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 […]

How To Set Up A New Windows Domain – Server 2016 Essentials

I had some extra hardware lying around, and my trusty backup drive got full so, I decide it was time to build a lab environment so I could develop stuff easier. This involves, to start with a Windows Server 2016 Essentials server. Hopefully everyone out there will find the process I’m going through to set […]

Fix External and Internal Email Server DNS Conflicts

This might be an old trick, but it’s never been one I  have been able to easily remedy. I’ve worked and done a lot of jobs at a lot of places where this has been a problem, especially on Windows networks. With Linux-based DNS servers, this isn’t such a huge trick. When you set up […]

Call From Specific Phone Line With ShoreTel

Occasionally your ShoreTel system will just flat refuse to dial certain numbers on certain phone lines. In my experience this happens most with PRI/Voice T1’s dialing to specific  area code/prefix combinations. A lot of times this is due to those no-contract prepaid cell phones you get for $30 at Wal-Mart. Other times it’s weird long distance […]

Cyberoam PPTP VPN For Telecommuters

Have recently done some experimenting with the Cyberoam PPTP VPN for road warrior connections. We were having a LOT of instability issues with L2TP VPN. The biggest reason for using L2TP is security as it encrypts all traffic, but if your user’s apps and everything are encrypted anyway, this can cause a bottleneck. Another issue […]

Intermediate Home Internet Troubleshooting

So  you’ve having trouble with your internet at home. It may or may not be completely down and you are trying to figure out where the problem is. It might be slow, it might drop off a lot.  Your router and modem have been rebooted many times, but before you call Tech Support and get […]

How to Set up A Router for Home WiFi

People ask me occasionally about how to set up WiFi and make sure it’s secure. It’s not something that is easy to explain in person, it takes illustrations. So I’ve compiled it here. First off, I suggest Linksys routers. If you don’t have one, go get a Linksys E2000 router. You can find them at […]