Block IP Addresses using IP Security Policy in Windows Server 2003

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Most System Administrators use a hardware firewall to block IP addresses from accessing their network. Co-located servers do not always have the advantage of utilizing a hardware firewall. Software firewalls can often be expensive. As you may already know, Windows 2003 lets administrators control IP access from the configuration panels in SMTP and IIS, among… Read more »

Intel releases SSD firmware and SSD Toolbox (Trim) for Windows 7

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Intel has released the long-awaited trim feature for its newer 34nm SSDs (Intel X25-M and X18-M G2). For those of you with the older G1 series, there is no trim feature available. Trim is enabled by installing the firmware update from Intel to bring all G2 SSDs to the 02HA firmware. When updating, remember to take… Read more »

IE8 Showing as Critical Update in XP

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Internet Explorer 8 is showing up in Windows XP’s Windows Update as a critical update. Although this may be a good thing for developers (getting a “more” standards compliant browser out there), it can wreak havoc on networks with applications designed for IE6/7. There is an IE8 Blocker toolkit from Microsoft. Simply download it and install… Read more »