Jane Lewis's Weblog

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September, 2006

  • D2 and D4 ;What is it for ?

    I have been recently doing quite allot of work with File Replication Service. The File Replication service is used to replicate the contents of your sysvol folder e.g. Group policies and Scripts. The difference between FRS and Active Directory Replication...
  • DCGPOFIX - to be used - only in the last resort.

    I have been working quite allot with Group Policy objects and have recently been involved in troubleshooting them. As a last resort if all else fails, and your Default Domain Policy and Default Domain Controller Policy is beyond repair,or somehow has...
  • Repadmin and friends My top Ten Commands

    I was working at a customer site the other day, and they were looking over my shoulder as I was typing in some Repadmin commands. They asked me the question what is your recommended top 5 Repadmin (plus friends) commands. Well that got me thinking and...
  • Putting your Sysvol on a Diet !

    I was discussing with a Customer recently some recommended best practices for controlling the size of the Sysvol Folder. As you are probably aware, the Sysvol folder is the location where all of your Group Policy Template files, Settings and Scripts are...
  • Squeezing a quart into a Pint Pot

    Well yes it is a very British expression, but I was reading May Wongs article on Funblog which talked around some great new technology which Ringcube Technologies unveiled. This software can virtually squeeze a PC onto an USB Keychain drive, MP3 Player...
  • We work in a fast changing World.

    The above statement I suppose is stating the obvious. But i was reading the following article in the Register , which Jason Langridge blogged about how RIM no longer has the dominance in the Mobility MarketPlace. Well I have been using mobile devices...
  • My Favorite Communicator

    As I mentioned previously, I have just taken possession of my shiny new SPV M300 Pocket Pc running Windows Mobile 5 . Now I am a happy bunny. My favorite package at the moment is Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile . This is so useful. It means even...
  • Its time for Windows Time

    I have been doing quite a bit of work in the arena of Active Directory Troubleshooting. As you are well aware Windows Time Service is a very important element to the success of a healthy Active Directory. Many Windows Components, for example the Kerberos...
  • Security Boundaries where do they stop and start

    I was discussing recently with my customer where security boundaries within the Active directory start and stop. This discussion came about as they were under the impression that the Domain was a security boundary. This can be a quite a confusing area...
  • Mac Fan Experience of Vista & Microsoft on the BBC

    This made really interesting reading....take a look about how Ken Mingis of got on with RC1 version of Vista running on a Mac !. Computerworld Software .....ps it is a pretty even handed review. Also this article caught my eye on the BBC Website "BBC...
  • Screaming for Mama by mobile !

    I thought I would carry on the week with something that made me laugh out loud. On my favorite Radio Station "Radio 5 live", they featured a technology piece on Mobile phones and the problems of them being lost and stolen. I know that in Chicago last...
  • Deployment a new Era with Vista

    I am starting to ramp myself for Vista. I was starting to read around the area of Deployment and the new features and functionality that Vista coupled with the forthcoming Windows 2003 sp2 brings to the table. Things have really moved on apace since the...
  • Getting on my Soapbox

    It has been really interesting reading the Industry reaction to the launch of Microsofts entry into the user-generated video explosion namely Soapbox .Registration is currently by invitation only. I have been reading various websites and Weblogs notably...
  • Exchange 2007 Wiki - Its Wicked

    As you probably realised by now I have a real interest in the mobility arena, and all things to do with Exchange and Windows Mobile. Well I have just been pointed to a great new resource of information by Brett Johnsons Blog the Exchange Ninja,s Wiki...
  • I like it and I want it

    This made me smile...I think I could handle one of these devices ! Windows Mobile 5 with diamond encrusted style . I think I will put it on my Christmas List !
  • Self Spamming - Can it be me ?

    I was reading the blog Forensic Focus , which talks about an article posted on the BBC which talks about how Spam email is often tied up with sophisticated online crime.This got me thinking about the visibility of my own email address. My own personal...
  • Top Microsoft Bloggers

    Starting the week of gently with a non pure "technical" blog. I was reading Redmond Mag over the weekend, and an article on blogging caught my eye. In this article Mary Jo Foley, lists her top ten Microsoft Bloggers . Being very new to the Blogging arena...
  • Live.com Mobile now available in Beta

    I have started using Windows Live, and am enjoying discovering the new functionality of this fast growing arena. What I have also started using is the Live.com for Mobile Beta which is now available. There is an excellent overview of the functionality...
  • Zune Details Released - groove baby !

    I love listening to music and keeping pictures and videos of all my family and favorite bands, It is therefore with great interest I have been following the story of "Zune". IMHO think one of the great killer functions is that Zune possesses is the ability...
  • Managing your News and Rss Feeds on your Pocket Pc

    I am really starting to use my Pocket Pc SPV M3100 and have started to install a range of applications which help me do my job. I really have a requirement for a good News\RSS Reader for my pocket Pc, as I am trying to make it a habit to peruse a wide...
  • An Interesting Feature if the Worst Happens !

    As you have probably gathered I have been working alot with Windows 2003 Active Directory Advanced Support features recently, as part of my Professional Job Role. One of the features I was explaining to a customer recently the automatic recreation of...
  • Excellent Prodcast on Mobility

    I have just finished listening to an excellent "Prodcast"....(productivity Broadcast). Nope I did not know that before either ! on mobility. Jason Langridges Blog highlighted it to me.This "Prodcast" really takes and excellent Strategic view and is excellent...