I deployed a NAS4Free box behind a Tomato router, and wanted remote ssh access to it.
PRTG can execute PowerShell scripts to query Active Directory for locked out accounts. This can be useful to help detect brute-force attacks and/or proactively detecting which users are experiencing issues logging in.
PowerShell scripts used in production environments should be signed to prevent modification, and server configurations should enforce script signing to mitigate risks of malicious code being run on them.
I did a clean reinstall of Windows 10 on my Surface 3 (non-Pro).
Using the webUI/VMWare Host Client to set up a VM and passing thru a PCIe device results in the following error message:
A Cisco SG500X-24P running 188.8.131.52 firmware fails to upgrade to anything newer. Firmware 1.3.5.x isn’t accepted in WebUI (Copy failed; Copy: Illegal software format). Firmware 184.108.40.206 is accepted, but the system won’t boot from it; after upload and setting as Active image and rebooting, the switch reboots, panics, then factory resets and comes up again on 220.127.116.11 with factory defaults. (You can tell this is the case because the device reverts to login/password cisco/cisco.)
IIS’ URL Rewrite module is a fast, powerful way to enable HTTP to HTTPS redirection on a website, publish HSTS headers and add useful functionality like redirects.
I unscientifically measured the power usage of some of my Ubiquiti hardware.
I ran some Passmark PerformanceTest 7.0 Benchmarks.
I’m planning to upgrade my current file server, to reduce power consumption. I’m doing this by swapping to a Xeon D board. While I’m at it, I also want to use my disks more efficiently; I’m currently using 3ware 9750 hardware RAID5, with mulitple containers, but I’m wasting space across different containers as the space isn’t shared/pooled. ZFS’ LVM-like pooling is interesting, as is Windows Server Storage Pool’s Simple configuration. (Storage Pool’s Parity is extremely slow for single nodes; if I needed an entire rack of storage, it might scale better.)
I installed Proxmox 4.1-22 on my Xeon D-1537 system to benchmark ZFS on this system. I then installed Server 2016 TP4 in KVM on this build and benched the storage within the VM using ATTO and diskspd1
The Lenovo SA120 is a good, small, 2U DAS/JBOD 6Gbps SAS enclosure. Since the Xeon-D systems ship with basically everything I need onboard, I’m planning on moving my 3ware 9750-4i4e card to it, going down to a 1U chassis, then connecting all my disks thru this enclosure.
My E5v1 build is sucking more power than I’d like, and it’s due for an upgrade. I therefore picked up an X10SDV-7TP4F-O that I’ll use to shuffle hardware around again.
Recent Windows clients and servers require generic KMS Client activation keys when activating against volume KMS hosts. These setup keys are not necessary if you’re activating from clean Enterprise or Volume License media in general, and they won’t work if you’re attempting use versions of Windows that do not support volume activation. And they certainly won’t work if you don’t have access to a KMS activation server/host.
Time to shuffle hardware around again.
An old Intel SS4200-E NAS (Intel Celeron 420, 2GB RAM, 35w TDP, PassMark 457pts) was replaced with a custom-built system with an Intel J1900 CPU (Intel J1900, 8GB RAM, 10w TDP, PassMark 1930pts). Resultant disk performance numbers are included with a Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Pool with 3x Samsung HD204UI disks in parity configuration (and 1 additional drive as hotspare), with a Samsung 840 Pro SSD acting as a system drive.
Lots of media files need to be stored in a centralized place at my house. The majority of my media players are running XBMC or Windows Media Center, or just VLC, so I prefer SMB file shares. This also allows me to redirect local document storage away from laptops and desktops, allowing me to run Crashplan on the server, AeroFS and sprinkle in some VSS and even some Server 2012 R2 Storage Pools in various places  for a nice safety net. I have old 8mm family films being digitized/edited, I have ATSC HDHomeRun recordings from XBMC and Media Center being dumped, so there’s a lot of traffic.
HP has good pricing on lower end EliteDesk 800 systems (E3T82UT with an i3-4130, 4GB RAM) with 500GB 2.5” spinners inside. I popped in a Crucial M500 240GB mSATA (CT240M500SSD3) for a media center, but found that no mSATA screws were included with the chassis. The standard mSATA screws (M2x2mm I think) that came with the Crucial did not fit the chassis/board.
My 25GB M-Disc media arrived.
Media Center Hardware Refresh
Linksys does not provide drivers for these adapters in Vista x64 and beyond.
I have some domain policies (2008R2 Domain Controller) in place that grant specific domain accounts permission to logon as a service.
I got some old family 8mm transferred to ProRes HD 422. 15fps, pillarbox, using scene-to-scene lighting and wetgate transfer. I’m quite pleased with the results. ~38mins of footage ended up being around 53GB; I had a bunch of reels at varying length, so I have a lot of backup to do!
I recently set up a media center running Windows 7 x64 on an ASUS P8H67-I Deluxe mini-ATX board. After installing the latest (and 2-3 previous releases) Intel reference video driver, I found that I either got a BSOD or non-functional HDMI graphics output to my TV.
I recently picked up an ASUS RT-N16 router. It has a 4 port gigabit switch, 2 USB 2.0 ports and an 802.11n 2.4GHz (only!) radio. While the radio is not ideal (there is no 5GHz), I think this a nice upgrade to the Linksys WRT54GS v2 I’ve been using for the past 5-6 years.
With 802.11n routers and notebooks (and some desktops) appearing everywhere, I wanted to know how much faster an 802.11n 2.4GHz network would be, when it is running alongside other 802.11g networks. Would I be able to set up an 802.11n network and have it serve just my media centre, for example, for video streaming, while leaving my 802.11g clients undisturbed?
Xerox 6180MFP refuses to accept inbound faxes - giving error code 033-762. Disable the Junk Fax Filter.
I’ve been receiving a very particular kind of spam lately - one where the sender was spoofed as myself.