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Mark Marra
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Windows Administration is Easy. Anyone can do it.
This is something that Windows administrators hear a lot, especially from *nix or storage folks. There's a stigma surrounding Windows and it is reflected in both compensation and respect in a lot of organizations. Open up Dice or Indeed and see how many six...

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My disappointing experience with Apple support
I own a Mid-2012 MacBook Pro. Like many others, I've experienced significant wifi issues since Yosemite was released. Shortly after Yosemite was released, I wrote a short email to Tim Cook ( tcook@apple.com ) explaining that I was disappointed that my MacBo...

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Considerations for Deploying Active Directory Domain Controllers in Microsoft Azure
Azure is the new hotness. It seems like there are new features being lit up each week in the platform and it's gaining quite a bit of momentum. One thing that many organizations are starting to consider is extending their on-premises Active Directory Domain...

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GroupCalcPollingIntervalMilliseconds in SCSM 2012 Causes Queue Membership Issues
This TechNet article recommends changing the GroupCalcPollingIntervalMilliseconds registry entry to 1000000 to improve performance of System Center Service Manager. It is supposed to reduce the frequency with which Service Manager calculated group membershi...

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Managing Scheduled Tasks from Group Policy
There were two different questions on the front page of Server Fault today, both needing a way to deploy scheduled tasks to a large number of servers. The preferred method for this type of thing is to use System Center Orchestrator, but if you don't have Sy...

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LOPSA East 2014
As some of you may know, I will be speaking at LOPSA East in May. I'll be doing a three hour session on Active Directory Domain Services during the Saturday morning block. You should all register and come hang out!

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On Asking for Help
I've noticed a disturbing trend on Server Fault lately. People are asking for help with things that they have not tried to find the answer to themselves. Some of the regulars on the site have speculated that it's concentrated within certain cultures. Others...

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Full Control v Modify - Why you should be using modify in most cases
Full control is a set of permissions that I see granted quite, perhaps more frequently than it needs to be. For example, I see quite a large number of customers with the full control NTFS permission for each user set on their network home folders, or a grou...

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Hi there - could you all please help out? - would you mind going over and "subscribing" to the IETF channel on YouTube?   In order to do live video streaming using that account (something we're thinking about) we need to have at least 100 subscribers... and the account currently only has 52 subscribers!   THANKS!
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