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CoNetrix is a full service computer networking, security and compliance firm built on the principles of integrity, innovation, and initiative. We specifically serve financial institutions as well as enterprises requiring a high level of security in their operations.

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CoNetrix Achieves Cisco Select Partnership

3/7/2017

CoNetrix has met all requirements to maintain it's status as a Cisco Select Certified Partner. In addition, CoNetrix has met all criteria to maintain the SMB Specialization, which reflects a company’s technology and business expertise to successfully design and deploy Cisco solutions to small and medium-sized business customers.  

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Exchange Dynamic Distribution Groups

3/2/2017

While working with a customer who was searching for a solution to help manage distribution groups, I discovered that Exchange provides a feature called Dynamic Distribution Groups. These groups allow you to set up the distribution group, and then create a rule that references something like an OU or an AD account property to define which users belong to that group.

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VMware vCenter appliance alert emails

3/1/2017

I recenly rebuilt a vCenter environment for a customer. We decided to use the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5. The configuration of the vCenter Server Appliance was fairly simple and operates very similar to vCenter Server installed on Windows. We attempted to setup email alerts, but were unable to get the alerts to send. We initially thought the alerts would not send due to an issue with the SMTP relay. Since this was not a Windows OS, I was not able to login to the OS and test the STMP relay using telnet. I checked my configuration of email alerts several times and the administrator of the SMTP servers checked his as well and everything looked correct on both sides, but emails still would not send.

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SHA256 Code Signing and Microsoft 2008 Small Business Server

3/1/2017

After a software update on a 2008 SBS Server, we encountered a problem with the Quickbooks installation. What used to work with Quickbooks now showed an error message that there was a problem verifying the program’s signature.

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Microsoft Surface Pro disappearing taskbar previews

3/1/2017

There is a problem on some Surface machines (Surface Pro 4 specifically) where the thumbnail previews on the taskbar disappear quickly… to quickly to be useful. The issue only occurs when using a power adapter and not when running on battery power. The solutions are:

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Block adware from Java updates

3/1/2017

Have you ever inadvertantly installed a toolbar or other adware during a Java update? There's a setting to stop this behavior. Open the Java Control Panel and select the Advanced tab. Then select "Suppress sponsor offers when installing or updating Java" at the bottom of the window.

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Installing Windows 7 via USB 3.0

2/27/2017

Windows 7 will not install via a USB 3.0 port natively. In the past, there have been various solutions. Most old laptops had a mixture of 2.0 and 3.0 ports, so you just had to use a 2.0 port. You have also generally been able to go into the BIOS and change the USB 3.0 settings to either “legacy support” or “auto”. Unfortunately, there isn’t a setting in the new Lenovo laptops that you can change which allows for a 3.0 port to be seen as a 2.0 port for installation purposes.

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Exchange 2013 CU14 Public Folder Search Index

2/27/2017

A few months ago, I installed the latest Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update that was available (CU14) on the Exchange cluster. Shortly after everything was brought back online, I noticed that the Content Index state was marked as failed. Trying to re-seed the content index from another database server wasn’t working either. I tried going through the process to completely rebuild the content index (stop the Exchange search services, delete the content index folder, restart the services) and it seemed to work as the crawling process took 12-16+ hours.

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Cisco Spanning Tree BPDU Guard

2/27/2017

A customer had several Cisco 2960 switches that were not managed and did not want us to come onsite to configure them for management. Since she had a Cisco console cable and the switches currently did not have a password, we were able to assist her remotely. The switches were already cabled together and in production. There was an intentional loop cabled between the switches for redundancy. This loop was being shut down by spanning-tree.

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Moving Windows Offline Files

2/27/2017

I recently worked with a customer because their C: drive was out of space. He had another drive in their laptop (D: drive) that had 500GB of free space.  I decided to move all offline files from the C: drive to the D: drive. I found the following article and worked through it:

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CoNetrix, LLC celebrates 40th Anniversary!

2/27/2017

Lubbock, Texas - CoNetrix, LLC, is celebrating 40 years of innovation on March 1, 2017. Now a family of four technology companies, CoNetrix employs nearly 100 remarkable people who are busy writing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software; designing, managing and hosting IT systems and networks; testing and consulting to improve Information Security and Cybersecurity for financial institutions; and developing online software to help financial institutions manage Information Security compliance.

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A Quick Look at New York’s first-in-the-nation Cybersecurity Regulation

2/21/2017

  On Thursday, February 16th, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) released the first-in-the-nation Cybersecurity Regulation to protect New York’s consumers and financial institutions against the ongoing threat of cyber-attacks. The new regulation will take effect March 1, 2017.

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