Monthly Archives: January 2013

Windows Event Log Service Will Not Start

Some core Windows services are so fundamental that others will not start without them. One such service is the Windows Event Log service. Exchange 2010 (and probably other Exchange versions) will not start without the Event Log service running. This … Continue reading

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Title Capitalization

One thing that I find most difficult with the English language is title capitalization. Which words should or should not be capitalized in a title? The title capitalization rules include words that I don’t fully understand – perhaps because I’m … Continue reading

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Zemanta – Add Photos to Your Blog

UPDATE Feb 2014: Zemanta is no longer supported on WP.com, time to find alternatives. The support link below now suggests some options to try. WordPress is an excellent online writing platform, but until today I have been looking for a … Continue reading

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Sysinternals Windows Tools

Thanks to the genius of Mark Russinovich, Microsoft now has an excellent bundle of add-on tools for systems management and troubleshooting. These used to be independently developed, but Microsoft realized the value of the tools and received rights to distribute … Continue reading

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Console Server

Managing network equipment in the data center often requires a direct serial port connection. There are special servers (Console Servers) made for this purpose that allow remote access to your serial terminal (console) lines via your network (ip management of … Continue reading

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Deploying Software with Active Directory

Software can be “assigned” to active directory computers using group policy objects. Deploying to a user is supported as well, but may lead to frustrated users waiting for an install to finish before login completes. Computer-assigned software installs at boot … Continue reading

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Names for Symbols

In the IT profession, it’s good to have a word for each symbol that might show up on a standard keyboard or in various text documents (source code, scripts, etc). Here are some to start with – I may come … Continue reading

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Spell It Out

When talking over the phone, radio, or in a noisy environment, it is helpful to have a standard “phonetic alphabet” for spelling out words. Many people just make up things: “a as in apple,” “f as in Frank,” “s as … Continue reading

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Terminal Server Install Mode

Microsoft Windows Terminal Server has a strange “install mode” that is required to add programs to the system. Use the following commands to manage your “user mode” (install vs execute): Related commands allow you to view Remote Desktop / Terminal … Continue reading

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Affect vs Effect (Grammar)

The English language is filled with difficult grammar and spelling problems. One that keeps tripping me up is “affect” (verb) versus “effect” (noun). Which word do I use in what context? The following site has been helpful for me to … Continue reading

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