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Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and Network Infrastructure
Windows Active Directory is a centralized database that stores the collection of information about all the resources available on the Windows domain. Active Directory enables administrators to manage the network resources in an easy way. More ...

Windows 10 New Storage View
If you download lots of music and videos you may have designated a separate drive just for these items. Windows 10 new Storage view makes it easy to direct specific types of media files to your designated drive. More ...

SMART Disk Drives Warn You Before They Fail
Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) is a feature built-in to modern hard drives that monitors certain parameters of their operation in an attempt to provide a warning when failure is imminent. More ...

Disable Windows 10 Automatic Updates
Windows 10 is not an operating system in the sense that previous versions of Windows were. It's primarily a marketing device. Automatic Updates are primarily used to bind the operating system tighter to Microsoft's Store. Here's how to disable Windows 10 Automatic Updates. More ...

Uncomplicated AD Object Management on a Remote Server Domain
Windows Server comes tools known as MMC (Microsoft Management Consoles) for managing the active directory. With the Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC) snap-in administrators can create, manage and delete user and computer accounts configured with the directory structure. More ...

Tweaks to Speed Up Internet Streaming Video
Although streaming video technology offers instant access to video files, there are many factors that attribute to your computer's ability to effectively play videos. There are a number of tweaks that help speed up your streaming video startup times, eliminate choppy PC video play and stop slow streaming video. More ...

Windows 2000 Security Overview
Computer network security is a large topic. You can't configure strong security if you don't have a top-down overview of the security features available and how to configure them. More ...

Basic Functions of Microsoft Active Directory
Active Directory is a distributed directory service included with Microsoft Server operating systems. Active Directory enables centralized, secure management of an entire network. This article describes the basic functions of Active Directory. More ...

Installing a Network Printer on Windows XP and Vista
Summary of steps to install a network printer. I've tried to include what is necessary without writing a whole book about a 5 minute procedure. More ...

Set Up Parental Controls
Windows has a feature called Parental Controls that you can use to help manage how your children use the computer. You can restrict the hours that they can use the computer, which specific programs they can run, and which specific websites they can access. More ...

Environment variables in PowerShell
Environment variables are global settings for your Linux, Mac, or Windows computer, stored for the system shell to use when executing commands. Many are set by default during installation or user creation. More ...

Uninstall OneNote from Windows 10
Windows 10 comes with many pre-installed apps to sucker you into Microsoft's revenue stream generating OneDrive cloud storage. One of those is OneNote. Here's how to uninstall OneNote. More ...

Installing a Local Printer on Windows Vista
Installing a local printer, especially a USB printer, is a non-issue on Windows Vista. You connect it, turn it on, and Vista automatically installs it. But if you have a less common printer, an older printer, or if you've previously removed the printer and want to add it again, you may need to use the Printer Wizard. More ...

PowerShell Script to Show Last 5 Errors in Event Log
The Windows System eventlog is one of the most powerful components of the operating system because it keeps a log of everything that happens. Here I provide a powershell script to display the last 5 error entries in the log. More ...


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