Would you trust this?

I received this unexpected email today. I opened it with macros disabled and voila.

Meanwhile some botnet has sent me over 3000 emails today all with another macro infected Word document attached.


It seems word macro attacks are on the increase again!

Windows 10 Media Creation Tool

If you want to make an ISO image or to force a quick local upgrade then use the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool

It will not do Enterprise versions. You have to get them from the VLSC after August 1 2015

Possible Upgrades with this tool

Host operating system edition
Windows 10 edition

Windows 7 Starter
Windows 7 Home Basic
Windows 7 Home Premium
Windows 8/8.1
Windows 8.1 with Bing
Windows 10 Home

Windows 10 Home

Windows 7 Professional
Windows 7 Ultimate
Windows 8 Pro
Windows 8.1 Pro
Windows 8/8.1 Professional with Media Center
Windows 10 Pro

Windows 10 Pro

Windows 8/8.1 Single Language
Windows 8 Single Language with Bing

Windows 10 Home Single Language

Windows 8/8.1 Chinese Language Edition
Windows 8 Chinese Language Edition with Bing

Windows 10 Home China

Exchange 2013 SP3 RU8 Fixed

Update 12/12/2014:

Exchange Server 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 8 has been re-released to the Microsoft download center resolving a regression discovered in the initial release. The update RU8 package corrects the issue which impacted users connecting to Exchange from Outlook. The issue was insulated to the MAPI RPC layer and was able to be isolated to quickly deliver the updated RU8 package. The updated RU8 package is version number 14.03.0224.002 if you need to confirm you have the updated package. The updates for Exchange Server 2013 and 2007 were not impacted by this regression and have not been updated.

Exchange 2010 SP3 Rollup 8 taken down

Update: Microsoft has re released it now

Exchange 2010 SP3 RU 8 is no good. If you have downloaded it already, toss it.

Microsoft pulled it and put a little disclaimer on the bottom of the Exchange Team blog about December releases

I installed it and find I cant read email consistently. No detail about what the issue is yet. Getting sick of these bad updates.

Update 12/10/2014:

An issue has been identified in the Exchange Server 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 8. The update has been recalled and is no longer available on the download center pending a new RU8 release. Customers should not proceed with deployments of this update until the new RU8 version is made available. Customers who have already started deployment of RU8 should rollback this update.

The issue impacts the ability of Outlook to connect to Exchange, thus we are taking the action to recall the RU8 to resolve this problem. We will deliver a revised RU8 package as soon as the issue can be isolated, corrected, and validated. We will publish further updates to this blog post regarding RU8.

This issue only impacts the Exchange Server 2010 SP3 RU8 update, the other updates remain valid and customers can continue with deployment of these packages.


INTEL Turbo Boost Not Enabled – Plug in the Power Cord

I noticed this on my Samsung Series 9 Ultrabook so I searched for an answer on Google.

It seems plenty of others asked the same question but the answers were either check BIOS or reinstall the turbo boost monitor.

Well there is no setting in the BIOS and the software is working fine. The monitor works it’s turbo boost that isn’t on.

duh. FIX: It only works if the power is connected.

Understandable with a notebook/ultrabook b






Exchange 2010 Migration

I have to say it was a hell of lot easier to install, maintain and troubleshoot Exchange 2003.

Perhaps a clean install is straightforward, a migration is certainly very complicated.
The management console is poor, you need to drop into Powershell to do many tasks.

And you get to troll Google for all the gotchas, after the fact.
Hey, I would have before hand, but it is not always easy to find them until you get the error messages and the data within them.

Anyway, Up and running except for Outlook Anywhere. Bloody certificates.

I’ll post some links to the info I found useful soon.

Server back up

It looks like the upgrade went well.

Not that any downtime bothers me, as you can see from my posting regularity.


Windows XP SP3 breaks Windows Update

If you install XP SP3 on a clean SP2 box Windows Update will no longer work.
Unless you have the newer Windows Update Agent 3.0 your stuck in a hole
There is no way to get it via AU or WU or MU only a manual installation can resolve the issue

1. Download the new Agent (but do not Run it yet) to your Desktop (so you can find it below) :

X86 Version: http://download.windowsupdate.com/WindowsUpdate/redist/standalone/7.0.6000.381/WindowsUpdateAgent30-x86.exe

2. Start, Run, CMD

In the black box:

net stop wuauserv
“%userprofile%\Desktop\WindowsUpdateAgent30-x86.exe” /wuforce (don’t forget the quotation marks)
 net start wuauserv exit

 Thanks to Bill Castner for putting me onto it.

Microsoft Office Proprietary Formats released

Microsoft has finally publically released the specifications for the Word, Excel and Powerpoint and Office Drawing formats (97-2007)

Previously you had to write to Microsoft to obtain them.


Microsoft Word

Word 97-2007 Binary File Format (.doc) Specification PDF | XPS

Microsoft PowerPoint

PowerPoint 97-2007 Binary File Format (.ppt) Specification PDF | XPS

Microsoft Excel

Excel 97-2007 Binary File Format (.xls) Specification PDF | XPS

Excel 2007 Binary File Format (.xlsb) Specification PDF | XPS

Office Drawing

Office Drawing 97-2007 Binary Format Specification PDF | XPS