SQL Sprawl

Had a chance to outline a strategy to deploy new SQL servers this week and figured I'd turn it into a blog post.

There seems to be a high demand for databases as of late and we were previously struggling with expectations as to where to put 'em all.

Check out the new post under the SQL heading.


Script to generate Active Directory passwords

Use vbscript to generate unique, complex passwords - without being an expert in vbscript!  Ain't life grand?

Check out the post under the "Active Directory" heading. 


Quick fix for corrupted .pst

Went to open my .pst in Outlook the other day and was greeted with An unknown error occurred, error code:  0x80040116.

Spent a good 10 minutes googling around for a fix.  Came across several ads for .pst scanners, advice for clearing the index, nothing helpful.

Ended up closing Outlook, making sure no other sessions were accessing the file, then copied and pasted it.  I then pointed my Outlook settings to use the new file.

Works like a charm and haven't noticed any missing data.  Hopefully this helps someone else out there.




Archive Mailboxes to .PST 's

We have a number of compliance obligations at the grind.  I would assume a lot of other organizations do too.

I've compiled a series of scripts that our team can execute which will gather an employee's footprint on the network into a tidy bundle in a consistent manner.

Since Exchange has the neat-o feature of allowing an administrator to archive a user's mailbox out to a .pst file I've included archiving the former employee's mailbox into our series of scripts.  Check out the scripting section for details on archiving a user's mailbox to a .pst in an automated file.




Who's using all the bandwidth?

As March Madness draws to a close network administrators everywhere are on the lookout for that compulsive gambler in accounting who's eating up all the bandwidth. 

For Cisco devices there's a well-documented ip-accounting feature.

Log in to your switch/router then input the enable password
Take a look around: 

sh config
sh in

Enter terminal mode:
config t

Connect to the appropriate interface (where the #'s below represent your traffic to the Internet): 

int ether #/#

Enable IP accounting on the interface:

ip accounting output-packets
Let it run for a while then:

sh ip accounting

Don't forget to turn it off when your sleuthing is complete:

no ip accounting output-packets

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