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Q&A Monday: Mapping admin C$ Share on Windows 7

Q&A Monday: Mapping admin C$ Share on Windows 7

Question: On my Windows XP machines I am able to use \\hostname\C$ to map to the C drive on that computer, but when I try it with my new Windows 7 machines, I can't get it to map. Answer: This isn't just a Windows 7 issue, this issue also occurred on Windows Vista machines as well.  This is caused by the UAC (User Access Control) [...]

Q&A Monday: IIS 7.5 Error 401.3

Q&A Monday:  IIS 7.5 Error 401.3

Question: I'm trying to test my ASP.Net website and I keep getting this error: HTTP Error 401.3 - Unauthorized You do not have permission to view this directory or page because of the access control list (ACL) configuration or encryption settings for this resource on the Web server. I tested the site both from the IP address, as I [...]

Q&A Monday: Windows 7 Hide Accounts from Welcome Menu

Q&A Monday:  Windows 7 Hide Accounts from Welcome Menu

Question: We are deploying Windows 7 machines to users that are not the domain, and I want to add some accounts for administration to the machine, but I only want the users to be give the option of seeing the one account they are going to use.  Is there any way to hide the other accounts?  John Higgins Oakland, CA Answer: *NOTE: To [...]

SysPrep a Windows 7 Upgraded Machine

SysPrep a Windows 7 Upgraded Machine

When working in any kind of company, I love imaging computers.  When there is a problem with a machine you can quickly blow down the company image and get the computer or laptop back to the user as quickly as possible.  Recently when working on a Windows 7 image that I had inherited from a previous administrator I ran into an interesting error [...]

Q&A Monday: Enable and Disable Proxy via Scripts

Q&A Monday: Enable and Disable Proxy via Scripts

Question: I use my laptop both inside and outside of my company's network.  It is a company issued laptop and when I am in the office, I am suppose to use their proxy server, when I am out on the road, I'm suppose to use the local connection, which does not have a proxy.  Currently I go into internet settings and enable or disable  the proxy [...]

Average Mailbox Size Using Exchange PowerShell

Average Mailbox Size Using Exchange PowerShell

PowerShell is now becoming more and more prevalent in Microsoft's Exchange and Server software.     This scripting language is becoming a must know for Administrators and knowing this scripting can help get all kinds of useful information.  When I was an administrator for an Exchange system, it helped me to monitor the mailbox(s) and [...]

Change IE Bookmarks Location

Change IE Bookmarks Location

Recently in my job, I was looking for a way to keep as much data on the server as possible and making the Windows boxes hold as little data as possible in case of a crash.  While I already redirect the "My Documents" drive to the server (note only if you trust your users do this).  We as an office generally use Internet Explorer for browsing [...]

Q&A Monday: Outlook 2003 problems with Exchange 2010

Q&A Monday:  Outlook 2003 problems with Exchange 2010

Question: My company has recently upgraded our Exchange server to 2010, but I still have some users using Outlook 2003.  There are plans in the next 6 months to update these remaining users, but some of them are experiencing a problem.  The users have a bunch of shared calendars and are getting a connection issue, any advice? Eric Davidson [...]

Alternatives to Outlook

Alternatives to Outlook

    I've been asked about this more times than I can remember, so I figured I'd just do an article about it....What are some alternatives to Microsoft Outlook.  To fully disclose I still cling on to my Outlook for my windows machine, but I do use other software for my linux machines.  So I've done some testing and some asking around and found [...]

Removing Crapware

Removing Crapware

    Crapware (or bloatware) is unwanted software alreay installed on a new PC.  This software has started to come bundled with other software you may want on your computer. For example most software I install on my computers now, I have to pay close attention to, because it wants to install a browser or toolbar or sometimes even virus or [...]

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