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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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: 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 [...]

Outlook 2010 Beta Bug Fix

If like me, you downloaded the 2010 Office Beta, you may be  interested to know there is already a path out for the Outlook 2010 portion.  Now Microsoft releasing Patches is nothing new, and I think it's funny to release a patch for the product prior to it coming out, but that's exactly what the Beta process is for.  Apparently Outlook 2010 [...]

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 [...]

Virtualized Domain Controllers

I got a call yesterday from my old job, it was the software specialist who was having problems with the VMWare 3.51 server which I installed a couple of months before I left.  Though by the time I was able to get a break and call them back, but it got me thinking about my first VMWare environment I built.  I made a blunder that first [...]

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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