SQL SBSMonitoring High Disk Usage

Massively high disk usage that comes with the SQL SBSMONITORING instance on SBS2008 and SBS2011. You can’t get around this by simply disabling the SQL service, which solved the issue in the short term, but it is there for a reason and some programs require it such as backup programs in order to get a […]

Outlook’s Instant Search on Windows Server 2008

If you have Microsoft Outlook 2007 installed on Windows Server 2008 (perhaps because you’re also using a lab server as your workstation, or require Outlook for testing), when you start Outlook it complains about Windows Search service not being installed and that Outlook cannot provide fast search results when using the Instant Search feature. Figure 1: Microsoft Outlook 2007 […]

DON’T REJOIN TO FIX: The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed

  If you Google “the trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed”, you get plenty of information from support blogs and Microsoft articles; however, most of them ask you to re-join your machine to the domain. That’s not always possible. What’s the problem and how did I get here? The underlying problem […]

Deploy Group Policy Preference Client Side Extensions for Windows XP (KB943729) via logon script

Multiple Group Policy Preferences have been added to the Windows Server 2008 Group Policy Management Console (which are also available through the Remote Server Administration Toolset (RSAT) for Windows Vista SP1). Group Policy Preferences enable information technology professionals to configure, deploy, and manage operating system and application settings they previously were not able to manage […]

How to Add domain accounts to Local Workstation Administrators Group using GPO

  Finding Restricted Groups is easy but it only works in a domain with Active Directory so trying to find it within your local GPO on your computer isn’t possible. At first you right click on Restricted Groups and select “Add Group”. What you get is the default window to choose a group, either from […]

Unexpected exchange mailbox server error – ActiveSync error from application log. Event ID: 3005

  Unexpected Exchange mailbox Server error: Server: [server.domain.com] User: [users@domain.com] HTTP status code: [400]. Verify that the Exchange mailbox Server is working correctly. In application log, every time someone tries to sync their phone up.  The server in use is running windows server 2k3 r2 with all the patches.   First approach – Instructions: 1. […]

How to fix cannot connect the computer to the server because either another software installation is in progress…

  On some Windows client machines, you may receive the following error message when you attempt to install the connector software for your Windows Home Server: “Cannot connect the computer to the server because either another software installation is in progress, or, the computer has a restart pending. Either complete the installation process, or, restart […]