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I recently got a request to add SSO to our IT self-service web portal which is running Joomla 2.5.  Sounded like a good idea as we have been doing as much as we can to make things simpler and easier for our users.  We already had LDAP integration and I thought if I could find […]

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Recently, I had the need to export a certificate with it’s key.  However, by default, we automatically issue computer certificates to every computer in our domain, but without the ability to export them with their key for security reasons.  I had one of my administrators do a little research and document how we could recover […]

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When we upgraded to vSphere 4.1, there was nothing different about the way we expanded LUNs.  We have three EqualLogic iSCSI SAN arrays for storage and two IBM BladeCenters.  If we needed more space, the process was quite simple go to the web interface of the SAN and expanded the LUN using vCenter, click on a host […]

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We are running an environment with a single vCenter and 15 ESX hosts, of which 12 are in a DRS/HA cluster.  When we had to do some maintenance on some of the hosts in the cluster, I moved a server into maintenance mode.  Since we have DRS, the system attempted to automatically move all of […]

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There has been a lot of discussion about running Exchange 2003 SP2 on a Windows 2003 server while upgrading the domain to Windows 2008 R2 native mode. There are two real authorities that I rely upon and unfortunately there is disagreement. First is Microsoft TechNet. According to their Exchange Server Supportability Matrix, last updated on […]

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I have been working with Windows 7 recently and since it does not ship with Windows Messenger, I had to install Windows Live Messenger on it.  In doing so, I noticed a lot of new features in that product, including integration with a number of Web 2.0 items.  One of those features is to add […]

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