Karl's Windows Admin Tips & Tricks:

July, 2011

July 29, 2011  2:19 PM

Setup a WIKI on your network

Karl Gechlik Karl Gechlik Profile: Karl Gechlik

Smaller companies can't afford sharepoint. But they can setup a  free WIKI that their employees can use pretty much in the same way as sharepoint. Are you running a WIKI? If so what product are you using and what are you using it for? Hit us up in the comments below and we will have a follow...

July 29, 2011  2:17 PM

What do you use for a guest operating system?

Karl Gechlik Karl Gechlik Profile: Karl Gechlik

I have recently setup steady state at home for a internet terminal that I am not worried about connecting to my network. The friends and aquantiances can use it, I can use it for testing software or searching on sites that are not very reputable. When the session is over and the system is...

July 29, 2011  2:15 PM

Auto-complete in Internet Explorer

Karl Gechlik Karl Gechlik Profile: Karl Gechlik

Here is a nifty shortcut tip: type in the website you want to view (for example asktheadmin) and hit control and enter and watch the magic. It will automatically add the http://www and the .com!

July 29, 2011  2:08 PM

For heaven’s sake add a bios password – NOW!

Karl Gechlik Karl Gechlik Profile: Karl Gechlik

Have you heard of bootable media? How about live operating systems like Ubuntu or Knoppix? If someone has physical access to your server and can reboot it and boot to a CD or DVD then you might be in for some real trouble. All of the servers unencrypted data will be readily available to the...

July 29, 2011  2:05 PM

Booting into the Windows recovery console.

Karl Gechlik Karl Gechlik Profile: Karl Gechlik

If you never installed a partition on your server with the Windows Recovery Console and your server failed - it is not too late! You can still get to the recovery console by booting to the installation disk of Windows 2003 or 2008 and attempting a "Repair." From in here you can also repair...

July 29, 2011  10:31 AM

If you have tasks to do frequently – script them!

Karl Gechlik Karl Gechlik Profile: Karl Gechlik

Human error plays a huge role in computer and network failures. If you have a frequently done task and it can be scripted - script it! There is far less  of a chance of a script screwing something up then a administrator fat fingering a command and doing some administrator level...

July 29, 2011  10:28 AM

Keep your servers and applications patched up!

Karl Gechlik Karl Gechlik Profile: Karl Gechlik

I find myself from time to time stumbling across networks and companies that fail to keep their applications and servers up to date. This is a big no-no as it makes you an easy target for hackers. By not updating you are leaving gaping KNOWN holes in your systems. Make sure everything is up to...

July 29, 2011  10:19 AM

Office 2010 offers some nice new features…

Karl Gechlik Karl Gechlik Profile: Karl Gechlik

We recently upgraded the office to Office 2010. This has give us a handful of new features. We can see related messages, users social network status and more BUT... I know you knew that there was a but coming... It crashes and it crashes often! You need a minimum of 2gb of memory just for office...

July 26, 2011  1:04 PM

Comparing and syncing files and folders

Karl Gechlik Karl Gechlik Profile: Karl Gechlik

I deal with a lot of migrating files and folders as we update our servers and network attached storage. In doing so I normally script xcopy or xxcopy to do the hard work. When I am complete how do I know that the files are the same? I can right click on the folders and compare the results. But I...

July 19, 2011  1:37 PM

Use WinDirStat to see what is eating up your hard drive space.

Karl Gechlik Karl Gechlik Profile: Karl Gechlik

WinDirStat is a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool for Microsoft Windows.  You can grab a copy of it from this URL. On start up, it reads the whole directory tree once and then presents it in three useful views: •The directory list, which...

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