Veteran’s Memorial Park and Seven Mile Bridge @ Little Duck Key, Florida

During a scouting trip through the Florida Keys with a buddy, I had searched for a location for hopping into the azure blue salt water off the coast with little effort and few people. On the second day of driving southbound toward Key West, Veteran’s Memorial Park just past the Seven Mile Bridge @ Little Duck Key had provided that venue. The opportunity also had provided the chance for testing out my new GoPro3.

After clearing the Seven Mile Bridge at Little Duck Key, I had pulled into parking lot on the right accessing the now defunct bridge. Walking down the decommissioned run of the Seven Mile Bridge, I had passed some folks fishing from each side of the bridge. Before reaching the end, I had come across the dried out corpse of a moray eel. Apparently the little guy had missed the memo about hydration and sun screen. After walking down a bit further, about a good half mile, I had reached the end. At this cut off, I had a clear view of other end of the bridge no longer in service. I had thought this would be a perfect location for a photo op at dawn or dusk.

Once returning to the car from the escapade on the bridge, I walked across the road to Veteran’s Memorial Park. Entry was free with park hours dawn to dusk. The beach and shallow waters were easily accessible. On this side of the key there was decent amenities like restrooms and shaded picnic tables. If looking for a pit stop going to Key West, this had seemed an ideal location for a breather. For myself, I had fired up my GoPro3 taking a test round of footage. Despite some shaky camera work, the footage had still recorded enough material communicating the natural beauty and feel of the park.

Though a brief interlude, each location had definitely caught the spirit of the Florida Keys I had yearned for from afar. Moments in the sun that had embodied the American ideal of manifest destiny driving toward tomorrow.

Read More:
Seven Mile Bridge (Wikipedia)

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Key West AIDS Memorial @ Key West, Florida

Life had always offered subtle surprises in introspection when least expecting it. Travelling to the keys with a friend, I had scouted the finish line to his marathon for a pickup in Higgs Beach @ Key West, Florida. Walking around in the heat, I had encountered a flood of people supporting participants around the Keys 100 Ultramarathon. One of the first things that had caught my eye, signage for an African cemetery at Higgs Beach with mural map of the surrounding nautical area. Moving further up the sidewalk, I had come across the granite Key West AIDS Memorial and a pier going out to the sea. There I had stood for few moments thinking of a span of 20 years of life.

My thoughts had started out with a memory of participating in an AIDS vigil in 1995. From there, I had reflected on the experience of coming out against the backdrop of dark times in the LGBT community. Since then I had known friends to test HIV positive and die of AIDS. Like the etching on this granite memorial, the echoes of this disease and stigmas of being homosexual were like an unresolved musical phrase by the collective consciousness of this minority today. This was a direct contrast to the environment which I had encountered at age 22 searching for my identity. Back then, love and sex were associated with societal ostracization and death. There was a lack of happy glee in that notion; however, I had marched forward in self-realization peeling back the layers of ego. The path forward was framed through looking-glass of affection for my best friend in college. It was a necessary yet, slow evolution in difference to years of assertions to being straight. Perhaps this was why the quotes from Robert Frost and Alfred Tenyson resonate so well with me in this construct.

Walking out to the nearby pier on this Saturday, I had felt a calm reassurance of knowing exactly who I am. Listening to Peter’s Gabriel’s soundtrack to the “Passion: Music for The Last Temptation of Christ,” gone were the days of fretting over the fear of friends, family and God knowing who I am too. These many leaps of faith intellectually and physically had defined my person on a road less traveled.

Key West AIDS Memorial is located at White Street @ Key West, Florida 33040

Read More:
Key West AIDS Memorial (keywestaids.org)
Passion: Music for The Last Temptation of Christ (Wikipedia)

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Review: X-Men Days Of Future Past

Rating: Worth a matinee

Summary: The story had opened in a future with mutant existence sliding toward extinction at the hands of machines named the Sentinels. These machines were the government’s answer to wiping out mutants as a threat. In a final ditch effort to change their fortunes, the older Magneto and Xavier had constructed a plan to stop the creation of the Sentinels by sending Wolverine into the past.

The main attraction for this iteration of X-Men was the relationship between the younger versions of Magneto, Mystique and Charles Xavier with the backdrop of the 1970s. This timeline had picked up about 10 years after the First Class film. The movie’s most engaging minutes were when these characters pivoting against each other emotionally or physically toward defeating the origination of the Sentinels.  In contrast, the best comedic moments of the DOFP had centered around Quicksilver, a hyper fast moving mutant. Another hallmark of the film was the colorful CGI laced action with the demise of several familiar X-Men; however, in the same breadth, some of those character depictions had also started to wear a bit tiresome. On the flip side, one of the great treats of movie were the number of character cameos across the entire franchise. A final surprise was also provided after all the credits. This audience treat was a visual tip-off to the next installment in the X-Men series which includes Apocalypse.

To answer my question from my last post regarding the best summer sci-fi movie of 2014 thus far, that was still Captain America 2: Winter Solider. If keeping a score, X-Men Days of Future Past had come in second. In relation to the X-Men franchise, X-Men 2 was still the most satisfying from my perspective of all the entries then First Class and rounding out with DOFP.

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Summer Scifi Movies so far 2014

On the verge of watching X-Men Days of Future Past, I had some thoughts on the first three major scifi releases of 2014; Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier, Godzilla, and The Amazing Spider Man 2.

Starting with Godzilla, while a decent effects outing, this most recent release was a more an exercise in emulating the slow tempo and exposition of films of Saturday afternoon reruns of my youth. The grandeur and spectacle of this film had wore off quickly on a second viewing. If looking for an exercise in auditory effects I had suggested checking it out in a good theatre. To see far better updated rendition of mega monster film, I had recommended checking out last summer’s macho charged Pacific Rim.

With The Amazing Spider Man 2, this entry into this superhero franchise had communicated the complexity of human relationships against the backdrop of being a savior to the common man. With excellent choreographed action sequences, it had missed one big note. It had lacked a fully fleshed out performance by Jamie Foxx as Electro. His performance was muted and flat. Considering his comedic ability, thoughts of Jim Carrey’s improvisation as the Riddler had floated through my mind.

That had brought me to Captain America 2: The Winter Solder, which so far after two separate viewings had provided the best story and mix of action. Captain America 2 had continued effectively the theme of the first film of “just a boy from Brooklyn.” Chris Evans as Cap had continued emoting a vulnerable charm worthy of seduction of Black Widow incognito. The bigger surprise here was the pointed contemporary political commentary on public safety, freedom, and fear. If all that wasn’t enough, toss in Robert Redford’s stage presence to seal the deal. On a second pass, this movie had continued to entertain with great dialogue and cast chemistry.

So the question now is,”Can X-Men Days of Future Past out perform Captain America 2?” Guess I am about to find out!

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Using PowerShell to get membership of AD Group for audits with ADGroupMember cmdlet

Periodically, someone will had visited my desk to inquiry on the membership of any one or multiple groups within Active Directory. Here is a simple clean way to collect the data you require without losing your mind with format exports.

Pre-Requisites: PowerShell Module for Active Directory.

1. Collect the group names you want to review (i.e. Domain Admins, Account Operators).

2. Create a directory named scripts on your Windows system (i.e. C:\scripts).

3. Place the names of groups on separate lines in file (i.e. c:\scripts\identity.txt).

Example:

Domain Admins
Account Operators

4. Launch PowerShell Module for Active Directory.

5. Copy and paste the following command:

Get-Contents C:\scripts\identity.txt | Get-ADGroupMember -recursive | fl name,SamAccountName | out-file C:\scripts\members.txt

           NOTE: -recursive switch will cover any nested accounts.

6. Example of contents of c:\scripts\members.txt

name           : ellen.ripley

SamAccountName : ellen.ripley

name            : bishop

SamAccountName : bishop

That’s the quick easy way to produce group membership for your finance or general IT audits with PowerShell.

Read More:

How to Install the Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell (mikepfeiffer.net)
Get-ADGroupMember (technet.microsoft.com)
powershell @ garzafx.com

Managing anemia and scuba diving

Over the past year, I had picked up my Padi certification Open Water and Advanced Open Water through a local dive shop, Seminole Scuba in Lake Mary, Florida. One of my immediate concerns getting signed up was medical clearance for a reoccurring stomach ulcer. The reason for the heightened sense of awareness about the ailment was anemia. With periodic changes in my blood’s ability to carry oxygen, I had thought I might be unable to enjoy exploring this endeavor.

After reviewing my results with my family physician, I was provided written clearance for scuba diving; however, a piece of paper was the first hurdle to managing my anemia. For those unaware of your blood’s hemoglobin count, I had encouraged getting this number checked out periodically if engaging in this activity or any other athletic adventures. For myself, my hemoglobin had floated around 9 grams (gm) per deciliter (dL). Here are some posted normal ranges from per Medicinenet.com:

    • Children: 11 to 13 gm/dL
    • Adult males: 14 to 18 gm/dL
    • Adult women: 12 to 16 gm/dL
    • Men after middle age: 12.4 to 14.9 gm/dL
    • Women after middle age: 11.7 to 13.8 gm/dL

Here were few additional thoughts I had learned up to my last outing in the big blue Atlantic.

  1. Eat your iron. Always keep a bottle of iron (OTC) or medically prescribed version available in your gym or scuba bag. For myself, this was paramount to making it through Open Water course.
  2. Get a thicker wetsuit! For myself, this was exceedingly apparent on my outing for the Advanced Open Water class. When underwater getting hypothermia, you had reduced your chance to relax while shaking like a low power vibrator. Think I had lost few pounds on that Saturday but, worse still feeling like a burden to my dive buddy and instructor(s). After trying to get by on the cheap with rentals of 3MM suits, I had conceded the point. I had shelled out about $400 bucks on 5mm Aquaflex medium from Seminole Scuba. The dividend after the fact was a more calm and fun dive time.
  3. Know your limits. Sounds obvious, though, I had understood a man’s ability to hold onto his maverick independent streak. The smarter person, the better diver, had kept themselves self-aware about their limitations including fatigue, alertness, and pain.
  4. Avoid anything that might exacerbate your anemia. In my case, avoiding irritating an ulcer was important before a scheduled dive. Recently, I had marked off the list alcoholic beverages (i.e. margaritas), caffeine and spicy foods few days in advance if in the midst of a flare up.

Again, if you were interested in scuba diving and anemic, talk with your family doctor. Safe travels!

Read More:
Overview of anemia and diving – Diving Medicine Online (scuba-doc.com)
Understanding Anemia — the Basics (WebMD)
How is hemoglobin measured? (Medicinenet)

 

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Superhero Scramble Noon, Saturday May 10th, 2014 @ Winter Garden, Florida

After a couple of scheduling conflicts, I had the opportunity to finally hit a regional mud run and obstacle course, specifically the Superhero Scramble @ Winter Garden, Florida. About a week out, I had signed up for the 8 mile excursion with really no idea or expectation of the event. The only thing I was able to say before hand, “I would be participating in the singles wave at noon at Rock On Adventures.” What I had experienced in return, a fun filled active day through 40 or so mini events.

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The summary of my participation had boiled down to a couple hours out in cool summer breeze under the Florida sun. Final stats:

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2533

Pace
23:56

Final
3:11:29

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The worst part of the adventure was sporting a couple of cramps in my foot arches and losing my $30 sunglasses from Bass Pro Shop. Other than that, the environment was extremely family friendly for such a diverse mix of people. I had thought this kinda of event perfect for a team building exercise; however, that was just my humble opinion. The most novel aspect of the trip, aside from the persistent grit of dirt in teeth, was acquiring a portion of a cow patty in my right pocket for my Nike dry run shorts. Somehow, I had mistakenly took it for a rolled up piece of tissue or paper-towel. At the end of the trek, you were greeted to a freebie Muscle Milk shake, free T-shirt and a faux medal. The real reward was just being around active good spirited people and nature. If you love the prospect of being outdoors and getting your blood flowing, strongly recommend checking their next event out. A couple parting suggestions if you had decided to go, bring a trash bag for your soiled laundry, a few gallons of water and a Camel-back for hydration.

Read More:

Super Hero Scramble (superheroscramble.com)
Rock On Adventures (rockonadventures.com)

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Thoughts on May 2014 adventures

This year so far has crested on the shores between elation and trepidation. People had asked “What I want to be when I grow up? to “What am I doing tomorrow?” For 40 something man, I had stated simply “Let me finish this day.” I had prided myself through my life having plans and lists. There are things that I have crossed off along the way; however, there is no bucket list necessarily for myself. I’m just grateful for everything that has come before and that will follow. At my best, I had functioned when simply randomly engaging adventure.

With that thought, I had prepared my red steed, Ford Explorer, for another round of randomness.

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Fix for “The server to which the application is connected cannot impersonate the requested user due to insufficient permission” Cisco Unity Connection Server 9.1 with Exchange 2013

Received the following error message,“The server to which the application is connected cannot impersonate the requested user due to insufficient permission,” when validating a mailbox that pointed to different account (i.e. 7777@garzafx.com) for delivering voicemail to support@garzafx.com.

Here is the technical background for the scenario.

a) Coexistence for Exchange 2007 SP3and Exchange 2013 CU1.

b) Cisco Unity Connection Server version 9.1.2TT1.11900-2TT1.

c) PowerShell command new-ManagementRoleAssignment -Name:RoleName
-Role:ApplicationImpersonation -User:’Account’ applied to Exchange 2013 environment per Cisco article Configuring Cisco Unity Connection 9x and Microsoft Exchange for Unified Messaging.

d) Deleted and recreated the AD account and mailbox (7777@garzafx.com) and migrated back and forth between Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2013, same result.

The whole error message reads as follows:

HTTP status=[200] Diagnostic=[Failed extract folder ID ” from response] Verb=[POST] url=[https://192.168.5.13/EWS/Exchange.ASMX] request=[<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”utf-8″?> <soap:Envelope xmlns:xsi=”http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance&#8221; xmlns:xsd=”http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema&#8221; xmlns:soap=”http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/&#8221; xmlns:t=”http://schemas.microsoft.com/exchange/services/2006/types”&gt; <soap:Header> <t:RequestServerVersion Version=”Exchange2007_SP1″/> <t:ExchangeImpersonation> <t:ConnectingSID> <t:PrimarySmtpAddress>support@garzafx.com </t:PrimarySmtpAddress> </t:ConnectingSID> </t:ExchangeImpersonation> </soap:Header> <soap:Body> <GetFolder xmlns=”http://schemas.microsoft.com/exchange/services/2006/messages&#8221; xmlns:t=”http://schemas.microsoft.com/exchange/services/2006/types”&gt; <FolderShape> <t:BaseShape>Default</t:BaseShape> </FolderShape> <FolderIds> <t:DistinguishedFolderId Id=”deleteditems”> <t:Mailbox> <t:EmailAddress> support@garzafx.com </t:EmailAddress> </t:Mailbox> </t:DistinguishedFolderId> </FolderIds> </GetFolder> </soap:Body> </soap:Envelope> ] response=[<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”utf-8″?><s:Envelope xmlns:s=”http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/”><s:Header><t:ServerVersionInfo MajorVersion=”8″ MinorVersion=”3″ MajorBuildNumber=”342″ MinorBuildNumber=”0″ Version=”Exchange2007_SP1″ xmlns:t=”http://schemas.microsoft.com/exchange/services/2006/types”/></s:Header><s:Body><soap:Fault xmlns:soap=”http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/”><faultcode>soap:Client</faultcode><faultstring&gt;The server to which the application is connected cannot impersonate the requested user due to insufficient permission.</faultstring><detail><e:ResponseCode xmlns:e=”http://schemas.microsoft.com/exchange/services/2006/errors”&gt;ErrorImpersonationDenied</e:ResponseCode><e:Message xmlns:e=”http://schemas.microsoft.com/exchange/services/2006/errors”>The server to which the application is connected cannot impersonate the requested user due to insufficient permission.</e:Message></detail></soap:Fault></s:Body></s:Envelope>]

To fix this issue perform the following steps:

1. Logon to Cisco Unity Connection Server.

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2. Select Users and Find target account (i.e. 7777).

3. Verify SMTP address matches the account (i.e. 7777@garzafx.com).

4. Under LDAP Integration Status, select DO NOT INTERGRATE with LDAP DIRECTORY.

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5. Ensure LIST IN DIRECTORY is selected.

6. Click SAVE for changes.

7. Under EDIT USER BASICS choose EDIT then MESSAGE ACTIONS, ensure VOICEMAIL is set to ACCEPT AND RELAY THE MESSAGE.

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8. Verify RELAY ADDRESS is set to the different mailbox (i.e. support@garzafx.com).

9. Go to SMTP ADDRESSES ADD PROXY ADDRESS support@garzafx.com and click SAVE.

10. Go to UNIFIED MESSAGING ACCOUNT, under ACCOUNT INFORMATION select option for USE THIS EMAIL ADDRESS enter: support@garzafx.com.

11. Click SAVE, then TEST.

Successfully test results should look like the following:

Task Execution Results
Severity Issue Recommendation Details
The validation results for the user unified messaging service account 7777@garzafx.com with service GFX-Exchange-2013 are the following: Service “GFX-Exchange-2013”: AuthenticationMode=NTLM [use HTTPS/no-validate] Server=[192.168.5.13] Type=[Exchange 2007/2010] Username=[gfx\gfx_svc2013]
Mailbox 7777@garzafx.com was successfully accessed. Connected to 192.168.5.13 using EWS.

Read more:
Configuring Cisco Unity Connection 9x and Microsoft Exchange for Unified Messaging (CISCO)

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The day after Cinco de Mayo

 

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Relax and breath, it’s only troubleshooting Microsoft products.

 

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A phone call? The PADI scuba training said avoid overexertion, ugh.

 

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Seriously, I hope this is about free food or Nitrox.

 

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Look, my buoyancy sucks in this chair and I’m low on air. Can I call you back tomorrow?

Fix for Outlook 2010/2013 prompts for user id and password after migrating to Exchange 2013

Recently, I had started migration of mailboxes to Microsoft Exchange 2013 CU1.  As I started to move accounts over employees begun receiving prompts to enter their credentials for Outlook 2010/2013 and sometimes Lync 2013. These prompts had appeared during the opening of Outlook, Lync and intermittently thereafter. Reading two different articles one from TechNet: After Migration to Exchange 2013 – Credential user keep prompting on Outlook 2010 SP1 and Microsoft KB Article: Users of Exchange Server 2013 or Exchange Online can’t open public folders or shared mailboxes on an Exchange 2010 or Exchange 2007 server, I had tried different solutions ranging from changing authentication protocol to NTLM to Kernel-Mode Authentication for RPC and other virtual directories. The irony in all this, I had run into a similar issue with Exchange 2007 several years earlier.

Here are the steps I had to perform to fix this issue.

1. Logon to Exchange 2013 CAS Server.

2. Open IIS 7.0.

3. Locate virtual directories for Autodiscover and EWS (Exchange Web Services) under default website.

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4. Select EWS.

5. Select authentication.

6. Set status DISABLED for  Anonymous authentication.

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7. Select Windows authentication, click ADVANCED SETTINGS, select ENABLE KERNEL-MODE AUTHENTICATION. Click OK.

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8. Repeat Steps 5-7 for Autodiscover.

9. Go to command prompt, run IISRESET.

10. Close and re-open Outlook client.

Read more:

After Migration to Exchange 2013 – Credential user keep prompting on Outlook 2010 SP1 (TechNet)

Users of Exchange Server 2013 or Exchange Online can’t open public folders or shared mailboxes on an Exchange 2010 or Exchange 2007 server (Microsoft)

exchange 2013 (garzafx.com)