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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Desktop Player This has potential !

    Apologies for not blogging recent weeks. I have been tremendously busy plus working out of the country My good friend Justin Zarb showed me this the other day. Microsoft Desktop Player This is a great utility that gives you a platform to search for technet content based around . You can either use the...
  • Blog Post: Busy Bundling

    We have been busy bundling together our recent acquisitions into a comprehensive " Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack". Eweek has a good review of this latest offering. It consists of the following products Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack The software maker is bundling four new software tools...
  • Blog Post: The Easy way is not the Right Way

    Something has been bugging me recently. I am seeing allot of customers taking the "easy" option when it comes to delegating out permissions for their various tiers of support staff to support their environment e.g. making everyone remotely associated with the support of their Environment Domain Administrators...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Issue with Major Implications

    Hi , I had an interesting issue with a customer recently. After a recent promotion of a couple of Domain Controllers , it came to light some time later that users were able to set their passwords to 0 e.g. minimum password length = 0. On investigation what was discovered was the following. When the Domain...
  • Blog Post: Great Practical Use for Search Folders

    Hi I recently had an interesting question posed by my customer with regards to search issues within Outlook 2007 and the way WDS works in Windows Vista and Windows 7 The user in question used outlook for around 80% of their working day. This involved them search for work orders and service requests and...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Advisory 971492 this may help

    Hi Everyone, If you have received this Security Alert 971492 and you wish to verify whether your IIS 6.0 Web Servers have the Webdav Extension enabled, then please see below for a useful script which you can run across your environment. Please of course test this in a pre-production environment prior...
  • Blog Post: Bite size Learning Snacks

    well this is a rather neat addition to our methods of learning. If you really want to just dip your toe into a subject and have a “snack” then please see the following range of  “Learning Snacks” For other Windows Server 2008 Learning Snacks, please visit: Windows Server 2008   Introducing...
  • Blog Post: Group Policy Management the future is Bright

    I have worked with Group Policies for many years now, and have shared with you the frustrations of managing them in a large scale enterprise environment. Admittedly huge strides forward were taken with the introduction of GMPC , and I have used and extolled the features and functionality of this console...
  • Blog Post: The call for Centro beta Testers

    Kevin Beares blog has a very interesting blog entry on "Centro". This looks like an exciting opportunity to get involved early on in the new Microsoft infrastructure solution that is aimed at midsize businesses with less that 250 PCs. If you are interested in getting involved, in the Centro Beta or Tap...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise Domain Controllers Group and Group Policies

    Myself and a colleague Mark Empson have been developing a New Service entitled a GPO Health Check that looks at every aspect of the health of your Group Policies. Well one of the tests involved was checking for any Group Policies that had only the Read Group Policy Object permission and not the Apply...
  • Blog Post: How to modify a system owned object

    Hello, I had an interesting customer request recently that I thought I would share with you. Prior to an upgrade to 2003 they had an account which was used for Remote Desktop Users. On upgrading to 2003 this account became replaced by a System Owned Object with exactly the same name. So their question...
  • Blog Post: Giving Non Administrators permission to read Event Logs Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

    Apologies for not blogging for sometime. I have been away on vacation, out of the country on training plus work commitments so add that up and it equals and enforced hiatus. Plus of course do not forget the Volcano :). Well I am back now and have an interesting information around Event Log access and...