Utility Spotlight, Online Edition: Remote Server Administration Tools

The Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack made life easier for lots of IT administrators—or at least it did until Windows Vista was released. Many of the tools just didn’t work with Windows Vista. Now, as Edward Dake describes, the Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) enable administrators to remotely manage roles and features for…

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Exchange Queue & A: Mysterious Attachment Size Increases, Replicating Public Folders, and More

You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers. Q Our organization’s messaging infrastructure is based on Exchange Server 2007. We have a relatively strict message-size limit of 12MB set throughout the organization. We have observed a strange behavior that seems to be related to the size of files attached to a message. When sending an e-mail message…

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Deploying Applications with Terminal Services

Windows Server 2008 takes some of the pain out of terminal services administration through a significantly expanded set of services and capabilities. Of those features, arguably the most significant is terminal server’s new ability to deploy individual applications to users instead of full desktops. It’s a simple process to create a new TS RemoteApp, but…

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A Month of Windows Vista Tips – Week 3

Troubleshoot Group Policy with GPLogView Learn how you can use this command-line tool to perform Group Policy–related troubleshooting. Manage Volume Shadow Copy Service from the Vssadmin Command-Line Check out the commands you can use to manage Volume Shadow Copy service from a command-line tool. Remove Unwanted Toolbars and Fix Settings in Internet Explorer Problematic add-ons. …

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Utility Spotlight: USB Flash Drive Manager

Lance Whitney describes the free Microsoft USB Flash Drive Manager, a handy utility that can help you and your users easily copy, delete, and backup and restore files from a USB flash drive, as well as perform other useful tasks. Want more free utilities? Check these out.

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A Month of Windows Vista Tips – Week 2

Troubleshoot Slow Start Ups with Windows Boot Performance Diagnostics Find out how you can use Windows Boot Performance Diagnostics to identify the source of startup performance problems and automatically fix issues. High Availability Printing with the Print Management Console When a server goes down, you can use the Windows Vista Print Management console to quickly…

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SQL Server 2008: Advanced Troubleshooting with Extended Events

"SQL Server DBAs the world over have a problem that never seems to go away: troubleshooting—with the vast majority of troubleshooting being done to find a performance problem of some kind."   In the January 2009 issue of TechNet Magazine, which is now available online, Paul Randal looks at the new “eventing” mechanism, called SQL…

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A Month of Windows Vista Tips – Week 1

Know the Tools You’ll Need to Deploy Windows Vista Do you know what tools you’ll need to use to prepare and deploy Windows Vista to systems throughout your environment? Here’s an overview of the tools you’ll need, and the ones you can forget about. Use Msconfig to Disable and Enable UAC To determine whether UAC…

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Getting Started with Project Server 2007

Many IT administrators have used Microsoft Office Project to organize at least some of their many projects. Far fewer have implemented Project Server, due to a lack of familiarity, expertise, or simply the time to tackle one more complex installation and configuration. But with Office Project Server 2007, Microsoft has made significant enhancements not only…

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Expanded Control with Group Policy Preferences

One of the most compelling new technologies to come with Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista is Group Policy Preferences. GPPs greatly expand what administrators can do with Group Policy, and the great thing is that you don’t need to install a new infrastructure since the technology works with your existing Active Directory infrastructure and…

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