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551  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: October 18, 2013, 06:57:12 AM
I do wonder what it tastes like though.

On the way up, or down ... Because it can't possibly sit well.
552  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates on: October 18, 2013, 06:53:44 AM
US politics are a complete mystery to me.

Don't feel bad, we can't figure them out either. Best I can tell it's a lot like bobbing for apples that are floating in a tank of flaming gasoline ... You can't win without getting burned.
553  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's up with Flash crashing all the time lately? on: October 17, 2013, 11:32:24 AM
So how do we sum up everyone's feelings about Flash??

How about this:
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554  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Networking, help me understand. on: October 15, 2013, 11:14:52 PM
Hmmm...one minor complication...I need a Windows Server flavored OS to create a domain.  So I need to make a new machine?  Or run one on a VM?

Yes and no. The Hyper-V host machine should never be a member of the domain it's hosting. This is because it should be a dedicated (to Hyper-V hosting) box (e.g. no AD), and therefore it can't login and authenticate to a domain controller that isn't running yet. So you either run the Hyper-V server(s) in a workgroup, or (if you need to use high-end stuff like Live Migration) in a separate domain.

I currently have 3 physical servers in the rack at the office. The two Hyper-V servers are in a completely separate domain from the production systems, and authenticate to a DC that runs as a VM on the third server which is basically an orphan. The production systems consist of 20 virtual servers for load balancing and redundancy and are spread across the two physical servers.

Having the DC start first is easy enough if the usual trifecta (AD, DNS, DHCP) is the only thing running on the VM, and the other systems are set to wait a minute or two before booting.

Your desire for ultra flexible drive usage may complicate this a bit as added/removed drives would need to sort out which system (physical/virtual/both) they were going to be accessible to.

Or run two DCs, one physical on cheapo hardware to allow the main host system (and guests) to boot cleanly, and one virtual to keep the domain intact in case the budget physical box decides to grenade some day down the road.

Warning: Virtualization is highly addictive!!
555  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Networking, help me understand. on: October 15, 2013, 03:53:54 PM
While not related to permissions per se, that makes it a real PITA to add a network location to a library. That may even be the point although that would be stupid. Especially since you can get around it by creating a regular folder, adding it to a library, then deleting the folder and creating a symlink with the same name. Now the target of the symlink, network location or not, is in the library and can be accessed accordingly.

It's the indexing that queers the deal there. If you make the folder available offline, it adds to a library just fine because the system will then be able to index locally via the CSC.

Just distracted mostly. I can only focus on one thing at a time and that's rounding up.  ohmy

hehe me too ... I multitask about as well as statues dance.
556  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: October 15, 2013, 01:49:37 PM
Samuel Adams I haven't tried

That's good stuff, give it a shot. It's a dark beer so it's heavy but not thick.
557  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Networking, help me understand. on: October 15, 2013, 01:12:51 PM
While not related to permissions per se, that makes it a real PITA to add a network location to a library. That may even be the point although that would be stupid. Especially since you can get around it by creating a regular folder, adding it to a library, then deleting the folder and creating a symlink with the same name. Now the target of the symlink, network location or not, is in the library and can be accessed accordingly.

It's the indexing that queers the deal there. If you make the folder available offline, it adds to a library just fine because the system will then be able to index locally via the CSC.
558  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Networking, help me understand. on: October 15, 2013, 01:10:05 PM
You still a bit tired there V? Because you quoted the wrong post. cheesy


Either way, I hear Ya man! Thmbsup
559  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: October 15, 2013, 01:06:52 PM
About beer & drinking in the US:

http://www.businessinside...te-beers-by-state-2013-10

A couple fun infographics there.

If Blue Moon is Americas favorite "beer" than it's only because they've been slamming placements for it in half the shows on TV ... Because it tastes like orange flavored Windex (e.g. shit).

I call BS on this one.
560  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: UBER-CRYPTO CURRENCY COOLNESS! FOR GAMES! on: October 15, 2013, 01:00:46 PM
So now it could finally be legal to say I shoot people for a living ...(my my)... Will the wonders of technology never cease?
561  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Pirates Jump on “The Walking Dead” Despite Legal Options on: October 15, 2013, 12:55:29 PM
So why not just use the delivery system people seem to rather obviously prefer instead of trying to handle the traffic spicks and bandwidth hits themselves?

Even if they did, they wouldn't use open torrents.  So, the effect wouldn't be the same.

If the habit is to go to Pirate Bay or to use a torrent aggregator, then the fact that its available elsewhere won't change that habit.

Yes asking the MSM to use a little sense and release their free stuff on Pirate Bay would be a bit too much to ask. However if they just put the stuff on one of the more reputable torrent sites...or (Gasp!) started their own ... then the aggregators would have a chance to pickup the feeds and people could end up switching with out even realizing it. Whoever's got the best stuff wins Ya know? Wink

But no they just want to rap it in more layers of even more silly assed commercials advertising and nonsense instead. Much like the DVDs that don't let you skip the 15 minute previews to get on with watching the movie you already friggin paid for.
562  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Networking, help me understand. on: October 15, 2013, 12:45:16 PM
Replacing a DC is no problem really, just build a fresh server and run dcpromo to make the new one and then dcpromo the old one to remove it.  Just make sure to have DNS installed on the new box before promotion and point it to the old one for DNS, then when the new DC is happy (always seems to take an extra reboot for me) point everything to it for DNS instead before decommissioning the old one.  

So now you've got to understand DNS, too, including how to properly configure your own domain, and how this interrelates with ActiveDirectory -- it's not as easy as just pointing to your ISP's DNS.

Actually it is. (assuming single server for simplicity) In an AD domain the DC handles DNS period. All clients point to, and only to the DC. External lookups are to be handled by forwarding either to the default internet root servers, or to the configured forwarders. The ISP's DNS servers can be configured as forwarders but personally I prefer OpenDNS. If the ISP's DNS servers appear anywhere else in the configuration problems will ensue.

I usually just let dcpromo handle the DNS installation on the fly (for Server 2000/2003/2008 - Server 2012 is a bit different..). Then verify the FSMO roles made it over safely and down the old box. Reboot the new server to make sure it can come online with out issue, and if the event logs are clean ... Spin up the old server one more time to demote it.


And this is the part that I was never able to get to work properly (this may have been complicated by the fact that I own my own domain name as well, I use that for my email address, so I needed to be able to get name resolution to hosting provider's mail server that has my domain name).

having the same public and internal domain name is a bit of a no-no. But in a pinch you can just add the A records for www, mail, etc. to the internal DNS server with the external IP addresses.



I actually thought NT4 domains were simpler. Back then, you had a PDC and some set of BDCs, and it was perfectly clear which was which. So to replace an old PDC, you'd just bring up a new BDC, get him acquainted with the old PDC, and then promote him.

The PDC (emulator) is still there an reasonably easy to find: netdom query fsmo
563  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Core Internet Institutions Abandon US Government on: October 15, 2013, 12:12:50 PM
Tech Dirt weighs in on the topic:

http://www.techdirt.com/a...ew-governance-model.shtml

Always worth reading Tech Dirt, so no point in posting a quote.

Then I will, because this quote should be posted on billboards from 'Sea to Shining Sea':
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And before anyone tries to blame this latest development on Snowden, let's be clear that the problem is not that this activity has been revealed, but that the NSA was doing it in the first place.
564  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Pirates Jump on “The Walking Dead” Despite Legal Options on: October 15, 2013, 07:00:54 AM
So why not just use the delivery system people seem to rather obviously prefer instead of trying to handle the traffic spicks and bandwidth hits themselves?
565  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Networking, help me understand. on: October 15, 2013, 06:46:40 AM
Domains are easier IMHO.

They're not hard to set up per se. Hit the option to use a domain during the server setup and it's done. Windows server sets up the domain controller (plus baseline security) and handles all the heavy lifting for you.


+10 cheesy I'm rather fond of saying that Active Directory has only two states of being, DNS is configured and working properly, and shit hit the fan. The defaults work just fine ... Okay, lack of a RDNS zone bugs me...but its absence is harmless...it just really bugs the crap out of me.
566  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Networking, help me understand. on: October 14, 2013, 06:27:11 PM
When you connect to a share in theory the 2 sets of permissions are combined (sort of a logical OR) and you get whichever rights are greatest

While both Share and NTFS permissions are cumulative independently, they don't overlap (e.g. they are mutually exclusive). If you create a share, and give the administrators group the share read permission only. Even if they are the owner and have full control NTFS permissions of a folder and it's contents ... When accessed through that share they will have read permissions only.

You need both to be explicitly or implicitly (via inheritance and/or group membership) assigned to you with matching (w/r) permissions to allow manipulation of the target files.
567  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Networking, help me understand. on: October 14, 2013, 06:16:41 PM
I'm guessing this is the difference between Users share and NTFS permissions ?
(ftfy)

The top one is the New version of (XP's) Simple File Sharing. So it's trying to combine file and share permissions into one thing. The bottom one is the Share Permissions only tab of the Advanced Sharing options.

I tend to avoid option 1 (the top one) like a plague out of reflex, but I spend most of my time doing business systems and therefore need the detailed granular access control afforded by the advanced options.
568  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Networking, help me understand. on: October 14, 2013, 05:26:41 PM
Workgroup vs. Homegroup:
I initially was using Homegroups (Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines).  Then, it told me it can't share the root of a drive.  So I disabled homegroups and now use normal file sharing.

While I share 40hz's dim/purist view of homegroups ... Their purpose is to step around the issue of having to match credential between machines in a workgroup (a.k.a. the pinnacle of Administrative overhead oriented nightmares). Homegroups have a singular key that is shared between all member machines allowing access regardless of logged on user's existence on the target machine.

Never share the root of C:, it's horribly bad form and make BOFH's cringe, wince, and frequently homicidal. smiley

Note: the professional version of any Windows client OS (workgroup or domain) will have a hidden administrative access only share called C$ if need be. Creating another one is just begging for disaster.


Some folders share, some don't:
Some folders from the same computer get shared properly, I can see it from the other and access it no problem.  Others don't.  Same permissions, same everything.  The one that doesn't work is a root drive, but I don't understand why that doesn't work.

They have literally written books about this one; file permissions vs. share permissions. You'll need both to get write access to a Windows share.

Full control?
On some folders, I have full control for all users (everyone, administrators, guest).  Yet when I connect it is read only.  So whether someone has full control or read only...it really only works in read only.  I don't understand this.

Rule of thumb 101: Never grant Full control to anything for any reason...ever. Seriously, this is another 5 star bid for tragic consequences. Wink Always administer shares from their own hosted root.

Share permissions need only Change for Users.
NTFS (file) permissions need only Modify for Users.

By users I mean only the specific ones that are to be allowed access to said share.

Full Control permission grant the ability to create shares inside of an existing share, and/or the ability to modify file permissions inside a target share. Both have ended badly every single time I've seen it ... Possibly due to the fact that this perilous configuration had much to do with why I got called there to start with... cheesy
569  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google to Sell User Profiles, Photos in Ads on: October 13, 2013, 02:16:48 PM
"Over on the other side of the fence" someone seems to have made HIPAA stick for med records. The kind of *arrogant* in your face Vader-ian "Pray I do not abuse your data more" would NEVER fly over in the medical world!

Oh yeah, like the HIPAA laws are even that organized to start with. Sure they're trying to enforce encryption in/on/for laptops that are used in the medical field even if they don't even store data...they just get used to access systems that do. But if someone breaks into your practice and steals said laptop (which contains jack shit) you can get fined 7 ways to Sunday.

Yet with this kind of draconian horseshit floating around We still get the receptionist at the office informing one of my staff that his prescription is ready...because someone from the doctors office just called our office and blathered it to the front desk.

(For those that can't put it together on their own ... Announcing to someone's employer that they have been prescribed any medication for any reason, is bad.)

So what did those of the HIPAA ilk solve in this scenario?? Nothing ... Derrrp!
570  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: October 10, 2013, 06:42:13 PM
^^ @Giampy:[/b] That is unnecessarily unkind.   Wink
Mind you, some of the scientists seem to be praying for worse weather, nowadays...

I thought it was rather accurate. The top row keeps churning forward...and the bottom row keeps praying they don't blow up the planet in the process.
571  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Silent installer for java and adobe products on: October 10, 2013, 01:27:14 PM
There are several network inventory/management server products that can scan the network, identify what software is installed and push any updates to the machines like Microsoft's WSUS does.

...Except for the two products (Java & Adobe Reader) that he mentioned assuming you define reliably as better than a 50/50 chance.

Hint: Java's installer can't get it's little digital head around what to do after privileges are granted (UAC/etc.) so the installer just fails. Which usually leaves it as being relegated to a periodic hand job ... which is oddly fitting.
572  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Rebuilding my home network on: October 09, 2013, 07:15:32 AM
powerline/homeplug adapters are something that i am interested in but haven't invested in any.

Wow ... Didn't even see that part on the first read, but I was pressed for time and skimming.  embarassed While I haven't used them frequently - magic bullets should be conserved - they have saved my ass a few times. So I'm definitely a fan of the technology. Thmbsup
573  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Service Killer for Shutdown? on: October 09, 2013, 07:05:39 AM
If your not adverse to using a windows native solution:

Force Apps closed on shutdown

Force services closed on shutdown
574  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Am I the only person that has a real big problem with software like this? on: October 08, 2013, 03:57:57 PM
I would only ask how much difference there is between the NSA/government and parents when it comes to actually caring. I somehow doubt that the former really cares about people, whereas the latter do care about their children.

I'd say none. These things always start with a desire to care for/protect X. But than as circumstances extenuate more stringent measures are needed. So before anybody realizes what's happening an NSA class invasion is born.

Baby steps and good intentions...that, is precisely how anything goes to shit.
575  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Am I the only person that has a real big problem with software like this? on: October 08, 2013, 06:45:03 AM
But seriously, after all I've told you about how I handle things, after all that y0himba told you about how he handles things, after valuing the ability of the parent to make a decision for good or bad and do what they are supposed to do...

Hay man, it's all good if it's working for you, but there are 2 sides to everything. I can think of half a dozen or more names of kids that I died while I was growing up as they finally got out of a repressive monitoring oriented culture that encouraged strict child control. Because when they (the children) finally realized that for the first time...there really was nobody "watching" ... They handled it badly.

So you have my sincerest wish that this does indeed work as well as you have it planned. But please understand that I have seen first hand just how badly it can go.

I guess my thing is what Ren said earlier- it varies based on the child and the situation.  And for as many instances as I've seen, and as many as you've seen, it's just a drop in the bucket.

Now that one I'll give you.

But I'm also in the same boat with 40hz, because we're both from the same - Screw the man - generation.
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