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"
During my morning rounds of looking after clients’ servers, running SBS 2008. I noticed one was running out of space. It had recently been updated to WSUS 3.0 SP2, after doing a quick hard drive space check I found that SUSDB was over five gigabytes in size. Generally this database should be around one gig. … Continue reading "Moving your SUSDB when it is running under MSDE"
For our new roll out next year, we are deploying Microsoft Office 2010 and using KMS as our licensing method. Througthe use of sysprep’s generalize command, Windows will flush its Activation Status and associated hardware ID as well as rearming the activation state to its fresh install state (grace period). With the introduction of Office … Continue reading "Office 2010 and Windows Sysprep Adventures"
Occasionally you need to get something done on a remote computer (or a clients computer) but the computer doesn’t have an easy way for you to connect to it. Luckily, if you have admin rights to the remote computer, you can still connect without needing to turn on remote desktop before hand. To do that … Continue reading "Remotely enable Remote Desktop to connect to a remote PC"
Depending on your imaging method some clients may not show up on your WSUS console, and refuse to check for updates. Since starting my new job I’ve seen this occur on machines which have been imaged with a non-sysprepped image. I quickly whipped up a script to reset some settings and forcing the machine to … Continue reading "Fix client machines not appearing in WSUS Console"
One of my clients using SharePoint 2007 were uploading some files to their site recently and got the following error: The following file(s) have been blocked by the administrator By going through Central Administration, I was able to unblock the file and allow them to upload the particular file to the library they were wanting … Continue reading "Configuring SharePoint 2007 to accept blocked file types"
Sometimes when deploying computers in our organisation, they don’t see our KMS server and automatically activate (even though they are told to do so via our unattend.xml). 9 times out of 10 it’s the client itself having issues just talking to your KMS server. To check and see if you can contact it, you can … Continue reading "Check to see if your KMS can be contacted"
Today when checking one of the servers I manage, I got an error when opening up the BackupExec 12.5 management console. The error was “Unable to read or write to the Database” which I found a bit puzzling. I checked to make sure SQL Server which hosted the BE database was running, and it was. … Continue reading "BackupExec unable to read or write to the Database"
One of the usual things I perform as an IT Consultant is maintenance and configuration tasks on Exchange. One of the most requested tasks is accepting e-mail for more than one domain. Most of my clients run Windows SBS Server 2008 which comes with Exchange 2007. In this article I will walk through accepting mail … Continue reading "Letting Exchange accept Mail from other domains"