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Creating a Virtual Hard Disk Image from a Running OS with Disk2vhd

Disk2vhd is tool from Microsoft’s Sysinternals group that allows system administrators to create virtual hard disk images (VHD) of running operating systems loaded on physical hardware. VHDs are the Microsoft’s Virtual Machine disk format used in Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs). Disk2vhd Overview There are other physical-to-virtual tools that are available…

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Administering Your Network with Terminals: An Open Source Connection Manager

Take a tour through the features of Terminals; an open source network management app from Microsoft’s CodePlex that simplifies working with remote connections and systems.

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Inside SolarWinds Free TFTP Server: Simple to Use, Easy to Like

The SolarWinds Free TFTP Server is a multi-threaded TFTP server that can be run locally and used to upload and download executable images and configurations to routers and switches. In this article, Jason Zandri walks you through the features and installation of this handy free tool.

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Network Monitoring with Orion Network Performance Monitor

SolarWinds is headquartered in Austin, Texas, with sales and product development offices around the world. The company produces a number of system and network tools that allows administrators and networking professionals better visibility and the control that they need to complete their tasks more effectively which helps them manage their networks even better than before….

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What is StreamInsight?

What does StreamInsight mean for customers? While OLTP databases have matured and are capable of processing thousands of transactions per second; they are not optimized for processing continuous high volume, low latency streams of data. Microsoft’s innovative StreamInsight™ platform allows customers to use their own proprietary algorithms to build custom real-time applications, ISVs to build…

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Setting Up Mobile Messaging in Exchange 2007, Part 2

Mobile Messaging is one of the hottest trends in messaging today. In this article, Brien Posey explains how to resolve a common error that may occur when synchronizing a Windows Mobile device to an Exchange 2007 server.

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Configuring Exchange 2007 as an Authenticated or Anonymous SMTP Relay

We’ve recently had to configure a couple of client’s SBS2008 Exchange 2007 servers to act as SMTP relays for remote users. Why not just use OWA or Outlook Anywhere? It mostly seems to be Mac users, in particular those with “MobileMe”, which insists on IMAP and SMTP to communicate with the mail server. Adding authenticated SMTP in Exchange 2003 was a pretty simple process, but the procedure in 2007 is not so obvious – read on to find out how to do that, and enable anonymous relaying too.

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“Fix It” with Microsoft’s Automated Knowledge Base Solutions

In the past few months, Microsoft has begun an interesting project to build out automated solutions for many KB articles that allow administrators to perform some necessary fixes without having to manually intervene with the operating system. These are the “Fix It For Me” articles. In this article, MVP Daniel Petri introduces this new resource.

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What’s New in Exchange Server 2007 SP2

Exchange Server 2007 SP2 is a mission-critical update that provides administrators with advanced protection options against e-mail security threats, such as spam and viruses, as well as the tools to help manage internal compliance and high availability needs. Download details: Exchange Server 2007 SP2: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=4c4bd2a3-5e50-42b0-8bbb-2cc9afe3216a Since Exchange Server 2007 has been originally offered as either…

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How to Create a CatchAll Mailbox in Exchange 2007

Setting up a “catchall” mailbox in Exchange 2003 wasn’t easy and now you will find the method has changed completely in Exchange 2007. In this article SBS guru Tom Finnis shows you how to install a transport agent that will redirect all emails for unresolved recipients to one mailbox instead of rejecting them.

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