Creating a Standalone NTP Server With Windows

I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.” – Golda Meir You probably already know that having accurate time set on all clients and servers is important. Very bad things happen when computer clocks disagree. Things like: Users … Continue Reading

Games (Project) Trainers Play

Several of my PMP students have requested additional ideas for team building exercises, both general purpose and focused on teaching aspects of project management. Hopefully this post will provide a few new ideas and alternatives. My favorite source for creative … Continue Reading

Microsoft announces changes to SQL Server 2012 MCSA Certification

Are you working towards your SQL Server 2012 Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) credentials?  If so, you now have more options for your exams.  Starting on 15 September 2014 there are now electives for your MCSA certification. There are now … Continue Reading

Connection Manager Administration Kit (CMAK) an Overview and General Guideline

The Connection Manager Administration Kit has been around since Windows Server 2003 as an embedded Windows server feature.  Initially available for server platforms, this deployment enabling tool is now supported on selected Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 client platforms. Windows … Continue Reading

How to Display Blanks as Zeros in a SSRS Report

Some of the cells in this SSRS matrix report are blank: To display zeros instead, we will use two functions: 1.

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  In the design of the matrix, right-click on the textbox containing the values in question, … Continue Reading

PMP: Change – The Purpose for Projects November, 4, 2014 Video and Presentation Files

The Project Management Webinar Change – The Purpose for Projects is over but here’s your chance to watch the video on our Video Training website: Video: PMP: Change – The Purpose for Projects November, 4, 2014 Here are Steve Fullmer’s … Continue Reading

Updating Group Policies with GPUpdate and GPUpdate /Force

I teach several classes that cover Windows deployment, operations, and troubleshooting. Most of the content I teach is focused on enterprise environments – that is, generally, more than 5,000 systems. At that scale centralized IT management is a requirement, not … Continue Reading

PMI Global Congress 2014 Recap

If you were at the 2014 PMI Global Congress in Phoenix last week, you probably don’t have time to read this blog. You are in the field becoming a world changer! The theme Progressive Learning played throughout the week as … Continue Reading

How to add the Dial-in Tab in Windows 7 Remote Sever Administration Tools (RSAT)

After downloading and installing the Remote Sever Administration Tools (RSAT) in Windows 7 the Dial-in tab is missing in both the Active Directory Administrative Center (ADAC) (See figure 1 ).and Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC) (See figure 2 ). … Continue Reading

Security+ SY0-301 versus SY0-401 and other questions

The SY0-401Security+ exam went live in April 2014, though you may still take the SYO-301 exam through December 31, 2014. In either event, the Security+ credential is now a Continuing Education certification such that you will want to update your … Continue Reading

Speeding Up Group Policy Updates in Deployment

I teach several classes that cover Windows deployment, operations, and troubleshooting. Most of the content I teach is focused on enterprise environments – that is, generally, more than 5,000 systems. At that scale centralized IT management is a requirement, not … Continue Reading

How to Configure Additional DHCP Server Options

There are numerous additional options that can be configured in a DHCP server.  If you are configuring a Microsoft server, additional options include, but are not limited to, the following: Routers (such as a default gateway for a client) DNS … Continue Reading

Synchronizing the Windows Clock With an Authoritative Time Source

“Lost time is never found again.” – Benjamin Franklin You probably already know that having accurate time set on all clients and servers is important. Very bad things happen when computer clocks disagree. Things like: Users cannot logon to a … Continue Reading

Microsoft announces changes to Windows Server 2012 MCSA Certification

Are you working towards your Windows Server 2012 Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) credentials?  If so, you now have more options for your exams.  Starting on 15 September 2014 there are now electives for your MCSA certification. There are now … Continue Reading

Getting ready for the PMP Exam: Rent versus Buy

In a recent blog, Getting ready for the PMP Exam: Contract Risk, I addressed relative procurement risk and the selection of contract types. Within that blog I compared the initiation of procurement with the initiation of a project. In our … Continue Reading

How to add the Dial-in Tab in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Remote Sever Administration Tools (RSAT)

After downloading and installing the Remote Sever Administration Tools (RSAT) in Windows 8 and 8.1 the Dial-in tab is missing in both the Active Directory Administrative Center (ADAC) (See figure 1 ).and Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC) (See figure … Continue Reading

An introduction to GLBP in Cisco IOS

I have posted blogs dealing with HSRP and VRRP.  Today’s topic takes this idea a step beyond what is possible with those protocols by introducing the concept of Gateway Load Balancing Protocol (GLBP).  Let’s begin by viewing the network scenario … Continue Reading

Subnetting a TCP/IP Network using the Magic Box Method

Video tutorial Subnetting a TCP/IP Network using the Magic Box Method See our class schedule for complete Course Schedule Training. Classes are held in Phoenix, AZ and can be attended online from anywhere in the world with RemoteLive™. Instructor: Rick Trader  Video Transcription: One … Continue Reading

Using Nmap to Reconnoiter the DMZ and Perimeter Networks

The importance of reconnaissance in vulnerability discovery and penetration testing is usually overlooked. Network security personnel with little training or experience will often begin their analysis by finding a few target systems and immediately attempt to compromise their security with … Continue Reading

Windows Image File Exclusions

When discussing the creation of Windows Image files (.wim), I am often asked if any files or folders are excluded by default. The answer is yes and no, depending on the tool(s) that you use. Read on for a deeper … Continue Reading