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Q&A Monday: Upgrade vs Fresh Install

Q&A Monday: Upgrade vs Fresh Install

Question: Hi Jim,     I am a new System Administrator, and the first thing that is assigned to me was to plan our upgrading our operating systems to Windows 7.  Our environment is a mix of Windows Vista and Windows XP, and I’m not sure if we should just use the upgrade option or complete a clean install. I’m not sure what the [...]

Microsoft Security Updates: May 25th 2010

Microsoft Security Updates: May 25th 2010

On Tuesday May 25th Microsoft released a round of minor updates for the Windows Operating System.  Here’s what they are and what they do: SECURITY UPDATES: Update: KB982632-Windows 7/KB981793-XP Type: Recommended Affected Systems: 2000, 2003, XP, Vista, 7, NT What it does: Install this update to resolve issues caused by revised daylight [...]

Support For Windows XP SP2 and 2000 will end soon!

Support For Windows XP SP2 and 2000 will end soon!

    If you haven't updated to Windows XP Service Pack 3, you should really look into that prior to July 13th 2010, if you ever want help from Microsoft.  After July 13th 2010, Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP Sp2 as well as Windows 2000 Operating Systems.  Though Microsoft hasn’t given any indication of removing support for [...]

Microsoft Patch Tuesday: May 11th 2010

Microsoft Patch Tuesday: May 11th 2010

On Tuesday May 11th Microsoft released another round of updates for the Windows Operating System.  Here’s what they are and what they do: SECURITY UPDATES: Update: MS10-030/KB978542 Type: Critical Affected Systems: XP, 7, 2003, 3008, 2008 R2, Outlook Express 5.5 and 6.0 for 2000 What it does: Outlook Express, Windows Mail, and Windows Live [...]

Q&A Monday: Reinstalling Wan MiniPort

Question: My WAN miniport has gone missing. I accidentally deleted it durring some computer troubleshooting.  Do you know how to get it back short of a complete Windows re-install? Thanks, Howard S. Jordan Montgomery, AL Answer: It's been a while since I've been in this situation, but this should work: Download devcon.exe [...]

Windows 7 Command Prompt

Windows 7 Command Prompt

One thing I like in Windows 7 is the easier way they have to open Command Prompt, and it can be done from any folder. To open a command prompt just press and hold down the shift button and select the "Open Command Prompt here" tab. It's that simple, and was a time saver for people for me who use command line codes.

Exchange and iCal Problems

    Recently I got a call, that a user was having problem with a program callediCal, I had seen and briefly used the software, but wasn't an expert on it. I did some research I verified that it was Apple's built in e-mail client.  The user didn't always have this problem, it occured one day while he was attempting to delete stuff from the [...]

Delete Hiberfil.sys to regain space

Just incase you didn't know when you activate the hibernate function on your laptop or computer, Windows takes a snapshot of your running programs, open files, etc. and writes that information to your hard drive in a file. The hibernate function was designed to speed up shutdowns and restarts and save power on laptops. Hiberfil.sys, is the [...]

Q&A Monday:How can I display computer information on my desktop?

Q&A Monday:How can I display computer information on my desktop?

Question: I was visiting another data center and while given a glimpse of their servers, I saw on the desktops of their server had their server information.  I've seen this at other companies, and with the large amount of physical and virtual servers I have in my data center, it would help me keep the server information viewable just by [...]

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 [...]

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