Tag Archives: windows server 2008

Reload the Registry without Rebooting

FROM THE COMMAND PROMPT TO STOP explorer taskkill /F /IM explorer.exe TO START explorer explorer

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Network Access Protection

Windows 2008 Server has Network Access Protection which is also known as NAP or NPS. This tool serves an administrative purpose to help organizations compare the security level in a computer on the network to the Server 2008’s policies. This … Continue reading

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View Open Files on Server 2008

Before rebooting a server, you should see who has open files so you won’t corrupt data or knock a user offline. Server 2008 has moved where you can view these. To see the open files, right click on computer.   … Continue reading

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How to increase Active Directory Speed

Active Directory is one of the mostly widely used models to push policies and to secure your enterprise. Many IT personnel complain of degrading performance after a period of time.   Although Windows tries to keep Active Directory defragged, the … Continue reading

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Slow Network?

Do you have a computer that responds slow on the network or hesitates?  Follow these steps and you will see a significant difference. (Because we have not shown how to disable advanced settings in your network card, simply go to … Continue reading

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Two-step authentication verifies user logins for your computer

PhoneFactor offers a two-step authentication when logging on to your computer.  This helps to verifiy user logins for a workstation or server. How does it work? Enter your username and password into your computer.   PhoneFactor then calls you.  Press the # … Continue reading

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45TB of storage in a Linux NAS

45TB of storage in a Linux NAS. By AddThis

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Want to control who gets on your network?

Want to control who gets on your network?  Callout DLL can still be downloaded from Microsoft and now with Windows Server 2008 you can control with an Allow/Deny. With portable computing (netbooks, laptops, droids, blackberries, iPads, iPods, iPhones and other … Continue reading

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Windows Server 2008 R2 Virtual Labs

Microsoft has Free Virtual Labs at TechNet that allows you to take mini courses in Server 2008 and Server 2008 R2. Link

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Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2 Randomly Stops Responding

A rare symptom but if it happens, you may need to apply this hotfix from Microsoft.  Always check for spyware first.

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Stretching Your Budget

Many IT departments have the luxury of buying expensive servers.  15 years ago we decided to build our own.  Much like Google builds their own servers.   Recent additions and replacements in our server farm include AMD’s hexacore processor with … Continue reading

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Password complexity in Windows Server 2008 is grayed out

I do not recommend this but I have seen a non-critical server where simplex passwords could be used (internal network/non-critical or non-sensitive data) – Resetting password complexity in Windows Server 2008 (R2). If you need to disable password complexity in … Continue reading

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Protect Your Network With DHCP and NAP

You can use Windows Server 2008 and install DHCP and NAP (network access protection) to force a check of all computers that join your network.   As the computer boots up and request an IP address, the computer will be analyzed and if … Continue reading

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Windows Vista Resource Monitor

The Windows Resource Monitor found under the Task Manager (Right Click the Taskbar and clik Task Manager – Click on Performance and Click the Resource Monitor on the bottom) is an excellent tool that is better than Windows XP’s performance … Continue reading

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Virtualization – Get With It

If you are not virtualizing, you should be.  Try VirtualBox when you are a beginner.  Your bios may require you to enable it (ask Matt or Bob – inside joke, outside readers).  Some one in class asked what other virtualization … Continue reading

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