Tech Tips for the Field

by John Roller

Enhanced email protection with DKIM and DMARC

Office 365 now supports inbound validation of DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) over IPv4, and...

Author: jroller Date: 02/17/2015

SharePoint User’s Group in Orlando Sept. 17th

A SharePoint User’s Group is starting up in Orlando with the help of the Microsoft Store and the...

Author: jroller Date: 08/12/2014

Azure RemotApp now in preview

Azure Remote App is like Windows Server Remote Desktop Services. It enables businesses to use a...

Author: jroller Date: 05/14/2014

Free e-books from Microsoft Press

From technical overviews to drilldowns on special topics, these free e-books are available in PDF,...

Author: jroller Date: 05/12/2014

Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute provides a faster data connection

Now you can bypass the Internet when connecting to the Microsoft Cloud. Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute...

Author: jroller Date: 04/29/2014

OneDrive is now 1TB per user

Microsoft just announced that OneDrive for Business cloud storage has been increased to 1TB per...

Author: jroller Date: 04/29/2014

Welcome Nokia to the Microsoft family!

I was in Helsinki right after Nokia announced the partnership with Microsoft in 2011. It was a sad...

Author: jroller Date: 04/28/2014

Calendar Analytics

I just found this really cool free Excel add-in that looks at your Outlook calendar to analyze how...

Author: jroller Date: 04/29/2011

Enterprise Reference Datacenter Build Guide

I have been working on this build guide for several months.  Between myself and a vendor, we...

Author: jroller Date: 04/19/2011

Microsoft creates giant 234” Interactive Touch Screen

Check out this huge new touch screen!  very cool!...

Author: jroller Date: 03/28/2011

Windows Server Core

A new option in Windows Server 2008 is Server Core. It provides a minimal environment for running a...

Author: jroller Date: 08/21/2007

Tabbed IE Shortcuts

When you have multiple tabs open in Internet Explorer, type CTRL+1, CTRL+2, etc. This will move that...

Author: jroller Date: 08/21/2007

Vista Command Prompt in Admin Mode

If you go down to Start and type CMD in the search box (not from the RUN line) and hit...

Author: jroller Date: 08/21/2007

Solid State Hard Drives are coming

With sizes reaching 160GB, SATA II “no spinnie” hard drives will start showing up this fall in new...

Author: jroller Date: 08/21/2007

Vista CPU performance

Get more performance out of Vista. The default power plan in Vista is set to Balanced. Changing it...

Author: jroller Date: 07/13/2007

Network open cancellation

Do you remember way back when you could hit CTRL+C to cancel an operation? Well, it’s back with...

Author: jroller Date: 07/13/2007

If I’m looking for something Microsoft related, I use www.google.com/microsoft. This will filter my...

Author: jroller Date: 07/19/2006

Shared Comptuer Toolkit

This locks down the computer and discards changes at logoff....

Author: jroller Date: 01/10/2006

Port Query Tool

Ever tried to troubleshoot application communications? This free utility will tell you if a computer...

Author: jroller Date: 01/10/2006

Outlook PST Compaction

Delete lots of e-mails from your pst lately? You should compact it as well. In Outlook, go to File,...

Author: jroller Date: 01/10/2006

Word autocorrect

Do you often misspell the same words the same way? Some words are automatically corrected while...

Author: jroller Date: 11/07/2005

Account Lockouts

Wish you could find all the domain controllers that are involved in user lockouts? Visit...

Author: jroller Date: 11/07/2005

Outlook is protecting your privacy

Do you get e-mails that you can’t read and you have to right-click to download the pictures? I...

Author: jroller Date: 11/07/2005

SMT 5600 Cell Phone Antenna

I just went to a truck stop and bought an antenna for my SMT 5600. It increases my reception from 1...

Author: jroller Date: 09/30/2005

Outlook 2003 Server Status

To see server status in Outlook 2003, hold the CTRL, then right-click on the Outlook Icon in the...

Author: jroller Date: 09/23/2005

Monad New Scripting Technology

We just released the beta for Monad, our new interactive command-line and task-based scripting...

Author: jroller Date: 09/23/2005

Wireless Adapter Tips

Want better reception from your wireless adapter? Try these tips:...

Author: jroller Date: 08/29/2005

Smartphone Users

When setting up a conference call meeting request, make it “Smartphone Friendly”. Use the “tel:”...

Author: jroller Date: 07/22/2005

USB Flash Drive Manager for XP

We released a utility that helps Manage flash drives. You can copy files to and from flash drives;...

Author: jroller Date: 06/24/2005

Remote Desktop Settings

If you use remote desktop, you sometimes need to connect to the console session. Here’s a way...

Author: jroller Date: 06/24/2005

Send To Notepad

I use notepad too much. To get to it faster, right-click on the Start Menu, go to Explore. Open...

Author: jroller Date: 04/13/2005

Additional Server Names

I had to rename a server but it would take two weeks to get all the clients to point to the new...

Author: jroller Date: 04/13/2005

Windows Explorer Background Images

Give this 2 minutes of your time. I’m sure you’ll like it. Ever get confused which hard drive you...

Author: jroller Date: 02/27/2005

Process Explorer

Since we are talking about processes, it would be nice to find out which files and dlls are...

Author: jroller Date: 12/08/2004

All About Processes

I use the Task Manager regularly. Have you ever tried CTRL + Shift + ESC? Give it a shot. I was...

Author: jroller Date: 12/08/2004

Streamlined IP Config batch file

Put the following into Notepad and call it IP.bat. Run it and see what happens. It is case...

Author: jroller Date: 10/06/2004

Exchange Best Practices Analyzer

Ever wondered if your Exchange server is configured properly? Well, Microsoft just came out with a...

Author: jroller Date: 10/06/2004

Outlook Voting buttons

How easy is it to use voting buttons in Outlook? Way too easy is what I just found out. In Outlook...

Author: jroller Date: 10/06/2004

Get Acrobat Reader to open up faster

Get Acrobat Reader to open up faster – Go to your Acrobat\Reader folder and take everything from the...

Author: jroller Date: 09/08/2004

Ever wish My Computer would Explore instead of Open?

When you double-click on My Computer, it never shows the folders or Explorer bar. When you...

Author: jroller Date: 08/06/2004

Internet Explorer Favorites

Did you know that the Favorites folder under your name in Documents and Settings is the same as the...

Author: jroller Date: 08/06/2004

Why do you want to shutdown?

If you’ve played with Server 2003, no doubt you’ve come across the “Why do you...

Author: jroller Date: 07/19/2004

Outlook Shortcut Selecting Multiple Messages

The second shortcut is for Outlook. I always had a problem selecting multiple messages with the...

Author: jroller Date: 07/09/2004

Internet Explorer CTRL Enter Shortcut

In Internet Explorer, go up to the address bar (F6 if you like) and type in the site you want to...

Author: jroller Date: 07/09/2004

SMS 2003 Advanced Client and XP SP2 Firewall issues

There are two known compatibility issues that require hotfixes and five application compatibility...

Author: jroller Date: 07/06/2004

New Command Line Tools for Active Directory

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;[LN];298882

Author: jroller Date: 07/06/2004

Windows Explorer Folders

Ever double click on My Computer and wish you could get to the list of folders? There are two ways...

Author: jroller Date: 07/06/2004

Customize Windows Explorer

Be able to see more details than ever before. Go to Windows Explorer and view details. This...

Author: jroller Date: 07/06/2004

Keyboard Shortcuts

I like shortcut keys. I have them for all of my frequently used programs. Give this a try. Go to...

Author: jroller Date: 07/06/2004

Ever Heard of the Port Reporter Tool?

It logs TCP and UDP port activity on a local Windows system.

Author: jroller Date: 07/06/2004

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