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Active Directory is essential to any Microsoft network built on the client-server network model–it allows you to have a central sever called a Domain Controller (DC) that does authentication for your entire network. Instead of people logging on to the local machines they authenticate against your DC. Lets take a look at how to install Microsoft’s Active Directory.

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This week’s edition of WIG is filled with news link goodness such as Apple’s possible loss of the iPad trademark in China, the Justice Department’s investigation into e-book pricing, AT&T’s cut-back on speed for heavy data users, and more.

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How-To Geek is a great place to learn all kinds of things, and some of our articles are in-depth explanations of how something works. We call these explainer topics, and here’s the best ones that we published in 2011.

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The variety of architectural styles across our world serve as a window into the dreams and imagination of different people and cultures. Journey through these realms on your desktop with the first of our Architectural Views Wallpaper collections.

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Christmas will soon be here and we have just what you need to make your holiday stationary beautiful and unique. So grab up your printing supplies and get ready to impress your loved ones with your artistic talents using our Christmas 2011 Fonts collection.

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If you’ve managed to get access to the newest version of the Twitter web site, also known as #NewNewTwitter, you might have noticed that the content is now on the right-hand side, which just feels unnatural. Here’s how to fix it in Chrome or Firefox.

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Escaping Stormtrooper [Desktop Wallpapers HD]

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We have all been there at one time or another when looking for an answer to those burning questions…

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Think you know the answer? Click through to see if you're right!

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If you’re looking for a fun Friday afternoon time sink, beautifully styled and narrated RPG Bastion is available as an in-Chrome web app.

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Earlier this week we asked you to share your favorite local file search search tips, tricks, and apps. Now we’re back to share the wealth.

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If you’re looking to ad a bit more of a sci-fi twist to your holiday decorations this geodesic gingerbread house is more Moonbase Alpha than grandma’s cottage in the woods.

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Are nature-based wallpapers your favorite type of desktop environment? Then sit back and relax while Microsoft brings you a steady stream of natural beauty from the plant kingdom with the Flora Dynamic Theme for Windows 7. Ju...

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In our guide to scoring free Wi-Fi we emphasized the importance of using a secure connection. This comparison of 7 free VPN services will help you pick a VPN tool to lock down your Wi-Fi traffic.

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After another long week at work why not relax and have some fun while waiting for Friday to finish out? In this week’s game your job is to demolish old buildings in Tokyo using explosives, demolition tools, and other assorted destructive goodness that you acquire along the way.

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Have you ever wanted to have additional functionality like Email, Bit-torrent or even MySQL directly on your router? Well maybe now you can. How-To Geek dives into how-to install Opkg software on DD-WRT.

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If you manually enter paths into the Windows Explorer address bar, it can become filled with suggestions that were only used once or twice. Heres a quick registry hack to delete the ones that you don’t use often.

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Once a week we round up some of the tips from the HTG tips box and share them with the greater readership; this week we’re looking at shopping for Kindles with a flowchart, downgrading iOS, and rolling your own DIY soldering pen.

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