sysadmin and other technological pontifications

Entries for January, 2011

Recursive Removal of Zone Information

Since SP2 for Windows XP, downloading a file from an internet source will attach zone information to the file, which marks the file as coming from an untrusted source. You can see this by bringing up the properties dialog for the file in question. This can cause irritating prompts, particularly if they are Office documents, […]

Setting Wallpaper via GPO in Windows 7/2008 R2

Doesn’t work. This little bug drove me insane for a week as I’d been trying to figure out why my default wallpaper wasn’t being displayed for any of the users on my 2008 R2 Terminal Server. I had originally convinced myself that it was Terminal Server related, so all of my web crawling sent me […]

Microsoft, the Underdog

Something very significant is happening in the consumer computing market right now. For the first time in history, a growing majority is considering Microsoft to be an underdog, second to the likes of Apple. 10 years ago, I probably would have laughed if someone suggested that the unstoppable deathstar could be challenged by anyone, but […]

SunGard’s E-Mail Availability Service

Finding an effective disaster recovery solution for Microsoft Exchange Server can be challenging, especially for a small business with a limited infrastructure. One possibility that comes to mind is to move the Exchange environment off-site entirely into a hosted setup, however this might not be the optimal choice depending on your business requirements. In fact, […]