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"
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"