No, your computer isn’t slow.

How many times has this happened to you… You buy a brand new computer and things are great!  You can browse the web at speed.  Programs open and close when you ask.  Life is good. Then time goes by – maybe a year.  You’ve accidentally opened some sketchy websites (clicking links on Facebook is more …Read More…

Why you should consider a credit freeze – EquiFax hack

Now that Equifax has disclosed the hack of 143 million American’s personal records, there is no longer any hope of keeping our data private.  You are an identity theft victim, you just don’t know it yet.  I’ve long said that every big-name company has been hacked; they just haven’t disclosed it yet.  This is just …Read More…

Virtual Servers, Storage, and SAN – Why your servers are slow

Alright folks, this is a technical topic, but I’m going to try to explain it simply.  Bear with me! If your organization has more than five servers, you are probably using a virtualization system like VMWare or Microsoft’s HyperV.  These systems give huge benefits in terms of high-availability, disaster recovery, and management ability.  But if …Read More…

How to un-freeze your laptop like a pro

What is the first rule of computer troubleshooting?   Unlike a regular desktop computer, when laptops “freeze up”, it is not obvious how to do this!   Even if you pull out the cord, the laptop may just fall asleep and wake up exactly the same.  Or maybe it will slowly drain the battery for …Read More…

Dell PowerEdge R730 PERC RAID online reconfiguration

This is a story about how we migrated a production server from RAID-1 to RAID-5 without losing data, using the PERC H730 controller. Recently,  we pushed a Dell server’s PERC RAID controller to its limit.  (After making a verified good backup, of course). Originally, the server’s hard drives were set up as a RAID 1 …Read More…

Dreamhost HTTP error WordPress media upload and library

Spent the weekend troubleshooting a website error on Dreamhost with the Shared Hosting Plan. Symptoms Media files (pictures) larger than 2mb were spontaneously disappearing from the media library. When uploading, large files would get the vague “HTTP error” in WordPress. The thumbnail would be blank, and you couldn’t see the picture if you edited it. …Read More…

FortiAnalyzer Configuration problems after initial deploy

FortiAnalyzer virtual appliance setup. Version 5.4.x Disk configuration problem:   “Hard drive allocated for this VM instance”  “is less than the licensed VM storage volume” .   How do I remove this annoying warning? Behavior: If I select the alert, a link to the FortiNet website is displayed:  http://help.fortinet.com/fa/vm-install/54/index.htm   which is not helpful.   Solution:   …Read More…

FortiAnalyzer custom report – All users web browsing by category

I recently spent time building FortiAnalyzer reports to let management see which devices are spending the most time browsing non-work websites. I was really surprised how hard it was to find information on this topic.  No default reports on the FortiAnalyzer gave the level of detail I wanted without running the User Detailed Browsing Log …Read More…

The #1 Computer Security Threat Just Evolved – RCE Worm

    Let me tell you a story about a worm. This worm’s name was Welchia, and it came into the world late one night in mid-2003. I was early career IT at that time, working Tier 2 Helpdesk in a very large (hundreds of thousands of users) enterprise.  We had server farms across the …Read More…

How to fix vSphere and vCenter datastore reverting to old size

Symptoms: You increased the size of a datastore in the past, but now when you open vCenter, you see the old (smaller) size displayed.  There may be low disk space warnings. Web client for vCenter 6.5  and vSphere 6.5  and probably vCenter 6.0 and vSphere 6.0 If you refresh the datastore information, the correct size …Read More…