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LabMice Link of the Day Archive - February 2004
As we surf the web in our pursuit of additional content for LabMice, we occasionally stumble upon a really cool, humorous, unusual, or very useful link that we think should stand out from the hundreds we add every week. So we developed a small section on our front page to highlight these, and will archive the rest here.
This Month:
Server Configuration: Terminal Servers
This chapter from the book Citrix MetaFrame Access Suite for Windows Server 2003: The Official Guide, by Steve Kaplan, Franny Kelly, Tim Reeser and Alan Wood, discusses the best approaches for installing and configuring Citrix/Microsoft server-based computing products. The topics include tips and tricks for sizing a stable Terminal Services Farm based on Windows 2000/2003, hardware planning and step-by-step installation procedures and checklists.

All about AD OUs
Learn about the rationale for using OUs in your AD infrastructure and the finer technical aspects of managing and manipulating OU permissions and properties.
Click here to learn more.

Alternatives to closing Exchange mail accounts
The most common way to close an Exchange e-mail account is to disable it, but once disabled an account cannot accept new e-mail at all. If someone e-mails a closed account, the server will return an automated error (usually error 503) with no additional details. There may, however, be times when an account needs to be closed, but still allow incoming e-mail so that it can be monitored. There are a few of ways to go about doing this.
Click here to learn how.

Interesting times in your e-mail inbox
Recently, numerous new mass mailing viruses -- including Beagle.A, Novarg.A, and MyDoom.B -- have been discovered. Read this tip to find out what makes these viruses so powerful and such great sources of infection and why antivirus software has trouble stopping them.

Office XP
Most administrators have a few gray hairs as the result of butting heads with MS Office. This helpful chapter from the book Troubleshooting Microsoft Technologies: The Ultimate Administrator's Repair Manual, by Chris Wolf, provides tool recommendations and hands-on advice for dealing with everything from corrupt files to document recovery. Each Office component has its own section with detailed tips and suggestions for addressing various issues.

Try virtual IT training
Anyone trying to pass Microsoft certification exams knows that hands-on practice and experience are more important than ever before. So, how can you get that kind of experience? One way is to build an affordable practice lab at home.
Click here to learn how.

Power to the user (well, just a little)
Windows 2000 users normally do not have the right to change the default power schemes that are set up on a PC. The only way to allow them to change power schemes is to grant them administrator access. This normally cannot happen for security reasons. But there is a solution to this problem that doesn't involve putting users into the administrator group.
Click here to learn how.

Build an affordable test lab at home
A virtual IT training lab? readers were intrigued by one member's suggestion to use virtual server software to help pass his MCSE exam. Find out more in this collection of advice and news, including a tip from certification guru Ed Tittel and readers' own, in-the-trenches recommendations.

Disk subsystems
What can go wrong with your disk subsystems? Pretty much anything. This chapter from the book Troubleshooting Microsoft Technologies: The Ultimate Administrator's Repair Manual, by Chris Wolf, will help you quickly diagnose and repair most common disk errors and faults. You also get an extensive overview of disk management and diagnostic tools.

Customize default user profiles
When different users log on locally to the same Windows computer, Windows uses the factory-supplied default user profile as a template to create a profile for each newly logged-on user. However, with a little work it's possible to edit this custom default profile, so that the administrator can provide customizations to the default profile that all users can share.
Click here to find out how.

Administering file and print servers
File and print servers are two key reasons why a company runs a network. To keep these servers humming, you need to perform a number of administrative tasks. This chapter from the book Windows Server 2003 Pocket Administrator, by Danielle and Nelson Ruest, examines what they are and why some practices make more sense than others.

In addition, we challenge you to test your skills by taking our new Know-IT-All Chapter Quiz. Share your results with us and you may win a copy of this week's featured book. Download the Chapter of the Week above and then click here to take the quiz.

Windows code leak? Who cares? members are voting 2-1 that the recent Windows source code leak is irrelevant to admins.
Check out our recent survey and related news.

Pros vs. cons of independent consulting
Many people dream of self-employment. There are many perks that come with being your own boss. However, with those privileges come responsibilities -- you may be able to take as many vacation days as you'd like, but you wont get paid for them!
Read this tip from our IT Career Expert to weigh the pros and cons of independent consulting vs. traditional employment.

Microsoft's new online training options
Microsoft has announced a battery of e-learning courses for Windows Server 2003 topics. These offerings either partially or completely meet published training requirements for a number of Windows Server 2003 certification exams. All classes also include virtual online practice labs to address the need for hands-on interaction.
Click here to learn more and to see the course listings.

Click and Learn: Security tips and advice
Make sure your e-mail system is safely protected against spam and worms. Here are some tips and articles to help you see how prepared you really are when the next virus strikes.
Click here to learn more.

Administering identity servers
This chapter from the book Windows Server 2003 Pocket Administrator, by Danielle and Nelson Ruest, provides practical, hands-on advice on maintaining and administering identity servers. Topics include security, distribution groups, schema management and disaster recovery.

Plus, this is your last chance to win this featured book before we move on! Test your skills by taking our new Know-IT-All Chapter Quiz. Then, let us know how you did. You could be this week's winner!

A printer management playbook
Printer management is a fact of life for most network administrators. Consider this required reading for understanding the ins and outs of setting up, fine tuning and troubleshooting those persnickety peripherals.

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