Category Archives: Computing

Windows and long file names

Users can be a pain in the arse at times, especially when it comes to managing their file shares. We’ve had everything from users removing administrator groups and SYSTEM from the permissions list, stopping us from supporting them when they have issues and even backing up their files, to somehow creating file and folder structures […]

BizTalk 2016 Installer Crash

Had another weird one today while installing BizTalk Server 2016 on Server 2016 with SQL Server 2016. When applying the configuring to the server the installer crashed out while applying the BAM Portal settings. The event viewer had nothing useful to offer, only highlighting the particular DLL in question that had caused the error. The […]

SQL Server SSPI Errors

Wow. Its been a while since an update has appeared here, huh? Well, I had an interesting problem at work the other day and I thought I’d share the solution. A new application is being installed and tested which uses an MSSQL database for its internal information management. Integrated security is used based on a […]

Elite Dangerous: Hyperspace Route Planning

The route planner in Elite Dangerous is one of the best features that has been added to the game. It allows you plot a route from your current location out to a range of 1000 Ly. It works well enough out in the galactic rim where stellar density is low, however in the core regions […]

PRTG

PRTG is a comprehensive monitoring system used by a large number of network and system admins around the globe. It features a nice API with which you can extract data, and to help get uptime data out of the system, I’ve written a handy little application which you can download here. It runs on Windows […]

DPM and disk volumes

If you make use of Microsoft DPM for disk-based backups, you may find yourself wanting to identify which data sources are protected on the logical volumes on the disks in your storage pool. If you open the Disk Management snap-in, you’ll see something like this: You can open the properties for the volume from the […]

Exchange and mailbox move requests

Came across an odd one today. I had a mailbox move request queued in Exchange: the mailbox was moving from one database on one server, to another database on another server. The move was local: no cross-domain migration or anything funky, just a straight-forward move to balance load across mailbox databases. The job had been […]

IIS and large file uploads

So you have IIS installed and your nice website is up and running, just ready and waiting for users. There’s just one problem… Whenever anyone submits a file upload they get a 404 error page… Which is a bit odd, because the pages are all there. And after a bit of testing, you spot that […]

File auditing

Suppose you want to find out which user account last modified a file. Why would you want to do that? Well, in cases where a user’s account has been compromised to run a crypto virus, or someone has done something malicious, administrators might need to be able to check which user account last made a […]

Moving your DPM Database

Microsoft Data Protection Manager (DPM) is part of the System Center suite of applications, and is Microsoft’s offering in the enterprise backup space. Like a lot of System Center applications, its designed to be installed, configured and largely left to its own devices. So what happens if you want to do something like move your […]