Because most of the computers I work on are Dell’s, a lot of times I need to look up the service tag for a specific machine. Without the need of bulky software, you can easily use WMI to gather this information. This article will show you how to remotely query your dell pc’s for their service tags.
In a plain, generic installation of Exchange Server 2000 or 2003, your users have to type a full url in order to get to their mail in OWA. This article will show you how to create an easy address for your users to type in to get to their email.
I have stumbled across a utility that will generate a Cisco Pix configuration. This is a good alternative for those of you with more complex configurations and need more than my Default Configuration to get you going.
Starting in Exchange Server 2003 SP2, the database size for your Exchange Store can now reach 75 Gigabytes. By default, Exchange Server 2003 has a default database size of 16gigs, and when you reach that limit, Exchange will finish its transactions and dismount the store. If your default store size was 16gigs and you installed Exchange 2003 SP2 and wonder why you are having these types of problems, this is because Microsoft will only increase the default store size to 18gigs. As this might sound silly, it does make perfect sense. If Microsoft automatically increased the store size to 75 gigs, it would be easy to overlook what size your store is and you could use up all the space on your hard drive.
Recently I needed to take a survey of one of my clients sites to determine which service pack versions were running on the machines. As opposed to going to each pc or running some bulky software, I came across a script which will read hostnames off a text file and output the XP Service Pack versions of the machines on the network. This is a quick way to find your service pack versions of your network XP machines
One thing Microsoft leaves out of its Group Policies is the ability to configure mapped network drives and network printers. I guess Microsoft assumes that we all know how to write scripts to do these things. Here is a script that will retreive group membership from Active Directory and map your drives and printers accordingly based on the information in the csv file.