Windows PowerShell

Introduction to PowerShell – Tools for system administrators

For a long time, Windows users were left behind when it came to command interpreters because the command prompt did not allow full access to operating system internal components, and scripting also offered only limited possibilities. This should finally change thanks to Microsoft’s PowerShell. The cross-platform program not only does much better than cmd.exe, it also provides remote computer...

Introduction to netstat


Various computer networks are connected with one another via the internet. In order to build up such connections, both the sending as well as the receiving systems have to provide transfer interfaces, or ports. The command line program netstat allows you to find out which ports are opened by your own system and which active connections exist — all of this helps reduce the risk of undesired access...

Linux vs Windows – the big server

Linux vs. Windows: a comparison of the best web server solutions

The duel between Linux and Windows may have an obvious victor on the home computer front, but the battle for server use paints a very different picture: since the beginning, Linux has bested Windows, as usage figures show. But many users remain unconvinced by statistics and rightfully ask the question: what are the actual differences between the two platforms?

Windows Server 2019

Windows Server 2019: Important new features and improvements

Microsoft has released a new version of its operating system for servers, and Windows Server 2019 comes with improvements over the previous version. More security, more functionality, easier usability, more support for Azure, Kubernetes and Linux – Windows Server 2019 has exciting new features in store. What specifically are these changes?

Exchange server: Microsoft’s groupware at a glance

What is Exchange Server?

Microsoft Exchange Server is considered the standard solution for business e-mail traffic and computer-supported collaborative work. The software has many different usage models of available and these require purchasing special licenses. We’ll show you the licensing model here and give you an overview of the different functions of the collaborative software.

Outlook won’t start

Outlook won’t start – what now?

You cannot start Microsoft Outlook, your calendar is no longer accessible, an important e-mail can no longer be retrieved – when Microsoft’s popular and useful e-mail program fails, you have to laboriously access your inbox via your e-mail provider’s website. Usually, a defective Navigation Pane, outdated add-ins, or a profile in need of repair are at fault. Even with issues lacking clearly...

Windows blue screen

Windows blue screen (BSOD): How to cure the error

The infamous blue screen of death usually shows up without any warning. It’s an important indicator of internal problems with hardware, software, or drivers. If Windows can no longer be run as a result of such a problem, then the forced shutdown takes place in the form of a blue screen containing an error message. This may cause unsaved files and documents to be lost. The most important thing with...

Screenshots on Mac and Windows

The best screenshot tools at a glance

What exactly is a screenshot? How do you create one? And how do the different screenshot shortcuts work when trying to create screenshots on Mac and Windows? Besides the built-in features on operating systems, what are the other, third-party options when it comes to screenshot tools? We’ll take you through our introductory guide to making screenshots and the best keyboard shortcuts and screenshot...

Plex alternatives

Alternatives to Plex: an overview of the best available media centers

Plex is one of the most popular applications for organizing your own multimedia collection on PCs, smartphones, and other devices, but there are a number of good alternatives that don’t have to hide behind the mainstream media centers when it comes to functionality and streaming quality. This article explains exactly what characterizes software that manages and plays back audio, video, and image...

Hosts File

What is the hosts file and how do you edit it?

The hosts file used to resolve website names so that certain IP addresses could be accessed. The method was largely replaced by the DNS (domain name system). However, the hosts file is still indispensable for local networks. In addition, certain rules can be set for websites e.g. to block them. We show you where you can find and edit the hosts file in your operating system.