Ghost Town Tech

Have you ever noticed how sometimes sweeping changes can occur without pomp and circumstance right under our noses and we fail to notice that anything has happened because we are so used to doing things the same old way.  Have you been to a ghost town… uhhh.. I mean the local branch of your bank…

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How to Do an Offline Defragmentation of Active Directory in Windows Server 2008 R2

This last week I received an interesting question via email. "I occasionally do offline defragmentation of Active Directory of my Windows server 2003 and 2008 boxes,  the process is painful with the shut downs and restarts.  Do you really need to do Offline Defrag? How do you do an offline defragmentation of the Active Directory…

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ADMX Central Store

We have talked before about some of the cool new features of Active Directory in Windows Server 2008.  John Baker has recorded a great video on how to configure the central store for ADMX files.  He actually walks through step by step the process of creating and populating the store.  It’s a great video!  …

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Group Policy Preferences

Since the release of Windows Server 2008 I have been focused on showing IT administrators how some of the changes to Windows Server can really make their lives better.  One key area of change is in the world of Group Policy Preferences.  Group Policy preferences make it possible for me to set computer or user…

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Amazing TechNet Plus Direct Deal

This is the best deal in the Microsoft World!  TechNet Plus Direct is the subscription of choice for the IT professional. TechNet Plus Direct offers full version non time bombed Microsoft software.  Windows Vista, Office 2007, Exchange 2007,SQL, ISA, Windows Server, and so much more.  Subscribers can download ISO images of the software, burn them…

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Windows Server 2008 Server Manager

As an IT professional I remember the days of having to move from tool to tool inside the Windows Interface in order to successfully manage my servers.  Even with the use of the Microsoft Management Console there was still way to much maneuvering for my liking.  If you are in the same situation then Windows Server…

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Granular Password Policies Video

I love Active Directory! I have loved it since it was introduced to the Microsoft world with Windows 2000 Server.  Active Directory provides so many opportunities to the network administrator.  The control features of Group Policy are so encompassing and emporwering!  There is one question that I hear over and over again.  “So Chris Henley, How…

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Disabling the Local Adminstrators Account

Yesterday on my Advanced Security for Server and Clients Webcast there was a question about local administrator accounts and I promised to address it here.  Question:  How can I disable all of the local Administrator accounts on the various client machines throughout my network? The question is interesting because it reveals a larger issue that is…

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Interface TV

About a year ago I had this great idea for a television show.  I wanted to show how technology changes peoples lives for the better.  I also wanted to show some of the just fun and cool things that technology can do.  I found the right people who were just crazy enough to give me…

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