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


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


MySQL Tools & Co. are very nice and smart toys, 'though sometimes DB Admins like to overcomplicate things that should be easy and simple. Over time and experience, I developed a specific taste for the following mysqldump options: mysqldump -u root -p - -add-drop-databases - -add-drop-table - -databases DB_NAME > filename.sql Beware of the dreaded… Read More


  If you are in the process of deploying a new CA, and you are thinking of issuing Certs that use SHA512 Hashes, think again! (From https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2973337):"If you currently use SHA512 certificates, and do not have this update installed, you may have problems in one or more of the following scenarios by using TLS 1.2:… Read More