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SSL and Exchange Server

In October 2014 or thereabouts it became known that the SSL protocol (specifically SSL v3) was broken and decryption of the encrypted data was possible. This blog post sets out the steps to protect your Exchange Server organization regardless of whether you have one server or many, or whether or not you use a load […]

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Access Is Denied Message After Sysprep–How To Fix

If before you use Sysprep to prepare a Windows machine for imaging you set the administrators password “User cannot change password” then sysprep will not clear this setting, but will set the “User must change password at next logon” setting. Normally these two settings are mutually exclusive, but in the scenario for sysprep it seems […]

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Installing Dell Open Manage 7.1 on Hyper-V R2 Servers

This set of instructions goes through the process for installing Dell Open Manager on Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012. Download both the 6.5 and 7.1 versions of Dell Open Manage You need to install 6.5 first, or you will get errors about “omchecks has stopped working” failing during the RunPreReqChecks process and […]

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Lab Environment: Set All Users With Non-Expiring Passwords

Using Active Directory Module for Windows Powershell (part of Windows 2008 R2 Active Directory and downloadable for earlier versions of AD) use the following cmdlet to set all your user to have non-expiring passwords. Great for lab environments: Get-ADUser | Set-ADAccountControl –PasswordNeverExpires $True

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RegRead and Error -2147024894

Error -2147024894 appears when you use the WScript.Shell RegRead object to read a registry key that does not exist. But why would you get this error when the key does exist! Probably because you are running your code inside a HTA and using a 64bit operating system. The HTA environment is mshta, which is 32 […]

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Hyper-V on the Dell Optiplex

With the correct BIOS settings enabled on a E8500 processor (see http://processorfinder.intel.com/ for the processors that support EM64T, Virtualisation and Execute Disable which is needed for Hyper-V to work), and with them and the Trusted Execution property set to On in the BIOS I got the following errors with Hyper-V RC1 on Windows 2008 Enterprise […]

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Setting MP3 ID Tags with CDDBControl.dll

The CDDBControl DLL that can be downloaded from here can be used in VB or Java Script to programatically set and read the ID3 tags on an MP3 file. Lots of documentation exists on Google which shows you how to write the script, but today I discovered that this control will only operate if the […]

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Unable to Delete Active Directory Object

Whilst doing some tests on an Active Directory to do with permissions I removed all the permissions apart from SYSTEM. This proved what I wanted to prove, but I then could not delete the object or reset its permissions etc. to tidy up my test environment. A search on the web for the problem returned […]

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Two Logins To Install Software

With Windows XP you sometimes see that your Group Policy settings take two reboots or two logins to work. This is because Windows XP operates (by default) in a mode called Fast Logon Optimization. This means that the computer boots and logs in quicker, but it does mean that events that should occur during the […]