Format a FileVault 2 Drive

If you are trying to format a FileVault 2 drive, also known as “nuke and pave” on MacOS X 10.9 and you run into a volume that is protected with FileVault 2, you have two choices: turn off the encryption via FileVault and wait for that long process to complete, or use the diskutil command…

MacBook Pro runs hot, high cpu percentage

For the past few weeks my laptop has been running hot randomly throughout the day. I checked Activity Monitor and noticed that CPU had high percentage usage, with systemstats running at 181%… To fix this, I did some searching (https://discussions.apple.com/message/23570188#23570188) and found that the systemstats database file can become very large over time. So a…

Change the Windows 8.1 License Key

I sometime have to change the Windows 8.1 License Key. Normally you should not have to do this after you have install Windows, but I sometimes get stuck with doing a rush install before the volume licensing keys have arrived. They have been purchased, but the person with the Microsoft Volume Licensing Center login is…

How to delete a file with a name that is too long

Recently, we had some files on a Windows 2012 server that have file names that are too long. The UNC path length would be okay if the file name was not too long. And as it would happen on this partition we left the short name 8.3 option disabled (as recommended by Microsoft). So, how…

Install pfSense 2.1 from a USB Stick

I love USB installers (aka USB install sticks). The are easy to use and carry. You have a dozen OS and appliance installs in your toolkit for less than $100. I like to install pfSense 2.1 from a USB Stick. Most of the time, they are easy to create and to keep up to date. Microsoft…