August 2008 - Posts

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How to change computer NIC Speed/Duplex property to 'Auto'? by sthompson

In another blog entry How to find computer NIC's with Speed/Duplex not set to 'Auto'? I described how to identify computers where the speed...
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Use of 'flag' files and software inventory... by sthompson

This is a technique that we pioneered in the SMS 2.0 days, and has continued to find useful applicability. There a number of techniques to inventory computers...
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The perfect storm of desktop updates this month? by sthompson

Interesting article by Gregg Keizer. Microsoft issues massive security update for Windows, Office
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Service Accounts - Part 2 of 2 by sthompson

This script was the outcome of researching a way to automate the replacement of a local service account to manage the cluster service. This automation...
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Service Accounts - Part 1 of 2 by sthompson

Microsoft best practice for service accounts, is use the concept of least permissions for the accounts. In other words, if an account needs to have local...
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Automate creation of SNMP Trap Destinations with SMS/ConfigMgr! by sthompson

We had a situation where 1400+ servers needed to be able to communicate with a second SNMP server that was added as a backup to receive SNMP trap alerts...
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Earthquake country... by sthompson

On Tuesday, I was in San Clemente, CA meeting with my manager when an earthquake occurred. It was my first experience with an earthquake, a large convex...
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