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Apr
13
comment Authenticate user in WinForms (Nothing to do with ASP.Net)
@Dan - The application I was writing about didn't use a database, so using the filesystem was a logical choice. I'm also talking about an application that had under 100 active users-- scalability wasn't an issue. Having said that, though, Windows Server does a pretty good job w/ large amounts of file traffic in my experience. I have file servers at Customer sites that regularly have 500+ active users and 10K+ files being interacted-with at any given time and performance is fine.
Mar
3
comment How do VLANs work?
@guntbert - I'm glad that it's a help to you.
Jan
21
comment IIS Can't Serve Certain File Extension
@WarrenP Like I said-- I'm not agreeing or disagreeing with MSFT's design choice. As stated in other answers here, IIS will allow you to create a wildcard mapping so, in your example, it isn't necessary to create large numbers of mappings if you can live w/ a wildcard. Just add a "*" mapping at the top of a website and you, in effect, nullify the design decision.
Jan
17
comment IIS Can't Serve Certain File Extension
@WarrenP - I believe they're considering a "secure by default"-type setting. (Not saying I agree or disagree w/ the idea, but I believe that's the justification.)
Jan
4
comment How does IPv4 Subnetting Work?
@scarecrow - I'm flattered. Glad you like the answer.
Dec
21
comment What's the advantage of OpenVPN over SSTP?
In case somebody blunders into this, 5+ years later, PPTP is not a reasonable solution for anybody anymore (and hasn't been since 2012): cloudcracker.com/blog/2012/07/29/cracking-ms-chap-v2
Nov
3
comment How can I figure out my LDAP connection string?
@ArthurRonald - Unprivileged users can bind to and query Active Directory, by default. In fact, it's probably best if you use an unprivileged users. Active Directory has a fairly rich ACL model, and you can control access to objects and attributes in a very granular fashion. You should bind with an account that has enough privilege to do you what you need but no more.
Oct
30
comment Opening certmgr.msc to display the Machine level certificates
This doesn't work on Windows Server 2003 for me (which is the version tagged in the question). What version of Windows are you seeing this work for, out of curiosity?
Oct
22
comment Migration and Domain Rename
Having done a fair number of domain renames over the years I've never understood why people are so scared of them. In a multi-domain environment it can get a little hairy, but it's still workable even then. I definitely can't see being scared of renaming computers-- that's a pretty pedestrian operation.
Oct
22
comment Migration and Domain Rename
Domain rename in a single-domain environment is no big deal. I can't speak to the impact of a domain rename on Office 365 specifically, but I'd hazard a guess that there would be little to no effect on Office 365 (since likely Microsoft is using object GUIDs in replication and not anything to do with the objects' names, DNs, etc). You may need to remove and reinstall DirSync.
Oct
22
comment Distributing Registry Changes - Make registry changes on systems across the network
@Iain - +1 for my reading comprehension, eh? >smile< Oh, you know-- busy as heck-- the glamorous life of an independent IT contractor combined with the life of having a 2 and 1/2 y/o child at home! It's very relaxing... heh heh...
Oct
22
comment Distributing Registry Changes - Make registry changes on systems across the network
I finally gave in to Group Policy Preferences. As long as all the machines being managed are Windows XP (with the GPP update installed) or newer it's probably not worth the pain of deploying a registry merge and will be easier on the next admin who may not understand be as savvy.
Oct
2
comment Easily patch Dell firmware without OS support?
I'd imagine Rufus would handle it: rufus.akeo.ie
Sep
18
comment NETLOGON scripts not being executed
@AlexanderMiles - I'm definitely moving away from scripts, as well. GPP works too well not to use.
Aug
31
comment Inherited Ill-Conceived Hyper-V Thin-Client Environment: what now?
There's not enough here to go on. Describe the requirements the system is supposed to fulfill and how it is failing to do so. Describe the issues the Customer is having with it. Somebody spec'd this stuff based on some kind of requirements.
Jul
24
comment Google Chrome: passthrough Windows authentication
@SimonEast - I don't see it as productive. If you, or others do, so be it. I don't, personally.
Jul
24
comment Google Chrome: passthrough Windows authentication
@SimonEast - I'm going to assume you're referring to my answer (my 77th, ever), and not my comment re: "communism". re: the answer - That's absolutely true-- as are a lot of answers across all the Stack Exchange sites. I'd presume that having a date stamped on my answer makes readers painfully aware that the information is likely out of date. I don't, personally, see it as a productive activity to spend time searching for 6+ year old answers that are already low on vote counts ( as compared to the accepted answer) and downvoting them but if that makes you happy please feel free.
Jul
23
comment Windows Active Directory naming best practices?
@wasabi - I'm not aware of Office365 having any dependence on the AD domain name. Granted, I have limited experience with it, only having assisted in migrations to off-premise Exchange for only a couple of Customers, but the integration with the on-site AD is reasonably arms-length (through ADFS, DirSync, etc).
Jul
9
comment How do I set the ORACLE_HOME variable for the Local System account?
@daveloyall - I'm not following you. The System section of the "Environment Variables" dialog, accessible from the "Advanced" tab of the computer's "Properties" sheet is definitely present in Windows Server 2008 R2 (and later versions of Windows Server). An environment variable specified there will be available in the default environment of all newly-created processes after the entry is added (unless overridden by a user-level environment variable). I don't see any behavior differences in W2K8R2 as compared with earlier or later versions of Windows Server. Perhaps you can elaborate.
Jul
6
comment Access tomcat from outside LAN
Glad I could help.