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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

 

Example of its usage

And what it looks like in

Linux

Windows

 

Workout – Plan For December: Happy New Year

Now that the holidays are here and the new year is approaching, its time for me to attempt a nice program to push myself into the next level of my workouts. To do this I need to write out a plan of what I will be targeting week after week.

So here it is… And for each I plan to take a full day off between workouts; and if I do go to the gym it will be interval cardio walking, running only.

Back and Biceps (3 sets of 8-10 reps)

Chest, Shoulders, and Triceps (3 sets of 8-10 reps)

Shoulder Workout (3 sets of 8-10 reps)

Leg Day Workout (3 sets of 8-10 reps) And be ready not to walk the next day

Note – there will be a minimum of 50 push-ups done, with the target of 100 per each 24 hour day.

Thanks to bodybuilding.com for the video links

A GoodReads review of my Minecraft Servers

There are times I search my domain name to see where my ranking are going.

Tonight I came across something unexpected. It was a review on the website goodreads where a player who visits my Minecraft Servers gave it a very friendly review and write up.  How awesome is that!

I am so happy that hosting a small Minecraft server as a project to see how my kids play online socially with others has taken off and enjoyed not only by myself, my kids and their friends but the new friends who join and play.

As the author or the post states; I the owner does play the game also. So if you are looking to come hangout on the server please stop on by and give me a hello.

 

Original Message 

Minecraft Server Address Info

Server A – minecraft.jermsmit.com (default port)

Server B – minecraft.jermsmit.com:25566

Pocket Server (when up): minecraft.jermsmit.com (default port) 

Welcome to Microsoft Office 365 Community

I guess not I can start participating in valuable conversation in the Office 365 Community. Bio Page is now set.  What next?

How to Enable Data Compression & Bandwidth savings in Google Chrome Mobile Application

A new feature in Google Chrome Mobile which allows you to enable compression to  save on data usage is available.

To enable this feature the following needs to be done:

If you don’t have Google Chrome installed – download it from the Play or App Store.

Once you have it downloaded and installed open Google Chrome (wonderful isn’t it, having the best browser made on your device).

*plug alert* Oh and don’t forget to visit jermsmit.com from your device to stay up to date with whats new.

Once installed you just need to enter the “settings”  menu

select  bandwidth management,  then reduce data usage and turn this feature on.

Now you’re on the path of saving bandwidth and money.

If this feature is not yet available to you, check your device for updates it will be here very soon.

 

Installing Cumulative Updates for Exchange Server 2013

Tonight’s “home work” Assignment:
Update  Companies Exchange 2013 to Cumulative Update 3

Purpose

  • Address many of the issues that existed in Cumulative Update 2.
  • Bring additional value to the company

Oh and some of the newly introduced features / enhancements should help also:

  • Usability improvements when adding members to distribution groups in the Exchange Administration Console (EAC)
  • Windows Azure AD Rights Management available for use for IRM protection in on-premises Exchange deployments
  • Improved administrator audit logging experience
  • Windows 8.1/IE 11 no longer require the use of OWA Light

To get the Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 3 just click here

Here are some steps to keep in mind when / if you are preforming this update yourself.

Preparation Tasks

Like that of installing any updates get ready. Read about what your installing and know why you are installing it.

  • Download the Cumulative Update 3 Install – here is a link hope it still works, if not just go to the download center and download it to each exchange server.
  • Backup Active Directory – Exchange CU3  will modify your schema
  • Backup you existing Exchange  2013 server(s)
  • Backup your existing Exchange databases (data/log volumes)
  • Have documented info on anything that you may have customized; such as configurations.
  • If you use 3rd party add-on to exchange (GOD HELP YOU)
  • And if you have no idea of what your doing and not 100% confident then you should not proceed further – my advice

Preforming the update

Locate your downloaded package containing the Cumulative Update 3 and extract it.  Once completed run the Setup.exe

If your server is connected to the internet you will be asked if you can check for updates. It’s a good idea to do this.

 

When the update had completed its check click Next to continue. The setup will being to cop files. This will take some time. Once completed the setup will detect that you are installing an update to Exchange 2013

You will presented with the normal license agreement, and as always you will accept them so you can proceed with the install. Once you have done so the installer will check for existing and new prerequisites it needs to continue the installation

After the readiness checks have completed the setup process continues and this my friend will take a very long time. In my case it was about 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete.

 

The setup process saves the exchange configuration and removes all the previous exchange installation

It then copies the new installation files to the server, in addition to other files such a languages etc..

Closer to the end of the update it configures your services again

And when the setup has completed you are prompted to restart the server if required.  *please* restart your server as you would want to test to ensure all services start up as expected.

Congratulations you have just updated to Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 3

Post Install Tasks

  • Review windows event logs on your Exchange server(s)
  • Review services
  • Review connectivity to Exchange – Outlook Web Access, Outlook Clients, Mobile Device Connectivity
  • Write up a summery of what you did to share with team members are supervising management types – I included my actual report at the end of this post.

 

My Summery:

I have completed the work on Exchange.
Completion time was 12:30 AM Saturday, January 18, 2014

Tasks Preformed before Update Process
• Exchange Server was shutdown to adjust memory resources
• Exchange Data & Log Volumes moved  to Volume Collection
• Volume Collection of Exchanges Data & Log Volumes were made into a full snapshot as part of a backup / rollback plan
• Exchange Server was also made into a snapshot for backup / rollback plan

Update Process
• After exchange was restarted, began the verification of  files
•  Started update process,  monitored resources during the upgrade
• Update ran for 2 hours from start to finish.
• Once update was completed, restarted exchange
• Upon resuming, verified services were started automatically and storage volumes were attached
• Inspected event logs for any errors.
• Tested connectivity with OWA, Mobile and Outlook access

 

Happy New Year 2014

It’s here the day we all waited 365 days for.

Looking back for a brief moment into 2013, I can say it was a very successful year.  I am now moving forward with this momentum right into this year with the hopes and drive to accomplish even more.

This is day one, we have 364 left and the race is starting – on your mark, get set, go.

 

Uninstall of SQL fails with error about RsFx Driver

I was working on uninstalling installations of SQL 2012 and SQL 2008 R2 to later do a clean install of SQL 2012. All seems to be going relatively smooth until I encountered the following message:

Warning 26003. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Setup
Support Files cannot be uninstalled because the
following products are installed:
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 RsFx Driver

Understandable; So I will uninstall using Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features (Add/Remove for the old school). However the item wasn’t listed. After searching on how to do this using the registry I found a simpler way, I am now calling it a clean and #jermsmit supported way to doing this.

Steps to correct this issue:

We need to obtain the product GUID from WMI using WMIC so that we can use the MSIEXEC /X {GUID} command to remove the software.

Open a command prompt as administrator and type: WMIC PRODUCT LIST to get a list of products and the GUID associated with them. I found using the following command works best: WMIC PRODUCT GET Caption, IdentifyingNumber > c:\info.txt 

Once you have the GUID of the software you want to uninstall you simply type: MSIEXEC /X {GUID}

Software is now uninstalled and you can proceed.

*note* the steps provided can be used for any software you are looking to uninstall that is not listed under Add/Remove programs. Just follow the steps as such:

  1. Get the product GUID from WMI (Win32_Product class)
  2. Find the GUID related to the product or products that the SQL error mentions
  3. Run MSIEXEC /X {GUID} for each of the products to uninstall them manually.

 

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Just got my Google+ custom URL

Today I received an email letting me know that I was not eligible for a unique Google + Custom URL.

Here is some info on custom URL in regards to Google +

Requirements for getting a custom URL

Before you can get a custom URL, your account needs to be in good standing and meet the following requirements:

Eligibility for People:

Ten or more followers
Your account is 30 days old or more
A profile photo

For more info follow this ‘link

jermsmit’s Minecraft server – Back online!

minecraft.jermsmit.com

After about 2 weeks of downtime. Minecraft @ minecraft.jermsmit.com is online once again. Hopefully all has been restored to its normal operation status. Please join me along with all the other players for some building and adventure fun.

See you all soon!

– jermsmit