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SysPrep a Windows 7 Upgraded Machine

SysPrep a Windows 7 Upgraded Machine

When working in any kind of company, I love imaging computers.  When there is a problem with a machine you can quickly blow down the company image and get the computer or laptop back to the user as quickly as possible.  Recently when working on a Windows 7 image that I had inherited from a previous administrator I ran into an interesting error [...]

Q&A Monday: Enable and Disable Proxy via Scripts

Q&A Monday: Enable and Disable Proxy via Scripts

Question: I use my laptop both inside and outside of my company's network.  It is a company issued laptop and when I am in the office, I am suppose to use their proxy server, when I am out on the road, I'm suppose to use the local connection, which does not have a proxy.  Currently I go into internet settings and enable or disable  the proxy [...]

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 [...]

Change IE Bookmarks Location

Change IE Bookmarks Location

Recently in my job, I was looking for a way to keep as much data on the server as possible and making the Windows boxes hold as little data as possible in case of a crash.  While I already redirect the "My Documents" drive to the server (note only if you trust your users do this).  We as an office generally use Internet Explorer for browsing [...]

Q&A Monday: Outlook 2003 problems with Exchange 2010

Q&A Monday:  Outlook 2003 problems with Exchange 2010

Question: My company has recently upgraded our Exchange server to 2010, but I still have some users using Outlook 2003.  There are plans in the next 6 months to update these remaining users, but some of them are experiencing a problem.  The users have a bunch of shared calendars and are getting a connection issue, any advice? Eric Davidson [...]

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 [...]

Removing Crapware

Removing Crapware

    Crapware (or bloatware) is unwanted software alreay installed on a new PC.  This software has started to come bundled with other software you may want on your computer. For example most software I install on my computers now, I have to pay close attention to, because it wants to install a browser or toolbar or sometimes even virus or [...]

Q&A Monday: Adobe PDF Printing Alternative

Q&A Monday:  Adobe PDF Printing Alternative

Question: I am currently looking for a more cost-effective solution than adobe for printing PDF files.  I am not looking to edit or create forms, just to print existing documents to PDF.  While looking around I've found a couple products, but they wanted too much money for the full versions, any suggestions? Davina Knight Raft [...]

Conserving Bandwidth Tips

Conserving Bandwidth Tips

In today's world, IT budgets all over the place have been cut down to the bone, and maybe you're users are starting to hog up all the bandwidth and you don't have the money in the budget to increase the bandwidth, what do you do?  Well there are ways that you can squeeze more out of your current bandwidth by adding some software or hardware [...]

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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