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Full home audio without iTunes

I want to have speakers in every room of my house, and I want them to be able to play the same stations, or different ones. Basically I want to have digital FM radio across the whole house, so that as I walk from the living room, to the back yard the music doesn’t skip a beat. This is currently offered by Sonos at a ridiculous price, and was offered until 2012 by Logitech, with Squeezebox at a less ridiculous price. Squeezebox being discontinued, I’m not willing to sink my money or time into that, and Sonos is too expensive.
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dcpromo fails with An error with no description has occurred on Server 2008R2

While working to get rid of all our 2003/2008 DCs to get our AD to a 2012 Native level I came across one 2008 DC that was extremely difficult to rid ourselves of. It was created about a year ago to replace our 2003 FSMO master, and had been running without major issue since then. After building a new 2012 VM, and DCPromo’ing it, I transfered the FSMO roles to a stable server and set out to demote and decommission the 2008 machine. Upon running dcpromo from an admin shell, the system began to detect the ADDS binaries, and failed. The message it failed with was an extremely helpful “Failed to detect if Active Directory Domain Services binaries were installed. The error was: An error with no description has occurred.” Lovely.
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Bash script to automatically restart MySQL when website database connection is down

I’ve been noticing that periodically my MySQL service will hang and require a restart. It’s easy enough to SSH in and restart it, but I only catch it after the fact. So I wrote this little script which curls my website, sees that it’s down and restarts MySQL and shoots me an email with sSMTP. This only checks for the MySQL service not accepting connections from Apache. If there’s an error with Apache, or it’s not running this won’t do anything. Continue reading Bash script to automatically restart MySQL when website database connection is down

Change default font in Office 2010 (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint) by GPO

I was asked if it was possible to rebrand our Office apps so that by default, we’d all be compliant with corporate branding when composing email, PowerPoint presentations, and Word documents. If I didn’t get to do fun things with computers, that would actually sound like the worst thing ever. But this kind of stuff is neat, so yay me! Continue reading Change default font in Office 2010 (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint) by GPO

Why I’m a CA and you can too…

SSL Certificates are expensive, and most CAs aren’t that respectable anyhow, so why are we all using their certificates to prove we trust each other? I figure you’re here for one of two reasons. You’re either my friend and got here accidentally or you’re looking for computer advice; you either trust me because we’re friends, or you trust me enough to make your computer work better.
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Generate Certificate for TomatoUSB from Active Directory CA

I wanted to install a cert on my router so that I could stop getting shit for not trusting it when I log in. However, installing the cert on every device that I access it with. Since I’ve got all my computers on a domain, I can just install the CA role on my DC, so I don’t need to fuck around with an untrusted CA like StartCom who offer free certs, but still require you to install the CA chain, or buy a ridiculously overpriced cert from some random CA.
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