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Large IT Delivery (Freight)

IT professionals seem to need a little knowledge about everything. This post is about receiving large or heavy items (freight) rather than smaller packages delivered by parcel carriers. Even small items like UPS units that exceed 100 pounds are often … Continue reading

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Windows DHCP Failover Load Balancing

Windows Server 2012 (and newer) provide a powerful option for DHCP service high availability. You configure a DHCP scope on one server and then configure “Failover Load Balancing” to replicate the scope to the partner DHCP server. This new DHCP … Continue reading

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Serial Ports Available for PuTTY on Windows

The popular PuTTY terminal emulator has built-in support for serial port console sessions. Unfortunately PuTTY doesn’t seem to provide a way to list currently available serial ports within the GUI. A feature like this would be extremely useful with USB … Continue reading

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Using Search-Mailbox to look for items with a specific date

Originally posted on Thoughtsofanidlemind's Blog:
A question from a reader is often a good start to a useful discussion or to probe into a topic. Tim Read contacted me to discuss some problems he had with using the Search-Mailbox…

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Find Registered Owner of IP Address or IP Block

IT professionals may desire the ability to determine the registered owner of an IP block given one or more IP addresses of interest. Here are some registry sites you can use to review IP block registration. Note that only the … Continue reading

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Context for Output of diff and grep

Command-line tools provide powerful text search and comparison capabilities on Unix and Linux systems. In particular, the diff and grep utilities are extremely popular for daily use. To add to the usefulness of output, try out the Context argument to … Continue reading

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NET USER to view Password Expiration and Lockout Status

IT professionals providing support to Active Directory users need a quick way to determine whether a given user account is locked out or the password has expired. Use the NET USER jsmith /DOMAIN command to review the Status of a … Continue reading

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Microsoft 6to4 Adapter

If non-private v4 IP’s are assigned to domain computers without a global v6 address, it can cause strange issues for the DNS registrations and Active Directory functions. This issue occurs on new versions of Windows such as Windows 7+ and … Continue reading

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Microsoft Access Linked Table Notes

When using Microsoft Access Linked Tables, there are some problems I encountered recently. Access Number precision limit is 28, CAST or CONVERT SQL Server columns using a View to allow Access to link the data directly as a numeric type. … Continue reading

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Chip and Pin USA EMV Liability Shift

Chip and Pin credit and debit cards have been improving payment card security in many developed countries worldwide, but this modern proven fraud deterrent has not yet been implemented in the USA. The standard chip-and-pin technology is also known as EMV … Continue reading

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