Prepare Windows 2003 Active Directory For Upgrade To Windows 2008 R2
· ☕ 1 min read
That's actually pretty simple, you just need to run this utility [...] Where D is your CD/DVD drive with Windows 2008 R2. In our case it was a virtual drive mounted in Hyper-V, but I think it does not really matter. I did preparation for both forest and domain, because in our situation they are identical.

WSUS 3.0 SP2 - Update Cloned Virtual Machines
· ☕ 2 min read
After some point we had too many virtual machines to keep track of updates locally. So we decided to try Microsoft's solution called WSUS. It took some time to install, the whole process could have been easier, cause I had to google every part of it. When we finally had it working, there was a problem with detection of our virtual machines.

Zone not loaded by DNS server - Windows 2003 R2 SP2
· ☕ 2 min read
So we switched to a new provider and I had to change primary DNS to another server. Yes, we decided to have another server for this purpose, just to have a backup in case anything goes wrong. And we actually made use of that old server, because some of our domain records took longer to update, than it was expected. Anyway, let's skip unneeded details and roll down to the topic of this post.

Phenom X4 9500 vs Phenom II X4 955
· ☕ 3 min read
My primary concern to upgrade was photo editing. I have a Canon Rebel XSI (450D), which takes 12MP photos. Unfortunately, I'm not yet a very good photographer, probably just need more practice. Anyway, editing photos became a frequent task. For some reason Phenom 9500 is pretty slow on those large ones. And it used to take me around 2-3 seconds to perform simple transformations. Having heard enough about the benefits of Phenom II, I decided to push forward and buy Phenom 955.

DL380 G6 - Unexpected Reboot
· ☕ 2 min read
I noticed many people on the net are looking for this review, or at least for anything that could prove they are not alone. Well, guys, here's what you wanted to hear - yes, our 9 x G6 DL380 servers kept rebooting unexpectedly for quite a while. Not all at once, but still annoying. It all happened at random until we contacted HP and their tech told us to update firmware.

Run Internet Explorer 5.5, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 on Windows 7
· ☕ 1 min read
There is no catch about that. You don't need powerful software to support 3 virtual XPs to run XP mode in Windows Virtual PC, or anything like that. When I heard this being possible on an old PC with no real prerequisites, and for free, I was amazed.

PowerShell - Query Oracle Database
· ☕ 2 min read
You might have already googled other pages to help you on this. You even probably have found some PowerShell function like the one below [...] Still something makes this one different. Here are some tricks used here [...]

Acronis True Image 2010 for 30$
· ☕ 2 min read
Everybody is trying to survive on the market these days. Acronis is no exclusion. Having made a partnership agreement with Seagate, they actually give away the limited version of Acronis True Image along with Seagate drives. This means FOR FREE!

Windows 7 - Activation Problems
· ☕ 1 min read
Error 0x8007232B started to appear on each startup saying something about DNS/KMS problems. I felt something was wrong with the system. So I went to My Computer/Properties and found that for some reason my copy had 27 days to activate. Apparently, activation was reset due to installation or updates as I didn't update any piece of hardware.