P2V Migration Requires Access to DHCP Server

I have had many a struggle using vmware converter to migrate virtual machines. Recently, this has been more problematic. It turns out the the vmware “helper” machine needs an accessible DHCP server in order to create the new VM. See vmware discussion http://communities.vmware.com/thread/219178


Configuring MPIO for iSCSI Connections on Windows Server 2008R2

With a Dell MD3000i storage array, you may recieve an error that the virtual disk is not on the preferred path. The Array actually registers iSCSI connections on all of the controllers. If a connection is not present on an array and it must communicate through an alternate path, you will need to configure MPIO. 

*make sure you add MPIO as a feature to windows server before installing the Dell MD3000i Storage drivers.


Excellent OSX AD Integration Resources




Binding OSX Lion to Active Directory Issues

Read this thread on the apple discussion forums

10 IT Strategies From Randy Mott


We have adopted some of these strategies for our own use at my organization. Its a great read that every IT leader should take a look at.

Using Robocopy to copy directory structure and NTFS permissions (but not files)

I recently encountered a situation where I needed to copy a directory structure and folder permissions, but not the files contained within. To do this I used robocopy with the following syntax:

robocopy "source" "destination" /e /z /SEC /xf *

It worked like a charm!

MacBook Air 11” Review

Since this is my first published review, I’d should mention a little bit about my goals in writing a review. First off, my reviews will not be your typical review that you find on popular tech sites. It won’t be all about the hardware, the warranty, OS or bundled software. My reviews will always focus on how the product can be used, and my opinion of how well it fits any given use case. Please feel free to let me know what you think in the comments.


Ok so I might have fibbed a little bit. In my heart of hearts I am a hardware geek. I love everything about the physical computing gear we use. I have a special appreciation for Apple Computer products simply because they take the time to build quality hardware. The MacBook Air is no exception. It is a solid, well designed computer that does not neglect attractiveness. They keys are well spaced for being such a small laptop and does not feel cramped. The display is crisp and bright and I have nothing but good things to say about the physical hardware of this device. The battery will get me through a full day of meetings and is only bested by the iPad.

My Use Cases

1. As a Network Administrator

In my work environment, I spend a lot of time walking between buildings. I have a network in 14 buildings spread across campus. I have 25 wiring closets in just the large buildings alone. Chances are if I need to go to a wiring closet it is because a network device has failed or needs reconfigured. In this role, with the USB to Ethernet adapter, a USB to serial adapter and an installation of Windows7. the MBA has no competitor. Physically the MBA is just slightly larger than an iPad which makes carrying it around a minor task rather than a full workout like it is with some larger devices. I also find the MBA much easier to deal with on those occasions when you have to stand next to the rack an prop your laptop on something to type.

2. As a Meeting Note Taker

Again, since the device is just slightly larger than an iPad and is instant on and instant off (even with Windows Installed) its portability is unmatched. I also find it great for meetings because you aren’t hiding behind the large screen on a 15” laptop. It even fits in a padfolio as long as you don’t have it crammed with paper first.

3. As a Take Home Alternative to My Full-Size Laptop

This is where the MBA is not my favorite device. While it is much more convenient to carry than a full laptop, most of the time if I’m at home I am doing real work. In this scenario the screen does feel cramped. Also, with such a high resolution screen (which I do like) it is too far away from you when typing on your lap in the living room. However having an instant on device with FULL blown outlook is a wonderful thing. Most of the time I find myself missing a full laptop when I am using it at home.

All said and done I love the MBA. It makes a great supplimental computing device. While I’d propably never purchase one with my own money I find it a valuable asset for certain situations. Let me know what you think in the comments.

Managing Site to Zone Assignment With Group Policy

You can centrally manage what sites are assigned to what security zones in internet explorer with a group policy object (GPO.) This is especially useful for organizations implementing SharePoint and want to make sure users don’t have to log in twice to any SharePoint sites. In order to do this correctly there are a couple things you should know:

  1. IE by default only passes credentials to sites in the intranet zone. NOT trusted sites. This behavior can be changed to pass credentials in all zones but in some opinions (including mine) would pose a security risk. The best thing to do is to leave this as-is.
  2. The in a GPO the setting to manage this is <Windows Components/Internet Explorer/Internet Control Panel/Security Page/site to zone assignment list>

According to the GPO help:

“Internet Explorer has 4 security zones, numbered 1-4, and these are used by this policy setting to associate sites to zones. They are: (1) Intranet zone, (2) Trusted Sites zone, (3) Internet zone, and (4) Restricted Sites zone. Security settings can be set for each of these zones through other policy settings, and their default settings are: Trusted Sites zone (Low template), Intranet zone (Medium-Low template), Internet zone (Medium template), and Restricted Sites zone (High template). (The Local Machine zone and its locked down equivalent have special security settings that protect your local computer.

Specifically for SharePoint applications, ensure that you place your SharePoint domain in the list with a value of 1 which is the intranet zone.

How to Set “Use Default Gateway on Remote Network” in Windows XP

Frequently I run into network problems when using VPN connections to connect to my workplace. Most of the time, this can be resolved by selecting use default gateway on remote network to send all of your network traffic across the VPN as opposed to letting your internet traffic go out through your local connection. I can never remember where this setting is. Smile

Its under properties of the VPN connection, TCP/IP, Advanced, and then on the general tab.

MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-640): Configuring Windows Server® 2008 Active Directory® comments and corrections

>See here for all of the corrections