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Migrate Windows Small Business Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 Essentials Print E-mail
This guide describes how to migrate an existing Windows SBS 2003 domain to Windows Server® 2012 Essentials.  Click here to read  further details.
 
Active Directory Integration with Office 365 Print E-mail
Need to connect Office 365 and your local Active Directory?  Click here and follow these steps.
 
How to extend a data volume in Windows Server Print E-mail
There are times when you need to extend a volume size, especially with virtual disks.  To make the volume maximize space, remember the diskpart.exe command.  Here's how to use it.
 
Accessing USB Drives in a Hyper-V Print E-mail
Ever need to access USB data in Hyper-v but don't know how to recognize the drive?  Here's how its done!
 
Delete Failed DCs from Active Directory Print E-mail
There are times when you try to remove a domain controller from your Active Directory domain by using Dcpromo.exe and fail or and old domain controller no longer exists and needs to be removed from the Active Directory.  Follow these steps to delete Failed DCs from Active Directory ( http://www.petri.co.il/delete_failed_dcs_from_ad.htm ) when conventional methods won't work.
 
How to Back up Hyper-V Virtual Machines Print E-mail
This article  describes how to back up Hyper-V virtual machines from the parent partition on a Windows Server 2008-based computer by using Windows Server Backup.
 
Setting Up a RADIUS Server Print E-mail
Click here to learn how to setup a RADIUS with your Windows Server.
 
How to Create a Windows 7 System Repair Disc Print E-mail

This will show you how to create a Windows 7 system repair disc to be able to use to boot to system recovery options to help recover your Windows 7 installation if you don't have a Windows installation disc, can't find your Windows installation disc, or can't access the recovery options provided by your computer manufacturer.

A system repair disc is not able to install Windows 7.

 

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/2083-system-repair-disc-create.html?ltr=S

 
Use Diskpart to Create and Format Partitions Print E-mail
To use the command line to bring a disk online, create a partition, and format it, run the following commands:

 C:\> Diskpart
Read more... [Use Diskpart to Create and Format Partitions]
 
Microsoft Virtualization Solution Accelerators Print E-mail

These are the first steps toward the cloud with Virtualization Solution Accelerators. These free, automated tools and proven guidance will help you to assess your current infrastructure, plan and design new infrastructure pieces, secure server roles, and deploy virtualization technologies.

Learn more here.

 
A Method to Successfully Virtualize SBS 2K3 Print E-mail

If you're not having success with SCVMM or Disk2VHD when trying to this method should work flawlessly. Here is the detailed procedure to successfully virtualize SBS 2003 on Hyper-V:

  1. 1. Download and install Acronis Backup & Recovery 10.  This should be installed on the physical server that is to be virtualized.
  2. 2. Run a full backup of the physical server to your Hyper-V server using the default .tib backup file type.
  3. 3. Install Acronis on the Hyper-V server.
  4. 4. Run Acronis on the Hyper-V server and do a restore job to a VMWare machine using the above .tib file.
  5. 5. On the Hyper-V server download and install the free StarWind V2V Image Converter.
  6. 6. Convert the above VMWare image to a .vhd file.
  7. 7. Load the newly created .vhd file in Hyper-V and you are good to go.
Read more... [A Method to Successfully Virtualize SBS 2K3]
 
Hyper-V Admin: Formatting Disk using DiskPart Print E-mail

Formatting Disk using DiskPart

Here are several commands that you should execute when formatting a disk in Hyper-V. Though you may think its easier to use the Computer Management snap in to format a disk,

you will not have Computer Management when the Hyper-V host machine is installed with the Server Core version.

Hope these commands come to handy when you format a disk either local or iSCSI LUN presented to Hyper V host.

Read more... [Hyper-V Admin: Formatting Disk using DiskPart]
 
Backing Up and Restoring SBS 2k3 Print E-mail
Follow these step-by-step instructions to back up and restore Windows SBS 2003.
 
Increase User Mailbox Size Beyond 2GB Print E-mail

Using Adsiedit to Increase User Mailbox Size Beyond 2GB on Exchange Server 2003

If you use Exchange 2003 (I’m not sure if the same applies to later versions), you may have noticed that you cannot set a user’s mailbox size to anything greater than 2097151KB (2GB).

The good news is that this limit is only GUI imposed and not a hard value fixed on the exchange server software it self – I myself am not sure of the reasoning behind this artificially imposed limit.

Increasing a user’s mailbox is really easy and safe – however, I don’t recommend that you configure the size to some unreasonable or extreme limit. Between 2 and 5GB sounds just about right.
As always, a full backup of the mail store is recommended before changing any settings on the Exchange.

Read more... [Increase User Mailbox Size Beyond 2GB]
 
Offline P2V Migrations using SCVMM 2008 Print E-mail
Offline P2V Migrations using SCVMM 2008 are not always as simple as they seem.  Read this article to help minimize your pain during migration.
 
Foundation vs. Server Standard vs. Server Enterprise Print E-mail
Ever wonder what the difference was between the different versions of SharePoint 2010, click here to learn more!  
 
P2V in Virtual Machine Manager Print E-mail

Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) allows you to convert existing physical computers into virtual machines through a process known as physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversion.

Use this link to show how Microsoft's Virtual Machine Manager helps.

 
Introducing SharePoint Designer 2010 Print E-mail
Take a quick tour of SharePoint Designer 2010 and learn about the features used to build custom no-code solutions on SharePoint 2010.
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Learn all About SharePoint 2010 Print E-mail
Use these 11 modules to help you learn what Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 can do for you, how it works, how to create a site, and more!
 
VDI to VHD Convert VirtualBox Virtual Machines to Virtual PC Print E-mail
This article shows the steps to convert the Virtualbox VDI format to Microsoft's VHD format.
 
Windows 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services (RDS) (2 of 2) Print E-mail
This article comes from http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/49566.    In the previous post titled Windows 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services (RDS) (1 of 2) where Understanding and Deploying RDS was covered, an intro to RDS as well as the basic installation of the Windows 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services (formerly known as Terminal Services) was given.  This post will key in specifically on the Remote Desktop Services Web Access and RemoteApp roles.
 
Windows 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services (RDS) (1 of 2) Print E-mail

This article is from http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/49484.  It is the first of a 2 part article on the Windows 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services, or RDS.  This first article covers the technology and the basic implementation.  In Article 2 of 2, the focus is on the Remote Desktop Web Access which is like Outlook Web Access (OWA) but for terminal services sessions and they cover the Remote Desktop RemoteApp that allows you to have an icon on a desktop and the user simply clicks on the icon and has access to the application without having to load up a full desktop session with a Start button and everything.

 

 

 
Selecting the right conversion tool for your P2V migration Print E-mail
After you decide that you want to virtualize your environment and you select the products to use, the next step usually involves some sort of conversion process -- taking a running physical desktop or server and moving it to a virtual machine.
Read more... [Selecting the right conversion tool for your P2V migration]
 
Windows 2008 Server Feature Comparison Print E-mail
Ever wonder what the differences are between all the different flavors of Windows Server?  Well this chart shows the differences !
 
Implementing Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 Print E-mail
This article is an excellent resource/guide for setting up Windows 2008 Hyper-V virtualization.
 
Demo of Sharepoint Services Print E-mail
Need an intranet for your office?  Get a quick overview of what Microsoft's Sharepoint can do for you.  Watch a demo of Sharepoint here .
 
Using Windows Logon Scripts Print E-mail
Using Windows Logon Scriptsin a networked environment  make life easier and ensures conformity .  This article shows you how!
 
Test Drive Windows 7 Print E-mail
Take a free online test drive of Windows 7!
 
Creating a Fax Server in Windows 2003 Print E-mail
I’ve always thought it was a little strange that Microsoft’s Small Business Server 2000 supported faxing through a shared modem, but that Windows 2000 Server did not. Fortunately, Microsoft has incorporated fax sharing into Windows Server 2003. The problem is that fax sharing isn’t very intuitive, and there are no directions to speak of. In this article, I'll guide you through the process of setting up a shared fax modem.


Read more... [Creating a Fax Server in Windows 2003]
 
List of Intel microprocessors Print E-mail

This generational and chronological list of Intel microprocessors attempts to present all of Intel's processors from the pioneering 4-bit 4004 (1971) to the present high-end offerings, the 64-bit Itanium 2 (2002) and Intel Core 2 and Xeon 5100 and 7100 series processors (2006). Concise technical data is given for each product.

 
Use GPO to Remotely Install Software in W2x Print E-mail
This step-by-step article describes how to use Group Policy to automatically distribute programs to client computers or users. You can use Group Policy to distribute computer programs by using the following methods:
  • Assigning Software
    You can assign a program distribution to users or computers. If you assign the program to a user, it is installed when the user logs on to the computer. When the user first runs the program, the installation is finalized. If you assign the program to a computer, it is installed when the computer starts, and it is available to all users who log on to the computer. When a user first runs the program, the installation is finalized.
  • Publishing Software
    You can publish a program distribution to users. When the user logs on to the computer, the published program is displayed in the Add or Remove Programs dialog box, and it can be installed from there.
Note Windows Server 2003 Group Policy automated-program installation requires client computers that are running Microsoft Windows 2000 or later.

Create a Distribution Point

To publish or assign a computer program, you must create a distribution point on the publishing server:
  1. Log on to the server computer as an administrator.
  2. Create a shared network folder where you will put the Microsoft Windows Installer package (.msi file) that you want to distribute.
  3. Set permissions on the share to allow access to the distribution package.
  4. Copy or install the package to the distribution point. For example, to distribute Microsoft Office XP, run the administrative installation (setup.exe /a) to copy the files to the distribution point.

Create a Group Policy Object

To create a Group Policy object (GPO) to use to distribute the software package:
  1. Start the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in. To do this, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Users and Computers.
  2. In the console tree, right-click your domain, and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Group Policy tab, and then click New.
  4. Type a name for this new policy (for example, Office XP distribution), and then press ENTER.
  5. Click Properties, and then click the Security tab.
  6. Click to clear the Apply Group Policy check box for the security groups that you want to prevent from having this policy applied.
  7. Click to select the Apply Group Policy check box for the groups that you want this policy to apply to.
  8. When you are finished, click OK.

Assign a Package

To assign a program to computers that are running Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000, or Microsoft Windows XP Professional, or to users who are logging on to one of these workstations:
  1. Start the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in. To do this, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Users and Computers.
  2. In the console tree, right-click your domain, and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Group Policy tab, select the group policy object that you want, and then click Edit.
  4. Under Computer Configuration, expand Software Settings.
  5. Right-click Software installation, point to New, and then click Package.
  6. In the Open dialog box, type the full Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path of the shared installer package that you want. For example, \\file server\share\file name.msi.

    Important Do not use the Browse button to access the location. Make sure that you use the UNC path to the shared installer package.
  7. Click Open.
  8. Click Assigned, and then click OK. The package is listed in the right pane of the Group Policy window.
  9. Close the Group Policy snap-in, click OK, and then quit the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in.
  10. When the client computer starts, the managed software package is automatically installed.

Publish a Package

To publish a package to computer users and make it available for installation from the Add or Remove Programs tool in Control Panel:
  1. Start the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in. To do this, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Users and Computers.
  2. In the console tree, right-click your domain, and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Group Policy tab, click the group policy object that you want, and then click Edit.
  4. Under User Configuration, expand Software Settings.
  5. Right-click Software installation, point to New, and then click Package.
  6. In the Open dialog box, type the full UNC path of the shared installer package that you want. For example, \\file server\share\file name.msi.

    Important Do not use the Browse button to access the location. Make sure that you use the UNC path to the shared installer package.
  7. Click Open.
  8. Click Publish, and then click OK.
  9. The package is listed in the right pane of the Group Policy window.
  10. Close the Group Policy snap-in, click OK, and then quit the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in.
  11. Test the package:

    Note Because there are several versions of Microsoft Windows, the following steps may be different on your computer. If they are, see your product documentation to complete these steps.
    1. Log on to a workstation that is running Windows 2000 Professional or Windows XP Professional by using an account that you published the package to.
    2. In Windows XP, click Start, and then click Control Panel.
    3. Double-click Add or Remove Programs, and then click Add New Programs.
    4. In the Add programs from your network list, click the program that you published, and then click Add. The program is installed.
    5. Click OK, and then click Close.

Redeploy a Package

In some cases you may want to redeploy a software package. For example, if you upgrade or modify the package. To redeploy a package:
  1. Start the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in. To do this, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Users and Computers.
  2. In the console tree, right-click your domain, and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Group Policy tab, click the Group Policy object that you used to deploy the package, and then click Edit.
  4. Expand the Software Settings container that contains the software installation item that you used to deploy the package.
  5. Click the software installation container that contains the package.
  6. In the right pane of the Group Policy window, right-click the program, point to All Tasks, and then click Redeploy application. You will receive the following message:
    Redeploying this application will reinstall the application everywhere it is already installed. Do you want to continue?
  7. Click Yes.
  8. Quit the Group Policy snap-in, click OK, and then quit the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in.

Remove a Package

To remove a published or assigned package:
  1. Start the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in. To do this, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Users and Computers.
  2. In the console tree, right-click your domain, and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Group Policy tab, click the Group Policy object that you used to deploy the package, and then click Edit.
  4. Expand the Software Settings container that contains the software installation item that you used to deploy the package.
  5. Click the software installation container that contains the package.
  6. In the right pane of the Group Policy window, right-click the program, point to All Tasks, and then click Remove.
  7. Do one of the following:
    • Click Immediately uninstall the software from users and computers, and then click OK.
    • Click Allow users to continue to use the software but prevent new installations, and then click OK.
  8. Quit the Group Policy snap-in, click OK, and then quit the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in.

Troubleshoot

Published Packages Are Displayed on a Client Computer After You Use a Group Policy to Remove Them

This situation can occur when a user has installed the program but has not used it. When the user first starts the published program, the installation is finalized. Group Policy then removes the program.
 
Top 5 Security Tips for 2009 Print E-mail
This article from MessageLabs discusses the Top 5 Security Tips for 2009 .
 
Moving Data Folders for Windows SBS2K3 Print E-mail
This Word document provides step-by-step instructions for moving each of the data folders for Windows Small Business Server 2003. The data folders include the Users Shared Folders, SharePoint and Monitoring databases, Exchange databases and log files, Sent Faxes folder, and ClientApps shared folder. You can use the instructions in this document to move one or all of the data folders.
 
Mac OS X: Setting up Windows File Sharing Print E-mail
Mac OS X 10.2 and later include Windows File Sharing, which allows PCs running Windows to connect to your computer using their native sharing protocol. Learn how to set it up.
 
Flowchart for ATX Power Supply Repair Print E-mail
Computer ATX Power Supply Troubleshooting and Repair.
 
How to uninstall Symantec Antivirus without a password Print E-mail

When removing Symantec antivirus you often need to supply a password for the uninstall to run. This can be a very big pain if you've forgotten the password or if the original install was done by an administrator that has long since left. As usual, there is a work around. Here's how to remove SAV without supplying a password:

Read more... [How to uninstall Symantec Antivirus without a password]
 
Adobe Video Workshop Print E-mail
This free online video workshop is an excellent tool from Adobe that teaches how how to use various Adobe products such as Illustrator, Photoshop, and more!
 
Import your messages and address book from Eudora 6.x Print E-mail

Outlook 2002 and 2003 do not support direct import of Qualcomm Eudora 6.x e-mail messages and address books. However, you can import your data into Microsoft Outlook Express and then import the data from Outlook Express into Outlook.  Click here to find out how!

 
Practical Wi-Fi security Print E-mail
Wireless fidelity ("Wi-Fi") is used to refer generically to any type of wireless network. This guide covers basic Wi-Fi concepts and terminology and discusses how important security issues are!  Click here and learn more!
 
Set up a Wireless LAN Print E-mail
This How-To Guide walks you through the steps you need to take to evaluate the role wireless networking technologies might play in your organization's overall networking solution, and helps you understand what it will take to implement a wireless networking solution.  Click here for details!
 
Turn your notebook into two desktops Print E-mail

Have you ever made it to work, ready to put the finishing touches on a document you labored over at home the night before, only to find you forgot to e-mail it to yourself?

If you answered yes, you may be the perfect candidate for a single notebook computer that you can leverage as you would two (or more) separate desktop systems.  Click here to learn how!

 
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