Microsoft has finally made some improvements to the DHCP server role with its introduction of Windows Server 2012. One of the most exciting changes being the ability to make your DHCP servers highly available!

However, upon our testing of this new feature, we found that it does not like DHCP reservations and would cause our reserved IP’s to be listed as BAD_ADDRESS in the scope. This of course prevented those PC’s from obtaining an IP address, rendering them virtually useless! This issue exists in both Load Balanced and Hot Standby modes.

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Attachment Reminder


Today I hit send on an email that was supposed to have an attachment and  I got a friendly reminder from Outlook.



I cannot tell you how many times I have sent an email and forgot the attachment and had to send that embarrassing “oops I forgot the attachment” follow up email. I’m guessing Outlook is checking your email for phrases like the one below.

Attachment Reminder EmailProps to Microsoft on this one….

dedupeI just finished implementing the new Windows Deduplication on some of my backup volumes and decided to share the results. I’m pretty impressed with the numbers. Its pretty easy to set up, just install the Role Service, then right click a volume in server manager to turn it on. It creates scheduled tasks that you can adjust.

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So I went to remove a program from startup today on a Server 2012 machine and typed in msconfig like I always have and received this error “Startup items are not enabled on this system.” In Windows 8 you can use task manager but not true with 2012. my googling has been unsuccessful so far. I know you can use a third party tool or edit the registry directly.


You can also check these folders: %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup and folder %ProgramData%Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp

Here is the sysinternals tool.

I’ll post back if I find a better solution. “not enabled” leads me to believe you can enable it…


At RANDA, like many other organizations, we experienced the dreaded flurry of “Reply All” emails after someone sent an email to a Distribution Group that contained all users. We did not want to restrict access to the distribution group, but needed a solution to stop the onslaught of “Thanks”, “Awesome”, “Insert crude joke here”, etc.

To that end, we implemented a couple of Transport Rules that would strip out the distribution group from the To and CC field and add it to the BCC field. This created a system that would allow Reply All on other groups, but eliminate it on the company wide group. If the user clicks Reply All, the reply only goes to the originating user!
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