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 […]

vSphere 5.0 on HP ML110 G7

Iinstalling VMware ESXi 5.0.0 Build 504980 on the HP ML110 G7 it kernel dumped. HP ML110 G7 crashing during ESXi 5.0 Build 504890 startup After having filmed the crash, the last thing that came up before the crash was ACPI. I looked up the Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 5.0 PDF for specific ACPI […]

Use the EMC to create a room or equipment mailbox in Exchange

You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure. To see what permissions you need, see the "Recipient Provisioning Permissions" section in the Mailbox Permissions topic. In the console tree, navigate to Recipient Configuration. In the action pane, click New Mailbox. On the Introduction page, click Room Mailbox or Equipment Mailbox, and […]

Fix: Windows XP Firewall Settings grayed out

Problem: Cannot change Windows Firewall setting on a Microsoft Windows XP SP2 workstation connected to a Small Business Server 2003 because the options are grayed out. Solution: Remove Firewall Group Policy from the registry. Note: Local Machine Administrator Rights may be required. If necessary contact your Network Administrator. Launch RegEdit. Delete the Registry Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsFirewall] […]

Disabling the Windows Firewall

Disabling the Windows Firewall This document describes three methods for turning off the Windows Firewall. The first method is for any user with administrative privileges on an individual machine not remotely or collectively managed in any way. The other two methods are for use only by IT administrators on managed systems. Note that you still […]