Browsing Category: "Networking"

Sharing a Wireless Network Card in Hyper-V

Networking, Servers October 19th, 2009

I’m currently running Server 2008 R2 (from a VHD) as one of the OSes on my work laptop.  Thanks to the http://www.win2008workstation.com/ site, I was able to get my wireless card working.  

Problem – When I went to create a virtual network in Hyper-V, the wireless network interface was not an option.

Solution – I created a loopback adapter and bridged it to my wireless network card.  I was able to create a virtual network that included the bridged connection and my VMs were able to access my wireless network.

AT&T – It’s Not To Be

General Interest, Networking, Rants, Vendors November 7th, 2008

Well, my AT&T experience has been less than stellar.  I’ve been talking recently on the podcast about my troubles with Time Warner’s RoadRunner service (including having my service drop out several times during the past few shows).  I was looking forward to having AT&T’s U-Verse installed at my home after a sales person had come to my door over the summer to advise me that the service was available in my neighborhood.

Fast forward to October 10th,  I had a sales rep from AT&T in my home discussing the services I was going to purchase.  I was very eager to get them installed and was somewhat dismayed to find that their installation schedule was already about a month out.  I scheduled an installation for today (Friday, November 7th).

This morning, before the technician came to my house, he called me and advised me that I probably would not be able to get service.  While they installed new fiber to the nearby Central Office, the copper lines coming to my block were old and had not yet been upgraded.  They did not think that the existing copper would work for this service.  He advised me that they had previous issues installing on my block and that this has been a known issue (reported several times in the past).  The tech also told me that this segment was not scheduled to be repaired until next year.

So, I’m stuck with Time Warner, until I can find a cost effective replacement (maybe TDS?).

I think the service provided by AT&T was abysmal.  I would have appreciated some notification that there was a potential problem and that service was likely not going to be able to be delivered anytime before today.

I called my sales rep (who is a friend of a friend) and advised him that my service was not going to be installed and that I was going to call and make some noise about this.  I tried to explain that I was not upset with him, as he did not have the information to relay to me, but that I was frustrated and upset about the process and inconvenience.  I also advised him that I would be recording my experiences for the blog and podcast.  I was stunned by his reaction to my experience.  He was more concerned about negative publicity than with the loss of a customer.  He stated that I should not report negatively about my experience, since all I lost was my time. I was stunned and I reacted badly.

Ed, I’m sorry I raised my voice on the phone, that was unprofessional of me. (I really wanted to put a "but, …" in there; however, I was wrong on raising the level of my voice.)  I do not retract any of my statements, but I should not have raised my voice.

People who know me know that it takes a lot to get me upset, but AT&T, in the person of their sales rep, had just discounted the most valuable thing I have, time.  Each person only has so much time in their lives and respecting other peoples’ time is very important to me. 

Time is a limiting factor in our lives and impacts everything we do.  We are paid for our time at work.  We spend time with our loved ones, doing activities we enjoy.  We donate time to causes we believe in.  

In all those statements, time is currency and we have a finite, unknown quantity of it to use.  I get upset when people squander that resource, and enraged when people dismiss its value.

I’m not perfect, but I try my best to respect other people’s time.  I wish other people and companies would as well.  AT&T sure does not.

Windows Server Staging Procedure

Geek Stuff, Networking, Security, Servers June 26th, 2008

My apologies for the long delay in getting this out. This is a sanitized version of my Server Staging Checklist for Windows 2000/2003 servers. I use this as a guide when staging new servers to prevent missing those little detail tweaks. The original document was developed as part of a comprehensive set of policies and procedures at my former company to promote standard server builds throughout my line of business. I used our corporate server groups document as a basis and modified and added to it to suit our environment. You may have different requirements in your organization, but hopefully it will serve as a foundation for you.

Let us know your thoughts and suggestions about the document through feedback here on the blog or email the show at Feedback [at] MindOfRoot.com.

Windows Server Staging Procedure

Episode 14 – It’s Plausible

Geek Stuff, General Interest, Networking, Podcast August 31st, 2007

Recorded: August 28, 2007
Your Hosts: Keith Albright, Rich Niemeier, and Steve Murawski

Show Length: 1:59:32

Steve Murawski joins us again for this regular format show. We hold a lengthy discussion on open WiFi and the legal implications as well as how these cases may affect the innovation and use of WiFi by companies like Fon, etc. We also cover Acer’s purchase of Gateway and the ‘consumerization of IT’. Some technical segments on load balancing and ISP failover on a BSD box, stupid IP address tricks, and a couple utilities to round it up.

Take note of the promos for the Podcamp Philly Un-Conference and plan to attend. We end with our website picks and as usual, we hope you enjoy.
Links mentioned in this show:

Other podcasts mentioned in this show:

The Mike Tech Show

See the full show notes here.

Website Picks:

Steve’s Pick: Hanselman.com

Keith’s 1st Pick: Stupid Waste of Time

Keith’s 2nd Pick: Even More Stupid Waste Of Time (NOTE: NSFW)

Rich’s 1st Pick: Boot-Land.net

Rich’s 2nd Pick: Bootdisk.com

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Episode 12 – It’s Pronounced Kickstart

Automation, Desktops, General Interest, Networking, OLPC, Patches, Servers, SPAM August 18th, 2007

Recorded: August 14, 2007
Your Hosts: Keith Albright and Rich Niemeier

Show Length: 1:33:58

Sorry it took so long to edit and post. I took a couple vacation days and didn’t get to do the final steps.

Just Rich and I this episode…..unless you count ‘Virtual Ted’. Rich and I cover the usual gamut of news topics; Novell/SCO Unix lawsuit, Google’s 700Mhz Spectrum bid, and a NJ beach town’s plans to be the next technological marvel. Rich uncovers follow-up information about the health-risks of laser printers. We discuss what Apple can do to help with lost/stolen iPods and how to audit USB device usage on your network. We end with our website picks and as usual, we hope you enjoy.
Links mentioned in this show:

Other podcasts mentioned in this show:

None

See the full show notes here.

Website Picks:

Keith’s Pick: NPA Lookup Tool

Rich’s Pick: New video site – VBS.TV

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Episode 10 – Losin’ My Religion

Career, Certifications, Geek Stuff, General Interest, Networking, Podcast, Security, Vendors August 1st, 2007

Recorded: July 31, 2007
Your Hosts: Keith Albright, Rich Niemeier, and Ted Miller
Show Length: 1:29:40

This week we cover a variety of news and other topics; We have a brief discussion on technology vendor salespeople, Instant Messaging to interview job candidates, and a new fiber-optic cable. Ted informs us of the deadly threat lurking in our laser printers. As usual, we end with our website picks and we hope you enjoy.
NOTE: I think we finally nailed the sound quality. Let us know what you think.
Links mentioned in this show:

Other podcasts mentioned in this show:

Technorama

PaulDotCom Security Weekly

See the full show notes here.

Website Picks:

Keith’s Pick: Youlicit.com
Rich’s Pick: Free Church Music
Ted’s Pick: Etsy.com


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Episode 9 – The Triumvirate

Feedback, Networking, OLPC, Podcast, Security, Wiki July 24th, 2007

Recorded: July 17, 2007
Your Hosts: Keith Albright, Rich Niemeier, and Ted Miller
Show Length: 1:26:26

Rich and I welcome new participant Ted Miller to the show. We discuss the history of the computer virus, hardware vendor network management offerings, an Active Directory utility and a handy little wiki. As usual, we end with our website picks and we hope you enjoy.
NOTE: Apologies for the low background noise. We tested the new equipment extensively, but never had this problem in previous test recordings. Rich was also battling a poor hotel Internet connection, so Skype kept throwing us some curves.

Links mentioned in this show:

Other podcasts mentioned in this show:

The PePe Show

See the full show notes here.

Website Picks:

Keith’s Pick: espgame.org
Rich’s Pick: nliteos.com
Ted’s Pick: timeanddate.com

Rich’s bonus pick: supercocktails.com

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Episode 4 – Policies & Procedures

Desktops, Geek Stuff, Networking, Podcast, Rants, Security, Servers, Vendors May 9th, 2007

Recorded: May 8, 2007
Your Hosts: Keith Albright and Rich Niemeier
Show Length: 1:54:28

Rich and I discuss development of IT policies and procedures; how to start and why they are important. In addition, I throw in a couple of my thoughts on how to audit yourself and how to handle an audit. Rich talks about his move from the Treo to the Blackberry and his battles with a SCO Unix box that died. Rich uncovers some new Virtual Machine appliances available from Microsoft. We discuss Microsofts proposed $3 educational software bundle for developing countries. I attended a seminar on wireless network troubleshooting by Fluke Networks and we discuss their products as well as our own personal experiences troubleshooting wireless systems. This episode marks the debut of our show promos that we’ve asked other podcasts to play. Take a listen and we hope you enjoy.

Thanks everyone.

Links mentioned in this podcast:

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Networking 101

Networking March 8th, 2007

A couple of years ago I hosted a training session for our field IT personnel that had varying degrees of experience in networking.  I set aside a day and put together a presentation I called ‘Networking 101’.  I wanted to get them thinking of the overall corporate wide-area-network instead of just their local piece of the puzzle.  I received a lot of positive feedback within the company on the presentation, so I wondered if anyone else might find it useful.  It’s basically a mini Network+ course that followed the OSI model and added some Windows based network stuff.  Some of it may be out-dated for you (yes, we still had coax segments in our older facilties), so you can use what you find relevant.

Take a look and hopefully you’ll find it useful.

Networking 101 Presentation (PowerPoint)

Networking 101 Presentation (PDF)

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