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Troubleshooting DNS with NSLookup and dig

To be proficient at troubleshooting name server problems, you'll need a special tool to make DNS queries, one that gives you complete control. We'll cover nslookup in this tutorial because it's distributed with Windows Server 2003 and with many other operating systems. We'll also cover another query tool, dig, that isn't part of Windows. It provides similar functionality and doesn't suffer from nslookup's deficiencies.

Giant Windows Registry Hacks List

Looking to change the behavior of your Windows 7 computer? Maybe you need to enable or disable some functionality, make it run faster, lock it down from prying eyes? This post contains a pile of great registry hacks.

Killing Disconnected Terminal Server Sessions from the Command Line

Terminal Services (or Remote Desktop if you prefer) is a good thing. It allows you to remotely connect to a server to manage it.

Install Roles on Windows via PowerShell

Just because you don't have a GUI on your Windows Server 2012 doesn't mean you can't install roles and features at will. Use PowerShell, and the job gets easy.

Resolving IP to Hostname with PowerShell

Getting the hostname from an IP address (or vice versa) is no great magic, and can be done easily with PowerShell, by simply leveraging .Net to do the work.

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Outage Today

Due to a DDoS attack against 1and1 DNS servers, fortypoundhead.com was unavailable for a few hours today. My apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

List of Shady Characters

This is a list compiled from the last 90 days of data, showing the IP addresses and hostnames of computers on the internet who:

Name Resolution Fails

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Network drives not getting mapped

At the office where I work are three servers.

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The Reverse IP/Google Analytics/Adsense/AddThis lookup Database

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