If you ever find a need to delete a replica from your Data Protection manager 2007 or DPM2010, you will find that this is not as simple as clicking through several task buttons. This is quite cumbersome if you don’t have any programming knowledge. Surprisingly, this process was A LOT easier in DPM 2006. I don’t know why Microsoft decided to take this feature out.

The short answer to this question is: POWERSHELL. You need to use DPM management shell, which is a powershell command prompt.

The long answer is as follow: Continue Reading →

Windows 2008 and 2008R2 are awesome. One feature I missed the most from my Windows 2003 is the ability to assign/remove permission to/from MULTIPLE folder. For some reason Microsoft decided to take this functionality away from their GUI. I had to add/remove users from 20+ folders recently, and it’s not pleasant to do it manually on each folder. I can write the command line to do this using cacls or icacls, but i don’t always remember the slashes I need. So, I spent about half hour to create a simple windows application to accomplish this. Keep in mind that I only spent 30 minutes writing this app. So there is minimal error checking. One thing to keep in mind is that if you are granting or removing local groups, you should use builtin\group_name instead of server_name\Group_name. In the future, I will probably extend the functionality so I can select multiple folders using GUI.

To get started, just download the executable and run it.

Screen shot:

NTFSSetter - Assign/delete permission to/from multiple=

Executable

NTFSSetter

If you are an institution serving digital assets, and you are using CONTENTdm to serve your media, you might be interested in this Plug-in.

CONTENTdm provides a PowerPoint plugin you can made available on your server so that your users can download the plug-in and install it on their computer to download/import images they saved in their favorites directly to PowerPoint.

This is a great time-saving feature if a user need to frequently present using PowerPoint. However, this plug-in has several drawbacks:

  • Works only on PC computers, no MAC plug-in is available.
  • Works with Internet Explorer and FireFox only.
  • Will not work with OpenOffice Impress(the PowerPoint equivalent software from OpenOffice).
  • End-user installation is needed. I consider this a minor drawback only.

To resolve the problem mentioned above, I created a server side plug-in that requires no download and no install by end-users. I made everything web based, therefore eliminates platform dependency(works with PC or MAC) and browser dependency. It’s tested to work using the following popular supported browser. If you know that it works in any other, please let me know so I can add it to the list.

  • FireFox 2 or later
  • IE 6 or later
  • Google Chrome
  • Safari
  • Android Web browser

To learn more about the plug-in, you can visit Ball State Digital Media Repository. To download the plugin, you can click here.