Training Resources – TrainSignal

  *Disclaimer: While TrainSignal is sponsoring  my blog, the views expressed in this post are my own. Recently, TrainSignal revamped their website, and delivery method of training classes.  Previously, training was available by ordering a specific class, and receiving some DVDs – either physically, or as a download. They have stepped up the game, and its a good move! Now, they are offering access to ALL of their courses for a monthly fee, which is all delivered via streaming video on the site.  There is also an offline player available.[…]

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Windows 8 and vSphere client

So, you’ve upgraded to Windows 8, and are wanting to connect to your VM console via vSphere. Uh Oh! A wild error message appears! “The VMRC console has disconnected…attempting to reconnect” What’s happening? Well, the short story is that when connecting to the console, the vSphere client uses an Internet Explorer plugin, which is not compatible with IE 10 (which Windows 8 comes with). Unfortunately, there is no way to view the console at this point with vSphere. The Good News: vSphere 5.1 fixes this issue.  Using the vSphere 5.1[…]

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Windows 8 Start Menu Replacement

Most people have realized by this point that Windows 8 lacks a traditional start menu.  The reaction to the new start screen has been very mixed, and I find myself of the “what in the world were they thinking?!?!” side.  However, there is hope! I’ve tried a couple different start menu replacements during the beta of windows 8, but in my opinion, only one lives up to daily use. ClassicShell First, lets take a look at Windows 8 Start screen as default: While it is quite attractive, and very easy[…]

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Windows 8 Pro/Ent Won’t activate (MAK key)

Recently, I have been playing around with Windows 8.  And, since it went RTM on Aug 1st, I figured I would install it fresh.  I downloaded Windows 8 Pro from my subscription, and made sure to copy down my license key. The install went quick and painless, and I decided to sign in with a windows live account to test the functionality of that vs a local account.  When I went to change my account picture,  I received a message that I can’t customize my account until windows is activated. OK[…]

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Exchange 2010 and Outlook 2003 Slowness

It’s been a little while since I have had to migrate Exchange 2003 to 2010, and I ran into a familiar problem again – so I thought I would share. I migrated a couple users over from the Exchange 2003 server onto the Exchange 2010 server, and the next day users were complaining of slowness.  It would take about 30 seconds or more for messages to be deleted, moved, and any sort of update to the mailbox.  It doesn’t seem like much, but when you are upgrading, and the new[…]

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Changing Local Admin Passwords on the network

Every so often, it’s good practice to change passwords.  I think that everyone it IT is aware of that. One of the most overlooked passwords is the local Administrator’s password on every machine on the network. Sure, your user’s are required to change theirs every 90 days, and you change your domain Administrator’s password at times as well. The local Administrator on your member servers and all your PCs is usually overlooked, or avoided, because you don’t have time to touch all those machines… Well, before Windows 2008, we would[…]

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Exchange 2010 Distribution Group Management

One of the things I like about Exchange distribution groups is that they can be manged by the list’s owner, taking a bit of work off the IT department, and allowing managers to maintain their department groups.  However, the process is slightly different for Exchange 2010.  In Exchange 2010, the permission to manage the lists is now in RBAC (Role Based Access Control). By default, in Exchange 2010, users cannot manage distribution lists (a good thing).  Enabling them to do so is a simple task.  We use the MyDistributionGroups management[…]

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