Month: March 2011

Data Closet Organization

The server room or data closet can be an intimidating place, especially if multiple tenants in a single building are sharing infrastructure. Over the years, technicians from the phone company, cable company, WISPs, phone system installers, network technicians, CCTV, Access Control, Security, and Fire Alarm companies come in to patch connections, and install boxes and cabling. These technicians generally want to get in and get out and move on to the next job. While there are standard practices for labeling and organizing cables of all varieties, sometimes they just aren’t followed and a rat’s nest develops in the wiring room. The more organized everything is, the easier it is for […]

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Windows Deployment Services and Your Business – What You Need to Know.

Recently, we had a client who needed to setup 30+ laptops for their employees. The plan for this client is that once all of these laptops are deployed, we can have a couple of imaged laptops ready to deploy at a moment’s notice. They’ll already have the standard apps necessary installed and we can spend just a few minutes customizing it for the particular user and overnight it to them. This is a handy backup plan to get a remote user online quickly in the event of a major problem on their machine. Now, anyone who has ever setup a single computer knows that it isn’t very difficult to setup […]

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The “Boss’ Nephew” IT Support Model

We come across many small businesses who use the “boss’ nephew” IT support model. The boss’ nephew is good with computers, and comes in every now and then to remove a virus, add a printer, or help with user issues. He works part-time somewhere else, so he can’t make it out during normal business hours. He only comes out when something major happens, so the office is “on their own” for day-to-day issues. He setup a backup but isn’t responsible for checking it. He setup a secure wireless network but didn’t leave the password. Does this sound familiar? Does it leave you with the uneasy feeling that nobody is really […]

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Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2008 transition / migration to Server Standard 2008 R2

(First appeared here) This is an action plan from Microsoft tech support.  I’m going to be testing this in my Lab over the next week or so.  I’ll post any significant notes or corrections that I find. 1.       Run ADprep on SBS 2008 with the Windows 2008 R2 disk. ·         Insert the media for Windows Server 2008 R2 into the Small Business Server 2008 server. ·         Browse to the following folder: ·         <DVD drive >:SourcesAdprep> Adprep /forestprep ·         Press C, and then press ENTER. Wait for the process to complete. ·         <DVD drive >:SourcesAdprep>Adprep /domainPrep ·         when this step completes, you should receive a message: “Adprep successfully update the domain-wide Information”

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