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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Q&A Monday: Adobe PDF Printing Alternative

Q&A Monday:  Adobe PDF Printing Alternative

Question: I am currently looking for a more cost-effective solution than adobe for printing PDF files.  I am not looking to edit or create forms, just to print existing documents to PDF.  While looking around I've found a couple products, but they wanted too much money for the full versions, any suggestions? Davina Knight Raft [...]

Helpful Powershell Commands to Know

Helpful Powershell Commands to Know

Recently I was talking with a colleague about our histories of working in the computer field, all the ways from the early days of DOS to where we were currently.  I remember the early days of working on the computers and using the DOS commands to get stuff completed, today Microsoft has started using PowerShell for the admin commands of todays' [...]

Exchange 2007 get Mailbox sizes

Exchange 2007 get Mailbox sizes

If you ever have had the pleasure to administer an Exchange system for some time, then you've run into the scenario where you need to know how big people's mailboxes are.  Depending on your workload, I suggest that you take some time regularly take some time to check the sizes of the mailboxes on your server.  Now this is more important if [...]

Q&A Monday: Small Business Alternatives

Question: Hi Jim, I recently have come across your blog and have found what I understood interesting.  I am not much of a tech person, but I am currently starting my own business, and my budget doesn't allow for a lot of money spent on software. I plan to get all the normal software (outlook, office) as my company starts to make money, but I [...]

Top 5: Most overlooked configuration items

Top 5: Most overlooked configuration items

No matter how prepared and how well documented the network is, sometimes techs forget some basic configurations sometimes.  It’s never intentional, but sometimes there are small configurations that we just need to double check.  Below is a list of some things that I’ve seen (and have) forgotten to double check when doing a [...]

Microsoft Security Updates: June 8th 2010

Microsoft Security Updates: June 8th 2010

Security Updates Update: MS10-032/KB979559 Type: Important Affected Systems: 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7, 2008, 2008 R2 What it does: A trio of bugs in the Windows kernel can allow the use of malformed fonts to allow escalation of privileges attacks. It would be a bit hard to sneak a font onto the system without some sort of install privileges [...]

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