Ghana’s anguish, FIFA joke

Well, what can I say? For some the Uruguay-Ghana quarter final on Friday was entertaining stuff. It sure was, especially the serious Ghanain pressure in the last few minutes of extra time. But then calamity, Suarez of Uruguay does his best impression of a goalkeeper (maybe he’s had enough of strike?!) and stops a CERTAIN goal with his hands.

OK, he gets red carded and sent off. So what. He cheated, clearly and blatantly he cheated. Took one for the team. Gyan missed the subsequent penalty which would have resulted in a a Ghanain win and progress to the Semi-final, a first for any African nation and quite an achievement for that to be during the first world cup held in the Africa continent. The subsequent penalties were won by the South Americans. Misery for Ghana. Misery for Africa.

This handball makes a complete and utter mockery of FIFA fair play, read this > ‘positive benefits of playing by the rules’. Suarez clearly blocked a certain goal and prevented a guarenteed place in the semi’s for Ghana. Uruguay are through, so this means in football CHEATERS PROSPER. It has happened before (France v. RoI – Henry’s hand-goal) and happens again.

The next generation of footballers are learning that cheating matters. Put club and country before honesty and that is what is important. Heck this is probably what ambitious fathers of youngters with potential will do, ‘Cheat if you can get away with it’. Suarez is now a hero amongst his team peers and media, he’s a hero in Uruguay but a villian in Africa.

How can that be? How can Uruguay be in the semi-final.

I raise my glass to Van Persie, Sneijder and Robben. Unleash fury on the Uruguayans and dump them from this World Cup in suitable fashion. The French got their just desserts and so will the U’s. I applaud FIFA’s ridiculous approach to football where divers, fakers and the best actors in a team win. Many players in South Africa deserve a BAFTA if not an Oscar for on-field performances. Clap clap FIFA, you need to take a look at your rule book again and STOP the cheats.

Hup Hollan Hup!

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2008 R2 and existing 2003 R2 Domain

Been trying to add a 2008R2 server to a 2003R2 SP2 Domain, it works OK. Will be putting Exchange 2010 on it and adding it to a customers production environment, will update with all my tips, tricks and learnings here in the not too distant future 🙂

However adding a 2008R2 DC is another bag full of kippers, follow this in principle http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc733027(WS.10).aspx and you should be OK! Just gotta do the usual domain/forest prep so the 2003 Domain can get along nicely with your shiny new 2008R2 box.

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Upgrading to InTrust 10.2

If upgrading to InTrust 10.2 from any version prior to 10.0 (e.g. from 9.6) then you have to ensure an interim step of upgrading to 10.0 or 10.1 FIRST before upgrading to 10.2! Annoying yes, but impossible otherwise. Oh and it normally takes a day to update just a handful of servers.

InTrust is a hetrogenous auditing, monitoring and compliance tool from Quest Software.

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Upgrading to Windows Server 2008 R2

Just to cover quickly the upgrade of Windows 2008 Server SP2 to the R2 version in 13 steps.

REMEMBER > Plan > Prepare > Update,

This is a GUIDE only and not a recommendation of how you should upgrade so test it first and don’t blame me if it goes horrible, blame the gerbil – if in doubt consult an expert (i.e. not me!)

Using an account that has EA, DA and SA membership (talk about overkill eh…but trust me it wasn’t working without them), you need to run the adprep tools first, ensure the DC you run it on has the Schema Master FSMO role. Follow these steps:

1. Copy the ADPREP folder from W2K8 R2 DVDSupportAdprep to a local volume e.g. E:adprep.

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Usual gotcha – make sure you run this from an elevated CMD prompt. Otherwise you get an error about how it cannot check your Group Membership

3. Change directory to where you copied adprep and type in adprep /forestprep

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4. Press C and then hit ENTER if you are happy to proceed then it does stuff like below

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And more stuff

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And some more before it is finished.

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5. Excellent, now run the following command

adprep /domainprep /gpprep

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Et voila, all preparation tasks finished and you’re ready to roll with the update to R2

6. In the Windows Explorer GUI browse to your WK8 R2 DVD and run setup

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7. Click on the annoying UAC prompt to confirm so you can continue then click Install Now, setup starts

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Still starts up

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8. Click on Do not get the latest updates

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Searches for something

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9. Seems to have found whatever it was looking for, select Windows Server Standard 2008 R2 Standard (Full Installation) (or whatever is relevant for your upgrade), yeah I know it says Full but worry not it will be doing an Upgrade! Click Next

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10. Sign your life away, Click Next

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11. See, promised you as much. Click UPGRADE!

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12. You’ll get the following compatibility warning…

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13. Resolve any issues and then crack on. Otherwise setup will cancel the upgrade for you if any errors are unresolved. Warnings are acceptable!

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Then it does stuff, randomly, and also randomly reboots about 3 times!

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Oh look, registry still exists…

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Is this the final step…

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Nope, fooled you, anyone who knows WHY it is copying so many files (nearly a quarter of a million) please email me!

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And then it REBOOTS again, third time and counting…

…then like something from a Star Wars movie comes the following

First time use? Eh, i’ve been using this server for nearly a year how can this be the first time!!! Anyway it glows randomly for a little while as it ‘prepares’ for battle. Bit like a ceylon, sorta

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There you go, all that effort for that red R2 at the bottom(!)

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Anyway, the update is worth it. The interface is now pretty as a picture!

BUT, my RDP would no longer work. Neither would pinging it by IP Address? Has the Firewall for the Domain Profile come back on? NO!

So what happened? Well upon further investigation it seems it lost all the static IP information that had been entered into this DC. WHAT? Why would it do that dear old Microsoft? Renter the STATIC IP info to get the Server back in shape….oh dear(!) hope it doesn’t happen to you!

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Technically it IS fiction!!!

Hello and welcome to my blog on all things techical, and ermmm fictional too! It’s 2010, the environment is in crisis, the world in turmoil with water and energy and war responsible for all kinds of upheaval. I had the chance to start a blog ages ago, but decided to take my time. Look out for some cool stuff to come as I share my opinions.