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Track projects with this OneNote Template

Project Management is a fundamental skill needed to excel your Information Technology career. Documentation and planning are key components that make a successful project.Microsoft Office OneNote

Microsoft Office OneNote provides a platform to keep on top of both high level and low level project data quickly and in a well organized layout. Attached is a OneNote Project Template with three page templates.Read full article...


Using Sysinternals Disk Usage to create CSV file of Folder Sizes

Windows Sysinternals Suite has a bunch of really useful tools to make any system admin's life easier. One of those tools is Disk Usage, DU.exe. One can utilize DU to get a breakdown of folders and sizes. Anyone who was trying to find out what's utilizing all their storage knows how important this utility can be. Below is how to utilize DU as well as print the findings to a CSV file.

These are the standard instructions...

Using Disk Usage (DU)

Usage: du [-c[t]] [-l <levels> | -n | -v] [-u] [-q] <directory>Read full article...


Navigation menu with Drupal Zen Sub-theme

How to create Try2Stop.us style navigation menu in Drupal using the Zen theming system and a custom sub-theme

These steps assume you have the following installed and configured already - Drupal CMS, Zen Theme, STARTERKIT subtheme configured to the name and settings you desire, you have a working knowledge of css.

1. Open pages.css file in the css folder subtheme directory

2. There are already styles for various regions and tags, we will need to add a few to target a specific area. The method I used for creating the menu was styling the list items, so...Read full article...


Add Users to local admin and remote desktop group using GPO

This tutorial will show you how to use the GPO Restricted Groups to add IT support technicians into the local administrator group of all PC's the policy is applied to. Using Group Policy to add users to the local admin group is a safer and better practice than providing domain admin privileges to technicians that do not have the need or experience to be working beyond the workstation level.

1.Define Security Group

First you need to define a security group in AD users and computers. In this example I am creating a security group called IT_TechRead full article...


Theming Drupal Blocks in a Zen Sub-theme

Adding block styles to your sub-theme are important for several reasons. My original objective behind learning to style blocks was to eliminate large  titles and awkward spacing that was inherited from the parent style sheets, especially the H2 tag. Once I got a grasp on how easy it was to style individual blocks or groups of them I started to utilize this more. Blocks.css comes packaged in your sub-theme's CSS directory with many useful classes and ID's listed (commented with their purpose as well).

Taking a look at the page source you can see how styles are applied to blocks...Read full article...


Disable Internet Explorer Toolbars with GPO

Using GPO to disable Internet Explorer toolbars is an easy way to keep systems from running endless toolbars added usually without a user’s knowledge. The method below will not prevent them from installing but will prevent them from running. This saves system resources, network bandwidth, and certainly screen space if things got out of control.

Start Group Policy Management

in windows XP; Start > Programs > Adminstrative Tools > Group Policy Management.

in Windows 7; Start (jewel) > Administrative Tools > Group Policy Management

Find and Edit

If your organization has multiple containers, find the pertinent container and right click on the GPO linked to it and select Edit.Read full article...


Custom Regions using Drupal and Zen Subthemes

Having the ability to layout each page according to your own specifications is a must when designing a web site. In Drupal development, creating custom page regions gives control over content areas to achieve a personalized look. I'll walk you through creating two regions that split the content area in half.

Prerequisites: A basic understanding of Drupal and how it works, a Drupal site that you have access to installing themes and a basic text editor.Read full article...


Taxonomy and Views in Drupal - Create tag block per section page

BlocksProviding a quick way for visitors to find additional information they are interested in has been a major focus while working on this project. Requirements were few but critical to meet. The solution: Taxonomy linked key phrases to posts while Views provided a method of displaying the terms.Read full article...


Theming Drupal - Side by side blocks in page region

You can go far with Drupal, a Zen Subtheme, and a little CSS intuition. Sometimes it's necessary to place blocks side by side in a page region, but adding page regions isn't possible or practical, you can use the block.css file in your Zen Subtheme's CSS directory to work some magic.Read full article...


Theming Drupal Views in a Zen Subtheme

Take complete control of design and flow of information using Drupal Views and Zen Subthemes. Changing the appearance is crucial when changing a background and body text colors of a site that conflict with the default views styling. CSS properties can be added to a high level tag that affects many areas as well as to very finite areas of just one View.

When the views module outputs a view it wraps it in a div tag with class information. Zen uses views-styles.css in the CSS directory of your subtheme to style views.

One key element in styling views is that when a view is created you must use on lowercase letters and underscores, however when creating the class tag in the CSS document you must use hyphens in place of underscores.Read full article...



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