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Relax...

After a fairly ugh week at work, this weekend was a nice relaxing one.

I left Thursday night from work at 10:45pm again, however this time things went a lot more smoothly and actually worked like they were supposed to.

It seems that a Windows 2003 server has a totally different idea to what a NT 4.0 server does, and the two are not really compatible. As a result to upgrade a NT 4.0 domain to a Windows 2003 domain you must actually upgrade the Primary Domain Controller to at least Windows 2000.

Considering the specs on the old Domain Controller, that wasn't going to happen. However, we had an alternative.

At work we use VMWare to create virtual machines for testing. So what I had to do was create a Windows NT 4.0 Server virtual machine and create it as a Backup Domain Controller. I then promoted it to the Primary Domain Controller (which demoted to old Primary to a Backup), and turned off the old machine (which was probably the first time it had been turned off in about a year).

Now that I had the Primary Domain Controller on a machine that could cope with the upgrade, I upgraded it to Windows 2000 Server, and then set the new Windows 2003 Server machine as the Domain Controller. This took from 7:00pm to 10:45pm.

There were a few minor problems the next day with the three machines still running Windows 98, but overall things have been running smoothly.

I ended up leaving work on Friday a bit later than usual (6:30) as I wanted to do another reboot of the server before leaving, and that meant waiting for most of the rest of the office to go.

Scott was waiting when I got home, so we had a nice pleasant evening of lasagna, garlic bread, coke and music. After Scott left, I put up the Christmas tree.

The rest of the weekend has been fairly uneventful, which is exactly what I wanted.

A bit of shopping on Saturday to buy some new shoelaces, and do some window shopping, plus some shopping today for curtain rods, and brackets. I've been intending to put up curtains on the two sets of windows in the front room for some time, and I decided to put up the rods today.

Now that they are up, I just have to organize some actually curtains.

Other than that I've been mostly domestic. Put up a lot of the Christmas decorations, though there's more I want to put up, but I'm not exactly sure how/where. Did some washing, did some vacuuming, watered the garden and fertilized it, that sort of thing.

I downloaded the Fallen album by Evanescence, for a test listen as all I had heard up to now was the two singles they've released here, Bring Me to Life and Going Under. After a single listen it's definitely on my must-buy list. They're good.

Also currently being downloaded is some music from a band called 12 Stones. So far I haven't heard anything from them, however I want to give them a listen because the lead singer is the guest vocalist on the Evanescence song Bring Me to Life. I like his voice on that song, and I want to find out what his own band sounds like.

I think I know what I'm getting my mother for Christmas. Glenn, my brother, rang this evening, and he said Mum had suggested some paint-by-numbers sets for her for Christmas if we couldn't think of anything, and I think it's a good suggestion. That way she can take an hour or two off if she's getting stressed, and be artistic, sort of. However, that doesn't qualify as Mum's present from me, as she suggested it herself. A present from me has to be from me, or it doesn't count.

What I am probably going to get Mum is a gift voucher from a Glamour Photography place. Mum's had a pretty rough year with the illness, and she's still not over it (she refuses to take a break, she's a work-a-holic). I think that someone else pampering her for a while, and taking some very glamourous photo's of her would be good for her.

That means Dad's present is bought, Mum's is decided and just needs to be organised, and for my brother I just have to decided what type of Dragon I'm getting for him.

As a final note MusicMAX is getting very evil. Playing the Abba version of Dancing Queen and the Kylie version in the same half hour was pushing it, but putting Olivia Newton John's Physical, followed by Xanadu, and then immediately followed by the Grease Mega Mix with John Travolta was just plain cruel!

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Desert Rose

I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in vain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand

I dream of fire
Those dreams are tied to a horse that will never tire
And in the flames
Her shadows play in the shape of a man's desire

This desert rose
Each of her veils, a secret promise
This desert flower
No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this

And as she turns
This way she moves in the logic of all my dreams
This fire burns
I realize that nothing's as it seems

I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in vain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand

I dream of rain
I lift my gaze to empty skies above
I close my eyes
This rare perfume is the sweet intoxication of her love

I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in vain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand

Sweet desert rose
Each of her veils, a secret promise
This desert flower
No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this

Sweet desert rose
This memory of Eden haunts us all
This desert flower
This rare perfume, is the sweet intoxication of the fall

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