A Break from Work

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Negative Self-Talk

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Life and Income and Frustrations

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Nano is dying?

So, Microsoft released Nano server with their launch of Windows Server 2016, and it promised to be a great thing!

Nano Server Comparison

Nano Server Comparison

“Microsoft has announced that they are removing all the infrastructure features, such as scale-out file server (SOFS) and Hyper-V from Nano Server. What the heck is going on? What do you do if you deployed Nano Server for infrastructure roles? What is the future now?”

What is the future now?

Click here to read more about what’s going on over at Perit.com

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How to Migrate a WordPress Site

Wordpress in a car

Moving WordPress?

Are you looking to move your WordPress site to another server?  Want to duplicate it so you have a test environment? Does this seem too daunting to you?  Well, having done this dozens of times, I shall reveal my method of moving WordPress to another website.

NOTE: In order for this to work, you need access to the MySQL back end for your destination site.

Step 1: Write down the site URL for your current site (ex: www.brettgorley.com\blog)

Step 2: Install the Updraft Plus backup and restore plugin

Step 3: Do a full backup of your site.  (This may take a while depending on your site)

Step 4: Download the backup files when it is complete

Step 5: Install WordPress on your destination site (ex: shall be my destination test server)

Step 6: Install the Updraft Plus backup and restore plugin

Step 7: Restore the backup from your old web site to your new one
We will be overwriting the database which will make our site become unreachable. DON’T PANIC!

Step 8: Open up your WordPress database in phpMyAdmin (or command like if you prefer- don’t ask me for help with this though)

Step 9: In the wp_options table, change the following fields:

  • “home” value to your new URL (ex: change http://www.brettgorley.com/blog to
  • “siteurl” vale to your new URL

Step 10: Browse to the new WordPress site’s admin console (in my example,

Step 11: Install and activate a plugin called Velvet Blues Update URLs

Step 12: Go to Tools/Update URLS.  It will list the Old URL and the New URL.

  • Enter your old URL, the one from your original site (ex: http://www.brettgorley.com/blog)
  • Enter your new URL, the one from your new site (ex:
  • Check all the check boxes, including the Update all GUIDs
  • Click Update URLs NOW

Step 13: You should get a results page showing number of items updated.

At this point your new website should be fully working and functional.  But, due your due diligence and test everything just to make sure.

I’ve done this type of transition a dozen times and I have never failed to duplicate a WordPress site using this method.



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A Trip down Beer Memory Lane

It’s been so long since I brewed I’ve almost forgot how to do it. So, I was reminiscing and found an excel spreadsheet I created- my beer database.  Everything I’ve ever brewed and how I thought about it.  All my successes and failures since 2007.

First, how I rate my own beers:

Rating Scale
10 Freaking awesomest beer in the world!!!!! Period!!!
9 Oooohhhh….So good, I love it. I want to have it’s baby.
8 Darned good! Eat your heart out, micro-breweries!
7 Really good. Gonna go back for another.
6 Good. Yummy.   A pretty good beer.
5 Drinkable. Not terrible, but drinkable.
4 Hmmm…. This reminds me of something cheap and fizzy.
3 Ok, one sip was enough.
2 …bleck!
1 You trying to make me sick?


Now, my Beer Database:

Beer Name Batch # Brewed Rating 1-10 Notes
Flemmish Brown 1 12/31/2007 8 Better with age
Oatmeal Stout 2 1/9/2008 1 Burnt oatmeal
Frambooz 3 1/17/2008 7 Kit beer but turned out good
Handsome Hefe 4 2/1/2008 7 Contaminated- super foamy
Bastard Brew 5 2/1/2008 2 Sludge
Can-o-bitter 6 2/7/2008 4 meh…
Can-o-IPA 7 2/7/2008 4 meh…
American Hefe 8 2/28/2008 2 Contaminated yeast- band-aid flavor
Papazian Oatmeal Stout 9 3/22/2008 10 The Perfect Beer
Flemmish Brown 10 4/12/2008 9 Aged beautifully!
Humpty Dumpty 11 4/26/2008 7 light drinkable beer
The Good Life 12 9/27/2008 6 Ok, drinkable
Wild Thing 13 10/2/2008 5 Something contaminated this- most likely the hops
Righteous American 14 10/11/2008 6 Decent beer
Buckingham Bitter 15 10/26/2008 8 Good solid English bitter
Bombay IPA 16 11/12/2008 7 What your British trooper would have drank
Buckingham Bitter 17 11/26/2008 8 Good English bitter
Holiday Cheer 18 12/8/2008 8 Really good, but lost interest in it after the holidays
Lucky Stout 19 12/10/2008 9 Beamish clone. Yum!
Bombay IPA 20 1/3/2009 7 Good IPA
Righteous American 21 1/10/2009 6
Cherry Stout 22 2/5/2009 7 Fun beer. Different fruit would work as well
Cherries in the Snow 23 2/19/2009 8 Interesting. Tart, slightly sweet, did interesting things in my mouth
Tracy’s Framboise 24 2/28/2009 7 Only good with sweets, or mixed 1/2 – 1/2 with pilsener
Lucky Stout 25 3/12/2009 9 Beamish clone. Yum!
Witty Weisenbeir 26 5/15/2009 7 Great hot weather beer- and cheap!
East India IPA 27 6/20/2009 9 The Perfect IPA
Witty Weisenbeir 28 7/14/2009 7 Yum!
Liberty Pale Ale 29 8/12/2009 8 Best pale ale I’ve made
Liberty Hefeweizen 30 8/12/2009 5 Overcarbonated, didn’t finish fermenting, liberty hops didn’t go well with wheat
Top Drop Pilsener 31 8/29/2009 7 Not my favorite style, but as good if not better than anything store bought
Papazian Oatmeal Stout 2 32 10/21/2009 7 Too much maltodextrine in it. Ruined the goodness
Holiday Cheer 33 11/30/2009 8 A bit thicker than last years.   Probably hop pellets
Unspoken Passion Imperial Stout 34 12/2/2009 10 Chocolate Raspberry Dessert
Viking Mead 35 12/23/2009 9 Sweet. Like a white dessert wine mixed with whisky
Lucky Stout 36 2/3/2010 7 Forgot the table sugar till it was fermenting. Produced off flavors
Liberty Pale Ale 37 9/24/2010 7 Good. Not as good as last time
Rob’s Belgian Dubbel 38 10/23/2010 9 Complex. Roasted barley with licorice and hops finish
Ruby Hooker Mead 39 11/14/2010 6 Tart and slightly dry. Not sweet at all.
Holiday Cheer 40 12/1/2010 8 Same as last years
Oatmeal Stout 41 12/28/2010 9 Still Papazian, not the perfection I remembered
East India IPA 42 1/23/2011 8 Classic IPA
Tracy’s Framboise 43 3/21/2011 2 Tasted like cough syrup. No syrup next time
Liberty Pale Ale 44 5/22/2011 7 Hops are getting old. Not as spicy as before
BJ’s Belgian Ale 45 6/20/2011 2 Only slightly better than Coors.   Too many conflicting flavors, too thick, too much confusion in my mouth
Witty Weisenbeir 46 9/26/2011 7 Yum!
Chocolate Stout 47 11/2/2011 10 Oh my word, this was amazing!
Pumpkin Ale 48 11/2/2011 7 Not pumpkin enough for me. Good though
Tragor’s Brown Ale 49 12/27/2011 7 Decent brown ale. Will try a different recipe next time
God is Good IPA 50 3/17/2012 9 Great IPA
Rob’s Belgian Dubbel 51 3/17/2012 8 Not as good as I remembered, but still good. Too much head
Witty Weisenbeir 52 8/3/2012 7 This was a hit at the beer party
God is Good IPA 53 9/3/2012 9 Still great
Pumpkin Ale 54 9/3/2012 7 Used canned pumpkins- still not pumpkin enough for me
Big Fat Oatmeal Stout 55 10/12/2012 10 Dang! This was good!
Witty Weisenbeir 56 8/3/2013 5 infected. Super foamy.
Peach Weizen 57 8/3/2013 5 Decent, but infected.
Fresh Hop IPA 58 8/30/2013 6 It was ok. Think it got infected also
East India IPA 59 11/1/2014 6 Oak flavor took over. Beer still drinkable. Infection problem on earlier beers was bottling bucket faucet thingey


If you’ve had one of my beers, chime in and tell me what you thought of it!


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Can’t Migrate Public Folders to your Exchange 2013 Server?

I have this great to do for migrating public folders from Exchange 2007/2010 to my new Exchange 2013 server (found here: https://supertekboy.com/2014/10/13/2013-public-folder-migration-made-easy/).

Problem is, it doesn’t work.

What doesn’t work?  Why, all the PowerShell commandlets and parameters relating to public folders seem to be absent.  Exchange Management Shell is missing them.

Solution: Use the regular PowerShell shell, and run the following command:

Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.Exchange.Management.PowerShell.E2010

Now you can use your Public Folder related commands and parameters in the regular PowerShell window and they will work. Wish I had known that sooner.

Happy migrating!


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East India IPA – Batch 59

It’s been over a year since I last brewed. Working too much and being too broke will do that. But, my good friend Rob wanted to brew, so we brewed. He wanted to do my IPA recipe, so that’s what we brewed.

East India IPA ingredients

East India IPA ingredients

10 gallons of IPA sounds pretty good to me! So, we followed the directions I posted way back in my batch 27 post. Only ingredient difference is the yeast- Rob didn’t know what yeast to get so he got some Wyeast 1217 West Coast IPA.

Did the protein rest, 130 degrees for 1/2 hour, 150 degrees for 1/2 hour, and 158 for 1/2 hour. During the boil I went to get some Chinese food, and we had a boil over. Guess I used too much water getting the temperature correct.

Anyways, got all the hops added and Irish moss, then strained the hops out. Had to re-combine both fermenters to make sure both were equally mixed. Now we have two batches of beer waiting for yeast to be pitched.

IPA's in fermenters

IPA’s in fermenters

11/2- Pitched yeast this morning. Initial gravity was 1.068, so on track for a decent alcohol percent. Next week we’ll be adding some oak chips.


11/9- boiled oak chips and divided them between the fermenters.

Fermentation has mostly stopped.

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