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Public Service Announcement: Make sure your backups are up to date

I am sure this has happened to more people than would care to admit it: Your clients’ (or your employer’s) backups are running smooth and you correct any hiccup right away but you are lazy about your own backups. So I start my (somewhat shameful) and hopefully eye opening post. A few days ago I […]

Creating custom MMC consoles

I was going to write an article about authoring your own MMC consoles and I may still do that, however the main reason why I would want to create my own MMC console and lock it down is if I were delegating certain tasks to a junior administrator (like user management in Active Directory). It […]

When the PCL driver doesn’t work try the Postscript driver

Postscript vs. PCL1 is not something I’d like to discuss on this blog, however I will admit that there are instances when the PCL drivers won’t get the job done, specially with PDF files (granted, a PDF file is essentially a postscript file, but that’s a discussion for another day). On more than one occasion […]

Infrastructure Master FSMO role and Global Catalogs in your Active Directory domain

Remember: If only some of your Domain Controllers are Global Catalogs make sure that the domain controller that holds your Infrastructure FSMO role1 is not a Global Catalog. The reason for this is that a global catalog that holds the infrastructure master role will stop looking for and removing phantom objects in your directory since […]

About mailbox searching in Outlook 2003/2007 [with Exchange]

A quick tip for anyone who is experiencing issues searching their mailbox on Outlook 2003 (with or without Windows Search) and Outlook 2007 (preferably with Windows Search enabled on non-Vista/7 machines). If the mailbox mode is in Online mode, that is, it is not in Cached Exchange Mode, you might want/have to enable Cached Exchange […]

A tip for working with accounts on Windows 7 Home Premium

I have two HTPCs at home, one in my bedroom and one in my living room (*cough*, the living room HTPC is coming soon), as well as another notebook that my lady uses. These machines are a perfect candidate for the Windows 7 family pack that Microsoft is offering for $150, which is good news […]