How To Disassemble Seagate 3TB GoFlex Drive and Use it Internally

Seagate does not sell a 3TB external drive (as of December 2010) but I needed one. The only other drive today is Western Digitals 3TB but it is slower, and I am not a fan of Western Digital… oh ya, and the Seagate 3TB EXTERNAL was $40 LESS expensive that the 3TB WD INTERNAL.  This made my decision to rip appart a brand new Seagate 3TB GoFlex drive an easy one. Check out our video —————–…

How to Clean / Remove and Recover from a Virus From Your PC

This is the complete virus cleaning guide.  There are many ways to clean a virus from your computer and I will list them in from the easiest to the most complex.  Contrary to commonly held beliefs, there are MANY nasty virus’ for Apple Mac’s, iPhones, Linux and Unix, however this document is only intended to be used by Windows machines. By Ian Matthews, Up & Running Technologies Inc, Feb 10, 2010 NOTICE: This information is…

How to Install Windows 7 Group Policies on a Windows 2008 R1 Domain

by Ian Matthews – September 13, 2010 REQUIREMENTS: This will only work if your domain is running at Server 2008 R1 (with any service pack).  If you have R2 of 2008, then you already have this policy templates and so this is a waste of your time.  If you have 2003, I think you are toast (but I am not certain). As always these instructions are provided without warrenty or support so be careful. PROCESS:…

How To Disable UAC Elevation Prompt for Point and Print Printer Driver Installs By Restricted Users on Windows 7

By Ian Matthews  – September 13, 2010 BRIEF HISTORY: Under XP there was limited security on print driver installation by restricted users.  Under Vista there were serious limitations put on Restricted Users which you could resolve easily via Group Policy.  Under Windows 7, the same restriction applied but the security was moved from USER SETTINGS to COMPUTER SETTINGS.  This is a pain in the butt to figure out. GROUP POLICY: To have Group Policy manage printers…

How to Configure an Authoritative Time Server on a Windows Domain

Prepared by Ian Matthews Written April 21, 2010, Last Updated March 27, 2018NOTE: This is MY cookbook for ForeFront 2010 installs and you should use with caution.  As usual my instructions are provided without warrenty or guarentee of any sort. Since NT4 I have had troubles setting a Windows Domain to sync with an external time source.  I have blown hours trying get this configured and even worked with Microsoft support a few times.  Microsoft has…

How to Convert a Physical Server to a Virtual Server

Prepared by Ian Matthews Feb 16, 2010, Updated March 9, 2010 As with all my documents, there is no warranty on these instructions.  They are based on my training and experiences but are provided without me accepting liability for damage… be careful!  These instructions assume that you know how to create a simple virtual machine using Hyper-V. Everyone in I.T. is abuzz about converting Physical Servers to Virtual Servers and if you are reading this…

Should You Use an IDE or SCSI VHD in Server 2008 Hyper-V Virtual Machines

Prepared by Ian Matthews February 11, 2008, Updated March 9, 2010 The short answer, USE IDE ON HYPER-V.  Read on for details and why many people are confused about this. Today I had to convert a server with a 500GB data drive from a physical to a virtual machine.  This was a problem because I (wrongly) understood that IDE Virtual Hard Disks (VHD) used in Hyper V (on both Server 2008 and R2) was limited…

How to Migrate Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 to SBS 2008

Prepared by Ian Matthews July 13, 2009, last update Unlike the SBS2000 to SBS2003 upgrade process, the SBS2003 to SBS2008 procedures are clean.  The first thing you need is new hardware.  NOTE: This process below is offered with no guarantees and we accept no liability.� To keep an otherwise complex process simple, it is provided in a terse point form. SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 Migration Process PREWORK Backup the Existing SBS 2003 Server Clean…

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 / SBS 2008 Tip & Tricks

Prepared by Ian Matthews, April 5 2009, last updated July 2 2009 The following list of things to know about Server 08 and Small Business Server 08 are based on my experiences and research.  This list is mainly for my (and my tech’s) to keep track of tidbits.  If you follow any of these items, you should be careful and backup your systems in advance, we accept no responsibility for these.  And that gets us…

How to Legally Image Windows PC’s With an OEM License

By Ian Matthews   January 22, 2009    NOTE: The author will not accept responsibility for damages as a result of following the suggestions below.  They are provided “as is” and you need to verify these facts with your Microsoft licence in your country  Since the new licencing model release in January of 2007 (about the time Vista was released) Microsoft has had several public articles which state you must own an OEM licence AND an Open…

Common Windows Server Group Policies and Scripts

By Ian Matthews   December 11, 2008    Last Updated April 22, 2009 NOTE: The author will not accept responsibility for damages as a result of following the suggestions below.  They are provided “as is” and intended only as a rough guide.  You should always back up your servers System State prior to changing Group Policies.  USE AT “YOUR OWN RISK”. There are many Active Directory Group Polices which you may want to use.  Below are some…

How to Install and Manage Windows Deployment Services

By Ian Matthews  November 25, 2008  Last Updated *** DRAFT *** This article will brief the key area’s of Windows Deployment Services (WDS) under Windows Server 2008.  Note that the majority of these instructions will function equally as well under Server 2003 R1 or R2 but are not specifically intended for those platforms. WDS was released with Service Pack 2 for Server 2003, as a replacement for Remote Install Services (RIS).  RIS had a number of…

Microsoft Windows 2000 & 2003 Domain to Windows 2008 Upgrade Procedure

& Things to Know in General About Server 2008 Prepared by Ian Matthews September 21, 2008, last updated October 6, 2008 Unlike the Server 2003 upgrade process, I have attended no Windows 2003 to 2008 Microsoft presentations (live or on-line).  This is very unusual for Microsoft but the process is easier than it was from 2000 to 2003. I have now completed five Sever 2008 installs, some on existing domains, some on new domains and…