How to check a remote servers DNS version

To check a remote servers DNS version simply run the following command from Linux:

$ nslookup -q=txt -class=CHAOS version.bind. 0

or on Windows:

$ nslookup -q=txt -class=CHAOS version.bind

The results will note the BIND or DNS version number, for example: version.bind    text = “9.2.4”

Windows Vista / 7 ‘godMode’

Although its name suggests perhaps even grander capabilities, Windows enthusiasts are excited over the discovery of a hidden “godMode” feature that lets users access all of the operating system’s control panels from within a single folder.

To enter “godMode,” one need only create a new folder and then rename the folder to the following:


Users are able to have a single place to do everything from changing the look of the mouse pointer to making a new hard-drive partition.

The trick is also said to work in Windows Vista, although some are warning that although it works fine in 32-bit versions of Vista, it can cause 64-bit versions of that operating system to crash.

Read more here.

Remove a Windows SharePoint Server from the farm

To remove an orphaned or decommissioned server from a Windows SharePoint services farm, do as follows:

Open ‘Central Administration’ for your Windows SharePoint Farm. Click “Operations” then under ‘Topology and Services’ click ‘”Servers in Farm” then click “Remove Server” next to the name of the server you would like to decomission from the farm.

Note that the recommend way to remove a SharePoint server is to uninstall all SharePoint Services from the server using Add/Remove programs. You should only decommission a server using the Central Administration option when the server is no longer available.

Managing Privileged Access to Windows Servers

Even for small teams working with a handful of servers, managing privileged access can make the difference between stable, secure systems and uncontrolled change that imperils a company’s systems and data. As networks grow, the need to manage privileged access to servers as a means of basic security and change control is simply unavoidable and might also be a prerequisite for regulatory compliance. Let’s dive into the access problems that many companies face, then walk through some basic steps that can put your organization on the right path to more secure systems.

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Double items in Outlook 2007/2010 tasks list

When I schedule something in my Outlook calendar or a task list, the appear twice in tasks panel. If I delete one, both are deleted! What’s wrong?

This issue can be caused by problems in the ‘to-do bar’. To reset your Outlook to-do bar to the default configuration:

1. Click ‘Start’
2. Click ‘Run’
3. Type: outlook.exe /resettodobar

Outlook will launch with your to-do bar re-configured. You may then close and re-open Outlook normally.

Note: Many users experience this issue after opening an Outlook 2003 or 2007 version PST file in Outlook 2010.