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How to Disable Screen Auto-Rotation in Windows 8.X

Windows 8 is strongly aimed at tablets and touch enabled devices, most of which will allow their use in both landscape and portrait orientations. Depending on your personal preference, you might want to disable this auto-rotating behavior, but had a hard time finding a way to do it. Well you are in luck today and […]

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Organization Charts of the Big Companies

This chart has been out for a while and it shows how these different companies (Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple and Oracle) are/were organized: Amazon– Classic mafia structure, the don (Jeff Bezos) is on top, soldiers report to their captains, they report to the guy above, and he takes orders from the don. Google– Much […]

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HOW TO: Gather a packet capture without installing WireShark

In yesterday’s article, I talked about using MessageAnalyzer (successor to Microsoft Network Monitor) to open network files with no known extensions and then exporting the file in a format that Wireshark can use to present the data. As stated in last week’s article, I mentioned that “networking issues can be a more difficult topic to […]

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HOW TO: Using MessageAnalyzer to export files to Wireshark

Sometimes you may get a file (usually from an open source system, such as Linux) that has network data. If you try to use notepad to open it in Windows, you will see that it is in binary. The text will be unreadable and you may also think that this file provides no value. (As […]

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Using Variables in PowerShell

In my last article, I talked about using variables in PowerShell. Today, I want to talk about a problem that I encountered and solved using a variable to help me present the data for analysis. Over the years, I have a lot of friends call on me for assistance when their computers stopped working as […]

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Password Reset on Cisco 2509 Access Server

Problem: I had two Cisco 2611 routers and one Cisco 2509 router and I needed to reset the password so that I could take control of the routers for my CCNA studying. I had purchased these devices from Ebay and the sellers didn’t provide any of the usernames or passwords. You can easily find the […]

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PowerShell Basics: Using Variables

Variables are a fundamental part of Windows PowerShell. They’re quite different from the variables in Cmd.exe. In Cmd.exe, all variables are environment variables, which you primarily access with the Set command. The environment variables can store only strings of text. (You can store a number in an environment variable, but it’s up to the program […]

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What is the different between Classful and Classless Routing?

I have been preparing to take my last part of my CCNA test later this month, which is ICND2. It goes over a lot of topics, such as routing protocols, VLANs, spanning tree and a lot of troubleshooting. One of the topics involves classful and classless routing as it relates to VLSM (variable length subnet masks) […]

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IOS Command Reference

Router Basic Configuration •    Router> enable (enter privileged mode) •    Router# configure terminal •    Router(config)# hostname R1 •    R1(config)# banner motd # message of the day # •    Setting passwords: •    R1(config)# enable secret password •    R1(config)# line console 0 •    R1(config-line)# password password •    R1(config-line)# login •    R1(config)# line vty 0 4 •    R1(config-line)# password password •    R1(config-line)# login •    Gathering Router Info: •    R1# show version •    R1# […]

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How does Instant File Initialization Help Your Databases?

In an earlier article, I spoke about a Best Practice called File Initialization. I walk you through setting it up I pointed you to a blog by Kimberly Tripp. Today, I want to show you how much time it will save you. I know this may seem like a silly question, but don’t you want […]

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List of Windows OS Version Numbers

I was watching a video and saw someone open a command prompt to issue a netstat to check on current TCP connections. I noticed the version number and suspected that this was Windows Vista: It turns out that I was correct with my guess that it was Windows Vista, but I decided to put together a […]

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Navigating the Start Menu in Windows 8 and Server 2012

Here is the new Windows 8 Menu that people are both not happy with and also trying to figure out how to use. I have written a few articles about the new start menu in Windows 8/Server 2012. (As seen below) Today I wanted to write another article to help people navigate through this new […]

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Video: VPC Concepts

The information provided in this video is meant as a tutorial. It is not the final word on security or setup for your particular case. In Simpler terms: USE at your own risk. That said, I hope it helps. This video is almost 2 hours long. Loading the player … Notes for VPC Concepts: The […]

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PowerShell Script to create a Shutdown/Restart/Logoff Windows 8 Tile for the Start menu

One of my more popular articles on this site, is the Finding the Start Menu in Windows Server 2012. It walks you through the basic changes of the new start menu. Most of the complaints that I have heard is that it hard to quickly reboot, shutdown or logoff a system or it is hard […]

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HOW TO: Enable Windows Key on Logitech G510 Keyboard

I switched to a new keyboard recently (G510 keyboard) and noticed that the Windows Key no longer worked. On Windows 7, this was not such a big deal, but on my Windows 8 installations it was starting to become very annoying. To make matter worse when I searched for it via Microsoft support forums none […]

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HOW TO: Find the Physical host of a VM in Hyper-V

With the rising popularity of virtual machines, you may find yourself one day logging into a server troubleshooting an issue. Then all of a sudden it occurs to you that you are not sure if this machine is Physical or Virtual. Better yet you know this is a VM, but you are not sure which […]

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HOW TO: Make Symbols With The Keyboard

Have you ever wondered how to create all of those special characters called symbols? Well, today you are in luck. J This chart is broken into 3 sections… Keys to press…. What it will generate…. Notes to clarify what you just typed. Without further ado, here is the list of symbols: Alt + 0153….. â„¢… […]

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Huge collection of Free Microsoft eBooks (2013 Update)

Eric Ligman is a Microsoft Sales Excellence Program Manager and he just posted (today) a very helpful article on his blog. Last year, he listed a series of free Microsoft eBooks and he decided to update it again for this year. What I really like about both of his list of free books is that […]

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IPv4 SubNetting Cheat Sheet

Lately, I have been reading CCNA 640-802 Official Cert Library by Wendell Odom (a lot) as I am preparing to take my exam in a few months. It is a lot of information to know and the exam covers a lot of information, it is like CompTIA’s Network+ test, but it adds more content to master. […]

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How to: Unlock your iPhone 4s/5 with voiceover activated and then turn off this feature

Yesterday, I ran into an issue, where my phone was locked and I was unable to access anything. I guess when the phone was in my pocket unlocked it had turned on an accessibility called Voice over. Then all I could do was look at my lock screen (or make an emergency call like 911) […]

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