Configuring an Alternate Port for Outgoing Mail Traffic

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Many large ISPs restrict the access to port 25 on their networks to attempt to stem the tide of spam sent out from compromised computers.  If your ISP is restricting access to port 25 you will not be able to send e-mail through your server, but by enabling SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) on a different port, like 26, it may be possible to circumvent the restriction.
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DNS Hosts File

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One of the most powerful tools available to anyone working on their site during a migration is their computer’s “hosts” file. The hosts file is used to map domain names to IP addresses, and can be used as an alternative to DNS. It also allows you to specify the IP address to which a website resolves on your computer, regardless of what may be published in the site’s DNS zone file. Continue reading “DNS Hosts File”

Windows: Accessing Your Server with Remote Desktop

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This article explains how to use Remote Desktop to access your Windows server’s desktop from anywhere in the world.

On a normal Windows computer, you have a keyboard, monitor, and mouse that allow you to interact with the machine. For Windows servers hosted on the Internet, things are a bit different because your server could physically be thousands of miles away. To access the desktop of an Internet-hosted server, Microsoft has created a feature known as Remote Desktop. Continue reading “Windows: Accessing Your Server with Remote Desktop”