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Windows XP Auto Play No Longer Working, Fix Windows XP Auto Play

Recently we removed a virus from a PC at the computer shop and after a week the customer brought it back in because Auto Play had stopped working. Since a virus had been removed and Microsoft Security Essentials installed I assumed something in the process of one of those tasks messed up auto play. Fixing the problem is really easy using the Auto Play Repair Wizard which can be downloaded from Microsoft. Follow the directions below to resolve Auto Play not working on Windows XP.

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Xbox 360 Behind pfSense Firewall: Your NAT Type Is Strict

We recently put a Xbox 360 online at the computer shop and I finally got around to configuring everything so we could get on Xbox Live. Our network uses a pfSense firewall along with some other security measures which create a fairly secure environment however it can take some configuration to get things working properly at times. The pfSense firewall is a really amazing open source firewall software developed by some folks here in Louisville. Anyhow depending on how your firewall is set up you may run into a couple issues, which aren’t really issues, connecting to Xbox Live. Below is information on how to get past your Xbox 360 reporting that the NAT type is Strict when your Xbox 360 is located behind a pfSense firewall.

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Create A New Logical Volume In A Logical Volume Group With Space On A Linux Server

As noted in a previous article I have been working on a couple new Linux servers with a minimal install of CentOS on them. The /var, /usr, and / directories each were configured with 2GB of space within a logical volume group that has 1TB of space available. I first expanded the /var and /usr directory from 2GB to 20GB and then expanded the root, or /, directory from 2GB to 30GB. Once all three of these directories were expanded I next needed to create a new logical volume group and a partition to hold PostgreSQL data. Use the information below to create a new logical volume, format it with the ext3 file system, mount it, and configure it to be mounted automatically upon the next boot of the server.

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Remove A Logical Volume From A Logical Volume Group On Linux

While testing various settings and other changes with logical volume groups I had created a test logical volume group that I no longer needed so I needed to remove it. When using the below information be aware that any data contained within the logical volume group will be gone after the logical volume is removed. The information below explains how to first list the current logical volumes with lvscan and then how to remove a specific logical volume with the lvremove command.