Convert Windows boot from BIOS to UEFI without decrypting Bitlocker

I wanted to convert an MBR/BIOS boot drive to GPT/UEFI, but without needing to decrypt and then re-encrypt Bitlocker. Mainly because I am lazy. This worked, but I'll warn that the advice to decrypt completely first is without any doubt the safest way to go. Follow the instructions for converting from BIOS to UEFI boot. [...]

Change admin user password expiry on JunOS SPACE

The admin user on JunOS SPACE, which is used for ssh / root access, has a default password expiry of 70 days. This may not be desired. NB: An upgrade of the JunOS SPACE platform will set the admin password expiry to the default of 70 days again. To avoid the admin user password being [...]

Reset admin password on JunOS SPACE VM

Picture this: Bob, your JunOS SPACE administrator, left the company. IT diligently wiped his laptop. Bob was the only one who had the admin password (for ssh / CLI access) to your JunOS SPACE installation. After vowing to do better in future and storing all infrastructure passwords in some form of centralized, encrypted, backed-up password [...]

Restoring Extreme Networks Netsight user login

In Extreme Networks' Netsight management appliance, it is possible to configure external authentication (LDAP or RADIUS) and not set it to "fail to OS," which is a checkbox that is unchecked by default. If your LDAP or RADIUS server is down, or if you made a mistake entering settings, you've just locked yourself out of [...]

Better WebEx / Lync / Skype meeting locations for mobile users

[Edit 2016-12-01 ... changed the VBA code to format the phone number with dashes] [Edit 2016-11-07 ... changed the VBA code to handle WebEx invites, too][Edit 2015-10-27 ... changed the VBA code to be able to extract the phone number] By default, the "Location" for a Skype for Business (ne Lync) Meeting in an Outlook [...]

Canon EOS utility causes high “System” CPU, network meltdown

This is one of those slightly odd ones. I had high CPU on my PC even when not running anything, 20-25% (one whole core in essence) taken up by "System". Mouse responsiveness was sluggish, sound would stutter, the works. I tracked it down to ndis, and my Ethernet driver, using Sysinternals Process Explorer. Other folk [...]

Installing VMWare Tools on JunOS SPACE 15.2 or older

[Edit 2017-05-04] The below is still valid for JunOS SPACE 15.2 or older. From JunOS SPACE 16.1 on, you can use "Open VM Tools" instead. JunOS SPACE, Juniper's management platform for JunOS devices (switches, routers, firewalls) does not come with gcc or kernel-headers. Installing VMWare Tools from a mounted ISO via vmware-install.pl is not all [...]

Resolving JunOS Pulse install issue on Windows

Edit 2017-12-05: This remains one of the most visited entries on my blog. The notes here do apply to Pulse Secure, and checking the output of pnputil, Pulse Secure did not bother to change the "Driver package provider" string, which means it still reads "Juniper". Tsk. On my own Windows 7 machine, I had an [...]