VMM and not so disjointed namespace

I’ve been configuring VMM to manage some Hyper-V hosts in a remote AD Domain. I’ve pressed “Add host” in my VMM, ran through the wizard, found the servers, tried to add them into the wizard and…   What I’ve covered by black ink is a netBIOS name of my host. To cut a long story short: I haven’t succeeded that day. I was too tired by fighting it, so a friend of mine solved the mystery: you just need to add DNS suffix for your domain to the “append these DNS suffixes (in order)” setting on the NIC on your … Continue reading VMM and not so disjointed namespace

Platforma: goodbye

I wrote several times about our local Russian TechEd-like event named “Platforma”. It was really like TechEd: 1500 attendees, several dozens of presentations in two days. Still, “TechEd-like” is not exactly TechEd, so, from this year we’ll receive our very own TechEd. It will be twice as much in term if people and tracks, so I believe it will be really awesome. I’ll definitely take a look on it this autumn


A friend of mine twitted about some new small but great good tool: TextAnalysisTool.NET. It’s simple, yet can be very useful. What it does is just simple search for a string or several strings in a file. Do you think “who has written such a stupid thing”? We have findstr, not speaking of PoSh and all that stuff. I thought so too. But when I took a look at it, I discovered that there are situation when it is simply great. For example: Looking for several different strings at the same time. Using the tools mentioned above it is not … Continue reading TextAnalysisTool.NET

Freebies: books and other learning stuff

What it takes to be a good specialist? Usually everyone agree that the vital element to it is to learn much. With MS, it is usually easy enough: TechNet and MSDN are great sources of information. No, really, most of official courses I sit on (to be honest – there was not many of them) don’t give you as much info as those two. If you are lucky enough, you’ll get a great trainer and then you can have even more than in TechNet, but usually it is only a good way to quickly refresh, restructure or get some basic … Continue reading Freebies: books and other learning stuff

%SystemRoot%\System32 Secrets: compact & convert

I’ve been quite busy for some time, so there is a quick run over two utilities: compact and convert. The first one can be used sometimes while the second, I think, has almost died out. Let’s take a look on them. compact Remember cipher? The same stuff: cipher deals with encryption, this one – with compression on an NTFS volume. You need to script it or find it boring to use all that GUI? It’s for you. But seriously: do many people use it? I don’t like the feature, actually. But anyway, if you need it, you get it. convert … Continue reading %SystemRoot%\System32 Secrets: compact & convert

%SystemRoot%\system32 secrets: cipher

Next command in my list is what you never remember about unless user comes in with a cry: “I’ve reset my password and now all my EFS-encrypted files are gone!!!”. Are you familiar with the situation? I am not, fortunately, but I heard some related horror stories. Backup the encryption keys is the key. And updating of keys on the files. And creating of recovery keys. And backing up the encryption keys. All that the utility in the question can do for you. There are plenty of articles about the actions described above. But when I tried to look at … Continue reading %SystemRoot%\system32 secrets: cipher