Fragmentation of Dynamically-Expanding VHDs Under Hyper-V

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Most of us are aware of how inefficient the NTFS file system is and the massive amount of fragmentation that can easily result. But this week I saw a prime example of how crucial it is to make defragmenting part of your regular maintenance routine with Windows servers. It is common to run defragmentation software […]

Groupware for the SMB

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I have researched groupware/collaboration software for years in search of the ideal solution for the SMB (see my previous post regarding a Zimbra turnkey solution). I can’t say there is any cookie-cutter solution for all small and medium businesses. The considerations usually come down to the following in my experience, both as an IT Director […]

DRM Insanity

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Legal stuff: don’t take any of the following to mean I am in any way condoning or promoting taking any illegal action. This is simply my observations on the evolution of DRM and its effect on the future of the software industry and the consumers who pay for harmful software. Two days ago I received […]

Free Collaboration Appliance For The Linux Noob

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Collaboration suites are becoming more and more common in even the smallest of businesses. Email, calendars, tasks, etc. are integrated even on cheap cell phones now so it is not unheard of for an IT consultant to be asked to deploy a collaboration server for shops with only a handful of computer users. Yet once […]

PHP Security

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This is more a rant than an actual How-To guide. I recently tried to upgrade my version of phpBB on one of my websites and ran into a 500 error. Not a big deal since I could upgrade manually but while searching their forums I ran across another user with the same problem. What irked […]

MMCSS and Windows 7

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Haven’t been blogging for a while (here or on my personal site) but I thought I should give all of you a heads-up regarding my last post. Windows 7 made great improvements to the MMCSS service so it is unlikely most Win7 users will run into the same performance problems with audio that we had […]

Multimedia Class Scheduler in Windows Vista

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When they designed Windows Vista, the Microsoft programmers were concerned about how high-quality multimedia content put a strain on the then-current computer hardware such as single-core processors, so they created a service called “Multimedia Class Scheduler” (MMCSS) that is constantly running in the background. This service will throttle your NIC (network card) and change CPU […]