08 Sep 2014

Prevent deletion of taxonomy term if associated with a node

Why check if term is associated to a node prior to deletion?

In cases where taxonomy terms are used only for categorizing content on a Drupal powered web page, there should be no harm in deleting them. However sometimes taxonomy is used to store terms critical to the content they are referenced from and in this case steps should be taken to prevent an accidental deletion.

24 Nov 2013

Automatically unlocking a service account in Active Directory

Yes, crazy that this can happen. But sometimes you just have to live by other people’s (.i.e the sysadmin’s) rules. 

Here’s some VBScript on making sure a service account stays unlocked.  You can schedule it to run periodically.  The account it’s run as needs permission to unlock the service account, obviously.

14 Aug 2012

Getting around ORA-00054 in Oracle 10g

In 10g, if you are trying to make DDL changes on a busy object, you’re met with:

ORA-00054: resource busy and acquire with NOWAIT specified

If you google how to fix this, your told to re-run the transaction, or find out what’s locking the object. If your trying to make schema changes on a live system in a scripted/automated way, you dont want to interfere with production processes and you need to deal with re-running the transaction in an automated way. This is the solution.

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