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by lunarg on September 3rd 2014, at 14:56

Wanted to install the latest BES Express (at the time of writing, this was 5.0.4) on a fresh Windows-server. Starting Setup.exe briefly shows the Blackberry splash-screen, then immediately crashes ("this program has stopped working...").

Apparently, RIM did some sloppy programming: changing the regional settings to English (US) or English (UK) resolves the issue.

by lunarg on August 28th 2014, at 15:05
You can install the Exchange 2013 management tools on a standard workstation or on another server to remotely administer your Exchange 2013 servers. This is particular useful if you need to run Exchange Management Shell often, and don't want to log on to the Exchange-server in order to do so.

You need this:

A supported operating system, such as Windows 7, Windows 8, 2008R2, 2012, or 2012R2

The target computer must be domain-joined.

The following Windows Features: IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility

IIS 6 Management Console

IIS Management Console

and obviously: the Exchange 2013 DVD or ISO

For Windows 7 and 2008R2, these are extra:

Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 (Windo  ...
by lunarg on August 28th 2014, at 13:11
For migrations from other e-mail platforms to Exchange, you probably want to have full access enabled for a certain Exchange-account to facilitate the migration without having to set up complex access rights. Exchange has something called application impersonation, which allows a user to impersonate other users to access individual mailboxes, which comes in very handy during a migration.

In order to set up application impersonation, you need access to the Exchange Management Shell (EMS), with an account which has permissions to set up access rights.

Exchange 2007 does not support application impersonation as in Exchange 2010 and up. Impersonation does exist but has to be set on each indivi  ...
by lunarg on August 28th 2014, at 13:09

If for some reason you need to enable Basic Authentication, you can do so quickly through the Exchange Management Shell. This is sometimes needed if you're migrating to Exchange from another (third-party) e-mail provider.

If you do not know what Basic Authentication is, you do not need this!

Start up EMS as an account which has the required permissions to make changes to the virtual directories used by Exchange. Then, run this:

Set-WebServicesVirtualDirectory -Identity "EWS (Default Web Site)" -BasicAuthentication $true

Note that Office365 has Basic Authentication enabled by default.

by lunarg on August 26th 2014, at 12:48

Direct links to the proofing tools. Select a language and download its proofing tools for free:

by lunarg on August 26th 2014, at 12:13
If the Windows Internal Database, used by WSUS, and which is actually an embedded SQL Server, is eating all of your memory, you can limit its memory usage the same way you would with a real SQL Server.

Open an elevated command prompt and launch the SQL prompt:

For WSUS4 (on Server 2012):

osql -E -S \.pipeMicrosoft##WIDtsqlquery

For WSUS3 (on Server 2008, 2008R2 and SBS 2008/2011)

osql -E -S \.pipemssql$microsoft##sseesqlquery

This will log you in with the current credentials (which is why it has to be an elevated command prompt). The SQL prompt (1>) is shown.

Enter the following commands to initiate advanced configuration:

exec sp_configure 'show advanced option', '1';reconfigure;  ...
by lunarg on August 25th 2014, at 12:30
When running ADFS 3.0 On a Windows 2012 R2 domain controller, on a reboot, the Active Directory Federation Services service may not start up properly, and may not subsequently not service requests. The Services management snap-in shows the service with a status of Starting.

The reason for this is an error during the deployment of ADFS where a dependent service, the Microsoft Key Distribution Service, is not set to start automatically, causing ADFS not to start up properly until that particular service is also started.

The solution is quite simple: in the Services management snap-in, find the service called Microsoft Key Distribution Service, and set its startup type to Automatic.

After th  ...
by lunarg on August 22nd 2014, at 12:44
In case you need to manually truncate the database logs of your Exchange server, you can follow the steps below. You'll need sufficient permissions and access to the Exchange Management Shell.

Be cautious when you perform this action, as making mistakes here could cause database corruption and loss of data. Don't do this during production hours because this will temporarily make some (or all) mailboxes unavailable! As always, it's a good idea to have a working backup before attempting this.

Open the Exchange Management Shell.

If you don't know the physical path of your database, locate it first:

Get-MailboxDatabase | Select Name,EdbFilePath,LogFolderPath

You'll notice the datab  ...
by lunarg on August 20th 2014, at 10:12

Exchange stores plenty of things in Active Directory, including mailbox information for each account. In case of a deinstallation of Exchange, this information usually remains behind, making it impossible to perform a new clean installation of Exchange and assigning a new mailbox to this user.

I found a solution here:

This command-line tool allows you to query and/or remove Exchange-attributes on AD objects (such as users and groups).

by lunarg on July 4th 2014, at 13:59
Several Windows Phone devices, such as the Nokia Lumia series, may have trouble syncing with Zune. The device is correctly seen in Device Manager but Zune simply says it can't connect to the device, and that you need to turn it off and on again. Removing and reinstalling Zune does not help, nor does rebooting the phone.

Most of the time, the problem is caused by an invalid certificate. This usually occurs after updating Zune, or after installing other Windows Updates. You can recreate the certificate by stopping Zune, removing the certificate from the user's certificate store, then start Zune again.

To remove the certificate:

Completely stop Zune if it's running.

Open Certificate Manager  ...
by lunarg on June 25th 2014, at 11:55
There are plenty of tools available, free and otherwise, to provide access to SFTP and SCP servers, with more or less features. Unfortunately, there aren't a whole lot of extensions out there that properly support SFTP/SCP through Windows Explorer itself, providing a somewhat seamless integration in Windows itself. Although there is the win-sshfs project, but this requires installation of several additional prerequisited software components, making this a less attractive solution. Luckily, there's also Swish.

Swish provides SFTP access from inside Windows Explorer. As it installs as an extension, it has no additional requirements, nor does it need to install some driver or library to work.   ...
by lunarg on June 10th 2014, at 16:56
Applications that reside on the network (e.g. \\server\dir\app.exe) usually can't be pinned on the taskbar in Windows 7, due to restriction posed on you by Microsoft. The options for pinning just are not present, even when you first create a shortcut to the app.

A simple solution is to fool Windows 7 that the app resides locally. In short, this is done by pinning a local app (say, Calculator), then changing that shortcut to point to your network app.

Pin any local app to the taskbar (e.g. Calculator).

Navigate to %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar. You'll find a shortcut to the app you just pinned.

Change the properties of the pinne  ...
by lunarg on May 20th 2014, at 15:32
Adds a Shutdown icon to be added to the Windows 8 start menu. Clicking the icon opens the old Shut Down Windows dialog where you can shutdown or restart the computer.

The shortcut points in fact to a VBScript which calls the Shut Down Windows dialog, present since Windows 95.

Download and install the script. An icon will be placed inside the legacy start menu. Because the NSIS installer system does not yet provide ways to handle Windows 8 start tiles, you will probably manually have to add the tile. To do this, go to the start screen, then search for Shutdown, right-click it and pin it to the start screen. Alternatively, you could also pin it to the taskbar if you prefer.

Because it&#  ...
by lunarg on May 8th 2014, at 12:28

When deploying KMS on a Server 2012 R2, you may run into the error message saying nothing more but STATUS_SUCCESS.

The reason for this is that the KMS TCP Listening Port in the wizard, is by default set to 0, which is of course incorrect. Typing in the correct default value (1688) resolves the issue.

by lunarg on March 24th 2014, at 14:00
You can easily set up your proxy settings for Windows Update and other background processes by using the commandline utility netsh.

Show the current settings:

netsh winhttp show proxy

Set up a basic proxy server:

netsh winhttp set proxy ip-or-host:port

Set up a proxy with a bypass list: "ip-or-domain" will not use the proxy:

netsh winhttp set proxy myproxy:80 ";ip-or-domain"

Set up individual proxy servers for each protocol accept for those in the bypass list:

netsh winhttp set proxy proxy -server= "http=ip-or-host:80 ;https=ip-or-host:88" bypass-list= "*"

To import the settings from Internet Explorer:

netsh winhttp import proxy source=ie

To clear and reset t  ...
by lunarg on March 6th 2014, at 15:18

When your hyperlinks in your Outlook signature gets replaced by so-called "field codes", you may have inadvertedly pressed the magic key combo Alt+F9:

You can reverse the effect by pressing it again. This only works when the message field has focus.

by lunarg on March 4th 2014, at 13:03
In normal circumstances, Outlook would configure itself using a procedure called Autodiscovery: all server settings and logon names would be configured by downloading configuration settings from a certain site, eliminating the requirement to know any server settings. Office 365 also makes extensive use of Autodiscovery for this and other purposes. In case of migrations, or when Autodiscovery is not available or does not apply (e.g. Outlook 2007), you can also manually configure your Office 365 account. Although this used to be pretty straight-forward, since they moved to Exchange 2013, manual configuration of Outlook has become a bit more complex.

Since its upgrade to Exchange 2013, Office   ...
by lunarg on February 20th 2014, at 00:23

There are some issues with Quake 4 on modern video cards. Even with Ultra Quality enabled, the graphics still looks awful: textures are at their lowest quality, shaders and shadows are missing, etc.

The problem can be resolved by editing q4baseQuake4Config.cfg in your game directory, and overwriting these values:

seta image_ignoreHighQuality "0"
seta image_cacheMegs "512"
seta image_downSize "0"

Also, for Windows 8 and 8.1, you may have to enable compatibility mode on the Quake4.exe and enable Disable display scaling on high DPI settings. This ensures the game display fits your monitor properly.

by lunarg on February 18th 2014, at 11:48

Found this online: ClickYes software. Don't install!

It's supposed to automatically click Yes when a program uses Outlook to send e-mail. In my opinion, it's a very useless piece of software as one could simply disable the prompt in Outlook, or better, install a proper antivirus.

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