Balancing Security and Functionality in Firefox


Since my last login, something changed, regarding how Suntrust was using session cookies, because suddenly I could no longer pay bills or transfer money using Mozilla Firefox on my laptop. I was receiving the error message, “We’re sorry. We could not set cookies or find a session for you.” Yet, I was still logged into […]

vSphere 6.0 Client fails on Windows XP and 2003


We all know that Windows XP is a deprecated and no longer supported operating system. Here is just a nail in the coffin. I attempted to install the vSphere 6.0 client on XP, and received the error message, “When installed on a Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 host machine, the vSphere Client might fail […]

Unexpected ESXi Error

VMware Error Message

Last week, I was working happily in the vSphere fat client, and suddenly received the error, “The request failed because the server closed the connection. The underlying connection was closed: A connection that was expected to be kept alive was closed by the server.” What does this VMware actually mean? Turns out that I was […]

Allow Multiple Assignment Attempts

Allow Mulitple Attempts coursesites

This spring, I quickly learned that administering online courses is a tricky business. More specifically, one common complaint that students made was that their web quiz/assignment/test session was unexpectedly terminated and could they please, please, please re-submit? Imagine that?!? So, I wondered, how does one allow for the same BlackBoard assignment to be turned in […]

PowerShell version by OS

Powershell version

I am working on automating some administrative functions and wanted to leverage Powershell coding. But, my servers come in a variety of flavors: 2008R1, 2008R2, 2012R1, and 2012R2. So, I wondered, what version of Powershell do I have available on each, and can it be upgraded? Googling, and found a reference to the original versions […]

Create Smart View of Surveys

Create SmartView in coursesites

I have been supporting an online course over the last several months, and learning a ton of tricks regarding how to configure and use the free version of BlackBoard available at for instructors who support a small number of concurrent online courses. This post regards how to create a smart view of all your […]

Disable OS X Sharing Services

Apple File Sharing

Today, I was helping someone setup their brand new Apple laptop. One of the recommendations I made was to turn off “Sharing Services”. This resulted in a blank stare, so I thought it would be valuable to describe how to accomplish this task. Note that my recommendation encompasses a large range of features, including, screen […]

Review: StarTech Managed 1 GB Switch

startech switch

Overall, I was impressed with the StarTech 10 Port L2 Managed Gigabit Ethernet Switch. In a compact rugged form, it had many of the features I would have expected from a much more expensive enterprise unit. And, these features could be easily configured via the included admin web interface or using the command line. For […]

Cyber Squirrels Attack the US Power Grid!

Cyber Squirrels attach power grid

While surfing today, I came across this article about showing a world map and the various successful confirmed attacks against the USA power grid. The media might have you believing that cyber terrorism is an important threat vector. Maybe in the future it will be, but according to this data, looks like squirrel attacks are […]

Determining the IE Zone

IE10 Site zone Info

In the “Internet Options” menu item of Internet Explorer, you can add websites to particular zones. If you don’t manually do this, IE seems to allocate the websites for itself. Today, I was attempting to debug an issue, and I wondered “Does Internet Explorer understand this website is on its intranet”? For that matter, how […]