QUIET! Simple powershell code to set current_user / default_user reg keys to "NONE"

I think for every PC i’ve used /worked on over the past 20 years, the first thing I do after logging on is set the “system sounds” to NONE. I don’t need beeps for every time I fat-finger windows + R or whatnot. I recently re-installed Win 10 on my personal laptop, and wanted toContinue reading “QUIET! Simple powershell code to set current_user / default_user reg keys to "NONE"”

Not all NVM drives are created equal!

Over the weekend, I learned the hard way what happens when you deviate from Vmware’s HCL list.Many months back, I’d decided on HP EX920 1TB NVM drives for my home lab ESXI 6.7 U1 hostsFor reference, the hardware for my hosts is level-set as follows:HP EliteDesk 800 G3 SFF (not on vmware HCL)Intel Core i5-6500 CPUContinue reading “Not all NVM drives are created equal!”

Home lab upgrade log – April 26, 2019: "New" IP KVM switch has arrived!

In my last post on the topic of home lab upgrades, I’d stated I was going to use Intel Q370 based mobo’s to satisfy a long-standing need for IPMI/OOB/Lights-out mgmt of my various virtualization hosts That plan has now changed, as I’ve deiced to go with a more scalable solution that won’t lock me inContinue reading “Home lab upgrade log – April 26, 2019: "New" IP KVM switch has arrived!”

How I automate windows updates/reboots on my home lab

As my home lab has grown, so has the amount of time that I spend manually patching/rebooting each server, no fun!So last weekend, I came up with a means to automate the process with active directory groups, group policy and powershell. The goals Automate patching / rebooting of all vmware/hyper-v guest operating systems in my homeContinue reading “How I automate windows updates/reboots on my home lab”

Export-STFConfiguration / Import-STFConfiguration fails

On a few new Win 2012 / Win 2016 systems I’ve setup on my home lab over the past week , I’ve noted various error messages on attempting the following simple Powershell cmdlet based process which you would use to export the config of a working StoreFront server to a new StoreFront server. Citrix detailsContinue reading “Export-STFConfiguration / Import-STFConfiguration fails”

Chrome with folder redirection works with only one session

In my previous job, my exposure to Citrix imaging solutions was limited to PVS. So, over the past few days, I’ve been going through the process of setting up MCS in my home lab. To be honest, it’s a pretty great out-of-the-box experience. PVS is a lot of work to setup / maintain, man! 🙂Anyway, IContinue reading “Chrome with folder redirection works with only one session”

Disabling SMB v1 breaks Sonos home NAS support

I’ve had Sonos gear for about 5 years now. 4 units, great little speakers – when they work! Case in point, I disabled SMB v1 on my win 2016 hyper-v based file server this weekend, only to discover that the default (as in only) SMB format that Sonos supports to enumerate/connect to windows shares isContinue reading “Disabling SMB v1 breaks Sonos home NAS support”

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