Archive for June, 2012


Vehicle for Crystal

   Posted by: John    in Family, Kids, Money and Shopping

Well, we finally had to do it.  My poor old truck was starting to fall apart and Crystal has been putting $60-70 per week in gas into it just to get to work and back.  So we traded the truck on a 2002 Mitsubishi Galant.  (We were looking at a 2000 Civic but it had 194,000 miles on it and we could not get it financed.)  This one has 111,000 miles.  Very clean and appears to be well maintained.  Good tires too, so we will not have to worry about those for a couple years.  So long as she takes care of it I think she will have a good car for a few years.



It is always hard to tell until you drive a few thousand miles, but I think she ought to get 25 mpg or better.  Our city driving around this town is largely in 1/2 or 1 mile stretches unless you are downtown, which she does not go to very much.  For her two jobs, one is half freeway and half 1-mile stretches.  The other job is not freeway, but those same mile-long breaks or longer.  I see no reason why it would not do 25+ mpg.  The only reason it would not match or beat my Camry (which is averaging 28+) is because the gearing allows the engine to turn 2400 rpm at 65 instead of the 2100 the Camry does.  And lest you think I am comparing apples to oranges, the specs on these cars is nearly identical with the exception that the Camry is 125 pounds heavier and about 1.5 inches longer.


The Road To McCall

   Posted by: John    in Pictures

I got to drive to McCall the past couple of days.  Very pretty drive up Hwy 55, but Monday’s weather was certainly nicer! Rained like crazy on Tuesday, so I didn’t take any pictures.

Here’s a few pictures from Monday’s drive along the highway of the Payette River.  Click to see them full size.

Payette River

A little closer

White water through the rocks

A tree

Broken trees

Looking up the river

Still snow in the mountains


Awesome Profile Tool!

   Posted by: John    in Computer and Network

One of the banes of networked computers and servers is the profile changes that occur when a user is migrated from a workgroup to a domain, or one domain to another domain.  The operating system creates a new profile each time and the user’s desktop, files, pictures, etc. are not transferred.  This has to be done manually.  Of course, this causes all kinds of problems if the user has things scattered all over the place as so many users tend to do.

One of the office techs knew about a tool that keeps the selected profile and does the back end domain change for you.  It is called User Profile Wizard, made by a company called ForensiT.  It runs as a standalone tool, so no need to install and then remove.

It can be downloaded here.

A couple of things to note:

  1. The system MUST be able to find the server via DNS.  If you need add a DNS site or force a DNS resolution, you must do it before running this tool.
  2. Some software does not survive unscathed.  There is a list at the bottom of this page with known software issues and links to how to fix them.
  3. Stored passwords do not get transferred.
  4. If the user has an exchange account, it is recommended that it be backed up as a PST file prior to running this tool.  Don’t forget the contacts, calendar, etc.  Make a note of the location of any Outlook archives in case they need to be reconnected later.  Also make a note of any additional accounts that Outlook may be using. 

When you start User Profile Wizard, go past the startup screen.

Getting Started

This screen is where you pick the domain and the default user.  There are a few things to note here.

  1. The dropdown box will show domains the system can see.  This will include the local PC (such as John-PC) as well as domains.  If the domain you are joining is not listed, type the name of the domain in the box.
  2. If you are joining a domain or changing from one domain to another, the “Join Domain” box MUST BE CHECKED.  It will not join a domain in the example below (in this case because the PC is already on a domain).  Click the box until the check mark appears.
  3. If you are dis-joining a domain, uncheck the box.  But note that the system will NOT BE REMOVED from the domain.  In this case you would select the local PC in the domain box and the profile you wish to transfer.  You will need to disjoin the domain after running this tool, reboot, then login as the user you specified.
  4.  Type the account name that will be the default login.  For domain joins, the user will need to be already created in Active Directory. 

Select Domain and User

In this step, you are selecting the profile you are wanting to transfer.  Note that in this case there are two accounts listed.  As this PC is already a domain member, it shows a domain profile already in place.  It also shows a local profile from when the PC was originally set up.  There could be a number of profiles listed here.  Depending on how the PC is configured you may need to check the user profile directory on the hard drive before select the correct profile.

Select the Profile

Click Next and you are on the way!  The program will ask for an administrator account with rights to join or disjoin the domain.  It may take several minutes depending on how fast the PC is and how much stuff you have on it. 

Some more notes.

  1. As noted above, stored passwords do not get saved.  Any passwords the user had stored in various web pages, forms, etc will not transfer.  The user will need to re-enter them.
  2. If the user had an Exchange account, you will probably need to rebuild the Outlook profile and reconnect to the Exchange server.  Reconnect any archives. 
  3. If the user has changed domains and Exchange servers, but wanted to keep the existing mailbox, you will need to connect to the new Exchange server then import the mailbox from the backup.

Programs with known issues.

Dropbox.  Click here for instructions on how to correct it.