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Prestwood IT Newsletter Mar 2016 Issue - Tech Edition

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Expert guidance from working professionals!
Tech Services Info topic:
HD Data Recovery, Send Away
by Mike Prestwood

DriveSavers Partner. After our recovery attempts, offer to send to DriveSavers or equivalent. Price ranges from $500 to $1,500.


IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users topic:
How To Configure Auto Logon In Windows 7
by Eric Prestwood

Configure your computer to auto log on to a user (even an admin)


Role-Based Tech Talk topic:
Crash, Bomb, Hang, and Deadlock
by Scott Wehrly
This article explores and defines the following terms: crash, bomb, hang, deadlock, exception, fatal error, and blue screen of death.

American I.T. workforce topic:
Sharpening your skills - A short story
by Ramesh R
Here is a short story about a woodcutter and his job. From this job, we have lot of learnings that implies to our career and sharpening our skills. Such examples in life are very important for shaping our career. Enjoy the short story.





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Backup Software topic (classic post):
Carbonite, Add a Backup Extension
by Mike Prestwood

To add an extension, right click on a file, select Properties. On the Carbonite tab, check the Back up files of this type (within folders selected for backup) checkbox. Alternatively, you can specify specific files to back up by right clicking the file and selecting Carbonite | Back This Up.


Software topic (classic post):
PC Repair: Matching Wits with an Invisible Enemy
by NE Ohio Computer Guy

This article describes one of my PC troubleshooting encounters that required a little more thinking and effort than usual.


 Monthly Tech Lesson
Hardware Topic:
Definition of the Month: MbPS
Megabits (mb) per second. A bit is either a 0 or 1 (a digit) and a byte is a string of 8 bits. 8 mbps (megabits per second) equals 1 MB/sec (megabytes per second). Therefore 54 mbps is equal to a max of 6.75 MB/second.
Admin Server Tools Topic:
Resource Link of the Month: Open Relay/Blacklist Tests

Enter IP address to test your SMTP server for open relay. If you have an open relay, your SMTP server will be black listed. You can ping your domain to retrieve the IP.

Also...

  • MXToolbox.com - Super Tool. Another great email test site.
  • WebsitePulse.com - Blacklist test. Test if you your SMTP server is on any of the major blacklists.
Windows Server 2003 Topic:
Question:

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."


Answer:

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.

Wireless Networking Topic:
Tip of the Month

If you have a USB wireless device such as a wireless NIC, mouse controller, etc. that has a weak signal because of location, try adding a USB extension cable and placing the device in a more open location.

USB cables from stores such as Radio Shack, Best Buy, etc. are over priced 5 or 6 times what you can get on the internet.

For wireless network cards, you can also buy a range-extending antenna for the computer's WiFi card or router, or a wireless range extender.



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