Recently, the clocks on my home networked PCs began drifting off sync until the difference was around 30 minutes. At first i thought that my SBS server was no longer synching with time.windows.com (the default time server for windows). After a quick look at the event log, I could see that it was syncing correctly … Continue reading "How to set (and change) an NTP time source in Windows Server 2008 R2 (SBS 2011 and Vanilla Server)."
We’ve recently been having an issue where printers being deployed via group policy haven’t been deploying, or are deploying but not being set to default. So after some investigation, the easiest thing to do would be to write a Visual basic script to ease the deployment of printers throughout our environment. Luckily for us we … Continue reading "Assigning resources via logon script based on computer names."
Exchange 2010 has a built in search feature which allows you to quickly search for emails in your mailbox using Outlook (when Online), OWA, Exchange ActiveSync etc. Exchange 2010 search indexes items as soon as they are received by the Mailbox Database. So if you’ve just transitioned from Exchange 2003 to 2010, Exchange may not … Continue reading "How to reset the Search Index in Exchange 2010 Search"
Recently had to restart a client’s server after running some Windows Updates. A few hours after the restart the client contacted me stating that they couldn’t access their e-mails via the web. I quickly had a look, the login page presented itself, so I logged in and after clicking Sign in I was presented with … Continue reading "Blank page (auth.owa Http 500) when logging into Outlook Web Access running on Exchange 2010"
A few weeks ago I installed an SSD drive in my home PC. For some reason up until tonight I never checked what the Sata mode was set to in the bios. It was set to IDE. Usually when changing the storage mode in the bios requires a reformat as windows will no longer boot. … Continue reading "How to Switch from IDE to AHCI without repairing/reinstalling Windows"
I recently setup a SBS 2011 server for one of my clients. For several reasons we changed the external name to reach the server so instead of remote.fdqn.com.au it would be exchange.fqdn.com.au this worked perfectly once DNS settings propagated and allowed employees to connect externally via webmail or Outlook Anywhere (one of the best features … Continue reading "Security warning when you start Outlook 2007 and then connect to a mailbox that is hosted on a server that is running Exchange Server 2007 or Exchange Server 2010: “The name on the security certificate is invalid or does not match the name of the site”"
One of the anoyances I’ve had when installing Visual Studio 2010 is the removal of the user information bit when accepting the License Agreement, this was useful but is now automated and the installer retrieves details from Windows itself. After a fresh install of Windows 7 (with SP1 and it still needed updates afterwards) I … Continue reading "Changing the Registered User Details for Visual Studio 2010"
Sometimes when installing software, I get an error during the installation of either the .Net framework or the Visual C Runtimes. This error, Error 1934. An error occurred during the instllation of assembly … will prevent the installation from being successfull, furthurmore after many hours of searching, many of the fixes listed around the web … Continue reading "Fixing Error 1935. An error occurred during the installation of assembly errors."
One of the little things with the have annoyed me since I’ve started using the RSAT tools in Windows is the fact that there is no easy way to manage Exchange. Sure I can install the Exchange Management Pack and use that, but like most admin’s AD Users and Computers is open just about all … Continue reading "Exchange Management with AD Users when using RSAT for Windows 7"
During the Christmas break many still wish to check their e-mails whilst enjoying their holidays. One of my Clients who don’t use OWA are now taking the plunge and going to be checking their e-mail (great feature). With SBS 2008 (so Exchange 2007), OWA is enabled by default, so I thought there would be nothing … Continue reading "Fixing the Outlook Web Access web application failed to initialize error"