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Update Tuesday: July 13th 2010

Update Tuesday: July 13th 2010

    There wasn’t a huge amount of updates this month from Microsoft, but be aware that some of the problems being patched this month, were from publically reported exploits, so you want to make sure you get your updates applied as soon as you can. Update: KB2229593 -  Type: Critical (XP) and Low (2003) What is does: This is a fix that [...]

What your boss doesn’t want to hear

What your boss doesn’t want to hear

    I’ve been on both sides of the managers desk, and recently when talking with another tech, I thought about excuses that I’ve heard and some that I may have used.  An important part of any IT department is communication and following through with projects or workload, and someone's excuses can hurt that department.  I didn’t [...]

Q&A Monday: Small Business Alternatives

Question: Hi Jim, I recently have come across your blog and have found what I understood interesting.  I am not much of a tech person, but I am currently starting my own business, and my budget doesn't allow for a lot of money spent on software. I plan to get all the normal software (outlook, office) as my company starts to make money, but I [...]

Enable RDP via Registry

Enable RDP via Registry

There may be times where a server is in a co-location and you forget to turn on Remote desktop on, there is a way to get RDP on a server just by making a change to the registry.  Either remotely connect to the server’s registry or make a batch script then will run when the server reboots.  As long as no firewall is enabled. The registry [...]

Top 5: Most overlooked configuration items

Top 5: Most overlooked configuration items

No matter how prepared and how well documented the network is, sometimes techs forget some basic configurations sometimes.  It’s never intentional, but sometimes there are small configurations that we just need to double check.  Below is a list of some things that I’ve seen (and have) forgotten to double check when doing a [...]

Q&A Monday: Network Design

Q&A Monday: Network Design

Question: Hello Jim, I have only been a network administrator for only a short period of time, and recently I’ve been asked by a friend to design a network for his new business.  I’ve only managed a network that was already in place when I accepted the job, and haven't had much experience designing a network from the ground up.  I know [...]

Consultants and deadlines

I’ve spent some time consulting for a small and medium sized companies and I’ve seen many consultants make many errors and one of the worse for you clients is blowing deadlines.  Now for me to say that you’ll never run into a situation where your project is incomplete when the deadline comes would just be silly.  As all consultants know [...]

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