Tech Tips for the Field

by John Roller

Tech Tips for the Field

  • Enhanced email protection with DKIM and DMARC

    Office 365 now supports inbound validation of DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) over IPv4, and Domain-based Messaging and Reporting Compliance (DMARC).
  • SharePoint User’s Group in Orlando Sept. 17th

    A SharePoint User’s Group is starting up in Orlando with the help of the Microsoft Store and the Developer Manager of Orange County Sheriff's Office. Anyone interested in SharePoint that is in Orlando Sept. 17th is welcome to attend. It’s at the Microsoft...
  • Azure RemotApp now in preview

    Azure Remote App is like Windows Server Remote Desktop Services. It enables businesses to use a device specific client to run Windows applications on Windows phone, iOS, and Android devices.
  • Free e-books from Microsoft Press

    From technical overviews to drilldowns on special topics, these free e-books are available in PDF, EPUB, and/or Mobi for Kindle formats, ready for you to download.
  • Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute provides a faster data connection

    Now you can bypass the Internet when connecting to the Microsoft Cloud. Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute is a switch fabric that enables connections to Microsoft's cloud computing datacenters in a way that bypasses the public Internet. Partners providing...
  • OneDrive is now 1TB per user

    Microsoft just announced that OneDrive for Business cloud storage has been increased to 1TB per user. OneDrive for Business will also be included with Office 365 Pro Plus and is already part of most Office 365 business offerings. This makes it easier...
  • Welcome Nokia to the Microsoft family!

    I was in Helsinki right after Nokia announced the partnership with Microsoft in 2011. It was a sad time for the thousands of Symbian developers poised to lose their jobs. As we step forward three years, it’s a new dawn for both companies as Microsoft...
  • Calendar Analytics

    I just found this really cool free Excel add-in that looks at your Outlook calendar to analyze how you are spending your time.  If you have Windows 7 and Office 2010, it allows you to slice and dice the data in ad-hoc analysis and displays the information...
  • Enterprise Reference Datacenter Build Guide

    I have been working on this build guide for several months.  Between myself and a vendor, we finally got it finished to a releasable point.  It contains the directions required to install and configure several products including: Active Directory...
  • Microsoft creates giant 234” Interactive Touch Screen

    Check out this huge new touch screen!  very cool!
  • Windows Server Core

    A new option in Windows Server 2008 is Server Core. It provides a minimal environment for running a subset of the server roles, AD, DNS, DHCP, File & Print. It can reduce the servicing requirements and the attack surface for those server roles. http...
  • Vista Command Prompt in Admin Mode

    If you go down to Start and type CMD in the search box (not from the RUN line) and hit CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER, it will open the command prompt in Admin mode. Thanks Randy Rands for that one…
  • Tabbed IE Shortcuts

    When you have multiple tabs open in Internet Explorer, type CTRL+1, CTRL+2, etc. This will move that tab to the front.
  • Solid State Hard Drives are coming

    With sizes reaching 160GB, SATA II “no spinnie” hard drives will start showing up this fall in new computers and devices.
  • Vista CPU performance

    Get more performance out of Vista. The default power plan in Vista is set to Balanced. Changing it to High Performance will increase the CPU utilization up to 50%. That’s in Control Panel, Power Options.
  • Network open cancellation

    Do you remember way back when you could hit CTRL+C to cancel an operation? Well, it’s back with Vista – sort of. Try to open a document on a network resource that it can’t find. In Windows XP, you were stuck until the OS decided it couldn’t connect. Vista...
  • Google Search

    If I’m looking for something Microsoft related, I use . This will filter my results to Microsoft type answers. If I search for SMS, I’ll get Systems Management Server instead of Short Messaging Services. They also have a filtered...
  • Shared Comptuer Toolkit

    This locks down the computer and discards changes at logoff.
  • Port Query Tool

    Ever tried to troubleshoot application communications? This free utility will tell you if a computer is listening on a specified port.
  • Outlook PST Compaction

    Delete lots of e-mails from your pst lately? You should compact it as well. In Outlook, go to File, Data File Management, double-click on your pst, then choose Compact Now.
  • Account Lockouts

    Wish you could find all the domain controllers that are involved in user lockouts? Visit http:// for details.
  • Word autocorrect

    Do you often misspell the same words the same way? Some words are automatically corrected while others are not. Next time you get the red squiggly, instead of right-clicking and choosing the right word, right-click and go to AutoCorrect then choose the...
  • Outlook is protecting your privacy

    Do you get e-mails that you can’t read and you have to right-click to download the pictures? I finally decided that even though I didn’t really want to receive e-mails from Delta promotions, I also knew they wouldn’t send me smut or viruses. So, the next...
  • SMT 5600 Cell Phone Antenna

    I just went to a truck stop and bought an antenna for my SMT 5600. It increases my reception from 1 to 5 bars!!! It works great. The antenna is about 4” long with an 8’ cord. Since they don’t sell one for the SMT 5600, I had to try all of them until one...
  • Outlook 2003 Server Status

    To see server status in Outlook 2003, hold the CTRL, then right-click on the Outlook Icon in the system tray. Go up to Connection Status.