The Real (and Virtual) Adventures of Nathan the IT Guy:

July, 2009


July 30, 2009  4:57 AM

Utility Spot Light – RichCopy



Posted by: Nathan Simon
file migration, multi-threaded copy, resume copy, richcopy, robocopy, robocopygui

I was looking for the download to RoboCopyGUI as I was going to setup a mass copy of data from one server to another, and I stumbled upon this... RichCopy, see the insert for more info... RichCopy is a free utility that comes to us from Ken Tamaru of Microsoft. The tool was first developed in...

July 29, 2009  3:37 AM

RAID Levels Pros and Cons



Posted by: Nathan Simon
mirroring, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, RAID 5, RAID 50, RAID 6, striping

Have you ever wondered what the pros and cons of every raid level is? Well look no further, I stumbled upon this website which describes all forms of RAID Levels and the pros and cons of each, along with a nice description. So the next time your talking with your fellow techies, you can sound a...


July 27, 2009  3:05 AM

DynDNS.com



Posted by: Nathan Simon
dynamic dns free, dynamic dns pro, dyndns, dyndns settings, forgot ip address, ftp, hostname, linksys router, rdp

Does it bother you when your home IP changes or you just can't remember what it is and you want to connect to your router, RDP, or FTP. What can you do? Not much until you get home and check whatismyip.com... Well there is something you can do, its called DynDNS.com they offer something called...


July 24, 2009  5:05 AM

vSphere 4 and Windows Server 2008



Posted by: Nathan Simon
hyper-v, paravirtualization, vSphere 4, Windows Server 2008

Here is another quick one for you all...  When creating a Windows Server 2008 Virtual Machine, do not enable paravirtualization, I know you want to, but whilst using vSphere, you will not be able to install the PCI Memory Controller Interface(you will be prompted to find drivers for this device,...


July 24, 2009  4:56 AM

Installing Exchange 2003 on Windows Server 2008



Posted by: Nathan Simon
Exchange, Exchange 2003, installing Exchange 2003 on Windows Server 2008, Server 2008, Server 2008 Domain Controller, Windows

Here's the deal, Exchange 2003 will not work and cannot be installed on Server 2008, although if you have a Server 2008 Domain Controller, you can have an Exchange 2003 Forest. I hope that clears up some issues quicker then, say... Nathan installing Server 2008, attempting to fulfill the...


July 21, 2009  3:26 AM

Blackberry Curve 8900 Smartphone



Posted by: Nathan Simon
3g, BlackBerry, BlackBerry App World, Curve 8900 review, Tour 9630, UMA

Well, I said I was going to be one of the guys that bought a Palm Pre, but fate stepped in and dealt me a Blackberry Curve 8900 Smartphone, and what a beauty she is, with its crisp and clear screen(480x360), to its speedy WI-FI connection, and its awesome camera (3.2 MP), I am very happy man. I...


July 21, 2009  3:09 AM

Virtualization in General



Posted by: Nathan Simon
hyper-v, hypervisor, microsoft, paravirtualization, Pertri, Virtualization, virtualization for dummies, vmware, xenserver

Hey there folks, well I know 80% of the worlds population have an idea of what virtualization is, what it does, and why we all should get on the bandwagon... but there are some out there that still do not have a clue what VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix are doing with virtualization. Since there are...


July 19, 2009  6:22 PM

Sysinternals Updates



Posted by: Nathan Simon
Autoruns, microsoft, procdump, psexec, psloglist, sysinternals, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista

There have been a lot of updates since i last blogged about this awesome set of tools, among those are updates to ProcDump, Autoruns, and PsLogList. The full details are here. Another thing to mention is...


July 9, 2009  1:52 AM

Mcafee 8.7i Install/Upgrade Failure



Posted by: Nathan Simon
Error = 0×7d1 : The specified driver is invalid, event viewer, eventlog, mcafee, mcafee 8.7i, nai 8.0, nai 8.5i, service fails to start, upgrade

Okay, so you have a server/workstation and your upgrading McAfee on it manually... when installing the app, the services decide to fail to start... you see these(just below) in event viewer, what do you do? Well its pretty easy... just scroll down for the resolution... Log Name:...


July 8, 2009  12:10 AM

WSUS and Me



Posted by: Nathan Simon
force wsus sync, force wsus update, Group Policy, Organizational Unit, server 2003, WSUS, WSUS 3.0, wuauclt /detectnow

Well today I had quite the fight with WSUS, maybe i just wasn't full focused today or something, either way, I finally got it working, the Default Domain Policy was over-riding my Organizational Unit "Domain Controllers" I basically blocked inheritance from Group Policy and set up a specific Group...


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