Systems Administration

Checking everything that's connecting to/authenticating to AD?

Sysadmin - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 16:59

Hey there! I'm trying to figure this out... we have a client who has copiers/printers across seven locations and are all configured (manually) for scan to network drive/scan to email. The problem is that when the user changes their AD password, then they can't print anymore. I know that we need to configured LDAP on the devices, but is there a way to see everything that's currently connecting to/hitting AD and checking credentials? Found a tool that *looked* like it would work (ADInsight) but I just get a blank screen...

Any pointers?

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What software to use for support tickets, documentation and time tracking/invoices for a new IT-consultancy firm?

Sysadmin - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 16:32

I’m creating a business with two colleagues, that focuses primarily on IT-consultancy, but also some MSP services to companies.

We are trying to find software that could help ease the gap between the customers and our firm.

The software we are searching after should include: - Support ticket system for our customers. If the system can split up tickets into queues by companies/contracts, so we can differentiate. If the system also could support change management, that will be visible to the user, that would be a plus. - IT-documentation per customer such as environment overview, contact persons, how-to’s, FAQ etc. - As most of our customers are working with us on a hour based contract, we are also looking for something that can help us track time used per customer and even maybe keep track of invoices.

The system should not be crazy expensive, and should be easy to use from out-of-the-box.

Which software exists out there, that we should take a look at?

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[Rant] I was denied a job because I didn't have at least 10 years experience

Sysadmin - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 16:29

I took a pre interview "test" thing and I guess I scored pretty well. However I didn't even get an interview because I have less than 10 years experience. How am I supposed to get a decent job when I literally cannot satisfy this BS job requirement? I could do everything else right but I cannot speed up time. It seems extremely unfair, at least give me a technical reason I don't even get to interview.

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Outlook RSS Feeds

Sysadmin - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 16:14

I think some here mind find this hilarious, but it also may serve as a precautionary measure some can take to clean up their Exchange Servers.

We've had AD/Exchange for going on 20 years or so now. I've been here for not yet 5. I'm doing a 2010 to 2016 migration now, and was on a quest to undo-the previous policy of unlimited storage. (We had 6 users with 40gb+, and another 8 with 20-40gb). I got everyone well under my 20gb quota limit and was happy, but noticed a few really "old" accounts, people that have been here forever, had a HUGE "item" count when I would export CSV's listing storage sizes for part of my project. A small like 4gb inbox for example had 450,000 items, when our company average is 20,000 items, and 95% of our accounts have under 50,000. They also weren't email intense users.

So I go to their local system to try and see what's up since they were right down the hall. No folders with giant item counts, nothing I can see. So i flip Outlook from "Cached" to "Online" mode and restart. Bingo. Outlooks "RSS Feeds" folder lit up like a Christmas tree. This user had 455,000 unread items in RSS feeds folder dating back a decade and a half. Some REALLLY OLD ancient version of Outlook added "MSN News Top Stories" to it by default, along with a few other feeds, and they had been updating on his system for the better part of a decade until the links went dead a few years ago, outside their Cached exchange length. Second user, same thing but a little less, 250,000 or so. I delete them both at the same time and sit there watch Outlook lock up for 10 minutes or so, and I RDP to their local mail server, and STORE process is pegged at 100% of the core it was using chugging away. Finally, when done, CLEAR. Check their inbox count, down to something like 5,000.

Anyway, TIL I can clear out and reduce our ENTIRE ORGANIZATIONS "Item" count on Exchange by 15% by clearing out 2 users "RSS Feeds" folder. Doing the top 10 next that are also old users, looking to see if I can double that...

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Red Hat gets heebie-jeebies over MongoDB's T&Cs squeeze: NoSQL database dropped from RHEL 8B over license

The Register - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 16:09
'The Server Side Public License v1 does not meet standards'

MongoDB justified its decision last October to shift the free version of its NoSQL database software, MongoDB Community Server, from the open-source GNU Affero General Public License to the not-quite-so-open Server Side Public License (SSPL) by arguing that cloud providers sell open-source software as a service without giving back.…

Printer upgrade time. What's the best option?

Sysadmin - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 16:05

If there is a better sub to post this too, I will.

We are a small-medium sized residential construction company. We have around 140 employees at our main office, but also run mortgage, real estate and property rental/apartment companies. We are currently a Dell shop for PCs and Printers, but Dell is getting out of printers. I'm looking for replacements, but finding the options overwhelming. Ideally we'd like a model that has mono/color/multifunction variations of the same printer to reduce our toner inventory spread. We currently have Dell C2660dn/C2665dnf as our most common printer. This is the one we are most interested in finding something similar too. The Dell 2360 is our most common mono printer. We have a smattering of other older Dell printers, but ideally we'd like to have as few different models as possible.

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It’s baaack – Microsoft starts pushing out the Windows 10 October 2018 Update

The Register - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 16:00
Set to update automatically? Say hello to my little friend…

Select Windows 10 devices are now automatically downloading Microsoft’s troubled 1809 update, according to the support page for the operating system.…

Check Out the 2019 Linux Foundation Events and Expand Your Open Source Experience - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 15:57
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Scanning new servers - get a conflict message

I get the following message when scanning a group of new servers:

You have already added computer with name Please choose how to resolve this conflict once the job has completed.

Both ip addresses exist in the pool but one is a Windows Server instace while the other is a RHEL instance.

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OS that runs windows programs?

Computer Science: Theory and Application - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 15:31

If I were to develop my own OS, like Apple's Macbook OS, could I make it so it could run all windows programs? So I could open Photoshop's windows version as if I were using a windows operating system. Would this be illegal or protected by Microsofts patents or trademarks? Thank you.

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Intermec scan gun lockdown

Sysadmin - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 15:25

Hey gang, I have a whole pile of [admittedly antiquated] Intermec CK3a1’s that I purchased at auction, apparently via Auntie Anne’s pretzel warehouse as evidenced by the splash page.

They are locked down using MobiControl and I obviously don’t have any admin privileges or codes.

Can anyone provide insight as to how to reflash these? Google yields nothing except some scripts which I suspect aren’t applicable. I do have a microSD card at the ready as I believe that will be the means.

Further, I’d love to upgrade these as far as possible and see if I can put them into any use in my small e-commerce operation. They’re currently running Windows Mobile 6.1

Any guidance would be helpful, as the geek in me is anxious to play.


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Can't remove calendar meeting item on prem exchange 2013

Sysadmin - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 15:15

I have a user who left the company and was deleted about a month ago who set up a meeting starting in october that goes for a whole year because they put it in wrong. When I try and delete the item (logged in as administrator in outlook) I get an "Unknown Error" and google has not been much help. Anybody know what I need to do to get rid of this very long event? Thanks.

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One email address is getting flooded with spam emails

Sysadmin - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 15:08

This email address is through our companies on prem exchange server which is behind Microsofts Exchange Online protection services. I guess this started around 940AM and I am now hearing about it. How the hell can i stop this from happening? 4700 emails have been received so far since this morning.

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Free ESXi for a small business?

Sysadmin - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 15:06


I'm gonna keep this post short.

I'm planning out the things i have to do for a client. I'll need around 4 VM's and one server. Is it a good idea to run ESXi free?


Thank you all for the amazing feedback.

Here's a "semi final" plan:

|Veeam Backup & Replication | Standard EDITION| 652,50 €| |:-|:-| |vSphere Essentials Kit|650,52 €| |Windows Server 2016 (or 19) Standard|500€ - 700 €| |Refurbished HP DL360E G8|~ 1500 €| |Synology RS816|~ 500 € - 600 €|

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Oxford University reportedly turns off its Huawei money tap

The Register - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 15:01
No more Chinese tech vendor grants for at least three to six months, compsci students told

Oxford University is reportedly suspending all research grants and donations from Chinese tech giant Huawei, according to a Chinese newspaper.…

Do you guys ever get support tickets like this?

Sysadmin - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 14:43

Subject: Update


Yeah, that's it. No explanation, screenshot, anything. When the technician (not me) asked what he was talking about, the person replied "I don't know, it keeps popping up when I turn on my computer or open a word or excel file" and doesn't even bother sending a screenshot or anything. It's like people think IT is full of clairvoyants.

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What could possibly go wrong with these instruction?

Sysadmin - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 14:36

We are changing networks in a remote office and I don't want to fly there to make this simple change. Basically, remove one firewall (Red Box) and plug in a new one (Blue Box). All configurations and testing for the new network has already been done and all is good.

They have done simple things before with success and be on the phone with them.

1)Unplug electrical power cable from the back of the
Red Box and place it out of the way.

2)Unplug the network cable going to switch B
from the switch and place it out of the way.
Note: Remember what location it was plugged into
Note: The red box will no longer be used.

3) Validate the Blue Box has power and is turned on, then from the Blue Box, find the network cable (should be red-ish) going to switch C and unplug it from C and move it into the same jack on switch B you did in step 2 and plug it in.

What could possibly go wrong with these instruction?


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