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Switch IconCisco IOS - Interface is up, line protocol is down (monitoring)
31/01/15 - I had an ASA Active/Standby problem last week, each time I tried to make the primary firewall active, it would fail straight straight back. A look on the ASA told me the problem was one of the clients DMZ connections .[more]
Windows 10 IconWindows 10 - Update the Windows Build
28/01/15 - I've had the Windows 10 technical preview for a while now, but other that run it up in VMware workstation I've not done much with it. Today I wanted to check something, and found out my build was too old. "I wonder if I can update it 'in place'".[more]
ASA IconASA Upgrading and Imaging a Hardware CX Module
20/01/15 - Last time I had to do one the process was very straight forward, one command and the ASA got its new image from FTP, extracted it, and then installed it. I had a CX module fail last week, and Cisco shipped me out a replacement. After installing it and running the setup, I needed to upgrade it. [more]
Cisco IconCisco CDA (Context Directory Agent) - Applying Patches
19/01/15 - Having a button that you could upload patches from, that would crazy eh? Cheers Cisco! I don't know if the patches are cumulative, and patch 3 looks a little smaller than patch 2 so I thought I would apply them all, in order to be on the safe side. [more]
Cisco PRSM IconCisco PRSM - Replace the Certificate Using Microsoft Certificate Services
15/01/15 - Cisco PRSM gives you the ability to import certificates into it, but like other Linux distros does not give you the tools to generate the actual certificate request. Could this be done with Windows? YES, and it's a lot easier than growing a ginger ponytail, donning sandals and firing up Linux. [more]
Cisco IconCisco Catalyst - Find out What Port an IP Address is Plugged Into
12/01/15 - I networked some gear this afternoon, and I made a mental note of the ports I patched into on the switch By the time I got back to my desk I could not remember what port I had used. I knew the IP address but not the port number, how can you find that out? [more]
Windows IconNDES - Fails to Issue Certificates (Signature Algorithm)
08/01/15 - I was trying to enroll some ASA firewalls to NDES to get some certificates. Each time the process failed. with an E_SIGNATURE_ALG_NOT_SUPPORTED error. This had me stumped for a long time and I got little or no help from the Cisco and Microsoft forums. [more]
Exchange IconExchange 2003 to 2010 Transition "Swing Migration"
07/01/15 - Updated - Thanks to Mark V for the feedback. If you are performing this upgrade and are already utilising ActiveSync. Ensure you apply hotfix 937031 before proceeding with the migration. [more]
vSphere IconvSphere - Floppy Drive 'Won't Appear'
06/01/15 - "It's 2015 why are you messing around with floppy drives?" I hear you ask! Well for importing certificate requests, and certificates from an offline root CA server, it's still considered best practice to use a virtual floppy drive. [more]
ASA IconCisco ASA - Global Access Lists
23/12/14 - I've been working for a client that has a large firewall deployment, and they have twelve switches in their six DMZ's. I wanted to take a backup of these switches. (and all the other network devices). So why not use a global ACL to open TFTP? [more]
Firefox Chrome IconChrome/Firefox - Open Multiple Tabs from Command/Batch File
18/12/14 - Updated - I know modern browsers can open multiple pages at startup, and there are a few tech sites that I visit once a day. I tediously click each link to visit these sites. So I thought 'There must be a way of opening all these sites, at once'? [more]
Cisco IconCisco Catalyst - 'Daughtercard inserted in this switch may not have been manufactured by Cisco'
13/12/14 - In a newly deployed switch, the MACSEC link refused to establish, when I consoled in I was greeted with this. At first I assumed the C3KX-SM-10G was faulty, so I put it in another 3560-X switch and the problem moved, problem solved (or so I thought). [more]
Cisco IconCisco IOS and ASA Showing the Config Without the 'More' Breaks/Pauses
10/12/14 - When looking at a router, switch or firewall running config, it will usually display a page at a time, you can page down with the space bar, or line down with the Enter/Return key. Normally that's fine, but what if you want to capture (take a quick backup,) of the config. [more]
Web IconGoogle Analytics - Redundant Hostnames
04/12/14 - I noticed this a while back, apparently Google Analytics started flagging this for many users on October 14th 2014. But I've only just got round to sorting it out. [more]
Active Directory IconActive Directory - Modify all users in an OU to 'Password Never Expires'
29/11/14 - Updated - I got an email from a site visitor, to say 'To complete : if you have more than 100 users in the OU, you need to add {-limit nnn}. It would seem when I originally wrote this article the 100 user limit did not trip me up. [more]
Windows IconWindows - Export / Recover WEP and WPA Wireless Keys
24/11/14 - If you need to connect to your wireless network with a new machine and have forgotten the key, you can view the WEP or WPA key in cleartext using the following procedure on a machine that has connected before. [more]
XBMC IconXBMC 'Gotham' - Network Manager is Incompatible
23/11/14 - I've just replaced my XBMCbuntu media PC (an Acer Revo 3700) with new machine, and I was rebuilding the old one for my neighbour. I'm not sure if he has a wired connection where his TV is so I wanted to use Network Manager to setup the Wi-Fi. [more]
Windows IconAnyConnect 4 - Plus and Apex Licensing Explained
11/11/14 - In October 2014 the new licensing model for AnyConnect 4 was released. Before version 4 we simply had AnyConnect Essentials and Premium licensing, now we have Plus and Apex licensing. [more]
Windows IconShow Desktop icon missing from Quick Launch
03/11/14 - I was working on an old TS server that my company use as a 'Jump Box' for remote client support a few weeks ago, it's an old 2003 server. I noticed that the 'show desktop' Icon was missing from the Quick Launch tool-bar and it's something I used a lot, so I dug out this old article and re-wrote it. [more]
Error IconWindows Event ID 3033
23/10/14 - A similar problem came up on a forum today, I had to work out how to change connection limits, and I knew I had done it before, so I opened this article and re wrote it from scratch. [more]
Switch IconCisco Catalyst Switches - Adding Licenses
20/10/14 - I had a load of Cisco Catalyst 3560 switches that needed 'ipbase' licenses adding to them today. I've messed about with plenty of ASA license upgrades before, but not switches. [more]
AnyConnect IconCisco AnyConnect - Adding Multiple VPN Devices to the Client
20/10/14 - If you connect to a lot of different firewalls, then constantly having to change the address you are going to can be a pain. Particularly if some clients don't have a host name for their device, and you cant remember everyone's IP addresses. [more]
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