Category Archives: Microthings

Adobe Reader is terrible

I am not sure what has happened to this PDF viewer, but this application has grew up to nearly 650MB!
What is it hiding in this software if alternative PDF viewers have just 35MB?
It is all sorts of corporate crap that sits there completely inactive unless you buy pro extended version of it.
The performance of this viewer is also going down.
Try the alternatives like SlimPDF or Foxit Reader.

Linux user: get rid of Win key

They do some nice stickers in US that you can stick over Windows symbol (Win key), but why to do that?
SammieV from Canada perfectly answers this: “I love that symbol, it reminds me of why I moved over to another OS.”
Windows same as KERNAL, Commodore Basic or DOS is our heritage like inventions of Ancient and Medieval times and I do have very good memories of Windows 98, 2000 and XP regardless of some occasional blue screens.

WSUS and Windows SBS 2008 SP2

This is for Vista like one not the 2008 R2.

This is the main MS guide how to fix it, reinstall from scratch as you cannot uninstall it just like that in SBS. On other versions of Windows Server you can.
As you can see an original CD with Windows SBS 2008 is required.

But what I have done this time was System Update Readiness tool then I have rerun the installation of WSUS30-KB972455-x64. Make sure you change the letter from C: to a bigger partition as you can run out of disk space fairly quickly on the system partition.

Move or rename but not delete

Unfortunately MOVE is not a permission in itself.
A move operation on an NTFS object involves creating a link in the target directory location and then deleting the link from the source directory location – the DELETE permission is therefore an inherent part of moving an object.
This is also the case for RENAME operation.

I got it now!

Now I have finally understood Microsoft’s and Symantec’s underlying strategy to stimulate and boost their market.
After many years of very reliable Windows XP they have released Windows Vista and after short time people were fed up and could not wait a new release.
Then Microsoft came with Windows 7 that has eased their pains. After that they have released Windows 8 without a start button, so people hate it and again cannot wait for a next release.
Some rumours say that Windows 10 is coming, but even numbers mean problems!?
This is the vicious cycle of proprietary software.
Another good example is Symantec Backup Exec.
Backup Exec 2010 proved to be very reliable, clear to understand and troubleshoot. There was no real incentive to change it apart from some small updates and fixes. But Symantec released Backup Exec 2012 to stir its community quite a bit, so they could not wait for Backup Exec 2014. By the way the release from 2012 was actually lacking some features present in 2010!
Most of the people do not bother with waiting and downgrade their software to Windows 7 or Backup Exec 2010 till date.

Exchange 2007: exporting mailboxes to PST

Beforehand you need to download and install Microsoft Exchange Management Tools on your Windows 7 machine with Outlook 2007 onward or install it on your terminal server if you have one.

We have to give full access rights for the administrator to a mailbox we want to archive:
Add-MailboxPermission -Identity user@domain.local -User domain\Administrator -AccessRights FullAccess

Exporting to the server restricted share:
Export-Mailbox –Identity user@domain.local –PSTFolderPath \\server\PST

Deleting all messages in the designated mailbox:
export-mailbox -id user@domain.local -deletecontent -confirm:$false

Then you can Remove that mailbox from Exchange console (actually flagging for deletion) which will also remove that user name from the system

RDS: Where is it?

If you want to install RDS licenses and have an Open License you need to log in to the licensing portal
Licenses -> Relationship Summary and under the right account you will see something like that:
Open License Details : xxxx7461 <- this is the license number Parent Program : OPEN xxxxxx23ZZS1701 <- this is the authorization number (copy and paste without the OPEN) I have done this some time ago and had to ask my senior colleague to refresh me on this.

Google reveals Windows 8 vulnerability

Microsoft has not patched it yet even knowing it from September 2014.
Original thread HERE.
Microsoft’s response was:

We are working to release a security update to address an Elevation of Privilege issue. It is important to note that for a would-be attacker to potentially exploit a system, they would first need to have valid logon credentials and be able to log on locally to a targeted machine. We encourage customers to keep their anti-virus software up to date, install all available Security Updates and enable the firewall on their computer.

Event 27 – e1iexpress

This issue can happen on a new physical servers with the latest ESXi 5 and virtualized Windows Server 2012. This will more likely cause a network communication havoc.
Double check the settings and make sure that none of the VMs has vNIC of “e1000”
You have to create a new one and change it to at least “e1000E” VMXNET2 (Enhanced).
For Server 2012 it should be the latest VMXNET3 really.
This article explains the differences between virual NICs.

Event 36886

No suitable default server credential exists on this system. This will prevent server applications that expect to make use of the system default credentials from accepting SSL connections. An example of such an application is the directory server. Applications that manage their own credentials, such as the internet information server, are not affected by this.

This event is normal and can be safely ignored OR you can install a CA in the domain.
Continue reading Event 36886

Outlook and archiving to PST

If you have attempted to move some emails to the archive and Outlook has displayed this message “Some items cannot be copied…” please make sure that if the Outlook profile is in cached mode it is set to cache All not for instance 24 months