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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 [...]

Question and Answer: Stop Domain Users from Installing Files

Question: I have Windows 2003 domain and some users have local admin rights. I would like to prevent these users from installing any software on their PCs. Bobby Clem Boulder, CO Answer:     In an ideal world we wouldn't have users who were also local administrators, but we in the IT world often have perfect systems to work with.  [...]

Q&A Monday: Reinstalling Wan MiniPort

Question: My WAN miniport has gone missing. I accidentally deleted it durring some computer troubleshooting.  Do you know how to get it back short of a complete Windows re-install? Thanks, Howard S. Jordan Montgomery, AL Answer: It's been a while since I've been in this situation, but this should work: Download devcon.exe [...]

Q&A Monday: Test your Security

Question: Hi, I'm not a computer expert, but I just switched internet providers and I want to make sure that my home network is secure by seeings what "ports" are open? -Leah J. Hemby, Stockbridge, GA Answer: There is a website that I've used and recommended to other to use to self test their own network. The website is hosted by GRC and the [...]

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 [...]

Q&A Wednesday: Screen Saver Group Policy

Since I for some reason thought that Monday was Wednesday, it only seems right for me to post Q&A Monday on Wednesday: Question: Hi I am currently running Windows 2003 on my servers.  I have two DC's in my environment.  Clients are running Windows XP.  I have 5 OUs created for the varying users in the different departments in my [...]

Q&A Moday: Exchange 2007 E-Mail Forwards

Question: I am new to the Exchange 2007 environment, I've worked with Exchange 5.5, 2000, and 2003 and I'm running into a problem that I don't know how to fix.  I have a user who wants to forward all incoming e-mail from our email server to his personal GMail account.  I loaded his Outlook profile on my computer and set up a rule to forward [...]

Q&A Monday: Disable Programs that Start with Windows

Q&A Monday: Disable Programs that Start with Windows

Every once in a while, I get the following question: Question: How do I stop programs from running when I start up my computer? Answer: This is actually a very simple process.  The first place would be the check the windows start up folder, by clicking on the Start Bar going to programs and then finding the startup folder.  This is [...]

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