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Deploy Virtual Machine Template: Customization Of Guest Operating System Not Supported

July 1, 2014

Are you receiving the following error (or similar) when attempting to deploy a VMware template in vSphere / vCenter? PROBLEM: Clone virtual machine Customization of the guest operating system ‘windows7Server64Guest’ is not supported in this [...]

Microsoft SQL Server

SQL Maintenance Cleanup Task Not Deleting Old Database BAK Files

June 10, 2014

If you break permission inheritance on your SQL backup folder, and if you have a maintenance plan that uses subfolders to backup your databases by name, you could render your Maintenance Cleanup Task inoperable. If [...]

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Here’s Your Raving Craft Beer List

June 5, 2014

Our craft beer credo: No point in wasting our time or yours on a nasty grog. The Roo only raves what it craves. — This post contains a refined list of craft beers that has [...]

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Featured Beer: Review of Southern Tier ‘Goat Boy’

May 31, 2014

Southern Tier is a craft beer brand I find myself liking more and more with each new beer that I try. Just as a brief aside, their 2XMAS seasonal Christmas-time brew is to die for. [...]

Microsoft Windows Server 2012

Server 2012 RDS: No Remote Desktop License Servers Available

May 1, 2014

Using a VMware template, I recently deployed the 9th Windows 2012 Remote Desktop Services server in our RDS collection. After adding the new host server to the collection and attempting to launch a RemoteApp session, [...]

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Car Won’t Start? Is It Parked On A Hill?

April 21, 2014

This is a mildly amusing tale about the time my car wouldn’t start when parked on a steep hill. So I live in a hilly area, and my front yard is the neighborhood sledding destination [...]

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WordPress Per-Page CSS, And Background Image Pattern Overlay

April 10, 2014

Did you know that you can apply custom CSS code to individual WordPress pages? It’s a nifty little trick to help you personalize your WordPress theme. On my photography blog, I wanted to have a [...]

Microsoft SQL Server

How To Backup A SQL Express Database With A Scheduled Task, And Cleanup Old Backups

April 9, 2014

So you are running SQL Server (2005 or 2008) Express (presumably installed as part of an application server install) and you would like to make sure your databases are backing up each night. You go [...]

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Fix: Citrix Netscaler Access Gateway Blank Page, Missing Username Or Password

March 14, 2014

This article is written specifically for the Netscaler VPX virtual appliance, so your mileage may vary. Increasingly we were getting complaints from users of incompatibility with Internet Explorer 10 and 11 when trying to login [...]

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Can’t Power Off Virtual Machine: Operation Cannot Be Performed In Current State

March 11, 2014

If you are having trouble powering off a VMware ESXi 5.x virtual machine, there is a command line method to force the VM to shut down. Here was the message I was receiving when trying [...]

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How To Use PowerShell To Connect To Office 365 And Recursively Add Mailbox Folder Permissions

February 27, 2014

In case you haven’t noticed, Microsoft is making you do more and more with PowerShell. Features we’d love to see in a GUI interface instead require commands and scripts. Okay, this is good when you [...]

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RDS 2012: The User Profile Service Failed The Sign-In: User Profile Cannot Be Loaded

February 12, 2014

If you ever allow the system (C:) drive to fill up on a Windows Server 2012 running Remote Desktop Services (RDS) that is also utilizing “User Profile Disks” then get ready for a headache. Okay, [...]

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Hockey Players Might Eat Their Young If They Thought It Would Help The Team

February 11, 2014

Yeah, hockey players are a tough bunch. To make it to the NHL, especially the goon squad, one must be equal parts foolhardy, demented, and zany. To make it to the NHL, one must be [...]

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RDS and XenApp: How To Prune FontCache Files Under Windows ServiceProfiles Directory

January 9, 2014

I’m not sure exactly when this started on my Remote Desktop Service (RDS) and Citrix XenApp servers (because it wasn’t always a problem), but on both Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 I’m [...]

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Batch File: Append Ping Failures And Time Stamp To A Text File

October 21, 2013

So I’m trying to troubleshoot a problem where backups of a Windows 2008 server over a 1.5Mbps Wide Area Network (WAN) connection keep failing. Occasionally it will work, but most nights it will fail after [...]