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Tools to administer MS Exchange ...And they are free !
Written by David Noel-Davies   

Some free tools that can help simplify Microsoft Exchange deployment, troubleshooting, and administration. Some of the tools are simple—but still convenient—whereas others provide some powerful functionality.

There are some tools you can use during deployment to ease the process and reduce issues in the future, tools you can use for troubleshooting to reduce down-times, and tools you can use during day-to-day administration to monitor server health and perform tasks.

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5 IT Career Mishaps
Written by David Noel-Davies   

Just because you've landed that dream job or received that promotion doesn't mean you can rest on your hands. It's just as important to keep working on the skills, values and goals that helped land you that job in the first place, even after you've been hired. Here are five top tips for avoiding career mishaps.

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Popular Chrome extensions being purchased for misuse and for aggressive advertising
Written by David Noel-Davies   
A new trend in purchasing successful Chrome extensions for Adware and/or general misuse is the new 'in' for spammers, CIO.co.nz reports. Spammers buy Chrome extensions and turn them into adware
 
Event ID error 57 several times followed by error 137
Written by David Noel-Davies   
I found some error 57 several times followed by error 137. This pattern repeated itself every five seconds. The server was experiencing no problems other than this repeating error message. What could it be?

Turns out that this error is documented as appearing in more than 2008R2. Specifically, it can happen with Vista, Windows 7, and with 2008 release candidate one. The underlying cause is a corrupted file, which can be easily reset.

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ITIL top 5 provided benefits
Written by David Noel-Davies   

ITIL top 5 provided benefits

ITIL is the world’s leading framework of service management best practices. Many top performing organizations around the world are implementing ITIL practices. Why Is this? 

 

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Microsoft BYO's Offering
Written by David Noel-Davies   

One of the biggest trends in IT today is that Bring Your Phone Device trend. Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that users are demanding to be able to access corporate resources from personal consumer electronics devices. Furthermore, they expect access whether they are working on premise in the office, or remotely.

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The Seven Critical ITIL Success Factors / Enabler
Written by David Noel-Davies   

The following list represents these seven Critical Success Factors / Enablers:

 

1. Leadership: Executive and senior level support, sponsorship and active participation

2. Resources: Access to necessary project and on-going process resources (time, people, funding)

3. Knowledge & Skill: The level of communication, information, knowledge and skill related to ITSM

4. Integrated Tools: Availability of integrated ITSM tools to support process workflow and automation

5. Ability to Deploy: The political capability to deploy new policies, processes and tools across organizational silos

6. Ability to Affect Behavioural Change: Changing organizational behaviour/culture and ensuring compliance to new practices over the long term

7. ITSM Program Momentum: Sustaining momentum, priority and funding for the ITSM programs

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Monitoring Netscaler with Icinga/Nagios
Written by David Noel-Davies   
Citrix Netscaler is a very good system for load balancing, if you want to have an enterprise system and not do this in another way with Apache for free. It also provide a access gateways for ICA sessions. It's based on FreeBSD but it has no nagios-plugins inside like other firewall system e. g. GenuGate firewall systems. So the only way to monitor such device is over SNMP. There are some plugins on Monitorexchange to watch over CPU, Mem, Connections and Disks.
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ShadowProtect Restore
Written by David Noel-Davies   
Problems backing up / Restoring a Shadow Protect image. Here is a step by step how-to to get the job done.
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How to Slipstream Windows 7
Written by David Noel-Davies   

Slipstreaming has been around for a while now but slipstreaming windows 7 is a little different that the old XP, so heres how...

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Pre Interview Tips
Written by David Noel-Davies   

Here is the top 10 Pre interview tips compiled by ITcontractors.org from users feedback and polls. (it makes interesting reading!)

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Prepare for the interview questions
Written by David Noel-Davies   

Interviewers are getting alot more choosey with types of questions they want to ask you now days, gone are the days of just a technical interview and your in like Flynn! here are some questions we have dragged out of our own personal experiences, FORE WARNED IS FORE ARMED!

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