Install the RDS License Service and RDS Host role. Launch the RD Licensing Manager.  Right-click on the server and select “Activate Server”.  Add the license key. Once those steps are complete, do the following:   Configure the Remote Desktop Session Host role with to use the local Remote Desktop Licensing server. Follow these steps: Open an elevated […]


Read/Write HDD Speed Test

Posted October 22, 2014 By admin

These are the observations I recorded while doing some read/write speed tests on a server.  The main goal was to see the performance difference between RAID1, RAID5, and RAID10.  I also tossed in another RAID5 test with more drives.   The tests were performed with a PERC5 controller using 3 to 5 15K RPM SAS […]


Redundant Backup Storage Device

Posted September 13, 2014 By admin

So, I’ve learned about different network backup storage devices and thought I would give a crack at putting one together using whatever software I can find.   Required Features: 1) Local backup storage (redundant) 2) Sync to cloud storage (offsite) 3) Backup files/folders and complete system images 4) Save images in a format that could […]


Marking drive inactive

Posted September 8, 2014 By admin

I came across a server that had 4 1TB drives in it.  Normally, you would create a hardware RAID5 with the 4 drives and the OS would only see a single drive and it would be redundant.  Well, whoever setup this server didn’t know about servers and each 1TB drive is just that… a drive. […]


Portable Minecraft on USB Flash Drive

Posted June 20, 2014 By admin

This is the process to build a bootable USB flash drive with Lubuntu Live 14.04 and set it up to run Minecraft or any other game that runs on Linux.   The first step is to build the bootable USB flash drive using UNetbootin.  The main key here is to set the “Space used to […]


My Sites

Posted June 6, 2014 By admin – Originally started out as my personal business doing custom web design and hosting.  Over the years, it has become more of a project landing page.  Originally, each project had it’s own site, but as the project faded, they were moved over to a subdomain of  The site is static using ‘include virtual’ […]


Time4Learning Online Curriculum Review

Posted October 7, 2013 By admin

UPDATE: We have since stopped using after finding out that my hopes (updated lessons) was never going to happen.  During a test, my son got an answer wrong.  When we reviewed it, his answer was actually correct, but the test was wrong.  When I contacted I was informed that Science and Social Studies […]


Kids Bedroom

Posted July 27, 2013 By admin

Just a quick pic of the kids bedroom.  They decided that since they don’t spend a lot of time in their bedrooms that they would share one, my wife and I would use the other small bedroom and we would turn the master bedroom into a gaming room.  Originally we were going to do a […]


Starting to make repairs

Posted April 8, 2013 By admin

A lot has been going on at the house.  I still have 2 more vidoes to post before we catch up to what I am currently working on.  I’m shooting for posting a new video every Monday, but we’ll have to wait and see how it goes when I get to some of the bigger […]


Intro – The Beginning

Posted March 13, 2013 By admin

This is the initial video for a series I have begun to upload.  Some of these videos are over 6 months old as we started our journey last year.  We are still in the process of working things out, but we have a lot of stuff to show on the way.