Author Archives: Stephen Leuthold

Debian apt-get upgrade fails for package linux-image-2.6.18-5-686


Was working on a Linux server today in the datacenter that we use for monitoring our Cisco gear and decided to upgrade all the Debian packages. I came across the following error and was able to resolve the issue. Searching for GRUB installation directory … found: /boot/grub Searching for default file … found: /boot/grub/default Testing […]

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Windows 7 RTM Available August 6th on MSDN and TechNet


When will Windows 7 RTM be available for download? For Business Customers: If you are a Volume License (VL) customer with an existing Software Assurance (SA) license you will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English starting August 7th via the Volume License Service Center (VLSC). The rest of the languages for Windows […]

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HP Insight Control Environment – Windows 2008 SP2 iSCSI Driver Incompatibility


I decided to ensure all my firmware, drivers and Windows updates including Windows 2008 SP2 were installed before installing HP Insight Control Environment 5.10. It turns out they have this nifty prerequisite checker before the installation to ensure all your stuff is compatible. After installing SP2 the iSCSI msiscsi.sys driver will be updated to 6.0.6002.18005. […]

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LDAP Query to find all Windows Servers in a Domain


Here a quick tutorial on how to grab all the Windows Servers out of your domain: 1 ) Open Active Directory Users and Computers MMC. 2 ) Expand AD Users and Computers. 3 ) Expand the domain you want to create the query in. 4 ) Right click on Saved Queries, Select New->Query. 5 ) […]

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Because of an error in data encryption, this session will end


An aggravating situation with a simple solution. I have a brand new out-of-the-box Windows 2008 server that will not maintain a terminal services RDP session for a lousy two minutes without a “Because of an error in data encryption, this session will end.” error. Rather annoying however I did find a solution to the problem […]

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Script to fix duplicate SMS/SCCM GUID’s


I recently had an interesting issue come about with a bunch of old school legacy machines scattered around several offices that contained identical disk images and SMS/SCCM agent GUID’s. The unintended consequences of this situation are computers improperly referenced in a collection plan. In addition machines were improperly re-imaged and applications inadvertently deployed. Our in-house […]

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Disaster recovery restore with Archive IQ


Of course you have all of your valuable data safely backed up just in case the inevitable happens, that’s just good practice. When disaster does indeed strike you are faced with having to restore this vital data and get things back up and running asap. You can try booting your dead-in-the-water system with a handy […]

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Migrate your desktops with Archive IQ


We are in the process of consolidating three active directory forests into one and a large part of this tedious task is migrating desktops into the new domain as well. To lower the risk of data loss we were sure to backup ALL client machines before migrating them. I was concerned about the enormous amount […]

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Managing the mail queue for forums and blogs


I administrate several forum and blog sites and was in need of a quick and reliable method to monitor and manage the mail queue. My desire was to implement a system that would keep me up to date on the status of my server’s mail queue via a daily cron job. This is something that […]

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GPO Template for Read Write SNMP community


I’m am in the process of deploying Dell’s OpenManage System Management solution to manage the hardware, firmware and drivers on all of our Dell servers and SNMP read/write communities are required. In addition my plan calls for rolling out HP’s System Insight Manager (SIM) which also requires the SNMP communities. Since I would rather not […]

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