Category: Support

Domain Name System – Propagation

I recently decided to test a Domain Name System (DNS) provider expansion with GoDaddy and  ClouDNS (link here) for a proof of concept using the domain name noelalvarez.org. The initial configuration and testing were successful. However, after I made the decision to host all DNS service with GoDaddy (again, it was a proof of concept)…


Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 – Deleting a PTR Record

If you ever need to delete an individual pointer record (PTR) that is all capitalized and will not delete from the Microsoft Windows Server DNS graphical user interface (GUI) then use the example command below. The example below will delete the PTR record which corresponds to Internet Protocol (IP) address 192.168.25.100. Remove-DnsServerResourceRecord -ZoneName “25.168.192.in-addr.arpa” -RRType…


Microsoft Windows PowerShell – Starting a Service on a Remote Server

The following (2) commands may be used to verify the status of a service on a remote computer as well as start the service on the remote computer. Additionally, you may substitute the name value with the displayname value.   get-service -computername <<<INSERT>>> | where-object {$_.name -eq “<<<INSERT>>>”} get-service -name <<<INSERT>>> -computername <<<INSERT>>> | set-service -status…


Cisco – Delete All VLANs

You may use the following global configuration command to remove VLANs 2-1001 on a Cisco switch. This range is chosen because VLANS 1, 1002, 1003, 1004 and 1005 cannot be removed from a Cisco switch. This command may be used when a switch’s configuration needs to be deleted, in addition to erase startup-config, for a…


Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 – Network Time Protocol Configuration

You may use the following Microsoft Windows PowerShell commands, as an administrator, to configure the network time protocol (NTP) servers for Windows Server 2012 R2 and sync a Windows client, such as Microsoft Windows 7, to the server. This example is using the well known NTP servers from the NTP Pool Project. Server Configuration: w32tm…


VMware ESXi 5.5 – Interactive Installation

You may use the following method to perform an interactive installation and configuration of a VMware ESXi 5.5 host. 1. On the ESXi-5.5.0-20140902001-standard Boot Menu page select ESXi-5.5.0-20140902001-standard Installer.                 2. In the Welcome to the VMware ESXi 5.5.0 Installation dialog box hit Enter to continue.             3….


VMware ESXi 5.5 – Interactive Installation and Configuration Checklist

VMware ESXi 5.5 Installation 1. Verify that the host server’s BIOS hardware clock is configure to use UTC±0. 2. Select the correct disk to install VMware ESXi 5.5. 3. Select a keyboard layout. 4. Enter a password for the VMware ESXi root account. 5. Remove bootable media upon the completion of the installation.   Management Network…


Technical Utilities – YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Integrator)

I have found YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Integrator) to be very helpful.   Enjoy!


Symantec Backup Exec 2012 – Graphical User Interface

I found this great blog post from Symantec that provides a short tutorial on navigating the graphical user interface of Symantec Backup Exec 2012.   Enjoy!


Microsoft Windows Server 2012 – Local User Rights

You may use the following method to assign local or domain users and/or groups local user rights on a server running the Windows Server 2012 operating system (OS). Navigate to Administrative Tools > Local Security Policy > Security Settings > Local Policies > User Right Assignment.