Retrieve MX records using nslookup

One of my new kids on the block asked me a question tonight; “Jermal, how do I get the mx record of a domain?”

To retrieve mx record information we need to use a tool called nslookup which is available in Windows and Linux

The quick syntax use is

nslookup [-option] [hostname] [server]


Example of its usage

nslookup -type=mx

And what it looks like in




How to start an argument online

If your looking to start an argument online, all you need to do is follow these simple yet effective steps. 

  1. Express an opinion; especially about a heated topic in the media
  2. Wait 

With these two simple steps you will have an argument in no time.

Good Luck

Annoying: Ask Toolbar install with Java

How many times have you install or simply updated your Java, only to be asked once again to install third part software such as the ask toolbar?

How many time have end users in your company also done this only to have the tool bar eat away at resources on their workstations or conflict with in house applications?

Well did you know, that in the Java Control Panel  there is a setting located under miscellaneous which allows you to suppress the sponsored offers when installing or updating new versing of Java.

How cool, now go and make that change.

While your at it, you could push out a registry change to all of your Active Directory to ensure this is in place:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



For more info:

Set SharePoint Content Database in Read-Only Mode

This weekend I am working on a SharePoint 2010 to 2013 upgrade.

One of the steps; the beginning steps I will do is set the databases I am upgrading into read only mode to prevent users or automated process from upgrading the database during the upgrade window.

Now I could have taken the system offline for this; but that would be simple and inconvenient for anyone looking for information.  And in IT its all about the Information now isn’t it. You can find my steps below.

SharePoint Application Server

  • I first logged into my central administration of my SharePoint Server (SharePoint 2010).
  • Under Application Management, Select Manage content databases
  • Chose your web application  and select the database
  • You will notice that there isn’t a location to set this database into read only mode; however you do see that its status indicates its not in read only mode.
  • Keep this page open, as we will reload it later.

SharePoing SQL Database Server

  • Log into your Microsoft SQL Database Server (Or use SSMS).
  • Launch SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
  • Connect to the SQL Database Server instance
  • Select the database in question
  • Right click and select Properties
  • Under properties select Options
  • Scroll down to the area that reads “State”
  • You will see Database Read-Only
  • Change the value from False to True, then click OK
  • You will see a notification that it will momentary kick active users.
  • Click OK to continue.

Now you can revisit the SharePoint Application Server and reload the page and you will now notice that the status has changed and is in read only mode.

Congrats, if you followed these steps you did it right.

Delete Google Play App History

I have been thinking about this for a while, how I could delete those apps that I have downloaded but never intend to use “EVER” again. And if you one day decided to restore all of your apps, those come along with it. No Bueno, my friends.

I have looked up and down the Google Play Store via my PC and couldn’t find a way to do this. So I turned my focus to my phone. Yes; I found it… So say goodbye to that insanely long apps list by doing the following:

  1. Launch the Play Store App
  2. Tap the menu button and choose “My Apps”
  3. At the “My Apps” menu choose “ALL” – Here you will see a list of all the apps you ever installed; wow I have downloaded a lot of apps in my past.

For the apps that are no installed you can simply click the (X) in the upper right corner to remove the app. You can select multiple apps by holding down one of the apps (phone will vibrate) and you can continue to select multiple apps until you’re ready to delete them all in one swift click.

I hope this has helped you.

– Jermal

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