Back in the day (when Shadow Copies, GitHub, SharePoint and Google Docs were unbeknown to me!), I relied on Linux file servers with Samba for basic Windows LAN company data shares. Some Company files were more important than others, so having some working copies of those files it was of utter importance (you already know… Read More


  tl;dr: Open PowerShell As Admin. Find VM's GUID. Get-WmiObject -Namespace root\virtualization\v2 -class msvm_computersystem | select elementname, processid, name| ft -auto Kill related vmwp.exe <GUID>. taskkill /PID 1234 /F (Only during specific scenarios/if above won't work): net stop vmms & Restart Hyper-V Server.   What happened?! Someday I was in the process of shutting down an Hyper-V Virtual… Read More


  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


  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


If you want to join your system to an Active Directory Domain, BUT you don't wanna lose your data & restart from scratch (ie. your Desktop, files, settings, shortcuts, you-name-it), here's how.   Gimme fuel. Before actually doing your real Local User Account to Domain User Account "profile migration", make yourself a favour — do a… 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


Veggies. This post is a humble summary of Alan Burchill's brilliant post published at the following address in 2010: http://www.grouppolicy.biz/2010/01/how-to-use-group-policy-preferences-to-secure-local-administrator-groups/ Alan is the überhero (& self-declared genius...), so please thank him for his precious time and effort. Alan's methods reconnects to one of my previous articles were I talked about granting Local Admins credentials to… Read More