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MANAGE THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE WITH CUSTOMADMX

Some of the biggest challenges in enterprise IT  come from managing third party software. If you’ve ever written a batch file to script an Adobe installation and set default options or you’re worried about data security from Skype file and screen sharing, check out the CustomADMX project on SourceForge. What is an ADMX file? From […]

ENABLING ACTIVE DIRECTORY DFS REPLICATION

Along with the Active Directory Recycle Bin, a tremendous benefit to upgrading your Active Directory functional levels to 2008 R2 is the ability to use DFSR replication between domain controllers. With 2003 and earlier, domain controllers used File Replication Services to replicate directories like SYSVOL. FRS has several drawbacks such as having to retransmit entire […]

ENABLE AND USE THE ACTIVE DIRECTORY RECYCLE BIN

Upgrading your Active Directory domains and forests to the Windows Server 2008 R2 functional level can streamline some administrative functions. The biggest benefit of the 2008 R2 forest functional level is the Active Directory Recycle Bin. If you’ve ever had to use Directory Services Restore Mode to resurrect AD tombstones and retrieve deleted objects, you’ll […]

Disable Exchange 2010 Spam Filtering

Recently I worked with a customer that who was experiencing some odd spam false positive behavior. Even though they had purchased and deployed a third-party spam filter, Exchange was still evaluating each piece of mail and moving suspected spam emails into each user’s Junk Mail folder. This was considered undesired behavior. Any mail that made […]

USEFUL GROUP POLICIES FOR VIRTUAL SERVERS

One of the best ways to learn any new technology can be to install it in a test lab and see how it behaves. One of the benefits of virtualizing your learning lab is the ability to create server templates which let you rapidly deploy VMs, test applications, and then blow it all away and […]

VERIZON SAMSUNG GALAXY NEXUS – THE HIGHS AND LOWS

I received my Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Friday, so I’ve been using it solidly for a little over 4 days as I write this. I’m loving it, and it’s lightyears beyond previous versions of Android. For perspective, my history among smartphones goes back to a Cingular 8125, progresses to a Verizon Samsung SCH-i760, takes a […]

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