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Todd received his MBA from Villanova University and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Penn State. Prior to joining Adaptive Solutions as Director of Datacenter Operations in January 2008, Todd worked for his own consulting firm for the last ten years providing technical expertise for a variety of large and mid-sized corporate clients including General Motors (Saturn Division) in Delaware. Todd assumed the role of Chief Technology Officer in December of 2012. In his current role with Adaptive Solutions, Todd helps to set best practices and technology standards for the company. Todd also has a wide range of expertise, including VDI, virtualization, and numerous Microsoft technologies, as well as document management. Todd maintains numerous Microsoft Engineer certifications and is considered an expert in the field of server and desktop virtualization.

How’s Your Insecurity Level?

Panama, Paradise, Publicity P.T. Barnum receives attribution for the phrase “There’s no such thing as bad publicity”.  I think there are a large number of offshore investors who may be disagreeing with that statement this week.  The Panama and Paradise Paper revelations have placed an exclamation point on the importance of an aggressive security posture.  As the game of cat and …

Implementing Jumbo Frames

A lot has been said about jumbo frames.  Some say it’s not worth the effort while others proclaim it to be an absolute requirement.  Regardless of where you stand on the debate it is generally accepted that jumbo frames can yield performance improvements on isolated iSCSI networks.

Updating Windows 7 Workstations

Sometimes when you setup a new Windows 7 workstation and try to do Windows Updates it just appears to “hang” on the checking for updates screen? There can be a number of reasons for this, but there are some things you can try that will usually help resolve the problem. First, Microsoft puts out a …

Recovering Data From An Exchange Archive

There are many many articles written about how to recover data from an Exchange recovery database, but fewer articles are around that talk about how to recover data from an Exchange archive recovery database. Normally you can mount a recovery database and run a “New-MailboxRestoreRequest” to get your data.  However, if you want to recover …

Outlook Slow After Migrating to Exchange 2013

If you’ve just migrated your mailbox to Exchange 2013 and you’re having issues with slowness in Outlook (opening Outlook, reading e-mails, etc.) you may need to adjust something called TcpAckFrequency in the registry. The default TcpAckFrequency parameter in Windows is 200ms, which does not always work well with Exchange 2013. Luckily, there is a very …

Migrating DHCP Servers

If you’ve ever had to migrate a DHCP server from one system to another you know how time consuming it can be to recreate a scope or numerous scopes, especially if you have reservations. With the newer versions of Windows (2008 and up) there is a command line tool that can help you quickly recreate …

Upgrading to VMware vCenter 6

The new VMware 6 brings a host of new features, but comes with some caveats.  Users currently on ESXi 4.x hosts will not be able to join or be managed by vCenter 6.  Only ESXi 5.x and 6.x hosts are now supported.  In addition, ESXi 4.x hosts cannot upgrade directly to ESXi 6, you must …

VDI – Because A Desktop Is A Terrible Thing To Waste!

What is VDI?  Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is defined as a desktop-centric service that hosts user desktop environments on remote servers and/or blade hosts, which are accessed over a network using a remote display protocol. A connection brokering service is used to connect users to their assigned desktop sessions. For users, this means they can …