Internet Explorer Keywords for DNS Troubleshooting

I think its safe to say that DNS is part of the fabric of the internet. I don’t remember how many times I had (or helped someone with) issues with public DNS, but I can assure you that it has been a lot. DNS controls everything about your domain, from the correct resolution of your website to where your email should go. My two favorite sites for troubleshooting public DNS issues are and These two sites have saved me in numerous occassions and whenever somebody is having some DNS issue they are my first stop to help determine the problem. I … Continue reading Internet Explorer Keywords for DNS Troubleshooting

Create easier-to-remember URLs for OWA, RWW and even Sharepoint

If you are running SBS you must know by now that you need to type or /remote to access OWA or RWW from the internet. One issue that I often encounter is that users forget those URLs are (specially if the are technologically-impaired J).   So, what about giving your users simpler URLs? Like for OWA and/or for RWW   What about Sharepoint? Typing :444 at the end of an URL is really not cool at all. Wouldn’t it be great if you could use to access your intranet directly? If this idea sounds appealing to … Continue reading Create easier-to-remember URLs for OWA, RWW and even Sharepoint

LimitLogin – Tool to limit and monitor concurrent logins in a domain

A couple of people in the past have asked how to prevent users from logging more than 1 time (or x number of times) on different devices across the network. I stumbled accross this tool which seems like it does exactly that better than the old CConnect.exe (also some other nice features): LimitLogin v1.0  LimitLogin is an application that adds the ability to limit concurrent user logins in an Active Directory domain. It can also keep track of all logins information in Active Directory domains.  LimitLogin capabilities include: ·         Limiting the number of logins per user from any machine in the … Continue reading LimitLogin – Tool to limit and monitor concurrent logins in a domain

A Recycle Bin for Sharepoint?

Today I was cleaning up the stack of magazines that I have in my desk and came across an article on how to add a Recycle Bin to Windows Sharepoint Services (WSS). MSDN Magazine – February 2005 – Page 62 I have to admit that I have absolutely NO IDEA what these guys are talking about. That really doesn’t mean anything since my knowledge of programming and .NET is very limited (almost non-existent). However, I know that we have very smart people in the SBS community than can probably figure this out. In fact, I encourage anyone that knows … Continue reading A Recycle Bin for Sharepoint?

Cheap SSL Certs

I’m on some sort of vacation since last week at home in Puerto Rico… I say “some sort” because I’m actually upgrading my last SBS2k box to 2k3 and using the old box as a terminal server. While I was preparing the migration the client asked if there was a way to take out the “Security Warning“ page that they get when they access OWA (and RWW in the future) from a public computer (one that the cert has not been imported previously)… and I told him that it would cost $400-800/yr to get a Verisign cert to fix that. We both knew that … Continue reading Cheap SSL Certs

How to create an “Offer Remote Assistance” shortcut

One of the features I like most about Windows XP (and SBS 2003) is Remote Assistance. In particular, I love being able to offer unsolicited remote assistance to my users (i.e. without them initiating the RA session, this way the user only has to click “ok” on the RA popup). This translates on helping users faster, not to mention that you can enjoy margaritas from the confort of your home while you help users. ow that I think about it… those “Earn $$$ while sitting in front of your PC at home” scams on the internet might be true after all. Anyway, going … Continue reading How to create an “Offer Remote Assistance” shortcut