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Q&A Monday: Remotely Turn on Computer?

Q&A Monday: Remotely Turn on Computer?

Question: I constantly turn off my home office computer when I am not using it to save energy.  I don’t think this is possible, but I thought there would be no harm in asking you the question anyway.  Is there a way for me to remotely turn on my computer when I am not in the office?  I find that, a few times a month, that when I am not in [...]

Admin Toolkit: 5 Linux tools you need for Windows

I think most System Admins have a USB thumb-drive with a bunch of tools that may be needed to diagnose any problems that might come to their network or their own computer. (Or is it just me?)  I plan to go over what tools I use in more detail at a later time, but for this post I wanted to focus on the Linux tools that I have on my thumb-drive to [...]

Q&A Monday:How can I display computer information on my desktop?

Q&A Monday:How can I display computer information on my desktop?

Question: I was visiting another data center and while given a glimpse of their servers, I saw on the desktops of their server had their server information.  I've seen this at other companies, and with the large amount of physical and virtual servers I have in my data center, it would help me keep the server information viewable just by [...]

Q&A Monday: Move Files to New Computer

Question: Hi, I have an XP SP3 setup that I've tweaked to perfection (for me at least) and would like to maintain those files and settings when I get a new PC. Both machines have ASUS motherboards, the old with Intel Core 2 Duo E8400, the new with Intel i5. I have done some research into sysprep but it seems able to be used in a number of [...]

Q&A Monday: Finding Enabled Active Directory Users

Question: We are looking at a couple different software packages for several processes in my company, though a lot of vendors are charging by active AD accounts.  Is there a way to just find all enabled active directory accounts, without having to goto all OU's and count them. Answer: I have been there many times, and I know that sorting [...]

SysPrep Windows

SysPrep Windows

Every single time it comes to me setting up a bunch of servers in a cloned environment, I always need to sit down and try to remember how this works or end up searching the web for the answers that I am looking for. So enough it enough and I wanted to take the time today to get it on here, so I know exactly where to look. In case you haven't [...]

Cool Site: Prey Project

In today's world system admins can't be too careful about where their equipment ends up, I've seen many Admins get panicked when a laptop goes missing, especially when the company doesn't have a decent check-in and check-out system for their equipment.  Though there isn't any fool proof way to find a stolen laptop, I've recently come across an [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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