Despotic SysAdmin

Not really a despot, but you wouldn't know that from the way the users act...

Change WordPress Site URL on IIS with MySQL

I recently had a chance to do this at work, because we use IIS webservers… and discovered that there isn’t a ton of documentation out there for WordPress on IIS. So here’s a quick and simple walkthrough!

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The XY Problem

The XY Problem – users trying to figure out a solution to problem X, so they try to do Y in order to get to the result X.

The problem is, they don’t know how to do Y either, so they ask someone about it…

http://xyproblem.info/

Total truth.

Programming Sucks (and so does a lot of tech)

…And even with all that, I wouldn’t change my career.

Why does it suck, you ask?

Check this out: Still Drinking: Programming Sucks.

It’s an insider look at programming, tech jobs, and the internet – and why everything seems like it’s breaking all of the time.

Gotta admit, one of my favorite parts?

Most people don’t even know what sysadmins do, but trust me, if they all took a lunch break at the same time they wouldn’t make it to the deli before you ran out of bullets protecting your canned goods from roving bands of mutants.

Thanks for the callout to us SysAdmins, Mr. Still Drinking!

IIS Redirect from HTTP to HTTPS

Sometimes, we’ll need our web products to be solely HTTPS, and if anyone tries to load the HTTP page, it will seamlessly redirect them to HTTPS.

Note: For this tutorial, you must have the IIS URL Rewrite Module installed on the web server.

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WMIC – One of the Best Administrative Command Line Tools You Never Use

As System Administrators, we’re constantly on the lookout for new and easy ways to gather information about computer systems and client OS.

WMIC – short for Windows Management Interface Command – is a simple command prompt tool that returns information about the system you are running it on. Below I have outlined five of the more useful, simple commands, all of which should work on Windows XP (for those of you who are stuck in the dark ages), up through Windows 10, and almost all versions of Windows Server.

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