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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:

by lunarg on September 24th 2012, at 12:32

Because Google Apps (Gmail) automatically puts a copy of your sent items in the Sent Items folder, it's rather redundant for Outlook to do this as well. Although Google Apps prevents the creation of doubles, it's better to just let Google Apps do it, as it's one less thing to upload (particularly useful on slow connections).

To turn off the copy of sent items in Outlook, turn off the option Save copies of messages in the Sent Items folder. You'll find this in the Outlook options in the Mail tab, section Save messages.

by lunarg on September 19th 2012, at 12:48
When running some RemoteApp, published from a Windows 2008R2, you may sometimes experience that the application does not start properly. In the startup window, when clicking on the Details button, you see a black window and no contents at all. The problem mainly occurs when working via internet, via a wireless network, or some other slower-than-normal link. Additionally, when your session is logged off on the RDS server, you will be able to start the RemoteApp once; subsequently restarting the application results in the above specified behaviour.

The issue is caused by the Remote Desktop Session Host display driver on the RDS server. During the initial connection, the monitor layout packe  ...
by lunarg on September 18th 2012, at 10:38

NirnSoft has a useful tool to view, edit, import/export Outlook AutoComplete information.

It can handle all versions of Outlook that support this feature, as well as the the information stored in a message store (be it Exchange or local PST).

by lunarg on August 24th 2012, at 10:34

Currently, Exchange/Outlook only supports client-side rules if you want to move messages to a specific folder, depending on which alias it's sent to. This means that the rule only works when Outlook is running, which is not always possible.

You can workaround the issue by creating a rule that checks for the content of the message headers. This type of rule can be created server-side and will always run when messages arrive on the Exchange server. By checking whether the alias is present in the message headers, you can easily create a rule that moves those messages to another folder.

by lunarg on July 6th 2012, at 11:56
  • SQL dump of the main CRM database (MSCRM_CONFIG)
  • SQL dump of all the CRM organization databases (usually organization_MSCRM)
  • The ISV folder in INSTALL_ROOT\CRMWeb
  • The contents of INSTALL_ROOT\Server\bin\assembly
by lunarg on July 6th 2012, at 11:32
If you lost or forgot your CA BrightStor ARCserv password, you can do the following to recover it.

Open cmd.exe, and navigate to the root of your ARCserve installation (e.g. C:\Program Files\CA\BrightStor ARCserve Backup\).

Once in the root of the ARCserve folder, type cstop to stop all running ARCserve services.

Use Windows to navigate to the sub-folder \Data\Discovery (e.g. C:\Program Files\CA\BrightStor ARCserve Backup\Data\Discovery). In there, you'll find a folder that bears the name of your server. Rename this folder (e.g. append ".old").

Back in the command prompt, type cstart to start the services again.

Run the command Authsetup /p "password" where "pas  ...
by lunarg on July 2nd 2012, at 18:02

When running a Windows 2008 (R1) Terminal Services, and you connect with a RDP 7.1 client and try to shadow another session, it may happen that both clients get disconnected.

KB2523307 tells us that this is caused by RemoteFX being active when a new client is used.

A hotfix is available to address the issue, and can be requested via the KB.

EDIT: for your convenience, I've attached the hotfix (English only!), at least until Microsoft requests its removal...

by lunarg on July 2nd 2012, at 17:19
This article is a reference to a number of articles and links to provide information about how to succesfully lock down your Remote Desktop Server (2008R2) or Terminal Server (2003 / 2008). It is not a definite guide to how to perform a lock down, but will provide certain pointers, and highlight certain pitfalls. It is a work-in-progress and several additions will be made as the guide progresses.

You obviously need a Windows-domain running AD for lockdown to work properly. A standalone server running a local group policy can't be locked down enough to be useful. A domain is highly recommended.

Your DC or a member server (can be the RDS / TS as well) should have the Group Policy Mana  ...
by lunarg on July 2nd 2012, at 17:18
To always show the Computer icon on the desktop via GPO, there are several things to be set. Aside of the obvious setting in GPO, you also have to add a registry entry through GPP to automatically show the Computer icon on desktop.

In User Configuration, Preferences, Windows Settings, Registry, add a new entry. Whether you want to enforce or not, is up to you. Either choose create (only applied once), or Replace (always apply).

The value is a DWORD value in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel, named {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}. This is the CLSID for the Computer icon. Set it to 0 to have the icon shown on user's des  ...
by lunarg on July 2nd 2012, at 15:36

When using Desktop Slideshow in Windows 7 (a slideshow of desktop backgrounds), you can change the duration of the transition between two images with a registry hack.

  1. Navigate to the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Personalization\Desktop Slideshow
  2. Create a new DWORD (32-bit) value, named AnimationDuration. The value of this DWORD is set in milliseconds. Setting it to 2000 will produce a transition of 2 seconds, and so on.
by lunarg on July 2nd 2012, at 13:59
For the proper application of all parts of a GPO, including the Group Policy Preferences (GPP), you need to install the right client on your client computers. You can find a list of download links below.

Windows XP:

Windows XP x64:

Windows 2003:

Windows 2003 x64:

Windows Vista:

Windows Vista x64:

Starting from Vista SP2, you no longe  ...
by lunarg on July 2nd 2012, at 13:14
By default, the Aero mouse cursor theme was left out of the server editions (2008, 2008R2 and their SBS counterparts). For those that wish to have these cursors available on their server (e.g. if you want the "full" desktop experience on a RDS/TS server), I've compiled an archive with the necessary files and registry entries. They come from a Windows 7 Pro but are usable on all server editions (2008 and up). Note that you can easily get them yourself off a Vista or Windows 7 install by copying the right files and exporting the right registry key and values.

Inside the archive you'll find a cursors folder. Copy the contents of that folder to %windir%\Cursors . If you get an overwri  ...
by lunarg on July 2nd 2012, at 12:54

You can remove (or manage) links in the Games menu through the registry. The key for this can be found at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\GameUX\Games.

For each entry there's a subkey named a CLSID. When browsing through the list, opening a CLSID reveals the actual title, path and some other settings of that entry. If you want to remove an entry, find the right entry by checking titles and/or paths, then delete that key.

by lunarg on June 22nd 2012, at 16:04

A note of warning I read on the Avast Forums: if your Avast subscription runs out, the Exchange Information Store no longer starts and bails out with an error "failed to start virus scan". Very annoying indeed...


by lunarg on June 22nd 2012, at 16:00
We updated Avast to the latest version on a client's server running SBS 2011. The update apparently included antispam. All of a sudden, the Transport service kept failing, and all messages (in both directions) landed in the Poison Queue. Restarting the Transport service did not fix the issue, and there was nothing we could do.

Googling around, we found that the trouble was indeed related with Avast. Disabling the Antispam Shield did not resolve the issue, but disabling the transport agent in Exchange, via Powershell was the fix:

disable-transportagent "avast antispam for exchange"

After disabling the agent, everything came to life again.

@ Avast: you should really start  ...
by lunarg on June 20th 2012, at 13:56
One of the more recurring issues is slow printing of PDF files in Adobe Acrobat. While Acrobat itself works smoothly, printing sometimes comes to a complete halt, taking up to 10 minutes (or even more) per page to print. The more complex the PDF document becomes, the more apparent the problem becomes.

By default, Adobe prints to your printer using PS commands, which then get converted by the printer driver to a language your printer understands (PCL, PS, HPZL, HPGL, ...). More complex PDF documents, i.e. PDF's with lots of objects, a lot of embedded fonts, damaged images, etc., generate more and more complex commands, resulting in spooler files that are a multiple of the original document,   ...
by lunarg on June 20th 2012, at 12:49
Unlike SP2, there's no installation tool for installing SP3 on an SBS 2008. Fortunately, the installation is pretty straight-forward. The steps to perform depend largely on whether or not your SBS 2008 server is running Forefront Security or not. If it's not, simply install SP3 like you normally would. The installation will succeed without additional tasks. If you are running Forefront Security, you will have to disable it before installing SP3, then re-enable it when installation has completed.

Download SP3:

Run the software, it will extract its contents to a directory of your choosing. I recommend creating an empty directory as the  ...
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