point I’ll start playing with custom theming.  But, until then, I’m using the ubiquity theme.  I’ve enjoyed WordPress.com and would recommend it to anyone looking to blog easily. 

You can find the new blog a everydaysysadmin.com

New Code Repo Site

Posted August 28, 2008 by miked
Categories: Uncategorized

I’ve been playing with Drupal lately and have liked what I’ve seen.  I tried playing around a bit with custom theming but that was quickly kicking my butt.  I chose the Ubiquity theme, which I quite like.  The reason for this site was to create a code repository for stuff I use on the blog.  If you like, you can check it out.  This site will probably change quite a bit as I learn more about and get comforatble with Drupal.  As always, comments are welcomed!


VMware ESX Bug

Posted August 12, 2008 by miked
Categories: VMware

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When I came into work today I noticed that I wasn’t able to power up a newly created VM in our ESX 3.5 cluster.  Within a couple minutes of searching I came across this blog post from Leo.  Apparently, this bug causes all VMware ESX 3.5 Upgrade 2 licenses to expire on 8/12.  This seems like a pretty big bug for an “enterprise” solution.  Don’t get me started on the term enterprise, that is the subject for a different blog post.  Below is a link to the VMware KB article.  They promise an update by tomorrow.  Yes, you read that right, by tomorrow!  C’est la vie!


Exchange 2007 User Prep

Posted July 23, 2008 by miked
Categories: Active Directory, email

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I have been working on figuring out how to move our 20,000 mailboxes to an Exchange 2007 environment. The following script is one of the first steps. This script goes through each mail-enabled user account and tags one of the extensionAttributes with a number 1-number of mail stores I will end up with.
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Disk Stat Reporting

Posted July 22, 2008 by miked
Categories: Active Directory, windows

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Here at the university we use Perfmon alerts to alert us when Windows server hard disks are dangerously close to filling up. Sometimes, it’s nice get an idea of what the hard disks are at, looking to see if any disks are getting close to running out of space without getting an alarm in the middle of the night.
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Barracuda CGI Stats Script

Posted April 16, 2008 by miked
Categories: email, technology

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In our shop, we have two Barracuda Spam Firewall 400 series (http://www.barracuda.com).  I wrote a couple of scripts to keep track of statistics for the boxes.  There is a daily cron script that runs to grab the data from the previous day and dump that into a MySQL database. 

I’ve linked to the source code from the two scripts below.  They are both written in PHP.  Enjoy!

View date.php
View cudastats.php