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Build Your Own Automated File Update System

Every server administrator has a set of utility programs they like to use. Typically, these tools are kept on each machine to ensure availability and can come from a variety of sources such as Sysinternals and Nirsoft….

How to Backup SQL Databases to a Network Share

Backing up SQL databases regularly is must. We have already covered ways to can easily backup all your SQL server databases to a local hard drive, but this does not protect against drive and/or system failure. As an extra lay…

Build an Installer for Installer-less Programs

Many programs and utilities are distributed as portable applications which do not require you to install them. While this is a great option to have, there are a few reasons you might want to “install” these programs. For …

Batch Script to Auto Update Sysinternals Tools

While the Microsoft Sysinternals tools are incredibly powerful and useful, the one feature they lack is the ability to check for new versions. Currently, you have to periodically check the Sysinternals site and compare versio…

Setting up AWStats on Windows Server and IIS

When it comes to gathering statistics on web sites, you can never have enough. While one of the most popular method for tracking statistics is through services such as Google Analytics, log file analysis remains a reliable wa…

How to Build a Self Contained Email Environment

A common function of many programs is the ability to send email. When working on development projects or doing product demos which utilize email, having an environment you know will work can be critical. For these situations,…
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