Archive for the ‘Quickie’ Category

Quickie: DFSR not working

April 27th, 2016 No comments

Problem: One of our customer has about 30 locations across our country and they wanted to use DFSR to replicate folder content to all locations. At each location there is one Hyper-V host running Windows Server 2012 R2 OS with DFSR installed. Each server has three disks – C:\, D:\ and E:\. I have configured DFS Replication in DFS console, replicated AD across environment, and … and nothing happened. DFSR didn’t do anything. It did NOT even create its own private folders in “System Volume Information” folder. No error event in Event viewer. DFSR was set to replicate folder on disk D:\ – didn’t work. I tried to replicate directory on E:\ disk – didn’t work. So I tried to replicate folder on C:\ disk – it did work 🙂

Solution: I enabled DFSR debug logging. There was no error mentioned, but what I noticed was that disks D:\ and E:\ had same serial numbers and also same volume IDs. It was weird. But after some discussion I found out that those two disks were “copied” and “cloned” in Hyper-V environment. So that’s why they had same serial numbers and volume IDs. I found out that it can be a problem. So I had to change volume ID using Microsoft utility VolumeID. After I changed one disk volume ID and rebooted system, DFSR started to work as expected.

So never do disk cloning. Or if you do, change at least volume ID for those disks so Windows services don’t get confused. Looking into this problem took me one and half day! Thank you Microsoft 🙂

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Quickie: Problem accessing FTP using PHP

February 9th, 2015 No comments

One of our customer asked me to install and setup software to manage FTP storage via web page. We decided to insall ftp2net free version. I tested it at my testing server and there was no problem at all. At customer server I had problems. Installation went well. But when I tried to log to ftp2net website I received error that connection was refused. I decided to check if Safe mode is on. It was off. Then I checked if PHP restriction allow_url_fopen is on. It was on, so I turned it off. But website still didn’t work. I came to time when I started tcpdump and looked on network interfaces if there is any FTP traffic. There was none. When I tried FTP connection from shell on server, I could connect and I also saw FTP traffic via tcpdump. It was weird. Something blocked initialization of FTP connection for Apache processes.

I found solution after the lunch time 🙂 It was SELinux. It’s security feature for linux kernels. I had to run command:

setsebool -P httpd_can_network_connect 1

This command disables SELinux protection which protected network connection made by httpd/apache processes.

I wanted to spend 10 minutes on this product, but I spent almost half of the day debugging this issue 🙂

Have a nice day,

Quickie: Use pfx certificate in linux

January 27th, 2015 No comments

When you export certificate in Windows with private key, you export it to .pfx file with password. When you want to use this certificate in linux you need to convert pfx file into .crt and .key files. You can use following commands to convert it:

[root@nagios]# openssl pkcs12 -in nagios.pfx -clcerts -nokeys -out nagios.crt
Enter Import Password:
MAC verified OK
[root@nagios]# openssl pkcs12 -in nagios.pfx -nocerts -nodes -out nagios.key
Enter Import Password:
MAC verified OK

Now you have two files .crt and .key which can be used in linux.

That’s all folks,

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Quickie: Real location for virtualized files and registry keys when using UAC

October 22nd, 2014 No comments

This is just a note. When you have UAC (User Access Control) enabled and if application wants to write data into %ProgramFiles% all writes are redirected into %localappdata%\virtualstore\. If application writes into registry HKLM\Software it is redirected to HKCU\Software\Classes\VirtualStore.

That’s all folks,


Quickie: Clean up your bash history

September 30th, 2014 No comments

Sometimes when you work on linux in bash you don’t want to leave commands in bash history (.bash_history). Easy way to clean it up it’s to run following command:


Now your bash history will be not accessible and not saved when you logoff.


Quickie: Hyper-V ready or not

September 30th, 2014 No comments

If you want to know if your computer is ready to host Hyper-V role you can check it quickly using old command systeminfo.exe with new feature. This new feature is in systeminfo.exe which is included in Windows 8 and higher and Windows Server 2012 and higher.

When you run it you can see the last output lines about Hyper-v Requirements:

System info hyper-v

That’s all for today,

Quickie: Pipe output into Clipboard

September 24th, 2014 No comments

I just found one cool utility. It’s called clip.exe. You can use this utility to input the content from pipline into clipboard and then paste the content of clipboard where ever you want.

Here a example:

ipconfig /all | clip

When you run this all the output from command “ipconfig /all” is stored into windows clipboard. Now you can Paste (CTRL+V) this into any application you want.

When you want to read the content of any file into windows clipboard you can use following command:

clip < C:\kukuc.txt

This cool utility came with Windows Server 2003 (not in Windows XP) and stayed there until Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

Have a good day,



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Quickie: Default Synology Console password

July 10th, 2014 No comments

I had little problem with Synology 814+ and I couldn’t get into Web management. So I connected to console (speed of serial console is 115200). I was able to see a console, but I was not able to login into console. I was looking for default password and I found out that Synology generates password for admin and root by actucal date. More about is here. When your Synology doesn’t have access to Internet’s NTP server, it has local date 01/01/2001. So it means default console password is 101-0101 if Synology doens’t have access to Internet.

I hope this saves at least hour of your time 🙂

Quickie: How to delete registry using reg file

June 6th, 2014 No comments

I always used .reg files to import registry keys and values. I started to think if it’s possible to delete registry key or value using .reg file.

To create key and value you can use following .reg file:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



To delete only value “test_value” you can run following .reg file (minus sign after the equal sign):

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



To delete whole key you can run following .reg file (minus sign in front of key name):

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



That’s all for now,


Quickie: Couple helpful command for DFSR

May 21st, 2014 No comments

Today I was solving issue with not replicating DFSR server in Full Mesh topology. Here are couple helpful commands to work with DFSR:

To look if any replication is in progress:

dfsrdiag replicationstate

To look if there is anything in backlog:

dfsrdiag backlog /rgname:Rep_Group /rfname:Rep_Folder /SendingMember:SERVER01 /Receivingmember:SERVER02

To disable debug logging:

wmic /namespace:\\root\microsoftdfs path dfsrmachineconfig set enabledebuglog=false

To set maximum debug files:

wmic /namespace:\\root\microsoftdfs path dfsrmachineconfig set maxdebuglogfiles=2000

To set maximum lines in one log file:

wmic /namespace:\\root\microsoftdfs path dfsrmachineconfig set maxdebuglogmessages=400000

To look for replication folder GUID:

wmic /namespace:\\root\microsoftdfs path dfsrreplicatedfolderconfig get replicatedfolderguid,replicatedfoldername

To clean up conflict directory:

wmic /namespace:\\root\microsoftdfs path dfsrreplicatedfolderinfo where “replicatedfolderguid=’GUID'” call cleanupconflictdirectory

That’s all folks for today,

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