Repurposing a Lanner FW-8758 as a Linux server

My employer recently divested themselves of some end-of-life hardware and several of my coworkers and I came into the possession of Lanner FW-8758 1U “network appliances”. These seemed like they’d make pretty good Linux servers, and I figured I’d document a little bit about the platform and process. My other home servers are currently a

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Windows 7 – missing desktop icons hotfix

Apparently Microsoft has pulled down the necessary hotfix to disable automatic scheduled maintenance shortcut deletion (eg: if you have multiple unused or “broken” desktop shortcuts) from KB2642357. This has affected me in an environment where a number of users link to applications, folders or files on network drives. I republish the x64 version of the

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Windows file share and NTFS permissions

For future reference when I inevitably forget whether it is more appropriate to restrict folders with NTFS permissions (Security tab) or file share permissions (Sharing tab). https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/previous-versions/windows/it-pro/windows-server-2008-R2-and-2008/cc754178(v%3dws.10) “For example, some experienced administrators prefer always to set share permissions to Full Control for Everyone, and to rely entirely on NTFS permissions to restrict access.” Relevant table

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Cruise experiences: NCL Epic, December 2017

Neither our first trip on the Norwegian Epic nor subsequent one on the Breakaway in December 2016 scared us off of cruising, so here are some ramblings about the NCL Epic sailing an Eastern Western Caribbean itinerary in December 2017. Eastern… no, wait, Western Due to the hurricanes (Irma and Maria) that absolutely crushed Eastern Caribbean regions in September

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