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Fixing printing problems in Windows


For the longest time printing on our network was a hit and miss affair. Some could (I could) but others could not and yet others could but only intermittently. Our arrangement is not entirely usual but not to the point of uniqueness. We have a domain but the printer is attached to a machine that […]

Microsoft Office 2013 Preview


Today Microsoft announced Office 2013 and provided general access to a preview version. I’m delighted to come out from under wraps to report that ComplyXL supports Office 2013. The announcement was a webcast shown at noon PDT and led by Steve Ballmer. However the interesting stuff was presented by Kirk Koenigsbauer who demonstrated Office 2013 […]

Time sync and Windows


I’d always believed that the only requirement for synchronizing time on Windows machines is the NET TIME. This command allows clients to sychronize their clocks with a domain controller (DC) and the server version has a command line option to allow an external time server to be specified. Certainly the domain’s clients sychronize their clocks […]

The case for virtual domain controllers


I’ve been using Windows servers for a very long time. In all that time any article I’ve read on the subject of domain controllers has stressed the importance of having a machine dedicated to the role and, ideally, a backup. For a large enterprise this is probably good advice. For a small organization it’s overkill […]