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by lunarg on March 18th 2013, at 11:15
Windows Fax has some shortcomings concerning how address lists are being used. The original design was to allow the Windows Fax client to use Outlook's address lists whenever Outlook was installed. However, due to incompatibilities between 32-bit and 64-bit, there are some issues where the fax client would not use Outlook, even though Outlook has been installed properly. Unfortunately, if such is the case, there's no real solution, other than switching the architecture of the OS or upgrading to a newer OS. I've jotted down a short and simple matrix of OS and Office versions to indicate which combination is known to work properly with Outlook's address lists.

table.compatma  ...

by lunarg on March 18th 2013, at 09:28
If Windows Server backup occassionally gives you a timeout, and you get the following error:

Error
The shared protection point operation failed with error 0x81000101.

This error is caused when the volume shadow copy is taking more than 10 minutes and is timing out. You can try to increase the timeout value to fix this issue. This is done by adding a registry key:

Fire up regedit.

Navigate to key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SPP.

Create a new DWORD value with name CreateTimeout, set its value to the number of millis.
For 20 minutes this would be decimal 12000000 (20·60·1000).

Try re-running the backup. The timeout should no longer occur.   ...

by lunarg on March 14th 2013, at 12:16

When you're planning on configuring Fax Services on Server 2008, 2008R2, and their SBS counterparts (SBS 2008 and SBS 2011), it's strongly recommended to install these hotfixes as they resolve intermittent crashes with the Fax Server services.

It's highly recommended to install both hotfixes. On the link above, select the proper hotfix for your version of Windows Server. For SBS-users, select these:

• SBS 2008 → 2008
• SBS 2011 → 2008R2
by lunarg on March 14th 2013, at 10:51
The SBS 2011 Fax printer 32-bit drivers currently shipped with SBS 2011 are not compatible with Windows XP. They only work with Vista and newer. Attempting to send a fax on an XP machine with these settings does nothing and no error messages are displayed.

To solve, you can use the driver from SBS 2003 SP2, as these are compatible with the SBS 2011 Fax system. They can be found inside the Windows 2003 SP2 download (see below for detailed instructions), or directly from an SBS 2003 (located in c:\windows\system32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3. The files you need are these:

FXSAPI.DLL

FXSDRV.DLL

FXSRES.DLL

FXSTIFF.DLL

FXSUI.DLL

FXSWZRD.DLL

Most people won't have an SBS 2003 with SP2 anymore.   ...

by lunarg on February 23rd 2013, at 11:13
Windows SBS has a nasty habbit of taking forever to shutdown/restart. This is because there's a built-in waiting mechanism to allow enough time for the Exchange-services to shutdown. Unfortunately this delay is usually a whole lot longer than it normally would take if you were to stop the Exchange-services yourself. Because the delay does no longer occur when the Exchange-services are already stopped manually, I usually tend to stop Exchange first, then do the shutdown/restart.

Because Exchange consists of many services, at work, we wrote some helper scripts to stop all Exchange-services with only a mouse click, allowing for a quicker shutdown/restart of a server. I've decided to share thes  ...

by lunarg on February 23rd 2013, at 11:02

It's possible for Synology devices running DSM 3 or higher to enable support for NTFS ACL's. This allows Windows-users to set up Security through Windows Explorer itself. Most of the ACL types are supported.

NTFS ACL's have to be enabled for a share through the web-interface:

by lunarg on February 22nd 2013, at 13:03

Although unsupported, it is possible to install Microsoft Security Essentials on a Windows Server 2012.

To do this, set the compatibility of the downloaded file to Windows 7, then start that file with the parameter /disableoslimit.

The installation goes without a problem, and as far as I can tell, there are no compatibility issues.

by lunarg on January 18th 2013, at 13:10

OpenVPN is finally available on Apple iOS!

This means you will now be able to connect through OpenVPN via your iPhone and iPad devices. It is available through the AppStore:

by lunarg on January 16th 2013, at 17:57

To get this done, you need to install the proper update, downloaded from http://support.microsoft.com/kb/917607.

Then, in the application that uses HTML Help, set its compatibility to Windows 98 / Windows Me.

by lunarg on January 10th 2013, at 17:53

You can disable SSL in fetchmail by adding this line to your rc file:

sslproto ssl23

This restricts fetchmail to only use SSLv2 and SSLv3, disabling TLSv1. Note that this will cause the connection to be unencrypted, unless you use a proper SSL plugin, or SSL is requested explicitly.

by lunarg on January 8th 2013, at 17:33

If you're missing one of the required Windows Update services, you can use the attached registry fixes to re-register the services in Windows.

Notice
Be sure to check the proper architecture (32/64 bits) and OS version when downloading the registry fixes. Use only as a last resort.
by lunarg on December 19th 2012, at 16:27

You may get error 8024A000 when checking for updates with Windows Update.

If you have recently changed your partition layout (resizing) or put in a new HD, you may get this error. The solution that seemed to work in my case, is to download and install the latest Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver (I know, what has this got to do with Windows Update, right?). After installation, Windows redetects the disks and, for some reason, Windows Update suddenly comes to life again.

by lunarg on December 10th 2012, at 13:19

It's very easy to stop the currently running backup of Windows Server Backup. Run this at a command prompt:

wbadmin stop job

You can add -quiet to disable the prompt.

by lunarg on November 28th 2012, at 13:02

An Asterisk TAPI driver, which is actually usable on Terminal Server:

It's not freeware, but is absolutely affordable, and is usable on Terminal Server (multi-user profiles).

by lunarg on November 26th 2012, at 17:42

Google Chrome can start up in fullscreen (F11) by default. This is done by enabling Kiosk-mode during startup. To do this, set the shortcut to Chrome like so:

C:\path\to\chrome.exe --kiosk

by lunarg on November 7th 2012, at 15:51

Windows 7 has a an application called Sticky Notes, which does just that. The contents and layout of the stickies are stored in a single file: %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Sticky Notes\StickyNotes.snt

If you wish to backup or transfer your sticky notes, this is the file you need. When restoring, simply place the file in the same location and you're done with it.

by lunarg on November 6th 2012, at 17:22
When your DC replication has halted, check whether there's an entry in the event log: NTFRS event id 13568 (JRNL_WRAP_ERROR).

This error occurs when the DC on which this event id is generated has been powered off unexpectedly, or when the system volume was full. The error signifies that the database journal (used during replication) has been cut off, resulting in the replication being halted, which is by design.

To resolve, you can tell NtFRS to automatically repair the problem and continue with the replication by changing the value of a certain registry parameter. The parameter can be found at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NtFrs\Parameters\Backup/Restore\Process at   ...

by lunarg on November 5th 2012, at 17:53

If the scan-to function of your networked Brother MFC mysteriously stops working, it may be because of strict firewall settings. The scanner attempts to connect to the Brother ControlCenter software on your PC via a directed UDP connection to your computer. If this is blocked at your computer (by e.g. a firewall), the scan function no longer works.

To resolve, open up port UDP 54925 in your firewall.

For Network PC-FAX, you also have to open port UDP 54926.

by lunarg on November 5th 2012, at 17:40
When using offline files/folders, it sometimes goes very wrong, leaving the whole sync of offline files in an unusable state. I personally had problems with a lot of clients that used this feature. In theory, it works nicely, but every now and then, it's prone to go very bad.

The biggest issue is that as a user, you don't really have much control on the whole process, making it difficult to adequately resolve problems. And when it does go wrong, even what little you still can configure and change, becomes inaccessible, resulting in an offline files system that's completely dead.

Luckily, there is a way to quickly resolve the matter. With a simple registry value in the Windows Registry, you  ...
by lunarg on October 18th 2012, at 12:13

Some direct links to useful Windows 2003 tools:

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