Food Waste Awareness Week

Those lovely people at Ocado are trying to help the consumer reduce the amount of food waste and instill better cooking habits (not to mention buying from them more, I’m sure) in people. It’s a nice idea and is probably relevant in way to many households and businesses still. Take a butchers at what they have to say here.


It’s Happening

I’m working from the Funky Promo’s office in Croydonia today and I’m going to see The Happening at the movies tonight. I’m really looking forward to it as I enjoyed his last production – The Village, even though this one’s got Marky Mark in it.. Worse things have happened I reckon. I’ll stick a post up and let y’all know what I thought of it tomorrow.

On securing domains and shutting down DC’s

One of the things I’ve just found since I’ve renamed my domain and gone to running with least privieges is that  since I no longer use the ‘Administrator’ account to log onto DC’s or the account that is the Administrator but not called that any more (phew), is that I couldn’t restart my DC’s after a Windows Update. Using my own admin user account, it didn’t have the right to shut down the DC, which is assigned by default to the Server Operators and Backup Operators Builtin Groups. So I simply made all my admins members of the Server Operators groups and we’re all good to do restarts of DC’s now. Winner.

Finally, I sleep in my new room!

2 weeks and 5 days after my actual move date, I’m actually going to sleep in a made bed in my new room in Caterham. It’s been a torrid couple of weeks of decorating, borrowing, hoboing and all sorts whilst I get it half sorted and feels really good to know I’ll wake up and be where I need to be in the morning.

I’ve a few shelves left to put up, a new bed frame and subsequently mattress to order, then a new workstation desk to design and build due to the lack of space in here, and I’ll be done.

Then it’s the simple task of de-cluttering 10 years worth of shit and starting a fresh into what’ll feel like a new chapter of Mr B đŸ™‚

Glad to be home …

Renaming Windows Domains

I renamed my Windows domain a few weeks back. There were a few things that caught me and weren’t so obvious.

Keep all Domain Computers on during the process – that’s workstations the lot.

Try and ensure every domain machine is on when you commit the domain rename process. I found that machines that weren’t powered on when the rename occured had to be removed and rejoined to the domain as they wouldn’t pick up the new domain automatically. With your servers this shouldn’t be a problem of course but workstations are usually switched off. This ends up giving you a problem in the form of
x amount of users that are all sitting there in the morning trying to log on and needing help even though your server migration went fine.

Server Service Accounts.

Use a tool like Hyena to quickly view services on your servers and check to see what account is being used for the service log on. Make a note of these accounts, make sure you have access to the password or if not worst case reset it and change it in the service context so you know where your at, post rename ensure these have all changed to the new domain and if not re-enter as needed, SQL Server Service accounts have to be renamed using SQL Enterprise Manager NOT using the Services console. see KB283811

Authentication on IIS servers.

Check your basic or integrated authentication settings and check the domain name used to authenticate users to your IIS
servers and change that post event if needed.
Aside from the above my experience of renaming the domain went quite well. A note to remember though. When your using the rendom command and repadmin commands, give them time. If they come back and error for the first partc chill out for a few minutes and try again. They do come good eventually.
I found this when trying to execute rendom a couple of times, just sitting back grabbing a coffee and
doing some documentation along the way found me able to complete the exact same command just a little later, so be patient!

Good luck if your going to do it!

Nike Human Race 10K

Nike have just announced the largest single running event here. I’ll be running it to help support Climate Change as that’s one of the three options you have when running the event aswell as Health and Poverty.

I’m going to up my ante of my current 5k training to 10k training to compete at a decent sub 38min time come the event now I know about it. Everyone come and play!! It’s at Wembley too!!