Linux

How To Merge Multiple PDF's in Ubuntu

Often times I have to scan certain documents into PDF's and combine them with existing PDF's to make one big document that I can send to my boss for approval. Since my work laptop is running on Xubuntu Linux, I have to do that with a special command line utility called pdftk. Let's say I have three PDF's that I need to combine, they are named pdf1.pdf, pdf2.pdf and pdf3.pdf. Here is the syntax I would use to merge them:

#pdftk pdf1.pdf pdf2.pdf pdf3.pdf cat output merged.pdf
The new merged.pdf file will now have all three documents merged into one PDF in the order you listed them in the above command! (more…)

By kconway, ago
Tech Tips

Surfing Safely: Which Website Security Badges to Trust

Those small security badges featured at the bottom of online commerce pages may seem insignificant, but they can have a big impact on a company's online sales. According to Visual Website Optimizer, one conversion specialist ran a study of online websites displaying security badges, and found that those security badges can increase conversions by up to 32 percent.
The numbers prove that online consumers remain wary of online (more…)

By kconway, ago
Tech Tips

Windows 8: Metro Interface

Windows 8 has been released which includes a hotly contested new interface known as Metro.  The Metro user interface is found on Microsoft Phone 7 devices already.  Microsoft announced Windows 8 with the typical fanfare to a group of lucky audience members that also received a Samsung tablet pre-loaded with Windows 8. (more…)

By kconway, ago
Tech Tips

If you're running Exchange 2010 and use BackupExec 12.5 or older, you'll need to upgrade…

One of the biggest issues that has prevented many people putting Exchange 2010 into production until now has been backup. Many of my clients use Symantec BackupExec only supports Exchange 2010 with BackupExec 2010 (R3). Upgrading BackupExec from 12.5 to 2010 is required before Exchange 2010 can be backed up.  The process is pretty straight forward thankfully.  We've implemented R3 at a few of our clients now without incident. (more…)

By kconway, ago
Tech Tips

What is Shadow Copy?

Shadow Copy (Volume Snapshot Service or Volume Shadow Copy Service or VSS), is a technology included in Microsoft Windows that allows taking manual or automatic backup copies or snapshots of data, even if it has a lock, on a specific volume at a specific point in time over regular intervals. It is implemented as a Windows service called the Volume Shadow Copyservice. A software VSS provider service is also included as part of Windows to be used by Windows applications. Shadow Copy technology requires the file system to be NTFS to be able to create and store shadow copies. Shadow Copies can be created on local and external (removable or network) volumes by any Windows component that uses this technology, such as when creating a scheduled Windows Backup or automatic System Restore point. (more…)

By kconway, ago
HP

Problems using HP SmartStart CD to install Windows 2008 Std x64 R2

Recently in our office we began the installation of Windows 2008 x64 R2 on a new HP DL380 G7 server.  As HP recommends, we attempted to use the HP SmartStart DVD (8.40) to configure the RAID array for the hard drives in the server and install Windows Server 2008 x64 R2.  We were not able to instal the OS using the supplied DVDs, nor do does downloading the software directly from HP help.  Upon contacting HP, I was informed that there is a known issue using the HP SmartStart DVD media while and installing Windows Serever 2008 x64 R2 (doesn't work).  And unfortunately, there isn't a resolution date or timeframe that is available.  Installing the OS the old fashioned way seems to work just fine though. (more…)

By kconway, ago
Exchange

If you have to enable SMTP relay in Exchange 2007 or newer, be smart about it

Relaying: The easy way, and the secure way The best way to allow unauthenticated relaying, or certainly the more secure and recommended one, is to create or use a Receive Connector dedicated for this purpose. I recommended this approach even on Exchange Server 2003/2000 — it’s not a good idea to use your Internet-exposed SMTP virtual server to allow anonymous relaying, even if restricted to specified IP addresses. (more…)

By kconway, ago
Microsoft

Internet Explorer (IE) typed URLs can be modified without clearing the history or cache

Have you ever wondered if it was possible to clear the list of URLs (addresses) that you've visted in Internet Explorer (IE) without clearing the cache?  Or what if you only want to delete certain URLs and not the entire list?  Sure, you could delete each entry one by one by selecting each one from the address bar.  But there is another way, if you're not shy when it comes to modifying your registry.  Here's how:

  1. Start Registry Editor (Regedit.exe). (more…)

By kconway, ago
News in IT

PPTP VPN Connection Fails; Known Issue with Samsung 4G LTE Hotspot (firmware)

We recently came across an issue with a client we support that uses a PPTP VPN that we setup to connect remotely to their server.  The hardware being used to establish this connection is the Samsung 4g LTE Hotspot.  When the PPTP VPN connection attempts to establish a connection with the remote server, (PPTP VPN from Windows 7 to a Windows Server 2008) fails to complete the connection.  Prior to this, the client was able to tether succesfully using the Verizon Thunderbolt or other Verizon USB Wi-Fi (more…)

By kconway, ago
Tech Tips

Enabling Shadow Copy on Windows Server 2008 R2

Enabling shadow copies on a volume can be very straightforward. Administrators have more options when it comes to recovering lost or deleted data and, in many cases, can completely avoid restoring data to disk from a backup tape device or tape library. Additionally, selected users can be given the necessary rights or privileges to restore files which they have accidentally deleted. From a performance standpoint, it is best to configure shadow copies on separate disks or fast, hardware-based RAID (more…)

By kconway, ago
Tech Tips

Handy Google Chrome Commands

Google’s Chrome browser has special commands that can show you basic browser settings and info from within the browser’s main window. This can be helpful since it presents browser information in one neat page that can easily be searched. For example, to view bookmarks, type “chrome://bookmarks” in the search or URL box. To view downloads, type “chrome://downloads”, and to view (more…)

By kconway, ago
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