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22 Dec 2010 | Mark Menges | No Comments | 6,346 views | Categories: Microsoft, Technology, Windows 7, Windows Server, Windows Vista

Group Policy preferences, introduced with Windows Vista and Server 2008, gave network administrators new ways to use group policy to manage Windows computers.  Preference settings can replace scripts for mapping drives, configuring printers, managing registry settings, files and local users and groups. Some items that are difficult to impossible to set using scripts such as […]

16 Dec 2010 | Mark Menges | No Comments | 1,627 views | Categories: Microsoft, Technology, Windows 7
Give Your Disk Drives a Health Check

Anyone who uses their computer to store important data should be concerned with the health of its’ disk drives. It is easy to schedule regular backups using the Windows Backup utility, but having some notice of an impending failure can be helpful. When a disk begins to fail plans can be made to replace it without a lengthy loss of use of the computer.

1 Nov 2010 | Mark Menges | No Comments | 2,469 views | Categories: Microsoft, Technology, Windows 7, Windows Server
Hosting web sites just got easier with IIS 7.5

Windows 7 Home Basic, Premium, Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate Editions all include Internet Information Server (IIS) 7.5.  IIS 7.5 on Windows 7 is the latest version available and has many of the same features that IIS 7.5 has when it is installed on Windows Server 2008 R2. Unlike IIS on Windows XP, IIS on Windows […]

4 Oct 2010 | Mark Menges | No Comments | 640 views | Categories: Microsoft, Technology, Windows 7, Windows Server

Microsoft has released service pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 for beta testing. A set of new remote desktop capabilities named RemoteFX is included in the service pack. RemoteFX is designed to make the Remote Desktop client on Windows 7 deliver the user experience of a locally installed operating system on […]

1 Oct 2010 | Guest Authors | No Comments | 805 views | Categories: Microsoft, Technology, Windows 7

In this video, instructor Glenn Weadock examines new Taskbar capabilities, such as pinning non-loaded programs, customizing the jump list, and selectively hiding all but one active program. Related Courses Administering and Maintaining Windows 7 Planning and Managing Windows 7 Desktop Deployments and Environments SEARCH // // Home > Knowledge Center > Videos > Microsoft Training […]

21 Sep 2010 | Mark Menges | No Comments | 989 views | Categories: Microsoft, Technology, Windows 7

One of my favorite new features for Windows Vista was the gadget. Gadgets are mini applications that were located by default on the Windows Sidebar on Windows Vista. The Sidebar could be configured to open automatically on either the right or left side of the Vista desktop and made gadgets very visible. With the introduction […]

14 Sep 2010 | Mark Menges | No Comments | 3,182 views | Categories: Microsoft, Technology, Windows 7, Windows Server

Adding a new computer to an Active Directory domain can be a disruptive process, particularly if that computer is part of a large, high-speed deployment. Djoin.exe is a command line tool that permits the joining of a Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2 computer to Active Directory while offline. Djoin.exe inserts the domain membership information […]

20 Aug 2010 | Mark Menges | No Comments | 1,373 views | Categories: Microsoft, Technology, Windows 7, Windows Server

Windows Software Update Services (WSUS) is commonly used to distribute security patches and updates for Windows operating systems and Microsoft applications. WSUS is a web application that runs within Internet Information Services (IIS) on Windows Server. When client computers require updates WSUS is a local source of updates and clients do not need to download […]

18 Aug 2010 | Brad Werner | No Comments | 2,165 views | Categories: Microsoft, Technology, Windows 7, Windows Server
A Closer Look at Event Collector Subscriptions

If you have a Windows 7 workstation configured to use Windows Remote Management (WinRM), you can use Event Collector Subscriptions to have your workstation collect events from several servers and workstations.

9 Aug 2010 | Mark Menges | No Comments | 3,184 views | Categories: Microsoft, Security, Technology, Windows 7

Starting with the Security Center in Windows XP, Microsoft has attempted to create a central location within Windows for system security and recovery utilities. With Windows 7 the Security Center has become the Action Center and has been enhanced with more and better features. The Windows 7 Action Center can be accessed by selecting the […]