The ranting of an IT Professional:

January, 2009


January 30, 2009  7:08 PM

The sad decline of Sony



Posted by: Jason Tramer
95% profit reduction, Blu-ray, Sony

I remember a time when the Sony brand was synonymous with top quality equipment. When I bought my first home theatre system every component in it was the Sony brand and while that cost a pretty penny it was well worth it. Well fast forward, I am not sure how many of you have been buying Sony...

January 29, 2009  5:13 PM

The importance of project planning



Posted by: Jason Tramer
IT best practices, project management, project planning

When implementing a new project one can never downplay the important of a solid plan of attack, this is especially true for those of us in the consulting field but even if your not, having a solid well-documented plan can protect you like a magic cloak if things turn south. So here are some best...


January 26, 2009  4:03 PM

How to increase your Disaster Recovery budget



Posted by: Jason Tramer
Disaster Recovery

Time and time again this point has been driven home to me, the best way to increase your DR budget is to actually experience a disaster.  Now on a very high level everyone knows that a disaster could occur in their environment but it doesn't usually seem to hit home with some people, much in the...


January 26, 2009  3:10 PM

Unable to open shares on server – insufficient system resources



Posted by: Jason Tramer
"An I/O operation initiated by the Registry failed irrecoverably. The Registry could not read in, insufficient system resources, one of the files that contain the system's image of the Registry.", or flush, or write out, Unable to open shares on server

I was notified by some end users that they were unable to access shares on a server, they were getting insufficient system resources. I logged onto the server and got the same error trying to access the server's own shares. This error was in the event log


January 22, 2009  5:11 PM

Microsoft begins laying off staff



Posted by: Jason Tramer
financial issues, hard times at microsoft, IT financial, microsoft laying off staff

After posting 11% drop in profit MS announces layoffs of five thousand staff. Lets put this in perspective though. Drops in profit do not mean losses. MS still posted profit of 4.17 billion dollars for the 3 month period. 4.17 billion profit  in three months ... are we supposed to feel bad for...


January 19, 2009  8:44 PM

Microsoft releases Med-V beta (Vista virtualization)



Posted by: Jason Tramer
med-v, Virtualization, vista

Microsoft just released a beta version of virtualization software designed to run legacy (XP and 2000) apps better within Vista. This has been released no doubt as a stop gap measure to appease users with never ending Vista headaches until Windows 7 comes out. Here are two immediate issues I...


January 19, 2009  8:33 PM

The source server is currently rejecting replication requests



Posted by: Jason Tramer
replication

I got this error while troubleshooting an enviroment with two DC's that were not replicating.  This error popped up when I tried to manually replicate in AD sites and services. I used the repadmin tool to troubleshoot and found that the server had replication turned off. Enabling replication...


January 19, 2009  8:29 PM

Removing a DC by force



Posted by: Jason Tramer
DC, dcpromo /forceremoval, ntdsutil

There are times when a DC has to be removed by force. It's really not that hard a quick dcpromo /forceremoval will do it for you. Now comes the tricky part, you have to remove the metadata manually out of AD. Here is a really great article for...


January 13, 2009  3:25 PM

Cloning a VM on a ESX server with using Virtual Center



Posted by: Jason Tramer
ESX, virtual center

Without Virtual Center it is possible to clone a VM though there are a few more steps. First create the target folder in your datastore, log into the command line and use "SU -" to log in as root. Use the command "vmkfstools -i \vmfs\volumes\"datastore name"\"source folder name"\"source...


January 12, 2009  8:27 PM

Watchguard Edge devices missing ping utility



Posted by: Jason Tramer
Edge, missing ping utlitly, ping, WatchGuard

The ability to ping from a firewall is a fantastic and some might say essential tool for troubleshooting network (in particular routing) issues. It is for this reason that pretty much every major commercial firewall product out there has this ability (even Sonicwalls). Yet for some reason the...


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