If you’ve been reading along with my previous posts, you’ll know that I have created a small group of virtual machine guests on my MacBook Pro 16 in order to create an Active Directory domain.

There are 3 servers running Windows Server 2016. They are member servers for now and are named DC-1, DC-2 and DC-3 respectively. I’m also keeping it simple with a 192.168.0.x network.

For this topic, I will add the AD DS role to DC-1. It will have an IP address of 192.168.0.5. The gateway will be 192.168.0.1.

Note: Each guest NIC is running in bridged mode


After my success with binding an old MacBook Pro running Catalina to a physical Windows Server 2016 AD environment, I decided to move forward to bigger things.

I have a MacBook Pro 16 with 32GB of RAM and a fast GPU and I9 processor, I knew I could just build out my environment of Windows Server 2016 servers in VirtualBox on it. So I did.

First, I went ahead and installed VirtualBox and then installed three Windows Server 2016 guest servers. It all went pretty well and I got it setup pretty fast.

Right after I built up my servers…


Now that my blog is setup and my planning is complete, I decided to get started building my small Active Directory network.

The first thing I did was build out a really small network with just two computers. I wanted to build out a Windows Server 2016 domain controller on an Intel NUC 5i5RYB and then bind a MacBook Pro 13 laptop client running Catalina to it. These are the items I had to work with for now.

To do this, I first did some research and ended up referring to the these pages on the Internet. …


A recent goal I set was to see if I could build out (or at least learn how to build out) a modern computer infrastructure for a small business. This will be a long-term, ongoing work in progress. I will do this from home using the resources I have. This would include on-prem servers, some cloud resources, mobile and other things. I have created a more comprehensive list below.

In my day to day job, I am an IT HelpDesk at a medium-sized company. I contract full-time through my TechSnazzy, LLC company. I created TechSnazzy so that I could do…


If you ever lost your pet then this story is for you. This is the triumphant story of our brave, black and white, tuxedo cat, Milo.

It was Sunday, March 17th 2019. I’ve always considered St. Patrick’s Day a day for good luck. But there was no good luck happening on this day. We had been working pretty hard for a couple of weeks moving into our new home. That night we went out to get something to eat. We were celebrating the fact that the move was done, that it was St Patties Day and that it was the…


Udacity, Grow With Google, Front-End Web Developer

Have you ever given up on something? I came close to giving up many times in the past couple years with completing the Udacity, Grow With Google, Front-End Web Developer course. But I’m glad I didn’t because on October 16th, 2018, after working nearly all year on this I finally completed the course and it was such a good feeling and sense of accomplishment. Here’s my story…

I’m an IT guy. I’ve been a professional IT guy since around the late 90’s. My first experience with a computer was when my dad brought home a Commodore 64 one day. This…


I had a bit of a break-through lately. Yesterday, I was going through the latter portion of Lesson 3 in Section 4 (the Exoplanet-Explorer section in the Udacity Front-End Web Developer course). I realized that if I didn’t truly understand callback functions then I would struggle going forward. I thought I knew them but it turns out I really didn’t (in fact this is probably true of many things so I’m not taking anything for granted now — when in doubt, reread the definition of the term and try to gain a better understanding of it).

So I found this…

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