Category Archives: General

South African SMTP Servers

Here is a list of the most common Outgoing servers:. For Telkom ADSL, outgoing server is or For Telkom Analogue Dial Up, use or For 8TA (Eita), the outgoing server is For MWEB ADSL, outgoing server is or For Vodacom 3G, outgoing server is For MTN 3G,… Read More »

Installing the Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V server role

Hyper-V requirements To install and use the Hyper-V role, you must have the following: An x64 processor. Hyper-V is available in x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008—specifically, the x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 Standard, Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, and Windows Server 2008 Datacenter. Hardware-assisted virtualization. This feature is available in processors that include a virtualization option, specifically, Intel Virtualization Technology (Intel VT) or AMD Virtualization (AMD-V). Hardware… Read More »

How To set up the BlackBerry’s email client with Google Apps email

Depending on what your requirements are and what you wanting to spend there are two options available to use: 1) BIS (Blackberry Internet Service) – Local application built into the Blackberry (No costs involved) 2) BES (Blackberry Enterprise Service) – Special software for Blackberry (Costs involved) Note: While setup instructions are provided below, Google Apps… Read More »

Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server® 2008 R2 is the newest Windows Server operating system from Microsoft. Designed to help organizations reduce operating costs and increase efficiencies, Windows Server 2008 R2 provides enhanced management control over resources across the enterprise. It is designed to provide better energy efficiency and performance by reducing power consumption and lowering overhead costs. It also helps… Read More »

How to Install WSUS – A Quick Guide

Purpose: To walk you through how to perform a basic installation of WSUS 3.0: 1. Download and double-click on the WSUS3Setupx86:                 2. The installation screen should appear: Select the first option.                   3. Allow the wizard to prepare the… Read More »

How to use SMTPDiag

SMTPDiag is a troubleshooting tool designed to work directly on a Windows server with IIS/SMTP service enabled or with Exchange Server installed. It utilizes the same APIs as Windows and Exchange in order to diagnose configuration and connection issues involving SMTP and DNS. To be continued…in the interim you can go and download  SMTPdiag Tool.

How can you verify SMTP?

You can verify the functional overview of SMTP from your Exchange server by using the following tools:  nslookup telnet SMTPdiag NSLookup is a great tool that comes with Windows that allows you to search DNS for information. This tool is installed along with the TCP/IP protocol through Control Panel. To use nslookup – go start – run… Read More »

Windows Support Tools

netdiag – helps isolate networking and connectivity issues. dcdiag  – analyzes the state of domain controllers. repadmin – assists you in diagnosing replication. All these tools help diagnose problems as you go.

How are updates downloaded?

When you connect to the Internet, Windows sends data to the Windows Update Web site about the way your computer is set up so the service can determine which updates your computer needs. Windows does not use your name, address, e-mail address, or any information that can be used to identify you or contact you.… Read More »

How are updates installed?

You do not have to be connected to the Internet for Windows to install new updates. But updates must be installed, not just downloaded, before they can help protect your computer. If you use the Automatic (recommended) setting, new updates are installed at 3 A.M. However, you can change the time or frequency of scheduled… Read More »