Karl's Windows Admin Tips & Tricks:

June, 2011


June 30, 2011  10:37 AM

Verizon BroadBand Card – Error Hardware is not functioning



Posted by: Karl Gechlik

My broadband USB card stopped working! I called Verizon and got a new card from their store ASAP - and it was still giving me the same error. So now I know it has to be my computer. I try the card on another system and it works! Then I take a look at my system. What is new... I installed...

June 29, 2011  10:29 AM

DO NOT SETUP RRAS on A DC!! I REPEAT DONT DO THIS!



Posted by: Karl Gechlik

You wouldn't want to setup RRAS on a domain controller, especially if you are multihoming the machine. Multihomed DCs are not recommended due to the numerous errors generated with DNS and the multiple names registered. Causes issues with AD. You can do it without AD. It's NOT required. Install...


June 29, 2011  10:25 AM

Speedup your Windows 7 box



Posted by: Karl Gechlik

We recently read a wonderful write-up on speeding up your Windows 7 box and they included other tips and hints as well. Definitely check this out before you jump on the Windows 7 Bandwagon. Check it out here. Here is...


June 29, 2011  10:21 AM

Scared of Dropbox? Encryption is key…



Posted by: Karl Gechlik

After the fiasco a short while  back users are scared of storing data on dropbox. Don't be! Just follow DropBox's recommendation to ENCRYPT! Check out the snippet below or this


June 28, 2011  12:57 PM

Changes in Windows Server 2008 R2



Posted by: Karl Gechlik

Did you know that Microsoft has made major changes in Windows Server 2008 R2 over regular old plain Jane Windows Server 2008. Well they did and you can read about the changes right from the horses mouth below. Just click on each of the links to hit the Microsoft documents for any of the updated...


June 28, 2011  12:52 PM

Windows 2008 Server Manager.



Posted by: Karl Gechlik

It took a while to get out of the habit of using Manage from right clicking on My Computer to manage my server. After all it has been embedded in my head over the last several years. Now with Windows 2008 we have a new application or console called Server Manager. Now you can use Server Manager...


June 28, 2011  12:47 PM

How can I tell what my MAC address is from the command line?



Posted by: Karl Gechlik

There are many ways to tell what a NIC's MAC address is. But here is a quick DOS command to add to your tool belt: GETMAC How can you forget that one?!?


June 28, 2011  12:42 PM

A little DHCP knowledge…



Posted by: Karl Gechlik

I was working with a junior admin the other day. He was playing with DHCP in the lab and he was having issues with comprehending how DHCP actually works. After setting up the DHCP server, authorizing and setting the scope up I asked him to explain the process a client goes through when requesting a...


June 28, 2011  12:39 PM

How many of you out there are still using WINS?



Posted by: Karl Gechlik

Are you still using WINS in your environement? We all know that MS is doing away with it in their next generation server Operating System releases. How are you planning to make the jump? Are you staying with 2008 or older legacy platforms? We would love to hear from you in the comments below.


June 20, 2011  10:50 AM

Outlook 2010 will not open!



Posted by: Karl Gechlik

After shutting down Outlook forcefully and trying to restart it, the following error is displayed, and then Outlook exits: 'Microsoft Outlook' exited without properly closing your Outlook data file. 'Microsoft Outlook' must be restarted. If this error message recurs, contact support for...


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