The Pro’s and Con’s of System Lockdown

Rodney Buike has written a thought provoking article about the challenges of locking down production systems whilst ensuring they still perform their intended business function. I’m sure that many of you who’ve worked in the field of Information Security have experienced such difficulties. “If I turn this feature off will the system still perform”? Click here…

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The Pro’s and Con’s of System Lockdown

The Pro’s and Con’s of System Lockdown By Rodney Buike Locking down desktops is becoming more and more prevalent in today’s corporate environment.  Malware, viruses, malicious users and laws like SarbOx are putting the pressure on IT staff to remove users as local admin’s and lockdown systems.  In order for this to be successful administrators…

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Email archiving – problems and solutions

Mark has written a good article about email archiving and different options that you can use to achieve your goals.  Its a constantly recurring question in our architecture discussions about messaging systems, and so this article sets all of the options out rather well… Read the article here…    

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Archiving – has this happened to you?

Mark Arnold – MVP Has this ever happened to you in a small business? Your manager has come rushing in, in a blind panic.  Nothing new there then but you feel you need to do something about it, since he’s gone purple and it wouldn’t look too good on you if he keeled over in…

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Using Automated Deployment Services to deploy Windows XP

Mark has done some excellent investigation into deploying Windows XP using ADS (Automated Deployment Services). ADS is intended, from a support perspective at least, to deploy server images. As such, deploying client operating systems through ADS is not supported. However, with a little patience, several gotchas, it can be a very useful addition to your…


Using Automated Deployment Services to deploy Windows XP

I’ve been trying out some workstation deployment scenarios to see if it is possible to use Microsoft Automated Deployment Services (ADS) to deploy Windows XP. Microsoft has a plethora of deployment solutions and the main one for workstation deployment is the solution accelerator for business desktop deployment (BDD); however the enterprise edition of this relies on…


Free Microsoft Support resources

Blake has compiled an amazing collection of all of the support resources, newsgroups, how to articles, team blogs and tips and published it here…  This must have taken an amazing amount of time to review and research and is just about the most comprehensive collection of resources on one page that I’ve ever seen. Read,…

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Free Microsoft Support

Blake Handler Free Microsoft SupportAs a Microsoft consultant I’m pleased that practically every resource is available freely on Microsoft’s website. They provide many useful downloads & fun “goodies”, as well as their support information.  Locating the proper Microsoft Support information however isn’t always so easy; and with the additional pressure of finding information DURING troubleshooting…

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Blake Handler

Blake Handler “I’ve been supporting Microsoft products since they introduced MBASIC for S100 computers in the early 1980’s.  I later wrote silly games for our college professor, who sold them at “Rainbow Computing” – one of Los Angeles’ first computer stores. After writing more games for the Atari and Texas Instruments “computers”; my parents were…

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Windows and Linux interoperability

Jeremy is delivering a Webcast on Windows and Linux interoperability which explains the concepts in his article (which we published a couple of months ago) really well.  Here are the details… TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Windows and Linux Interoperability: Shattering the Myths (Level 200)Friday, October 7, 2005 – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific TimeJeremy Moskowitz,…

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