Eric B. Rux

Eric B.
Rux

Eric B. Rux is a contributing editor for Windows IT Pro and the manager of technical support services at a large university in eastern Washington.Eric B. Rux is a contributing editor for Windows IT Pro and the manager of technical support services at a large university in eastern Washington.

Articles
3 Disk Imaging Solutions—Redux
Since we reviewed these products in 2008, the market has changed but the basics concepts have remained the same. This time, we look at Acronis Snap Deploy, Paragon Deployment Manager, and Symantec Ghost with a focus on how they differ.
Essential Windows Server 2008 R2 Features for Managing Your File Server Infrastructure 4
Four tools in the new OS—DFS Consolidation Root, File Server Resource Manager, File Classification Infrastructure, and Access Based Enumeration—bring you greater control over your file structure.
Review: Rove Mobile Admin
Phone-sized administration tools let you handle emergencies as well as perform routine maintenance on your servers and network infrastructure.
Review: NetWrix Group Policy Change Reporter
If you need hassle-free reporting to keep track of what’s happening on your network, give Group Policy Change Reporter a try.
2 Tools to Restore Active Directory Objects 1
2 Active Directory products that provide AD object restore and more.
4 AD Management Tools 5
These four products—Ensim Unify Enterprise Edition, ManageEngine ADManager Plus, NetIQ Directory and Resource Administrator, and Quest Software ActiveRoles Server—help you gain control of your AD infrastructure.
Plan and Execute an Active Directory Merger, Part 2 2
Careful planning and following these procedures will help you safely integrate Active Directory and Exchange Server infrastructures from different companies.
Plan and Execute an Active Directory Merger, Part 1 2
Get started with an organizational Active Directory merger with quick, easy wins to smooth the transition, then move on to details such as configuring name resolution and forest trusts and preparing the computers and new domain for migration.
Prowess SmartDeploy Enterprise
If you have to deploy Windows network-wide and your computers are a hodgepodge of miscellaneous models from various manufacturers, check out SmartDeploy.
Review: Group Policy Management Tools 3
Privilege Manager, Policy Commander, and GPOADmin each fill gaps that exist in a standard Windows installation.
Setting Up VPN Authentication Via RADIUS 1
Learn how to add RADIUS authentication to your firewall without breaking or altering the current VPN setup.
Dell PowerVault DL2000 Powered by Symantec
Dell has put together a great enterprise-level backup solution, although it isn't the turn-key system it's purported to be.
Lansweeper
This automated inventory, reporting, and PC administration tool has hit our sweet spot. Offering rich license-compliance tools, it's also a terrific gateway for troubleshooting. Lansweeper gets high marks from us.
Tool Time: Test Connectivity to Remote Email Servers with TestMX
If you need to test a remote email server for proper connectivity, give TestMX a try. It's fast. It's free. And it's easy to use.
Enterprise Random Password Manager 4.0
This product fills a huge hole in password security by letting you easily change and manage your local Administrator and service account passwords.
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