"Forget" your access point(s) on your existing UniFi Controller before adopting it on your hosted controller 3
If you’ve ever set up a Ubiquiti UniFi access point, such as the UBNT UAP, UBNT UAP-PRO, or UBNT UAP-AC-PRO, you’ve had to run UniFi Controller software required to adopt, configure, and manage your UniFi devices. When I set up a UAP-PRO in our house (see my install guide) I ran the UniFi Controller software full-time on […]

DIY Cloud-Hosting a Ubiquiti (UBNT) UniFi Controller

LanmanServer now dependent on Drobo Dashboard
I’ve had a problem with my Windows 2008 R2 server for over a year that I could never figure out. After every reboot (which I only do after a Windows Update), shared folders were no longer available to network clients. My initial workaround was to RDC to the server, right-click on […]

Fix missing shares on Windows 2008 Server reboot with Drobo

Why doesn't it look different? 7
Here’s the scenario: you’ve set up Dynamically Allocated Storage for the hard drive on your Guest VM in VirtualBox and you’ve run out of space — even though your Actual Size is smaller than the Virtual Size (this happened to me recently when my Virtual Size was 10 GB, and […]

Resize a Fedora, CentOS, or Windows Dynamic Guest Virtual Disk ...

GeForce 6200 AGP
I hate throwing away old computer equipment. Whenever I buy a new system, the older ones tend to find other roles in my digital life. Maybe not on my desktop any more, but maybe in the playroom, or in a closet, or on my floor, or some other location where […]

Upgrade your Dell Dimension 4600 AGP Graphics Adapter and RAM

Timeline for Shutdown and Turn Off for the PCNS server OS and the UPS 14
I decided to write this blog post after attempting to configure APC’s PowerChute Network Shutdown (PCNS) software to gracefully shut down a number of Windows and Linux computers on my network, all of which are attached to various APC SmartUPS Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) units with AP9617 and AP9630 Network Management Cards […]

HowTo: Configure Low Battery Duration and PCNS to Shut Down ...

Postfix 2.9 Upgrade 1
I recently installed APC’s PowerChute Network Shutdown so that my desktop could be alerted via a network connection from a SmartUPS 1500 with an on-board AP9630 Network Management Card to shut down when the power got low. Installation went fine (apart from having to manually install the latest version of […]

Manually Starting PowerChute Network Shutdown (PCNS) Service on a Windows ...

I’ve been using my Drobo for a couple of years now, but not for anything “industrial strength.” I’ve had it connected to my desktop as  a storage location for music, video, and archiving old website data that I no longer need. But mostly, I just enjoyed looking at the cool […]

I have 3TB (and you don’t!) thanks to my Drobo!

With the later DRACs, like the DRAC III or DRAC 4, configuration can be a nightmare. I’ve even written a couple blog posts on the later dracs because of their complexity. You have to install software, manage dependencies, edit repository information, etc. It’s not easy, but it’s managable. But I […]

How to Configure or Reset a DRAC II Easily with ...

My wife often notes that I wear a lot of T-shirts. She’s right. 100% cotton T-shirts are comfortable, stylish, and they allow me to express myself; whether it’s my devotion to a certain Italian racing team or making such bold statements as “I’m gonna come at you like a Spider Monkey,” […]

Getting Rid of Old T-Shirts

I’m writing this in a VNC session from Windows 7, via a secure SSH tunnel over the Internet, to a remote Fedora 12 desktop (if you’re running Fedora 14, I’ve written a separate blog post about how to do that, too). If you’d like to be able to do the […]

Set up VNC from Windows to Fedora 12 Over the ...

Upgrade Prompt 36
If you’re an “ultimate” geek running an “Ultimate” edition of Windows (such as Windows Vista Ultimate or Windows 7 Ultimate), but you want to upgrade or downgrade to Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Home Premium, or Windows 7 Home Basic, you’ve got a problem: the Windows 7 installer won’t allow […]

Upgrade (or Downgrade) Windows 7 Ultimate or Vista Ultimate to ...

Windows Server Active Directory 30
Officially, Microsoft says a direct migration from a Windows 2000 Server Domain Controller to Windows 2008 R2 (or even just regular Windows 2008) isn’t supported. But I just did it… in about an hour. You can, too!

Migrating an Active Directory Domain Controller from Windows 2000 to ...

To stay connected while I’m out of the office or travelling, I use a VPN connection from my laptop to a Windows Server. And while the benefit of being able to quickly and securely access my documents and other files on the server over any Internet connection is nice, the drawback is that all […]

Using the Local Default Gateway with a Windows VPN Connection

After successfully setting up a dual boot of Windows 7 (64-bit) and Fedora 12 on my new Dell Studio laptop, I wanted to record some of the tricks that were necessary to get it done. The laptop is a Dell Studio 1737 (why didn’t they call it 1337?) which came […]

Dual Boot Windows 7 and Fedora 12 Linux with Dell ...