MDMarra

Philadelphia, PA

mdmarra.com

I'm a Senior Solutions Architect at a Philadelphia area IT consulting firm. I currently focus on Microsoft technologies, but I have a background in vSphere, Cisco 802.11, and OS X deployment and management as well.

I occasionally blog about work related things that interest me. Click on the website link to the left if you're interested.

Get in touch:
@mdmarra
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markmarra (at) gmail (dot) com

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comment Is there a most efficient way to pay off multiple loans with the same interest rate?
@DanNeely We've paid these bad-boys off now, but that's great info for future readers that may have a similar question!
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revised How do I set up second IIS website with different domain name on a single server?
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answered How do I set up second IIS website with different domain name on a single server?
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comment In-place upgrade Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2012 R2 with System Center and SQL Server products installed
@Massimo that's not always feasible. Take my 8 server load-balanced and clustered System Center Service Manager infrastructure, for example. No way is it worth it to forklift to 2012 R2. That said, I have had great success in in-place upgrading the host OS for every System Center product from 2012 to 2012 R2.
Jul
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comment Windows Server 2012 R2 DC promotion fails
And my point is that 2008 R2 and 2012 R2 to not behave identically and can't be assumed to.
Jul
22
comment Windows Server 2012 R2 DC promotion fails
-1 is not a valid functional level. If I had to guess, replication fails/times out which causes unexpected behavior due to contention over this slow link. After the initial sync, the amount of data needing to be replicated is tiny, which would explain why your other DCs are fine. Not saying that I know that this is definitely what's happening, but it's an easy avenue to explore.
Jul
22
answered Windows Server 2012 R2 DC promotion fails
Jul
22
comment Moving from WDS to MDT + WDS - Prestaged Computer Name
You forgot to ask an actual question. I edited one in based on what I thought you wanted to know, but please feel free to edit if you want to know something different.
Jul
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revised Moving from WDS to MDT + WDS - Prestaged Computer Name
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Jul
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comment Why are only 16 GB of memory usable on our server?
This was my thought as well. It's typically labeled as "Memory Mirroring"
Jul
20
comment How to setup a Linksys/Cisco router to bridge two network to pretend the Intenet cloud
5 people voted to close your question, not a single person. You should read [ask] and then post on [meta] if you still aren't sure where you went wrong.
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Jul
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answered How to setup a Linksys/Cisco router to bridge two network to pretend the Intenet cloud
Jul
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comment Migration of Virtual DC to another ESXI host
@SyedJahanzaib sounds like you don't have server or client DNS settings configured properly. Also, there is no "Primary" or "Secondary" DC - they are multimaster peers.
Jul
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comment Lync 2013 VPN access
If your VPN users do not split-tunnel and appear as normal internal users and normal internal access is working properly, why would you need an edge pool? What issues have you encountered when you tried to pilot this?
Jul
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awarded Yearling
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awarded Yearling
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comment How can I create a domain name for a Public IP address?
It's like you didn't read about what this site is for at all.
Jul
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comment Intermittent communication issues with Office 365 (Exchange Online)
Do you have any kind of content filter or outbound proxy between the clients and O365?
Jul
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comment Allow account to exchange email with admin only and hold/redirect other incoming messages
If this were surgery.stackexchange.com and someone was asking how to amputate a patient's foot because they stubbed their toe, you would get a similar response. That's why these have been posted as comments and not as answers. If you're offering a hosted service and don't have non-payment penalties spelled out in your contract, you made the mistake, not your customer. In any regard - good luck.
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