Messing around with bootable USB sticks can sometimes leave the drive with partitions that Windows cannot seem to work with. Like this example, where we have a 43 MB flash drive: Disk Management shows that we definitively have more space, however the option to grow the partition is grayed out, and we cannot delete the… Read Article →

I needed an easy way to do mass DNS lookups a while back, and found a script online that I modified slightly to fit my needs. Posting it below for archiving purposes.

I started playing around with the Palo Alto API a while back, and found that you could more easily do certain things through the API, versus using the Palo Alto Panorama web interface. Similar to the Active Directory tool that I build a while back, then plan is to add multiple tabs to the GUI,… Read Article →

I found out about Trello ( probably about a year ago, and started using it briefly to get household tasks organized. This mainly meant creating a quick shopping list, or a list of items to pack before a trip. It wasn’t until recently that I found the usefulness of this free tool while at work…. Read Article →

I have been switching focus more towards networking due to work. I will hopefully be posting some CCNA content, stuff about software defined networking (SDN), and other useful network related things. To help me out with my CCNA certification I did some research and put together a network lab using some old hardware. I got… Read Article →

I needed some Power over Ethernet (PoE) to power the security cameras I plan to install at home, so I purchased the cheapest gigabit switch I could find on eBay. Hence, enter the Brocade FWS 648G-POE switch seen above. I am sure there is a good reason why this switch was about 1/3 the price… Read Article →

Have not had much time to write posts lately, but I plan to put together a some posts about my home security camera system which I will be deploying in the near future. I will look at getting the cameras installed, hooked up, configuring the surveillance software server, and finally setting aside some dedicated storage… Read Article →

So last night I got an email from my storage server. I usually get at least one email per day with a status update, but this time I got a critical alert as follows: I did some research online and quickly found that this was an indication that the drive might by dying. I ordered… Read Article →

Continuing on from Part 1, today we will setup and configure Windows Server Update Services, or WSUS. For this we will need to use a mix of GUI and PowerShell, as there is not yet full support to do everything in PowerShell alone. As you might have guessed, we first need to install the role…. Read Article →

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