Robert Vance

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HOWTO: Add ISCSI Support to Macrium Reflect Recovery Disk

This HOWTO describes how to create a bootable USB recovery CD for Macrium Reflect. This in itself isn’t terribly useful in itself as the Reflect Software offers an excellent GUI based wizard to accomplish this. However, the default Windows PE environment it creates does not include ISCSI support which means if your backups are stored …

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HOWTO: Compare your weight to famous celebrities

This is going to be one of the more unusual HOWTOs I’m likely ever to produce for this site. It all started earlier today when I asked myself a seemingly simple question: What is the average weight of famous celebrities that are roughly my height and age? I was curious because I was wondering how …

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HOWTO: Write Japanese on a computer

I’ve decided to try to learn some of the basics of the Japanese language.  At first I thought I’d limit myself to memorizing some spoken phrases only but I found myself increasingly curious with how the Japanese writing system works.  I installed the Japanese keyboard on my tablet and… was immediately overwhelmed.  “How could anyone …

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Microsoft, what are you doing!?!

Windows 8.1 has now been officially released.  I tried to download the update but ran into a design decision Microsoft has made that I honestly can’t explain.   I discovered the only official way to download Windows 8.1 is by logging into the Windows Store using your Microsoft account.  I’m not sure if you installed Windows 8 …

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The Right Way to Take Screenshots

Being in IT means I have to take a lot of screenshots for use in various kinds of documentation. With the release of Windows Vista/7, Microsoft included the “Snipping Tool” which proved to be an invaluable improvement over any free solution I used at the time.  That is to say, alt-print screen and mspaint. Snagit …

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HOWTO: Create an artificial slow WAN connection

I’m studying on BranchCache and needed a way to simulate a low speed WAN connection. I found someone who referenced a tool written by some guy who works for Microsoft called the Network Emulator for Windows Toolkit.  It allows you to simulate just about any kind of network connection or network level of reliability.   …

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HOWTO: High Level Configuration of Dynamic Access Control

I have been playing around with Dynamic Access Control in Windows Server 2012 for a few hours now and finally got it doing something useful. I wanted to document in broad terms what steps were needed to configure DAC:   Edit your default Domain Controllers policy and enable support for Claims Claims are essentially the …

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Ipv6 Cheat Sheet

I found this cheat sheet for ipv6. It is very handy as it includes a column for ipv4 equivalents. http://www.ripe.net/lir-services/new-lir/ipv6_reference_card.pdf Through this I was able to confirm that: FF00:: is for multicast addresses and is similar to 224.0.0.02001:: is for Teredo (allows ipv6 to tunnel through ipv4 NATs) FC00: and FD00: are called Unique Local …

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HOWTO: Use Word as your WordPress Publishing Platform

Did you know that since Word 2007, Microsoft natively supports publishing directly to WordPress? It’s true! Why would you want this? In my case, I regularly create documentation at work that would likely be useful to a wider audience. I create this documentation in Outlook and unfortunately due to the HTML rendering engine used in …

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HOWTO: Install a Slackware Linux BIND DNS Server From Scratch

This HOWTO describes how to set up a Slackware Linux based BIND9 virtual DNS server.  The background on why this HOWTO came to be is that I recently received a renewal notice for my domain vanlab.net.  I haven’t used this domain for anything in nearly a year.  Not wanting to pay for DNS hosting or …

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