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Q&A Monday: Disable IE Enhanced Security in Server 2008

Question: In previous incarnations of Windows Server, when I wanted to remove the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration, I've gone into the add/remove programs and removed the security component, but in Windows Server 2008 that isn't an option, can you please help me remove this annoyance. Joseph Hart Jackson, [...]

System Admin’s Vacation Checklist

System Admin’s Vacation Checklist

Now that we are officially in summer, there are a lot of administrators that are planning their vacation.  The problem is that many of them will have to still be tethered to the office solving problems.  I’ve been in that situation, where while on vacation, I’ve gotten the phone call about a small problem that I could have avoided if I just [...]

Exchange 2007 and Shared Mailboxes

    In many environments it might come in handy to create a "Shared Mailbox", this would be a mailbox that does not have an "active" user associated with this.  Exchange 2007 lets you create a shared mailbox, that created and then disabled an active directory account.  This creates the mailbox without the pesky problem of having an active [...]

Helpful XP Registry Hacks – Part 2

I had a couple more registry hacks that I thought might be interesting, but not as useful as the first bunch.  Since it is Friday and usually I have these things thought out, I'm going to throw more registry hacks at you...and maybe you'll find them more useful than I do. Change categories in the Control Panel Windows XP’s Control Panel is [...]

Helpful XP Registry Hacks

Every-once in a while, someone asks me for neat little tricks or how to customize their computer.  One of the things that I find fun to do, are registry hacks to make Windows XP do things that otherwise I couldn't do.  Also some of these things can be implemented as minor security measures or help you troubleshoot a problem.  So below are five [...]

SysPrep for Windows Server 2008

SysPrep for Windows Server 2008

I was going sysprep a base image of Windows Server 2008 today and followed my usual method of SysPreping a machine...when I noticed somethin. I went to the DVD and couldn't find sysprep anywhere. figuring my last entry might have been wrong I looked around and discovered that sysprep is installed by default on Windwos Server 2008. You can [...]

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 [...]

Virtualization Planning

Now when deciding you need to virtualize your network there are some things you need to consider prior to doing so.  Trust me, I thought I had every angle convered prior to my first virtualization, and I ran into some issues, so I wanted to give some tips on things to think of that you may not have, prior to making the jump. Does my [...]

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 [...]

Windows Printer Pooling

Windows Printer Pooling

    You may run into a situation where you need to pool a bunch of printers together and have the jobs printed to them spread out amongst different printers.  One example is if you company prints a bunch of reports on a regular basis.  Printing to just one printer (depending on the size of your reports) could take forever, yet if you spread [...]

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