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Material Design for Bootstrap 4

A powerful and free UI KIT for the newest Bootstrap 4 and Material Design

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Sophos XG Firewall Windows DHCP Server not getting IP Addresses

I recently setup Sophos XG Firewall in my Home Lab and setup vlans, firewall rules, DHCP relays to point to my Windows DHCP Server, etc. The whole 9 yards. After I had everything working, I decided to add in the rest of my VLANS and create relays so they all worked without a hitch. After doing this, something that should not have effected other already working VLANs, nothing was getting DHCP addresses. Not even ones that was working.

I spent MANY hours trying to figure out why. I tried changing all of my firewall rules to any-any, etc. Nothing was working. After looing in the logs, I noticed this:

I was getting a block by the firewall rule 0 on Appliance Access as Denied. But why? A – it shouldn’t be a firewall rule blocking it because I put in an Any-Any rule. I tried changing everything. But it came down to one.. simple.. thing.. Here is my setup so you can understand the issue.

The Setup

  • VLAN 110 – 192.168.0.0/24 – Networking equipment
    • Sophos XG Firewall – IP 192.168.0.5
  • VLAN 111 – 192.168.1.0/24 – Servers
    • Windows AD/DNS/DHCP Server – 192.168.1.10
  • VLAN 112 – 192.168.2.0/24 Clients (No IP address)
    • Laptop
    • Cellphone

In Sophos, Windows DHCP, I setup DHCP subnets for all three vlans. Then in Sophos, I setup a DHCP relay just the Clients VLAN.

It worked! I was getting IP addresses assigned to the Clients.

The Issue

Then I decided to setup VLANs for every subnet and made quite a few other changes to get it to that perfect lab I was hoping for. I looked up and noticed all my Chromecasts was saying they couldn’t get an IP. I checked and sure enough, it was no longer dishing out IP addresses.

The Resolution

After much trial and error, I found that the fact I put a DHCP relay on the subnet the DHCP server was on, it was causing all the DHCP requests to fail.

Someone may have a better understanding of it and can explain better in the comments, but what my assumption is, when the DHCP request goes out, it gets blasted to the entire vlan to find a DHCP server by blasting out to port 67/68 UDP in search of a DHCP server. The gateway at 192.168.2.1 forwards this to the 192.168.1.0/24 vlan and it receives the blast on that subnet for the response, and blasts that back out to the requesting vlan.

If you put in a DHCP relay on the same subet as the DHCP server, then when it tries to “blast” the response back, the gateway takes that requests and tries to re-blast it in the same subnet. This causes a malformed loop and causes the request to fail. Thus removing the DHCP relay on the VLAN the DHCP server is in should fix this.

Please let me know if you have a better understanding of the cause or if this helps you!

Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm) vs Fossil Gen 4 Explorist: Which one I stuck with

I have been wanting a smart watch for the last year or two, but one of the biggest reasons I waited till now to get one is because I could not decide which one I wanted. I had it narrowed down between a Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm) and a Fossil Gen 4 Explorist. But there was a couple features from each one that made it stick out.

There are major differences between the watches and each one had a few of my requirements in what I wanted from a watch, but neither had them all. So I just had to choose which one was worth the most to me.

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Error 1918 while Installing MySQL ODBC Driver on Windows

Had to install MySQL ODBC Driver on Windows when I was trying to use SSMA to convert a MySQL DB to Microsoft SQL. When I tried to install the driver, I got the below error and was completely puzzled. I finally found the fix..

Error 1918. Error installing ODBC driver MySQL ODBC
5.3 ANSI Driver, ODBC error 13: The setup routines for
the MySQL ODBC 5.3 ANSI Driver ODBC driver could
not be loaded due to system error code 126: The
specified module could not be found. …\myodbc5S.dll…

MySQL ODBC Error 1918

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Error When Setting Up Database Mirroring

I spent a full day attempting to setup Database Mirroring on two SQL Server 2017 Development Editions with SSMS 17.4 to test a setup. Took a full day when it should have only took a few minutes and I could not find any help online, so I thought I would share my fix.

The Problem

I was getting this error at first:

Database “AdventureWorks” is not configured for database mirroring. (Microsoft SQL Server, Error: 1416)

After doing some research, I discovered that I needed to restore a full backup with the NORECOVERY option. Did that. Here is what I got then:

Database ‘AdventureWorks’ cannot be opened. It is in the middle of a restore. (.Net SqlClient Data Provider)

Well of course it is.. That is what I am suppose to do.. Everything I found online said make sure you restore it with NORECOVERY. I was in a never ending loop. I tried everything I could think of.  Continue reading “Error When Setting Up Database Mirroring”

Creating Cron Jobs in Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016

I recently made the switch from a Linux LAMP server to a Windows Server 2016.  It didn’t take me too long to figure out I forgot to transfer my cron jobs for my PHP pages. I went to start the transfer and I soon realized that Windows does not support cron jobs. However, I did find the Windows version of Cron jobs. Below is what I did to create these cron jobs so my PHP crons will continue run on schedule. This trick will really work in all versions of Windows, but you must get to it different methods.

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How to start your own blog

When you are looking to start a blog of your own, it can seem like a daunting task. In reality, if you take it one step at a time and with the right instructions, you can easily create your own blog in just a couple minutes. The hardest part is choosing your website name and creating content. But if you are serious about it, in just a few minutes you can be on your way to creating your first blog post.

Step 1 – Choose a provider

The first thing you want to do is pick out a hosting provider. A hosting provider is who will actually store the files for the website and who will make it available for people on the internet.

I, myself, am a hosting provider, therefore I host my own sites. If you are interested in using me as your hosting provider, you can signup at https://axelwebhosting.com and use the coupon code “1STMONTHHALF” and you get your first month 50% off. This tutorial will show you how to setup a WordPress blog on my hosting platform using the WordPress easy installer. Continue reading “How to start your own blog”

Creating Rooms in Office 365 Exchange Online and Add To Rooms List

The title above is quite long, but exactly to the point – I found myself unsure how to add a resource room in Office 365 for Exchange online because it was set up by previous employees and hadn’t been done since then. Then I needed to add it to the Rooms List. I will walk you through my process of how I created a room and added it to a room list. This was also done in a hybrid environment (Exchange Online and Exchange 2013).

Create User Account

The first step is to create a regular AD user account. I created it in Active Directory User and Computers. You will not need to know the password, so set it to something crazy long and forget it. Be sure to set the password to never expires. And after all of this is said and done, we will disable the account for security.

I filled out Display Name, Telephone Number and Password Never Expires. Continue reading “Creating Rooms in Office 365 Exchange Online and Add To Rooms List”

How to turn Modern View back on in SharePoint Online

When we first switched to SharePoint Online, I loved the new view! The only problem was as an administrator, I needed to switch back to the classic view to manage some parts of a list that wasn’t available in the new look. I could not find a button that allowed me to just switch back. After looking up some blog posts, I found that people said to simply log off and log back on. However, this did not work for me. Here are some other ways I found to do it, and some more “advanced” ways to do this, as well as a way to script it (or add a button for end users).

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Nothing happens when Compacting VHD in Hyper-V

For the past couple days now, I have been trying to compact a couple virtual machine hard drives VHDX via Hyper-V Manager. One of them worked without a hitch, however the other one I would go to Hyper-V manager, click edit disk and follow the normal procedures, but when I clicked finish, the box would just go away without it ever actually changing the size. I found a fix around this using a one line PowerShell command!

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