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Windows Vista : Desktop Searching with the Windows Search Engine
Searching your computer in Windows XP wasn’t a terrible experience, but no one raved about it, either. First, there was Microsoft’s inexplicable decision to ship XP with the Indexing service turned off by default.
Windows Vista : Metadata and the Windows Explorer Property System
If file location will become less important, what can you use to take its place as a basis for file organization? Content seems like a pretty good place to start. After all, it’s what’s inside the documents that really matters.
Windows 7 : Email and Newsgroups with Windows Live Mail - Creating and Sending New Mail
The process of creating and sending new mail is almost as easy as receiving it. To open a New Message composition window, click the New button on the Windows Live Mail toolbar.
Windows 7 : Email and Newsgroups with Windows Live Mail - Windows Live Mail Quick Tour
As you likely know, Windows likes to have default programs for certain tasks. If you use Internet Explorer and then install Firefox, the new application will ask you if you want to make it the default application for web browsing. If you make that change and then go back to IE, it will ask if you want to make it the default again or to just stop asking.
Monitoring Windows Small Business Server 2011 : Configuring the Backup Service (part 2) - Windows Server Backup Using Native Tools
The alternative to using the Configure Server Backup Wizard in the Windows SBS Console is to run the native Windows Server Backup console, shown in Figure 7. By configuring your SBS server’s backup using the Windows Server Backup console, you have additional configuration choices while still fully protecting your SBS server.
Monitoring Windows Small Business Server 2011 : Configuring the Backup Service (part 1) - Windows Server Backup Using SBS Wizards
SBS 2011 uses the Windows Server Backup that is included in Windows Server 2008 R2, but before you can use the backup, you need to configure it. You can use the SBS Configure Server Backup Wizard to do this, and if you intend to back up to an external USB, FireWire, or eSATA drive, that’s exactly what we’d recommend.
Windows 8 : Settings and Customization - Modifying Startup Programs and Services
In Windows 7, it was easy to add or remove a startup program. There was a Startup folder on the Start menu that you added program shortcuts to or deleted program shortcuts from.
Windows 8 : Settings and Customization - Windows Features
A “feature” is a Windows program, application, utility, or service. Some features are installed and operational right out of the box for Windows 8, such as Internet Explorer.
Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 : Restoring Network Backups
These and similar situations are when you thank your lucky stars (or your deity of choice) that Windows Home Server has been on the job making nightly backups, because now you can restore the file, folder, or system and get back to more important things.
Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 : Working with Backups
As your network computers are backed up nightly, Windows Home Server maintains a database of the backups that it’s currently storing for each computer. The number of backups in the database depends on the Client Computer Backup Retention settings you specified for saving daily, weekly, and monthly backups.
Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 : Running a Manual Backup
Because the Windows Home Server Connector software only works on Windows 7, Vista, and XP PCs, the automatic backup feature of Windows Home Server isn’t available for other systems on your network. If you need to back up an older Windows machine, a Mac, or a Linux box, you need to do it the old-fashioned way: You need to run the computer’s built-in (or third-party) backup software.
Windows Server 2008 : Launching and Using the Command Prompt (part 3) - Changing the Options and Display
The most valuable setting here is the Height of the Screen Buffer Size. If you change this to 9999, the screen buffer captures as many as 9,999 lines. This can be useful when your command has more than 300 lines of output data.
Windows Server 2008 : Launching and Using the Command Prompt (part 2) - Using the Built-in doskey Program, Creating Mini Macros with doskey
doskey is built in to the command prompt and keeps a history of all the commands you enter in the current command prompt session. You can easily retrieve previous commands so that you don’t have to type them again.
Windows Server 2008 : Launching and Using the Command Prompt (part 1) - Launching with Elevated Privileges
Many of the commands entered from the command prompt require elevated privileges, or administrative permissions. For example, if you wanted to stop and restart the netlogon service to re-create SRV records on a DNS server.
Windows 8 : Settings and Customization - Settings
Settings are accessed via the Settings bar. Think of the Settings bar as the “Control Panel’s greatest hits.” Microsoft has grouped the customizations and personalizations they think you will use the most into categories. These settings are meant to set you free from the clickety-clack of keyboards—fingers rule.
Windows 8 : Settings and Customization - Control Panels
The Control Panel is a collection of applets, or small programs, that modify different aspects of your Windows 8 system, including hardware, software setup, security, configuration, and user account management.
Windows Server 2008 : Viewing and Manipulating the Install Mode with change user, Modifying Logon Capabilities with change logon, Connecting and Disconnecting Sessions with tscon and tsdiscon
You can use the tscon and tsdiscon commands to connect and disconnect RDS and TS sessions. The tscon command connects a user to a session running on an RDS or TS server. The tsdiscon disconnects a user from a session.
Windows Server 2008 : Remote Desktop Services - Adding the Remote Desktop Services Role
Remote Desktop Services (RDS) in Windows Server 2008 R2 enables users to access remote applications, or even full Windows desktops. A central RD Session Host server hosts the Windows applications, and clients are able to run the applications remotely.
Windows 8 : Configuring User and Computer Policies - Working with Logon and Startup Policies
Windows 8 provides a set of policies to control the logon process, some of which allow you to configure the way programs run at logon. This makes them similar to logon scripts in that you can execute specific tasks at logon.
Windows 8 : Configuring User and Computer Policies - Working with Computer and User Script Policies
You can write these scripts as command-shell batch scripts, Windows scripts, or Windows PowerShell scripts. Batch scripts use the shell command language. Windows scripts use Windows Script Host (WSH) and are written in a scripting language such as Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBScript) or Microsoft JScript.
Managing Windows Small Business Server 2011 : Using Windows Server 2008 R2 Tools (part 2)
When you run the Connect To The Internet Wizard on your Windows SBS 2011 primary server, the wizard configures the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server to provide Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and other Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) settings to the computers on your network.
Managing Windows Small Business Server 2011 : Using Windows Server 2008 R2 Tools (part 1)
Windows SBS 2011 is a superset of Windows Server 2008 R2 and includes all the tools normally supplied with the operating system. While the Windows SBS Console enables administrators to perform many of the basic functions required for everyday network maintenance, it is typical for them to move on to the more powerful Windows Server tools eventually.
Windows 8 : Configuring User and Computer Policies - Working with Access and Connectivity Policies
Access and connectivity policies control network connections, dial-up connections, and Remote Assistance configurations. These policies affect a system’s connectivity to the network, as well as remote access to the system.
Windows 8 : Configuring User and Computer Policies - Working with File and Data Management Policies
Every system administrator needs to be familiar with file and data management policies, which affect the amount of data a user can store on systems, how offline files are used, and whether the System Restore feature is enabled.
Windows Home Server 2011 : Configuring a Computer for Backup
By default, Windows Home Server always backs up all the computer’s drives . This is ideal because it means that if a computer crashes and can’t be recovered, you can still get the machine back on its feet by using a bootable USB recovery drive to restore one of the complete backups.
Windows Home Server 2011 : Converting Client Partitions to NTFS, Configuring Windows Home Server Backups
Windows Home Server only supports backing up client partitions that use the NT File System (NTFS). If you have partitions that use FAT16 or FAT32, they won’t be included in the backups.
Windows 8 : Configuring User and Computer Policies - Configuring Policies
To manage users and computers, you need to configure the administrative template policies. These policies provide easy access to registry-based policy settings that control the operating system, Windows components, and programs.
Windows 8 : Configuring User and Computer Policies - Group Policy Essentials
You use policy settings to control the configuration of the operating system and also to disable options and controls in the user interface for settings that Group Policy is managing. Most policy settings are stored in policy-related branches of the registry.
Managing Windows Small Business Server 2011: Using Server Manager (part 2) - Adding Roles and Features
Windows SBS 2011 primary servers run a large number of roles by default, and administrators should be cautious about installing additional ones. However, if you have additional computers running Windows Server 2008 R2 on your network, you will most likely have to install some roles on it yourself.
Managing Windows Small Business Server 2011: Using Server Manager (part 1) - Managing Roles
When you open the Server Manager Console on your Windows SBS 2011 primary server and expand the Roles node, the Scope (left) pane contains all the roles that the setup program added during the operating system installation, as shown in Figure 2.
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