Internet Explorer crashes when viewing pdf files.

I got a call that Internet Explorer kept crashing when trying to click on a link. I suggested upgrading to Acrobat 9. That did not help. I did a site visit and got nowhere fast. I tried doing IE reset, deleting temp IE files and deleting temp files. No diff of course. To be less vague the insurance company had links to pdf files. I could save them and open them but when I would click on them in IE to view in IE it would crash IE. I gave up. A few weeks later another user at another account … Continue reading Internet Explorer crashes when viewing pdf files.

Microsoft Mail, telnet, Wireshark, WHS, crummy cable internet

I got a call that a person could not send email using Microsoft Mail in Vista. Charter Cable said just use our web interface. Not so easy for my customer. I used Log Me In free edition so I could see what they were doing. Yes indeed it was failing with useless messages. I tried turning off their Circuit City supplied Webroot firewall. No difference. I started a download of Wireshark. The download is taking forever. I tried to download on my workstation and the download was done in less than a minute. I fuss about my slow download speed … Continue reading Microsoft Mail, telnet, Wireshark, WHS, crummy cable internet

VBScript problems on XP boxes going to remote on SBS 2003 and 2008 register mstscax.dll Send users the 08 cert

I have a SBS 2008 at home with a static ip. I have the server and a XP Pro domain member in my little network. To access domain servers or workstations you have to first install the SBS 2008 certificate. So I sent it in an email and installed the cert. I can access the workstation or the server in the domain from Vista boxes. I can access the computers from a Server 2003. I cannot access them from XP Pro boxes. I have tried 4 different XP boxes. 3 have IE7, one has IE8. One had SP2, the others … Continue reading VBScript problems on XP boxes going to remote on SBS 2003 and 2008 register mstscax.dll Send users the 08 cert

Holy cow 30 gigs of WSUS content on the wrong drive

I had a backup failure at an account. I noticed that WSUS managed to get installed on my USB backup drive when I did the last WSUS upgrade. 30 gigs of stuff in content. I clicked on just English and ran the celanup wizard. That did virtually nothing over a long, long time. Plan on a day or more on that wizard. I found this post http://forums.technet.microsoft.com/en-US/winserverwsus/thread/59b5c659-b09e-4d05-84dc-04202fa9f136/ where I ended up here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/wsus/bb466192.aspx and downloaded the server diagnostic tool. I installed that tool at c:\wsuscleanup tool. I jumped out to the command prompt and did a cd\wsuscleanup tool. I ran this command … Continue reading Holy cow 30 gigs of WSUS content on the wrong drive

Out of Office not working with Exchange 2003 and Outlook 2007, MDBVU32 and OWA

I had a user call saying their Out of Office was not working. A few years back I had another user at the same account report that same issue. I used mdbvu32 to dig out the crummy OOF and all was good when creating a new OOF. I think they refer to this as OOF but I do not get where the letters came from. OOO seems like what it should be.  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/248709 or this article with pictures is how you dig stuff out. http://www.msexchange.org/articles_tutorials/exchange-server-2007/tools/troubleshooting-out-of-office.html So I dug the stuff out just as the local administrator had done but no … Continue reading Out of Office not working with Exchange 2003 and Outlook 2007, MDBVU32 and OWA

SBS team invites your suggestions

http://blogs.technet.com/kevin_beares/archive/2008/05/23/the-windows-small-business-server-2008-ww-community-survey-is-live.aspx  The SBS team is curious about what you think and what you want. Spend a few minutes giving them some feedback. Just as a point of reference the SBS MVPs and the MVPs friendly to SBS are considered the minority.  What I mean is that a lot of my SBS friends run ISA and love/like it. They use SQL for line of business uses. We are constantly told that we are a minority. Maybe so, but we sure are vocal. If you love/like ISA or SQL let them know. Even if you don’t tell them what you think and … Continue reading SBS team invites your suggestions

Slow XP SP2 boot up, updated nic drivers fixed that.

I had a call that a user’s workstation is taking 5 minutes to boot up. I did some user file cleanup which should have nothing to do with the issue as the slow boot is before the user gets the CAD screen. I did an ipconfig/all to make sure dns was correct. I did an ipconfig/flushdns. I then updated the Realtek nic from a 2002 driver to a 2008 driver. I rebooted the workstation and it came up in a minute after the bios finished its stuff. Some computer manufacturers are not so good about getting you the latest nic drivers. … Continue reading Slow XP SP2 boot up, updated nic drivers fixed that.

Tiny USB thumbdrives drives? Put them to use, or how to flash your server with a thumbdrive

I have all these crummy usb thumbdrives . Crummy means  too small to carry a lot of files on. I considered them useless until my Intel server said create a bootable usb thumbdrive and place the updates on the usb bootable thumbdrive. In the past I had to make a bootable floppy and then a few more floppys to update the various Intel utilities. Now they say place them all on a thumbdrive and boot from that. Finally a use for 128 meg thumbdrive. This guy has great instructions with screenshots for those of us who can’t read instructions. http://www.bay-wolf.com/usbmemstick.htm … Continue reading Tiny USB thumbdrives drives? Put them to use, or how to flash your server with a thumbdrive

I can’t get my default printer to stick on my application server. Make a group policy.

I had a user buy some wham bam Dell portable pc for $4,000. It sure was fast with Vista Ultimate, Blue Ray, Bluetooth keyboard, lots of ram and processor. Well it sort of looks like a laptop but it weighs a lot. The primary business application does not run on Vista so we set him up to use the pretty new application server. He also has a dog slow XP laptop. I could not get the default printer to stick on the application server. I would log in with one laptop and set the default printer on the application server. … Continue reading I can’t get my default printer to stick on my application server. Make a group policy.

Exchange connection filter using a Real Time Block list, and IMFPerfmon.msc

Here are some things I do. I may miss a step so you may have toconfirm things. After you added connection filter provider you need tomake sure you have checked that stuff in the default virtual server.Global Settings/Message Delivery right click Properties.Sender Filtering: Check Filter messages with a blank sender and Dropconnection if address filter matches filter.Connection Filtering: Add your favorite RBL services. I happen to use zen.spamhaus.org Please visit www.spamhaus.org to review terms and conditions to see if you are eligible to use their services.Intelligent Messaging Filtering: I set it at 7 and Reject. You wantreject so if there … Continue reading Exchange connection filter using a Real Time Block list, and IMFPerfmon.msc