These days, a proper Windows file server is considered "commodity". NAS boxes are considered commodities too. Should you wish not to stick to commodities and live "off-the-grid", your LAN documents sharing needs may simply be served by a simple CentOS box (configured with Samba).   "What's the catch"?! No centralised Users management (such as when on Active… Read More

    or How-to forcefully RE-APPLY GPPs (and "do not reapply"). Someday I was playing with Group Policy Preferences (GPPs) and I noticed that my policy didn’t literally apply more than once (ie. after updating one of the policy preferences with the "new settings", that is)! To reproduce the issue, I followed these steps: 1. Created… Read More

    If you ever had to deal with MySQL in the past, I'm sure you had to spend lots of time searching on Google (as I did..). To save you some searching, I'll post some commands I "learned while doing". I'll assume all you know about MySQL is "mysql -u root -p" The above… Read More

    To successfully import a "maildir"-type of mailbox into Outlook, you first need an intermediate step. The intermediate step involves the conversion of the "maildir" mailbox into the "mbox" format first. Once you have the single mbox-file, you can then extract the *.eml messages (& subsequently open them with Outlook).   1) "maildir" To… Read More

  Someday I had a VM installed on a passthrough Hard Disk Drive. Some weekend, instead of going out, I decided I required that bloody drive to experiment "some more" ('though, a compassionate hoarder feeling inside of me didn't want to bork that OS). My solution was to migrate my Virtual Machine into a VHD… Read More

The following is just some random advice derived from my experience on dealing with email-related issues. More specifically, here I'll be referring to exim (a very popular mail daemon), Cpanel/WHM & CentOS. Check if the user & password combination is correct. Check if the SMTP Authentication is enabled. Check if the User's mailbox is full.… Read More

In case you’ve been Folder Redirecting any User’s Home Folders and along the way you've decided it’s not you cake, to restore your User's profile to its original shape, there are some things you can do. Since Folder Redirection is a complex (and sometimes convoluted) topic, I don’t mean to be 100% exhaustive (but I'll… Read More

I successfully replaced a liquid-spilled Macbook Pro Logic Board, specifically an A1278, which is the Mid-2010 model. After replacing the Logic Board (and re-connecting all the connectors), I turned the laptop ON and it behaved perfectly. The problems appeared once I screwed the bottom cover to the case! After I turned the Macbook with the… Read More