Howto: Determine the Version of SLES Linux

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To determine the version of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES), type the following in a terminal window: cat /etc/SuSE-release or SPident To determine which kernel version is in use, type the following in a terminal window: rpm -qf /boot/vmlinuz

Free Visio Dell Server and Storage Stencils, including EMC

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I’m working on a Visio drawing of our proposed Groupwise upgrade environment, and needed some better stencils to represents servers and SAN storage than the ones that come with Microsoft Visio. I found some very nice stencils at visiocafe.com for Dell servers and storage and EMC storage, including Dell branded EMC storage and EqualLogic. I […]

Howto: Mount a USB Device in SuSE Linux

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I have a Kingston USB flash drive that does not automatically mount itself on my SLES server on occasion.  TID 7000951 explains how to mount the drive manually: 1) From a terminal, run: lsmod |grep usb  make sure usb_storage is loaded.  If it is not, run: modprobe usb-storage 2) Plug the USB device in and run […]

Powershell Script to Change from Static to Dynamic IP Addressing

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I’ve been working on validating an email server migration plan which has required utilizing test servers isolated from the production network.  Because they are offnet, I have to frequently switch my laptop from the production to test networks, which involves reconfiguring my network card from dynamic to static IP addresses. I could use Windows XP’s […]

Converting Outlook Express .DBX files for use with Outlook 2007

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Back in October 2007 I struggled with converting a user’s email from Outlook Express (OE) to Outlook. My problem was I neglected to export her OE email prior to joining her computer to the new Windows domain. I figured out a solution in the end, after hours of work. Life would have been so much […]

Howto: Uninstall Adobe Flash Player from the Command Line

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It seems like Adobe is releasing new Flash Players on a regular basis to deal with security issues.  It’s important to remove old versions of Flash Player prior to installing the new version.  Otherwise, you’ll keep remnants of the vulnerable versions on your system. Here’s a very simple way to uninstall your previous version of […]

How to Export 3com 4xxx Family Switch Configurations to a Text File for Backup and Change Management

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I have been using RANCID to monitor my Cisco routers and switches for changes to their configurations.  If you’re not familiar with RANCID, linuxhomenetworking.com has a very detailed tutorial that shows how to setup RANCID on Fedora Linux. I was hoping to use RANCID to monitor for changes to my 3com 4050 and 4060 building […]

How to Remotely Disconnect a Terminal Services Session

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Windows server 2000/2003 allows two remote terminal services connections for administrative purposes.  Every once in a while I’ll get the “You exceeded the allowed connection count” message when trying to connect to a server via RDP, because previous sessions were not disconnected correctly. You can use either of the following methods to remotely disconnect Terminal Server sessions. Method […]

Using CheckSUR to repair Windows Vista update problems

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The Windows Vista Check for System Update Readiness (CheckSUR) tool will try to fix certain Windows Update installation failures. System resources, such as file data, registry data, and even in-memory data, can develop inconsistencies during the lifetime of the operating system. These inconsistencies may be caused by various hardware failures or by software issues. In […]

Troubleshooting Exchange Error 4.4.7 Delivery Delay and Failures

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One of our partners keeps receiving the following messages when trying to email certain domains: This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification. THIS IS A WARNING MESSAGE ONLY. YOU DO NOT NEED TO RESEND YOUR MESSAGE. Delivery to the following recipients has been delayed. user@domain.com Where user@domain.com is the address he’s trying to send […]