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  • Blog Post: RDP to Windows 2008

    Hi all, I have installed a Windows 2008 server into my Windows 2003 domain, I then enabled RDP on my Windows 2008 server verified that I could connect from my Vista client on the network. While working from home, I quickly found out that I could not RDP onto my Windows 2008 server from my 2003/XP...
  • Blog Post: Quick tips to get some text into Office...

    To quickly create some text in a word 2007 document to send something decent to a printer just type: (not tried this on old versions) “=rand(20)” (without the quotes) To generate random numbers in Excel try “=RAND()*100” As an update to this blog post, MVP Blake Handler wrote " ...
  • Blog Post: AD Troubleshooting Tools

    If You are having problems with Active Directory in some form or another try the following tools, they may help! ADInsight v1.0 : Introducing ADInsight, an LDAP (Light-weight Directory Access Protocol) real-time monitoring tool aimed at troubleshooting Active Directory client applications. Use it...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the Tips and Tricks Page

    This section will look at some great collections of little tips and tricks that can make your life so much easier. Over the years I have picked up some little gems that everyone will definately benefit from. Go on, get stuck in!
  • Blog Post: RSAT on Windows 8 Doesn't install

    I have been installing the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=28972 and the installation didn't seem to do anything on my nice, Windows 8 OS. It is supposed to automatically install all tools, but I get no errors and no registered...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 IS failure Oddity

    Hi all, I manage a local schools infrastructure in my spare time and they had this strange little issue: After a power outage, the information store on my Exchange 07 SP1 server (running Windows 2008) would not start. All other services were running ok and running the following command: SC Query...
  • Blog Post: Installing WSUS nightmares!

    Hi, I was installing WSUS v3.1.6001.65 and the installation kept failing just as it was copying files, the error I was getting was quite a strange one in the installation logs: An exception occurred during the Install phase. System.FormatException: Input string was not in a correct format. at System...
  • Blog Post: MBSA WSUSSCN2

    If you are trying to perform a manual offline update to the MBSA tool but can't find the latest version of the database on the internet (as I struggled too), just click on the following link and download it. http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=74689
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 and the dreaded couldn't create a new partition

    Hi all, Something must be wrong with me, as I am posting more than normal on my blog!. This time its about Windows 8. I have rebuilt my PC over the last few evenings and been running into the error: "We couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one. For more information, see the Setup...
  • Blog Post: Private Live Search server? Give me some please!!!

    Ever wanted the power of MS Live search on your internal network? Well no is your chance, MS has launched a new product called Enterprise Search that Administrators can install on one of their servers and it will take care of the rest.. I urge you to have a look: http://www.microsoft.com/enterprisesearch...
  • Blog Post: InfoPath and "Cannot create InfoPath.ExternalApplication object. Error code = 0x80080005"

    Hi again, I was just installing a InfoPath related package for InfoPath 2013, on Windows 8 and I ran into the following error: Cannot create InfoPath.ExternalApplication object. Error code = 0x80080005 no matter what I did, I could not seem to get around it and there appears to be very little...
  • Blog Post: Enable Remote desktop via the registry

    If you have ever run into an issue where you have set up a server but forgot to put the tick in the box to enable remote desktop, then read on! Many times I have done this and then had to go all the way over to the server (sometimes in different offices) to enable it.. if only I had known! Just...
  • Blog Post: You want some tools - You cant handle these tools!

    If you are trying to troubleshoot a Windows Platform, there are some great tools that you could install to help you get a better idea about that is going on. Below is a list of some of these great Microsoft home grown tools: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=9d467a69-57ff-4ae7...
  • Blog Post: Poster Central

    Hi all, Ever wanted a change in decor in your house? rather than boring old patterned wallpaper, what about getting some great posters with core components of specific technologies to put in their place... amaze your friends, impress your spouse.. check out the technical posters from Microsoft. :...
  • Blog Post: Outlook 2013 Password Prompt

    have changed my password for my user account on my domain and now Outlook prompts for a password for what feels like a million times a minute. Very frustrating. After some investigation, I found that there is a really simple fix and is something I really need to remember, so as normal, I am putting on...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Core Quick Reference

    This month I have been setting up my first Windows 2008 core server to go into a production environment. It has been a very interesting experience as I was expecting a straight forward process but ran into a few challenges. What with some vendor specific hardware and a bizarre WSUS issue, I have certainly...