Category Archives: Windows

Make sure your Exchange 2003 server is fully removed before raising your AD Domain Functional Level

Though we completed our Exchange 2010 migration over a year ago we still kept our Exchange 2003 server around due to some hard-coded references in internally developed apps. Once those were taken care of we shutdown our Exchange 2003 server for a few months to make sure nothing else was still referencing it. After 6 months we […]

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How to quickly disable account access in AD and Exchange 2010

While testing the feasibility of a Bring Your Own Device policy with Exchange 2010 Active Sync we noticed some odd behavior with disabled accounts. One of the policies we decided on was that during an employee termination we would disable sending and receiving from an ActiveSync device before we removed Active Sync or wiped the […]

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How moving your Default Domain Policy from the default location can lead to trouble

At my company we recently decided to change our password policy by increasing the password age to a year but doubling the length. So we planned to change the password age via Group Policy so that everyone would have to change their password by the 2nd week of January. Once everyone had changed their password […]

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How to force OSX using Active Directory authentication to un-cache a mobile account’s username when it is changed in Active Directory

One of the situations we deal with a lot at my company is name changes due to marriages/domestic partnerships. Recently we had to perform a name change for one of our Mac users. This entails changing the following in Active Directory among other things: Common Name (e.g. John Doe Display Name (e.g John Doe) samAccountName […]

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Moving large VMDK’s from one Windows File Server to another in vSphere 4.X while maintaining share information

Moving large VMDK’s from one Windows File Server to another in vSphere 4.X At my Job we are nearing the end of our W2k8R2 upgrades. The only W2k3 servers left are our file servers. In planning to upgrade these W2k3 file servers we decided to create the new W2k8R2 file servers in advanced and during […]

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How come certain fonts show up fine in OSX but not in Windows?

Our company recently decided on a font called Sketch Block to use for all our client presentations.  The font was an available as an OpenType from and TrueType from Both versions contained a Bold and Lite version of the font. Our Creative Director prefers OpenType fonts so we decided to purchase a few […]

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