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Installing Exchange 2010 Step-by-Step
This is the second part of a two part series on Microsoft Exchange 2010. In the first article we examined the changes and enhancements in Exchange 2010. This time we’ll walk through the steps required to install a fully functional Exchange 2010 server...
Manage Windows Terminal Services With TS Session Broker
Windows Server 2008 has added several very useful enhancements to Terminal Services (TS). TS Remote Apps lets you present TS based applications to users in a way that is virtually identical to a standard desktop app. TS Gateway finally gives us a way to...
Configure Microsoft’s RemoteApp for Terminal Services
Web apps are getting better and better these days. In fact, some offer a superior user interface to many standard applications. Someday Web applications will rule the world, but for now there are still some pesky Windows applications that are not available as...
Open a Window on Server 2008 Events
When it’s 2 a.m. and you get paged because a Windows server is not doing its job, one of the first places to look is the Event Viewer. The Event Viewer is a vital tool for any system administrator because it is the primary method for getting error...
Spot Malware on Your Windows Hosts with netstat
Is there a bot or Trojan horse listening for incoming connections on your Windows domain controller right now? Having the skills necessary to answer that question is essential for any Windows server administrator. After reading this article you will be better...
Robocopy Polices Windows File Permissions
Copying files in Windows may not be as simple as you think. Ever tried copying or moving files from one file server to another? If so, you probably noticed that the permissions and ownership of files didn’t carry over to the new server. There is a...
Implement Windows’ Encrypting File System
We’ve discussed the need for encryption on mobile devices, a situation for which Windows’ Encrypting File System (EFS) is a solution. What went missing from that discussion, though, were implementation details. This week we’ll take a deeper...
Remote File Access Is a Snap with WebDAV and IIS
If you don’t have the time or expertise to setup a virtual private network (VPN) then WebDAV is a quick and easy alternative to enable remote file access for your users. Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) is a set of extensions to...
Run Your Desktop as a Non-Admin in Win XP
The first thing I tell a new Windows server administrator is, “don’t run your desktop as a domain admin.” It’s easy to fall into this trap, and many seasoned administrators are probably running as a domain admin right now, despite the...
SAN Multipathing for All Your Points of Failure
Keeping up with storage requirements is a never-ending battle. Our users always want more of it and we systems administrators are always struggling to meet that demand. Thankfully a little thing called storage area networking (SAN) (define) came along to save...