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How To Mount a Windows Share on Ubuntu 16.0.4 LTS

Recently I just installed Ubuntu 16.0.4 LTS on my Dell laptop and needed to connect to my cifs share off the FreeNAS and ran the normal mount command and it failed. Never been an issue on Fedora 24 and a new install but has been many years since I have been on Ubuntu. From the above line you see that I am passing the dir_mode and file_mode parameters to make sure that I can read / write the share. This... read more

How To Map a Network Drive With Encrypted Password with PowerShell

Introduction With the New-PSDrive cmdlet add to PowerShell 3, we can now mount any available PSProvder as a drive. This is great and simple to execute, but the real question is how can I do this and not send the password in clear text, but encrypted. The answer to that question is yes and in this post we will discuss how. The Process The first piece of the puzzle is to create a secure string password for... read more

How To Transform 45 RPM’s to MP3 Using Audacity

Introduction Time for a fun post! You know we have those old 45 RPM’s records laying around that are just not available on iTunes or for download anywhere and we just remember spending endless hours listening to them, okay maybe there are many that may not have those memories, but there are some!  With the popularity of vinyl coming back there are many newer options available to play records again... read more

Network performance with VMXNET3 on Windows Server 2016

Introduction In this post we will cover an updated version for addressing VMXNET3 performance issues on Windows Server 2016. As with an earlier post we addressed Windows Server 2012 R2 but, with 2016 more features were added and old settings are not all applicable. What To Change According to VMWare you may experience issues similar to: Poor performance Packet loss Network latency Slow data transfer The... read more

Using PowerShell for EMC XtremIO

Introduction EMC have released XIOS version 4.1.10-33 and XMS version 4.2 recently and with this release they have added PowerShell support. Being a PowerShell guy this is a good thing for automation and maintaining EMC XtremIO. In this post we will cover downloading and installing PowerShell for XtremIO and a few of the available features. Installation Download the PowerShell Modules for XtremIO from... read more

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