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  1. ShepsCrook

    SSL Certificate question(s) and on-prem

    So I'm not really that familiar with certs in general. Our primary domain SSL was set to expire end of January, but apparently needed to be rekeyed before 1/1/2022 so our SSL showed as being insecure. After getting it rekeyed and fixed, I found out that there are some software demands that are...
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    Looking at upgrading my Gaming laptop's memory.

    So I'm looking to upgrade my Legion 5i gaming laptop's memory but have this question... Which should I get? Is it really going to be THAT big of a difference to get the faster memory but half the capacity? 32GB (2x16GB) @ CAS 18 - $169.99 or 64GB (2x32GB) @ CAS 22 - $199.99 Both are DDR4-3200...
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    Jolting issue while gaming?

    Has anyone else been seeing a "jolting" or random frame drop while gaming? I'll be playing, and probably every few seconds my frame rates drop enough to give a jolt or stutter type of issue with the game play. It almost makes me feel sea sick. I uninstalled the drivers, and rolled back 2...
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    Meraki Firewall - Hub and Spoke Tunnels

    So I've got a Meraki firewall at HQ as well as the other offices. We're set up for tunneling with a hub and spoke method on the Meraki's. HQ is getting upgraded to 1GB fiber through another company which means an IP address change. When the new line is connected, is that automatically updated...
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    Failover VPN DNS providers?

    I'm looking to set up a faiilover / load balancing VPN setup for my company here soon and instead of directing employees to our WAN IP addresses, I'd rather set up an A record for vpn.domainname.com to aim to our dual ISP WAN firewall? What's a good service to go through for the DNS side of...
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    Opensource IT software

    So I hate to say it, but my company is putting a freeze on spending for the rest of the year. We've had a 3rd party support contract which is ending in Nov. and thus our ticketing, system management/MDM, Antivirus, and remote support is going with it. The company IS paying for new Antivirus in...
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    How feasible is this?

    So my company has a strong advocate for moving ALL operations to the cloud. I'm not a fan of the idea (at this time) as I feel that it would be extremely expensive and a poor decision until the company is more streamlined and operating smoothly in IT. 5 physical servers (file server, backup...
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    Max character limits for Windows...

    So the company I'm at has had poor management of their data storage structure. There are directories upon directories upon directories and long file character names that are reaching the Windows character limit. This is causing problems with permissions being changed (another story), as well as...
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    2x JetStor 824JD problems

    So I'm reaching out because the company I work for has two JetStor 824JD units that have been decommissioned since November, following a virus/malware attack. A contract company supposedly wiped all data and OS. Does anyone have any insight on documentation or information for re initializing...
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    GPO to remove Windows 10 ENT experience apps?

    Has anyone set up a group policy to remove the extra apps for Windows 10? Things like: Officehub News Mobile Wifi Pay Weather Candy Crush Xbox etc
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    Any good AD software?

    I've got a situation where I'm at a company with 2 domains. 1 does their GPO, AD (For Windows logins) and is their old AD that they want to move from. The other is their new AD that is only used for domain names. At the moment, I have to create a new user in the old AD as well as in the new...
  12. ShepsCrook

    Adding an additional audio channel to media?

    So I've purchased some Rifftrax audio from their site and want to add it to the necessary movies so that I can watch and hear their commentary. How can I go about doing this so I can just push play in plex and it's like any other movie? Ideally, I'm trying to do a nice 1080P quality video, and...
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    Juniper ex2200-24p-poe firmware request

    I was just curious if anyone could provide me the latest j-web and firmware for the titled switch. I got the switch from a member least year and he said he would help and get me the updated when needed, but I was just curious if someone had the ability to help out and speed up the process...
  14. ShepsCrook

    Desktop type Captive Portal

    So I’m looking for some sort of software that upon first launch of a system with a user, they are required to go through an accept/training process of their PC. 1. Accept an “Acceptable Use Policy” 2. Launch necessary applications 3. Launch some training videos or tutorials if needed on how to...
  15. ShepsCrook

    Synology setup/config.

    Maybe it's been a long week, but I've been trying to wrap my head around some of the config for my synology to work with my existing setup. Goal(s): Synology is set up with VPN (PIA) - Done Synology is torrent downloader - Set up with Transmission but debating on Download Station Synology...
  16. ShepsCrook

    CHEAP Plex server hardware suggestions?

    So the youngest and middle child are moving out and have had the perk of being able to access my plex media anytime. However, from time to time, I would get requests for shows or movies that are not something I would acquire. (Kardashians, Magic Mike, etc). So I was thinking of maybe setting up...
  17. ShepsCrook

    What's your 4k media playing hardware/software?

    I'm just checking to see what everyone is using to play their 4k media. I've been using a NUC7i5BNH (i5, 16GB, 250GB M.2 EVO) + Plex (OpenPHT until I realized it was the source of my media stuttering issues). I'll have to use Plex Media Player or go back to Kodi for a while. My TV has a built...
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    MacBook Pro performing SLOW

    So my stepdaughter was complaining about her mackbook pro being slow. She said a local hardware store said her hard drive was bad (Crucial M4 256GB SSD). So I sent out a Samsung EVO 850 250GB SSD to her for them to swap out. They swapped it out, restored the OS. And the MacBook Pro is still...
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    Alienware 34" Ultrawide AW3418DW

    So this monitor sparked my interest enough in the past few days to replace my Dell U3415W 34" Ultrawide with. General specs: IPS display 34" (3440*1440) Gsync 100hz (120hz OC'd) 4ms response time Usual price is $1499.99 On sale @ $999.99 And a discount on top of that. Has anyone tried this...
  20. ShepsCrook

    New speakers, should I get a sound card?

    I have an MSI X99S Sli Plus motherboard with onboard sound and a basic Logitech 5.1 surround sound speaker set. I've got a Klipsch Promedia 5.1 surround sound set that I just picked up and would like some good audio for it. I typically play with headphones but sometimes like some good game...
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    Samsung Magician 5.1

    Apparently Samsung forgot to renew a domain and that left the software vulnerable to attacks. NEWS ARTICLE Fixed my issue.
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    Nvidia Max-Q

    Max-Q brings a GTX 1080 into a thing gaming laptop design. http://www.pcworld.com/article/3198656/laptop-computers/nvidias-max-q-finally-gives-you-geforce-gtx-1080-graphics-in-a-thin-and-light-laptop.html
  23. ShepsCrook

    Looking for a Gaming Laptop

    So I'm looking to maybe replace my MSI GE70-20E 17.3" (1080P), i7-4700QM, GTX765M, 256GB SSD OS, 500GB mSATA SSD (Applications, BluRay, WifiAC, with something more powerful and ideally maybe thinner and or less weight. I'm looking at i7-7700 + GTX 1070 / 1060, or the i7-6700 + GTX 1070 / 1060...
  24. ShepsCrook

    Surface Pro 3 / 4

    What kind of REAL battery life could be expected from an i5 Surface Pro 3 / 4. I see anything from 5hrs to 9hrs. Any issues that I should be aware of? I'm thinking about trying to get my hands on one to use instead of a Chromebook and my Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5
  25. ShepsCrook

    AOC Monitor 34" 3440x1440 Res 21:9 - $499.98 Walmart + Free Shipping

    About this item Important Made in USA Origin Disclaimer: For certain items sold by Walmart on Walmart.com, the displayed country of origin information may not be accurate or consistent with manufacturer information. For updated, accurate country of origin data, it is recommended that you rely on...
  26. ShepsCrook

    IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

    So I picked up an Acer Aspire V3-772G-9402 off of Craigslist for $240. The guy said the "Hard drive blew up." Fro what I could tell, he wasn't really a tech savvy kind of guy. Quickly that evening I figured out that he probably had an issue and either tech support or a friend, suggested he...
  27. ShepsCrook

    Network slowed down!

    So I think I'm bogging down my network at this time or I've got some massive interference. I've got 2 Ubiquiti UAP-AC Gen1 Square Access Points. Both are connected to an 8 port gigabit switch via Cat 6 cables with a run of Cat 6 going to my primary 24 port managed gigabit switch. (I know the...
  28. ShepsCrook

    Is it worth it?

    So right now I've got a Seasonic M12-II 620w PSU. it's been a great PSU, however I am going to be running dual GTX 980 Ti for a while and need some more oomph. Is it worth it to get a platinum grade PSU? or is Gold enough? I run this computer for a good bit of the day, but mostly for gaming...
  29. ShepsCrook

    Need help figuring this out...

    So I've been trying to help a friend for about a month now with a new system. I'm not sure what is going on. i5-6500 MSI Z170-A Pro 16GB DDR4 Corsair Vengeance Sapphire Nitro R9 380 The following screenshots are texture stretches from Fallout 4. They happen on the above listed machine, but...
  30. ShepsCrook

    Onkyo TX-NR626 Center channel resets to -9db

    So I've been having this problem for a while and I've tried to perform the setup for the receiver to correct this, however it keeps happening. If the receiver is turned on from an off state, the center channel's db will be -9db. Making voices and center channel audio more difficult to hear...
  31. ShepsCrook

    Transcend 1TB MLC SSD 370 (TS1TSSD370S) - $244.99 Amazon

    Transcend 1TB SSD - $244.99 Transcend 512GB SSD - $110.99 Transcend 256GB SSD - $62.99 1TB (MLC) Max. Read 570MB/s, Max. Write 470MB/s DDR3 DRAM cache TRIM Command support Power Shield to prevent data loss when sudden power off Supports S.M.A.R.T. function Built-in ECC protection for long...
  32. ShepsCrook

    What is your Windows 10 bloatware removal tricks?

    So as we've all seen, Windows 10 is crawling with bloatware/phone homes/extra crap, whatever you want to call it. (Please refrain from useless comments like "Just uninstall Windows 10, or I didn't install Windows 10, or run other operating system. Let's try and make this useful for people that...
  33. ShepsCrook

    Trying to move to UEFI and Windows 10

    So I've had my system running legacy bios with Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64 for a while now on the MSI X99 SLi Plus board. I successfully upgraded to Windows 10 Professional with it. Now that I'm changing out hard drives, I want to do a clean install of Windows 10 as well as move to UEFI bios. I...
  34. ShepsCrook

    Casio G-Shock Deals @ Kohls

    Kohls.com has select Casio Men's Watches on sale when you apply promo codes FIREPLACE & JEWELRY20. Shipping is free or select free store pickup where available. Thanks daisybeetle Prices after promo codes FIREPLACE & JEWELRY20 Casio Men's G-Shock Tough Solar Atomic Digital Chronograph...
  35. ShepsCrook

    Plex, Kodi, Media Portal, Windows Media Center or what?

    So I've been a long time user of XBMC into Kodi. However I'm starting to make the switch to Plex and was curious what other people are using. My reasons for switching to Plex from Kodi: Plex can cast to my Chromecasts Plex on my tablets, phones, etc. Picking up where you left off...
  36. ShepsCrook

    Ultimate USB Flash Drive - Utilities, OS etc.

    I wasn't sure exactly where to put this, however I'm wondering if anyone has done this and has some suggestions on how to accomplish this or direction. So, I've wanted to build an Ultimate Flash Drive that contains a ton of useful tools as well as OSes, Antivirus, Recovery, Troubleshooting etc...
  37. ShepsCrook

    Worth upgrading from GTX 780 Ti or not?

    I've got a GTX 780 Ti SC ACX at the moment running 3x24" 1080p monitors for games. Currently, the games that I play or have played: Batman (franchise) PayDay 2 Left 4 Dead 2 Dying Light Ultima Online (this isn't even really played much on this machine) I have been interesting in...
  38. ShepsCrook

    Asus GTX 680 DirectCU II

    So... This is a massive card. I'm looking for a case for it. I'm looking at the Antec P50 the measurements on the case say 11.81" and the cards specs say 11.8", are there any other cases that might fit the build for this card better? Antec P50...
  39. ShepsCrook

    HTPC Keyboard/Mouse options?

    So I've been using the Logitech Dinovo Mini for quite a few years. However it's starting to flake out more and more. Mostly not being able to use the arrow keys from time to time, as well as typing sometimes is a hassle because some keys just take a double tap to actually produce the letter. My...
  40. ShepsCrook

    Looking for a good AP.

    I'm looking to get rid of my Netgear R6300 which I have flashed with DDWRT and currently use as an Access Point, and replace it with two Wireless AC Access points. The two below are what I've seen on Amazon that look somewhat decent, but I'm curious if there are better ones without breaking the...
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