Once a mailbox is disabled from the Exchange 2010 console, it shows up in the disconnected mailboxes after the nightly maintenance. Sometimes however, a company can change it’s mind at the last minute and decide to either hire someone back and that’s when the IT admin has to bring that disconnected mailbox back within the hour.
When you have to remote desktop to a Windows based server or computer, your default option is RDC protocol. This is a useful utility if you’re connecting to one computer at a time. So what if you need to connect to ten or more? Do keep in mind, not all those computers have the same credentials, and saving all those .RDP files to your desktop will get very cumbersome.
From a Windows perspective, you kinda need Windows remote desktop protocols. Even if you don’t know what it does, your IT admin uses this on a daily basis if he/she is running a Windows based environment.
Remote Desktop in a nutshell is the ability to “drive” another Windows based computer remotely. So what happens when you’re trying to connect to a Windows computer, from a non-Windows computer?
I ran across this when working on a super old Windows 98 computer. As used as I was to many Windows 7 commands, taking a quad leap backwards felt as unnatural and old fashioned as you would think. I’ve even memorized the command line to bring up the remote desktop protocol from run line:
mstsc -v: thebigoldserver.somecompany.com
See? Nice and simple. But the command prompt on the Windows 98 computer simply gave me the error that such a command did not exist.
Once I realized that it wasn’t 1998, I had to rethink my approach. So, how could I connect to a server without the RDP program?
2x Client. This little guy is touted as an RDP solution (thus the anti-citrix bandwagon). The great thing about 2x is that it does not require any older version of RDP to work (as many software vendors tend to do: repackage their software using existing run times).
I’m also an avid visitor of portableapps: programs that can run directly from a USB stick. The website offered the 2x client as a portable application. Onto the USB stick it went, along with a few other useful utilities.
2x works with OS X, android and multiple distributions of Linux as well. So there really is another way to get around the RDC protocol.
Windows in general can a be a pain in the ass. There’s tonnes of software on the market that’s pricey depending on what you want get done. Sometimes you need an enterprise class solution for your vexing problem and it can only be achieved by dropping a few thousand dollars.
And sometimes, just sometimes you can peruse the freeware section of a website and be astounded by what is lying in wait that can be your perfect solution. The problem therein is which website offers the safest surfing experience? Can you trust a websites freeware? Is it really malware just waiting for you to execute? There’s never an easy answer. So here’s a sure fire list of websites that offer freeware that I know and use on a regular basis:
A real nugget of free applications that do everything. All content is nicely organized in categories that make sense. Most freeware is crapware free and each software has independent reviews based on a 5-star rating system. All pro’s and con’s for each software is listed, and offers up screenshots for any software you’re wary of installing.
For all the IT Administrator essentials, most are packed away in this must-have website. Utilities range from wireless sniffers, DNS checkers, password recovery options to system tweaking tools. Everything is laid out right on the main page heading style. This website scores extra points as all software is developed by the same programmer Nir Sofer, and most are stand alone executable files that do not require installation!
One mother of a download site, Major Geeks has been a staple of the internet and continues on with it’s tradition of offering all it’s freeware hosted locally on it’s internal servers. Just about anything can be found right here.
So go on, give it a shot and see what you can download.