Entries from June 2009

Fun with VMware ESXi

Date June 30, 2009

Day one of playing with bare metal hypervisors, and I’m already having a blast. I decided to try ESXi first, since it was the closest relative to what I’m running right now. Straight out of the box, I run into my first error. I’m installing on a Dell Poweredge 1950 server. The CD boots into […]

Encryption tools for Sysadmins

Date June 29, 2009

Every once in a while, someone will ask me what I use for keeping passwords securely. I tell them that I use password safe, which was reccommended to me when *I* asked the question. Other times, people will ask for simple ways to encrypt or store files. If you’re looking for something robust, cross platform, […]

Welcome to the future!

Date June 27, 2009

Hi! You got here by going to http://www.standalone-sysadmin.com but this domain is not yet complete. In time, my blog will be hosted here, so what you’re looking at is very much a work in progress. In the meantime, please visit its current home on blogspot: http://standalone-sysadmin.blogspot.com. Thanks for stopping by!

Enable Terminal Server on a remote machine

Date June 25, 2009

Well, sort of. This is an old howto that I apparently missed. I really know so little about Windows administration that finding gems like this makes me really excited :-) Anyway, it’s possible to connect to a remote machine’s registry, alter the data in it, then remotely reboot the machine so that it can come […]

Windows Desktop Automated Installations

Date June 24, 2009

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had the idea in the back of my mind to build an infrastructure for automated Windows installs, for my users’ machines. I’ve been doing some research (including on ServerFault), and have created a list of software that seems to attempt to fill that niche. First up is Norton […]

Examine SSL certificate on the command line

Date June 22, 2009

This is more for my documentation than anyone elses, but you might find it useful. To examine an SSL certificate (for use on a secured web server) from the commandline, use this command: openssl x509 -in filename.crt -noout -text