Got a Question? Contact Me!

December 9, 2012

I have added a contact form to the website to make it easier for people to get in contact with me about things on my blog.

This is to try and stave off the increasing labyrinth of comments that appear to be increasing across my site with questions about the scripts, that are not necessarily related to the blog post itself. Because of this new feature, I will no longer publish comments that are:

a) Not directly related to the post
b) comments to posts older than 2 months.

However, if the questions/comments received are non-trival, I will now include regular Q&A Blog posts to cover the question :)

Thanks for reading :)

SysAdmin Day is Nearly Here! July 25th

July 20, 2014

July 25th marks the 15th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day. SysAdmin Day as it is known is an international event that is held on the last Friday of each July and is a day where businesses and colleagues can express their appreciation for the work IT professionals do, often without any recognition.

There are many events being held around the world for systems administrators to unwind on this day – Reddit has a great list. Also if you are in Australia, you have the chance to win a home theatre system from Samsung, a SAGE-AU subscription and a trophy for System Administrator of the Year. Click here for more contest details.

Spiceworks is celebrating the 12 days of Sysmas leading up to Sysadmin Day, with freebies and giveaways.

Finally, If you are an IT Professional looking after other peoples ICT Infrastructure, then SysAdmin day is for you! Spread the word, go out for drinks, or if you are very lucky, get appreciated by your clients  with cakes and stuff! :)

Have a great day Friday!

Are Some of your GTalk Contacts Offline since using Hangouts? This Might be Why.

July 15, 2014

This article is slightly different from my usual articles, as it’s more about the use of a chat client. However this issue has been one that has been causing me great pain and frustration, and having found the root cause of the issue has been quite a relief. I figured I would share in case others were experiencing.

Over the last 3 months, a group of friends and I have been using Google Hangouts as the primary medium for messaging. Due to the use of an XMPP Bridge, we are able to use chat clients like Digsby, Adium and Pidgin. This worked great, until one day I noticed one of my friends did not appear online any more, though I would receive messages from him. Attempts to remove and re-add the contact, as well as completely & mutually removing our Google Plus and Gmail Contact info from each other did not resolve the issue.

After 3 months, the issue and resolution was finally found on the Google Product Forums. It would appear that when you disable sound notifications in google hangouts for messages, unexpected behaviour can occur including that you will appear invisible to other chat clients. My friend verified this by un-muting notifications, and *boom* he appeared online in a variety of clients we were testing.

So there you have it, if you are having trouble with friends who use Hangouts appearing offline in your chat clients, see if they have muted/disabled message notifications.

Microsoft Release TMG 2010 SP2 Rollup 5

July 2, 2014

Remember Microsoft Threat Management Gateway?

It looks like in the last couple of days,  a new rollup patch has been released. Despite Microsoft discontinuing the product in 2012, patches have continued to be released since then. Rollup comes around 7 months after Rollup 4.

For more information on what this Rollup provides please visit the kb page:

Upgrading VMware ESXi with NetApp NFS Storage May Cause VMs to Stop Responding

April 2, 2014

It was supposed to be a routine ESXi upgrade. Having discovered that one of the NetApp's OnTap software had a memory leak which was causing a controller to slow down and eventually fail over every 3-6 months, a pre-requisite of updating the OnTap software was to upgrade the ESXi hosts to at least version 5.

Having been doing a number of these upgrades recently, my confidence was high as I submitted the change requests, notified stakeholders and completed the upgrade.

And then the phone calls started.

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IPv6 Roadshow Wrap

March 11, 2014

Last week I attended the SAGE-AU IPv6 Roadshow that was sponsored by Megaport.

I attended the Hobart event and for someone who has has little to do with IPv6, this event was an excellent introduction. Some of the things I found worthwhile form the event included:

  • How an IPv6 Address is put together and notation rules.
  • Reserved address spaces for IPv6
  • Subnetting a prefix
  • Changes made in the Packet Header compared to IPv4
  • Auto-configuration and Discovery Protocols

There was a lot of in depth information available for those who attended. I think everyone who attended was pleased with the outcomes of the event and hope that SAGE-AU continues to hold more training events like this in the future.

SAGE-AU IPv6 Roadshow

February 18, 2014

IPv6 Roadshow Logo

Have you heard about SAGE-AU‘s National IPv6 Roadshow coming up in March?

SAGE-AU is running a 1 day event around capital cities in Australia to provide IT Professionals an introduction to the new address scheme of the internet and how you would go about implementing IPv6 in your home/business/organisation.

I think many people believe that IPv6 is still a fair way off, and with google reporting some 3% of traffic to it’s site as IPv6, perhaps it is. The problem for those people though is that take-up is accelerating as more networking devices become IPv6 compatible and I think in the next 2-3 years, people will suddenly need to know about IPv6.

To me, it makes perfect sense to get a fundamental knowledge of IPv6 now and be ahead of the game when the protocol hits critical mass.

The IPv6 Roadshow is coming up soon, so if you are thinking about coming, you should register now!

Also, as an IT Professional, you should probably join SAGE-AU and make use of their great benefits.

Disclaimer: I am the 2013-2014 Vice President of SAGE-AU.

HP Releases PowerShell Scripting Tool

November 3, 2013

It would appear that the Practical Admin Blog is read far and wide. This week I got an email from Product Marketing @ HP to let me know that they have released scripting tool for PowerShell recently. Needless to say this is a welcome announcement.

At just on 77,000 lines of code, it quite a substantial libraries of cmdlets, supporting iLO3 and iLO4 devices. In a somewhat strange decision there appears to be no supporting technical documentation linked to the PowerShell scripting tools, unlike the sample scripting tools available for perl & cpqlocfg tools. This has had to leave me delving into the code itself to get an idea what is available.

I am pleased to say that this library of cmdlets appears to have all the functionality my iLO libraries have in the past and would recommend to people have have iLO3 and iLO4 devices to look at this script, or replacing my own scripts with this one.

You can get it from here:


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