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"I may not have gone where I intended to go but I have ended up where I needed to be." — Douglas Adams
My HP MediaSmart Server has a problem with the network card, causing the entire server to blue screen when my router crashes. I am in the middle of researching some more professional routers that are — hopefully — more reliable. In the mean time the server crashed again, corrupting all my backups of one of the workstations — the second time in two weeks.
Prior to Office 2007 I enjoyed the familiar menu structure like a good pair of shoes you grow into. It has been a while since the ribbon was introduced with Office 2007 but I still sometimes feel lost accomplishing even the most basic task.
Excel 2000: easy switching between open workbooks
I recently installed a new hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS, 1TB. Purchased from NewEgg. At the same time, I replaced the memory with a 2GB stick from Crucial, also ordered from NewEgg.
Very detailed instructions on how to replace the server's RAM can be found at homeserverhacks.com or Tom's hardware. Anyone who has ever replaced computer hardware before will have no problem performing this upgrade. Just make sure that you mark the system drive and place it back where it came from or you will be in trouble.
If you intend to upgrade more than one component, it may be wise to perform the upgrades in steps. This way, should something go wrong, you can more easily trace back your steps.
I installed the new memory first, made sure the server was error-free, and then installed the new drive.
The memory upgrade is immediately noticeable: the server will respond much snappier.