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Archive for December, 2008

WSendmail – useful little mail utility

12.17.2008 · Posted in Tools

WSendmail is a very useful tool that allows you to send emails. I use this a lot in my scripts or batch files. For example, you can use WSendmail in a batch file to send you an email whenever your hard drives are running out of space. Here is an example of using WSendmail: C:\Program Files\Mailutil\wsendmail ...

Outlook Sperry add-ins

12.17.2008 · Posted in Tools

You can make your Outlook client more useful by installing add-ins. Sperry Software has up to 37 Outlook add-ins that can enhance and expand the capabilities of your Outlook client no matter what the version. One of my favorites is the “Attachment Save” add-in. The “Attachment Save” add-in allows you to extract attachments from your ...

How safe are your websites?

12.16.2008 · Posted in Security and Compliance

How safe are your websites and your network in general? Especially if your websites handle credit card payments. Companies need to be compliant in regards to this issue as people financial information is at stake. Last month my company had a request from the Bank to do a vulnerability scan of our network, more specifically our ...

Standard Ubuntu Server Install

12.15.2008 · Posted in Linux

There are two versions of Ubuntu – one desktop and one server edition. The desktop edition comes with a GUI. Ubuntu OS is a good alternative if you hate or cannot afford MS Windows. The desktop version is very user friendly, however if you are new to Linux you might find it hard to use. ...

Net Time

12.11.2008 · Posted in Tools

It is important to keep the time on your servers in sync. Net Time is a free time synchronization tool that can be used on Windows machines. It is very easy to install and use. Make sure you have a proper time server and the port 123(SNTP) is allowed in the firewall. Add to Bookmark: ...

Workstation migration to a new domain

12.10.2008 · Posted in Windows 2003

Two months ago my company migrated their domain from NT4 to Wndows 2003 AD, and I had to prepare a tasks list for the workstations migration. When you join or change a workstation to a new domain, a completely new profile is created, for example you will lose all your email configurations and browser settings. ...

Backup and restore Active Directory

12.03.2008 · Posted in Windows 2003

Two months ago, my company upgraded their domain from NT4 to Windows AD 2003. The final stage of the project was to plan a disaster recovery solution for the domain controllers. Facts about AD backup and restore When you reboot after restoring, Active Directory replication replicates changes. Items restored non-authoritatively will be overwritten during replication. Use ...