Windows Server OS Support by Product Number HP and Dell

Ever wondered which server model numbers support the operating system your are going to deploy. I found these handy webpages for Dell and HP which lists models with supported operating systems. Operating System Support Matrix for Dell PowerEdge Systems Windows support for HP ProLiant Servers Another great resource is the Windows Server Catalog which will tell you about the Microsoft ‘Certified’ and ‘Works With’ status of other servers. http://www.windowsservercatalog.com/ The Windows Server Catalogue also lists the status of a number of third party software packages. Hope this helps Jeff Loucks

Beware of Phone Scams – How to keep your Windows PC Protected

The following is a great list of resources for everyday folks that IT pros use when looking to keep the PCs they manage at optimal performance. Recently there have been a growing number of Phone Scams from individuals claiming to be from Microsoft asking you about the security of your PC. You should be suspicious of unsolicited calls about security of your systems. Don’t give out financial details, visit websites, allow anyone to remote control your system or install software from unsolicited callers. If you feel your system has been compromised or has a computer virus – you can call … Continue reading Beware of Phone Scams – How to keep your Windows PC Protected

Keyboard shortcuts

Productivity has many forms however keyboard shortcuts are perhaps the most useful. I am never able to remember them all but I find reviewing them from time to time allows me to gradually increase my repertoire. Here is a listing I have compiled. This section from: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/126449/ Windows system key combinations F1: Help CTRL+ESC: Open Start menu ALT+TAB: Switch between open programs ALT+F4: Quit program SHIFT+DELETE: Delete item permanently Windows Logo+L: Lock the computer (without using CTRL+ALT+DELETE) Windows program key combinations CTRL+C: Copy CTRL+X: Cut CTRL+V: Paste CTRL+Z: Undo CTRL+B: Bold CTRL+U: Underline CTRL+I: Italic Mouse click/keyboard modifier combinations for … Continue reading Keyboard shortcuts

Windows: The Hosts file – Three good reasons to use it.

The host file is best known by administrators for its misuse by malware creators (Pestilent Hordes). In this post I will describe the host file and three good reasons to use it. The hosts file is a non-suffixed file that resides in the following location: c:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc Its purpose is to help resolve names to IP addresses much like DNS. The important thing to understand about the Hosts file is that it can be used to preempt DNS queries and thus the reason why Malware providers have been known to misuse the file. Here are some legitimate uses. To find internal … Continue reading Windows: The Hosts file – Three good reasons to use it.