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I'm just an old and grey IT guy trying to stay one step ahead of the pack. I've been working with networked microcomputer systems since 1981, which is pretty much before anyone knew what local area networks or microcomputers were.

My current professional life involves working with a variety of clients to implement and support Microsoft technologies from the desktop to the datacenter. Recent projects include Exchange upgrades, Office 365 implementations, and Windows desktop deployment.


Jun
3
comment Good low-cost SSL certificate providers
StartCom has been included in the Root Certificates Update for Internet Explorer since September 2009 (see Eddy Nigg's blog post "The 'e' of the Internet" dated August 19, 2009: blog.startcom.org/?p=205). They offer personal S/MIME certificates, standard SSL certs, and UC certs, also called “Subject Alternative Name” or “SAN” certs, which work well with Exchange 2007 and later. The certificates are essentially free; you pay additional fees for the level of validation desired (up to and including EV certs which turn the address bar green).
Jun
3
comment https certificate issue
StartCom has been included in the Root Certificates Update for Internet Explorer since September 2009 (see Eddy Nigg's blog post "The 'e' of the Internet" dated August 19, 2009: blog.startcom.org/?p=205). They offer personal S/MIME certificates, standard SSL certs, and UC certs, also called “Subject Alternative Name” or “SAN” certs, which work well with Exchange 2007 and later. I like their pricing model... the certificates are essentially free; you pay additional fees for the level of validation desired (up to and including EV certs which turn the address bar green).
Jun
3
comment Choosing a low cost wildcard SSL cert (PsotiveSSL, RapidSSL, or other)?
I also like the StartCom CA pricing model--you pay for the level of validation you desire (right up through EV) and generate the certificates you require at no additional cost. They even provide a WoT model to provide additional value to the free certificates for things like S/MIME signed/encrypted e-mail (a welcome alternative since the demise of the Thawte Freemail WoT in November 2009). The biggest drawback is the dearth of StartCom notaries in most localities.
Jun
3
comment Buying a certificate - what to spend and where
StartCom has been included in the Root Certificates Update for Internet Explorer since September 2009 (see Eddy Nigg's blog post "The 'e' of the Internet" dated August 19, 2009: blog.startcom.org/?p=205).
May
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awarded  Commentator
May
29
comment Datacenter Colocation Phone
If you can, invest in a wired binaural telephony headset with a noise-canceling microphone designed specifically for use in high-noise areas; they're not cheap, but the investment will pay for itself on that first call to tech support when you can actually hear, type, and communicate effectively in a crisis situation! If you have cell coverage, I've also had good luck combining an inexpensive Bluetooth device that has a standard headphone jack (e.g. Jabra BT320) and replacing its included earbuds with a pair of active noise canceling stereo headphones.
May
28
awarded  Yearling
May
20
comment DC on Hyper V Host
Ah, so you will manage Hyper-V from the host partition; that will work fine (and is how I built my first few Hyper-V hosts)... What "Edition" (Standard, Enterprise, etc.) is your 2008 R2 install with Hyper-V?
May
19
comment DC on Hyper V Host
You can install Server 2008 R2 in either a "full install" with Hyper-V (convenient if you plan to manage things from the host partition) or a "core install" with the Hyper-V role; doing so provides you with additional functionality and licensing rights depending on whether you use Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter editions. The discussion above focuses on "Hyper-V Server 2008 R2" which is a separate free-to-download-and-use product that has a (rather robust) subset of the functionality and limited licensing rights. It is not a "core install" but is "core-like" in that it has a minimal UI.
May
18
comment DC on Hyper V Host
I've edited the response to include information offered in comments and provide a couple more links to relevant information...
May
18
revised DC on Hyper V Host
answer edited to include and expand upon suggestions offered in comments
May
18
comment DC on Hyper V Host
Good point, Farseeker... while Enterprise licensing would offer both expandability and flexibility, those features may not be valued--particularly if Saif has already obtained two Windows 2008 Standard licenses! A good approach would be to deploy Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 on the hardware and install two Windows 2008 Standard virtual machines; the Active Directory role could then be added to the file server virtual machine.
May
18
revised DC on Hyper V Host
minor edits for clarity
May
18
revised DC on Hyper V Host
added link to product information page on Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise, which includes information on its use as a cost-effective virtualization platform
May
18
answered DC on Hyper V Host
May
18
awarded  Critic
Mar
12
revised What is involved in upgrading from SSL 2.0 to SSL 3.0 in IIS 6?
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Mar
12
revised What is involved in upgrading from SSL 2.0 to SSL 3.0 in IIS 6?
added smart-alec comment about SSL 2.0 still being enabled by default in IIS7
Mar
12
revised What is involved in upgrading from SSL 2.0 to SSL 3.0 in IIS 6?
noted no application changes required
Mar
12
answered What is involved in upgrading from SSL 2.0 to SSL 3.0 in IIS 6?