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How to elevate RSAT shortcuts

How to elevate RSAT shortcuts

Companies out there, should not have their IT staff account with Administrator access for everyday work.  Yet IT staff generally will complain (I'm guilty of it) when they need do some administrative work.  Now to make an administrators work easier (while following best practices) you give the IT staff user accounts and use another account to [...]

Q&A Monday: Windows 8 Install on VmWare Issues

Q&A Monday: Windows 8 Install on VmWare Issues

Question: I just downloaded the Windows 8 Release Preview ISO from Microsoft's website, and when I went to load the ISO into VMWare, I get the following message: "Windows cannot read the <Productkey> setting from the unattended answer file" I am not using an answer file, so I am not sure what is causing this.  I have downloaded the [...]

5 Cool registry changes only in the registry

5 Cool registry changes only in the registry

With almost any discussion we have about the registry, I always want to stress the same message.  Messing with the registry can cause you system to become unstable or not work.  Please make sure you backup the registry prior to making changes.  Now with that out of the way, I wanted to show you some cool registry changes that you can make in [...]

Q&A Monday: hiberfil.sys and deleting it

Q&A Monday:  hiberfil.sys and deleting it

Question: Jim, While doing some spring cleaning on my computer, I've come across a file in C: drive called hiberfil.sys file.  When I try to delete the file it wont let me, how do I get rid of hiberfil.sys? Craig Ridgeway Kenosha, WI Answer: The first thing we need to discuss, is what exactly is that file?  hiberfil.sys is one of [...]

Q&A Monday: Determine what Domain Controller authenticated a user

Q&A Monday: Determine what Domain Controller authenticated a user

Question: We have many domain controllers in our environment and while working through troubleshooting, I was wondering if there was a way to find out which domain controller logged the user into the network while sitting at the users PC.  The problem ended up not being related, but the question stuck with me, is there a way to tell which [...]

5 ways to limit your DNS Issues

5 ways to limit your DNS Issues

  One of the things most overlook on a network when things are going well, but when they aren't, are one of the most pain in the butt things imaginable is DNS for a network.  When you start messing with DNS, you'll find there are many ways things can go wrong or become endlessly complicated.  I've find there are 5 rules that can help you keep [...]

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 [...]

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: Event Viewer Problems in Server 2008

Q&A Monday:  Event Viewer Problems in Server 2008

Question: I have a Windows Server 2008 64Bit Standard and I am having problems getting the Event Viewer to display on the server.   When I click on the Event Viewer, I get the following Error Message - Event Log Service is unavailable. Verify that the service is running. I went into the Windows services and tried to start "Windows Event Log" [...]

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