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SMB being real slow

Browsing our SMB shares (located on a Windows 2008 server) from our new macs (OS X 10.6) was real slow.  Here is a fix I found and is working for us. Need to sudo and make this file: /etc/nsmb.conf [default] notify_off=yes   Update: Additionally, on a copy of Mavericks I had to run the "sudo …

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Search problems in Lion (OS X 10.7)

Search isn't working right on our network shares with OSX 10.7 (Lion).  We're not the only one that have problems with it (   The best answer I found was to use EasyFind to search instead of built in search.  You can find it here:

OSX Lion Re-Install

I needed to wipe and re-install a mac mini that originally came with OSX Lion (10.7).  I noticed when I got it they no longer include the OS CD/DVD to re-install from which is fine – I'm ready to be done with optical media.  So, I looked online and it says you can download it from the …

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Hyper-V with a Sandy Bridge processor

I setup a new Hyper-V server today and got this error when trying to turn on a virtual machine: <virtual machine name> could not initialize. There is a hotfix from Microsoft  ( that you have to download and install.

Drobo Pro losing shares under Windows Server 2003

In order to make sure your shared folders show up consistently that are on the Drobo Pro, make sure you do this: At a command prompt, type: "sc config LanManServer depend= MSiSCSI" and press Enter. More info here:

OS X 10.6 on a new 10.7 imac

I got a new imac that came with 10.7 on it.  We have an older system that requires a client that runs in powerpc mode so I needed to downgrade to 10.6.  Easy right?  Just put in the 10.6 retail DVD and boot to it and install – right?  NOPE –  Nothing is ever easy. …

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Headless CrashPlan on Linux

It is possible to run CrashPlan (great backup software found here) on a Linux server that does not have a GUI. First, install it on your Linux box: tar xzf CrashPlanPRO_2010-03-08_Linux.tgz (or latest file) cd CrashPlanPRO-install sudo ./ finish install with all defaults /usr/local/crashplan/conf/my.service.xml and change "servicehost" to "servicehost" and reboot. (you need …

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Microsoft (MSN) Messenger not working on Mac

Getting this when trying to sign in to Messenger: "Sign in to Microsoft Messenger failed because the service is not responding." Delete:  userLibraryPreferencesMicrosoftMicrosoft Messenger User Cache.plist

Clean install and activation with Windows 7 Upgrade key

Don't you hate it when you replace a hard drive, install a perfectly legal copy of Windows 7 Upgrade and then try to activate it and it says it can't be activated because it is a clean install?  Here's a fix that worked for me: Make sure there are no pending updates Change HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionSetupOOBE  MediaBootInstall …

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Call Manager Conference Calls Dropping

Ok, we have a Cisco Call Manager system for our IP phones and when we used them to make a conference call a weird thing would happen – someone at random would get dropped from the conference after about a minute. Rebooting the server did not help but reseting the conference bridge did the trick. …

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