Caught the Powershell Bug.

Over the past few months I have fallen in love with PowerShell.   I’ve taken on a new role (starting in mid-October) that will be more focused on automating out administrative tasks via powershell so the focus of this blog might change more towards that subject.  I think the crowd that congregates here are IT admins…


What do you say you DO here?

Just noticed the AD jigsaw poster has been updated for 2k8.  So next time your boss asks you “What do say you do here?”, don’t reply with I’m a people person!  Do the following: 1) Download one of the jigsaw posters from 2) Print out on plotter 3) Give to boss 4) Ask for…


XBOX 360 price drop

Technorati tags: XBOX If you haven’t got an XBOX 360 yet maybe now you’ll reconsider, or have new ammo for the battle with your significant other.  It looks like Microsoft just announced a significant price drop.  Price changes which are up to $50 start on August 8th. Enjoy.


Identity and Access in Windows Server 2008

Want to know what is changing or what’s new in the Active Directory space from Win2k8?  Then follow this link. I have to say that I am quite pleased with the Beta3 build that we are running in production (6001.16510).  There have been no “show-stoppers” to date since we’ve started deploying which is a nice change to…


What variations of sleep does my computer support? And why did it wake up?

  POWERCFG has the answer to that question and many others, like -LASTWAKE will tell you why your machine resumed form sleep or hibernate.  I used to run into an issue where I’d wake up in the morning and find my laptop was at perfect temperature to cook an egg, used -LASTWAKE to find out…



Ran into a case today where NLTEST was returning RPC_S_UNKNOWN_IF. C:\Users\Administrator>nltest /sc_query:bradforestI_NetLogonControl failed: Status = 1717 0x6b5 RPC_S_UNKNOWN_IF C:\Users\Administrator>nltest /sc_reset:bradforestI_NetLogonControl failed: Status = 1717 0x6b5 RPC_S_UNKNOWN_IF I cranked up netlogon logging but nothing appeared in the log which was strange.  I then checked the windows services that were running on the system and noticed that…


16 things it takes most people 50 years to learn.

Things It Takes Most Of Us 50 years to learn: 1. The badness of a movie is directly proportional to the number of helicopters in it. 2. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight-saving time. 3. You should never say anything to a woman…


Vista Wallpapers… If you like the cool filters used in some of the vista backgrounds there are others available for high-res download. Excerpt: Below, is a photo collection of the images taken during Microsoft’s Windows Vista photo-shoot. Two of which are currently shipped in the Vista installation disk, while the rest did not make the cut…


Making your app prompt for elevation in Windows Vista

  You find yourself in a situation where you may want your app to run with privileges.  In this case you want the app the prompt for elevation when its started.  You could have the user just alt-click and runas administrator or you can put it in the manifest. Short answer: <security>      <requestedPrivileges>          …


Searching for Vista drivers?

This is a nice consolidated location for a lot of Vista drivers.  Of course I make no guarantees if you install them.  This page just has links to the pages from the manufacturer so you don’t need to run around the entire interweb.