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Michael PietroforteMVP By Michael Pietroforte - Fri, February 27, 2009 - 0 comments google+ icon

Michael Pietroforte is the founder and editor of 4sysops. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) with more than 30 years of experience in system administration.

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The risks of skipping Windows Vista

There is no doubt that Windows 7 has gotten much better feedback than Windows Vista. As such, many organizations are likely to be tempted to skip Vista, and move directly from XP to Windows 7. However, skipping a version of Windows comes with quite a few risks. I’ve just read a white paper from Gartner […]

Michael PietroforteMVP By Michael Pietroforte - Thu, February 26, 2009 - 8 comments google+ icon

Michael Pietroforte is the founder and editor of 4sysops. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) with more than 30 years of experience in system administration.

How to let standard users configure the TCP/IP settings

In my last post I introduced Steel Run As, a free tool that allows you to give standard users the right to run specific programs that require administrator privileges. Today I will show you how this utility can be used to allow standard users to change the network settings. This as an example of how […]

Michael PietroforteMVP By Michael Pietroforte - Wed, February 25, 2009 - 13 comments google+ icon

Michael Pietroforte is the founder and editor of 4sysops. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) with more than 30 years of experience in system administration.

FREE: Steel Run As – Let standard users execute with administrator rights

Steel Run As solves a problem that every Windows administrator faces sooner or later. It allows you to let standard users run a specific program with administrator privileges. This works in login scripts, in Windows domains or on standalone workstations. Important is that the user doesn’t have to know the administrator’s password, like with the […]

Michael PietroforteMVP By Michael Pietroforte - Tue, February 24, 2009 - 14 comments google+ icon

Michael Pietroforte is the founder and editor of 4sysops. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) with more than 30 years of experience in system administration.

Cloud computing, Starbucks, taxis, and the truth about pay-as-you-go pricing

I stumbled upon a nice Youtube video about cloud computing (at the end of the text). It provides no new arguments, but it could be helpful if you want to explain “cloud computing” to non-techies. Be careful to whom you show it though. Your boss might like the idea and move all your servers to […]

Michael PietroforteMVP By Michael Pietroforte - Mon, February 23, 2009 - 3 comments google+ icon

Michael Pietroforte is the founder and editor of 4sysops. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) with more than 30 years of experience in system administration.

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