Colorado Backcountry Motorcycle Ride

March is still a pretty cold month in Colorado backcountry, except as is typically the case, Mother Nature generously dishes out a few days where the temperatures are warm enough for a motorcycle ride. Fortunately for us, a couple of those days happened to fall on the weekend, so we decided to take a motorcycle route through the Rocky Mountains. The route we took was conservative, considering there was still a lot of snow in the mountains. Nonetheless, we did get a lot of off road riding in and didn’t…
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Windows Server 2012 R2 Won’t Show Up In WSUS

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We had a problem whereby new Windows Server 2012 R2 servers won’t show up in WSUS, which by the way is on a disconnected network. The issue had to do with the deployment of a VMware OVA template for new Windows Server 2012 R2 virtual machines. What we discovered was the SusClientId registry entry was the same for each system. Therefore, all virtual machines created from this template shared the same authorization ID. This caused a situation whereby each new server would overwrite the other, such that the last server…
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Java Deployment Configuration and Properties

Java deployment has change with version 8, and for us, it changed how we deployed it to all our workstations. We operate 100+ Windows Clients and Servers on a classified closed network. By closed network, I mean it is not connected to the Internet and has point-to-point WAN connectivity to remote sites which first must pass through a TACLANE type-1 encryption device. This creates some problems when it comes to 3-party Java code and signing. Java version 8 is locked down quite a bit more as compared to previous versions….
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There are no more endpoints available …

After setting up a new Windows Server 2012 R2 x64 bit server as a printer server, I ran into a problem: There are no more endpoints available for the endpoint mapper. I couldn’t share any of the printers in the Printer Management interface. The solution (in my case) was quite simple, but not obvious, because the error message mentioned nothing related to printers. Our server is set up on a closed network (classified) that is not connected to the Internet or any other networks. Lots of GPOs are applied, which…
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Do I Need to Heat My Chicken Coop in the Winter?

Winter Chicken Coop Colorado

We live in Colorado, and when we first thought about raising chickens, I was concerned about how to keep them warm in the winter. Colorado winter storms can be brutally cold and windy, with the windchill often dropping well below zero. The last thing I wanted to do was build the chicken coop, raise the chickens, only to have them suffer frostbite, or worse yet die in the middle of winter. After doing a lot of research, I found out chickens are actually quite hardy. As long as they remain…
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Oil Change in BMW F800 GS Motorcycle

Performing an oil change in a BMW F800 GS motorcycle is super easy, so don’t bother paying someone else to do it for you. Especially the BMW dealership who will gladly charge you a couple hundred dollars at their convenience. It only takes about 30 minutes, a tad longer if you haven’t done it before. Secondly, don’t buy the BMW oil change kit which runs about $75, or the BMW oil. It’s all way overpriced. This is what I buy: 3 quarts of non-synthetic oil = $21 K&N Oil Filter…
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Ideas for Chicken Coop Bedding

Chickens aren’t too particular when it comes to their bedding. In reality, it’s probably you who is more particular than the chickens because you are the one that has to clean up after them. However, there are some health concerns that need to be addressed, because the chickens don’t always know what is best for them. The bedding on the floor of the coop serves a few purposes; provide comfort to the chickens, make it somewhat easier for you to clean up the poop (unless you want to scrape the…
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