How To Set a A Static IP Address In Windows – Server Basics

A lot of my articles, and IT work in general requires setting a static IP address up for your Windows Server or PC. So here’s how to do it. Note that this procedure will work equally well for Windows 10, and Server 2016. The procedure is fairly similar for Server 2008 and 2012 though it’s […]

CMOS Batteries – Most Common Type

Quick post for something to add to your toolkits. Occasionally a CMOS battery will go out, especially on an old machine that’s been sitting around a while. They last several years but not forever. I’ve seen some ancient machines that use some weird battery packs but most motherboards use plain old ‘CR2032’ lithium batteries. You […]

How to Apply Cyberoam 10 Firmware Updates

A few times a year a notification on your Cyberoam’s dashboard that looks like this: The update can be downloaded directly from the link and the update process is fairly painless. I’ve done this for two dozen or more units and never had one brick, so there’s very little worry here. Also the Cyberoam keeps […]

Cyberoam Automatic Backups

It’s about that time again for a new firmware update on your Cyberoam devices and with firmware updates come configuration backups. I’m a big believer in automation, with backups. One of the methods I implemented with my Cyberoam was the automatic e-mail backup. I am not a fan of the FTP backup as it sends […]

Cyberoam FleXi Port Devices

Cyberoam just put out a press release on their new FleXi Port devices. This is the sort of device large sites really need. You can plug your fiber, and high bandwidth copper lines directly into the firewall device, instead of doing ‘creative routing’ that the Cyberoam is so sensitive about. It’s a good practice to […]

Dock Your iPhone to Your ShoreTel Phone? Coming Soon! Sort of…

I saw a press release for ShoreTel Dock this morning. Heard about it through the grapevine a few months ago but wasn’t sure what it was. Here’s the ShoreTel announcement page for it. http://www.shoretel.com/dockit.html I looked over the specs for the Dock phone and I have to say, that as big a fanboy as I […]

Setup an On-Hours/Off-Hours Schedule in ShoreTel

Set Up An On-Hours Schedule Before you start, this page in Director requires a special ActiveX control. I’ve posted an article here on how to install this control manually in case your PC security prevents you from installing it automatically on the site.  Just go ahead and install both controls mentioned as you’ll need them when you […]

How to Keep Your Personal Contacts Synced and Up To Date

I’m a big fan of Google Mail. I can’t count the times it has saved me from a lot of trouble. I used to keep a contact list on Outlook and managed to sync it to my various cell phones via sketchy software that barely worked and required a lot of editing. These days your […]