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8 Computer Tech FAQs

Group: Computer Tech

Topic: Exchange Server

-Collapse +Expand Q1. What is the best way to share addresses in Exchange Server 2003?

Create a Contacts folder in Public Folders.  All a user will need to do is browse to the Public Folders section, go to properties, and check the box under Outlook Address Book tab.

Public folders have inverse permissions from individual Mailboxes.  A mailbox has initial permissions granting access only to its owner.  The owner may elect to open up permissions, allowing others to see various folders within his mailbox.   Public folders are born with full access granted to everyone.  The creator of the public folder can then tighten down access permissions as appropriate.

Posted By Tex MacMillan, Post #102018, KB Topic: Exchange Server

Topic: Removable Storage Technology

-Collapse +Expand Q2. Two relatively new DVD standards have emerged, HD DVD, and Blue Ray DVD. What are the differences?

HD DVDs have a maximum storage capacity of 15 GB for single layer disks, and 30 GB for dual layer disks.

Blue Ray DVDs have a max capacity of 25 GB for singler layer disks, 50 GB for dual layer.

Neither standard is yet a clear "winner."

For more info, you might want to check out "Removeable Disks - a frief Overview & history."

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100697, KB Topic: Removable Storage Technology

Topic: Software

-Collapse +Expand Q3. I set up the SMTP virtual server on my web hosting server. I can send from other boxes, but not from websites hosted on the box that has the SMTP Virtual Server. Any ideas?

Check the IP address of the SMTP Virtual Server. If you want to serve ALL IP's on that box, then set it to All Unassigned IPs.

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #100418, KB Topic: Software

Topic: Windows Server 2003

-Collapse +Expand Q4. On Windows Server 2003, how do you assign a specific range of IP addresses using DHCP to VPN clients?

On your VPN server, in Routing and Remote Access (Administrative Tools | Routing and Remote Access), right click server (your VPN server), select Properties. On the IP tab, edit the Static Address Pool.

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #102148, KB Topic: Windows Server 2003
-Collapse +Expand Q5. I have several Windows 2000 Servers, should I upgrad them? I have to setup a new server, should I install another Windows 2000 Server or dive into Windows 2003? What about Windows Server 2008?

We currently recommend at least Windows Server 2003 and actually prefer Windows Server 2008 because too much "new" software just does not install on Windows 2000 Server. For example, Quickbooks 2009 database install requires Windows Server 2003 or higher.

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #102008, KB Topic: Windows Server 2003
-Collapse +Expand Q6. In Windows Server 2003 terminal server, how do you automatically log off disconnected sessions? I'm getting the following error: "The terminal server has exceeded the maximum number of allowed connections. The system can not log you on. The system has reached its licensed logon limit. Please try again later."

On your terminal server, adjust the Set time limit for disconnected session setting. In Group Policy Object Editor (Start | Run | gpedit.msc), drill-down to the setting: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Terminal Services > Sessions. You'll see 5 settings you can adjust.

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #102149, KB Topic: Windows Server 2003

Topic: Wired Networking

-Collapse +Expand Q7. Do I need different connectors for Cat 6 then what I'm currently using for Cat 5?

No, Cat 5, 5e, 6, and 6a all use the same RJ-45 connectors and are downward compatible. Meaning you can use a Cat 6 cable in a Cat 5 network. The difference is in the quality of the cable. Cat 5e is rated higher than Cat 5, Cat 6 is rated higher than Cat 5e, etc.

However, when building a Cat 5 or Cat 6 cable, you have to use the correct type of connector. Meaning, Cat 6 connectors are built differently even though you can use already made cables.

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #102005, KB Topic: Wired Networking
-Collapse +Expand Q8. Can I run a Gigabit network over Category 5 or Category 5e?

No to CAT 5, or at least almost never. Yes to CAT 5e. Category 5e cable is enhanced over Category 5 to adhere to more stringent standards and is recommended over CAT 5 for speeds above 100 Mbps and up to 1 Gigabit.

However, Category 6 or 6a is recommended over CAT 5e because of it's even higher quality and some properly installed CAT 6 networks can support 10 Gigabit speeds. Although for 10 Gigabit, CAT 6a is recommended.

CAT 7 is rated for 10 Gigabit but supports up to 100 Gigabit.

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #101972, KB Topic: Wired Networking
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