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Q&A Monday: Hard Drive Wipe

Question: At my company we are throwing out a bunch of older computers, and I want to make sure that all the data on the computer and servers are completely non recoverable, is there an easy way to do this? Answer: I've seen two major approaches to this kind of problem.  One of them being the low tech approach, where you just physically [...]

Windows Printer Pooling

Windows Printer Pooling

    You may run into a situation where you need to pool a bunch of printers together and have the jobs printed to them spread out amongst different printers.  One example is if you company prints a bunch of reports on a regular basis.  Printing to just one printer (depending on the size of your reports) could take forever, yet if you spread [...]

Virtualized Domain Controllers

I got a call yesterday from my old job, it was the software specialist who was having problems with the VMWare 3.51 server which I installed a couple of months before I left.  Though by the time I was able to get a break and call them back, but it got me thinking about my first VMWare environment I built.  I made a blunder that first [...]

Q&A Monday: Domain Password Last Changed

Question: I am in a situation on where I need to find out when the last time a user changed their network password.  Our domain policy forces the change in account passwords every 120 days, and a user is claiming that it's been longer than that, I checked the GPO and everything looks OK, but is there a way to actually check the last time [...]