Sunday 21 June 2009

Removing Public Folders From Exchange 2007

PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK!

I TAKE ABSOLUTELY NO RESPONSIBILITY IF YOU ATTEMPT TO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS AND DESTROY YOUR EXCHANGE SERVER IN THE PROCESS!

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Friday 13 March 2009

Couple of Tips & Bye Bye Shorts!

As I’ve been cleaning out the Shorts section of my site, I’ve come across a couple of tips that I wanted to keep. Until I started using Delicious I used to blog useful links in Shorts, or as it was called for a the time my SideBlog, but now that I use Delicious for all my bookmarks, there didn’t seem to be any point in keeping the Shorts around any longer. The URL will just redirect to my Delicious page from now on.

Disabling The Information Bar in IE7:
1) Go to the Custom security option for the Internet Zone and then do the following…
2) Turn off the Information Bar for file downloads, in the Downloads section of the list, under Automatic prompting for file downloads, click Enable.
3) Turn off the Information Bar for ActiveX controls, in the ActiveX controls and plug-ins section of the list, under Automatic prompting for ActiveX controls, click Enable.

Sending Ctrl-Alt-Del Via RDP:
Since hitting the three fingered salute works on the local machine only, you have to press Ctrl-Alt-End to send the keystrokes to the remote desktop.

Wednesday 25 February 2009

Google Toolbar New Tab Page

If you are using version 5 of the Google Toolbar for Firefox then you might be aware of a new feature similar to the speed dial function in Opera or Google Chrome’s start page, known as the new tab page.

There are quite a few other addons that will interfere with the option to use the new tab page, some of which replicate similar functions, a non-comprehensive list of these are:

– Auto Dial
– Auto Dial 3D
– Bookmarks Tab
– Fast Dial
– New Tab JumpStart
– NewTabURL
– Speed Dial
– Tab Mix Plus

If you would prefer to use Google’s page instead of a separate addon, simply disable the offending addon.

It is possible to use the new tab page and Tab Mix Plus however.

Go into the Tab Mix Plus options and under Events, Tab Opening, change

“Load on new tabs” to “User Location” and put this in the location

field:

chrome://google-toolbar/content/new-tab.html

You can also put this location into the URL box in NewTabURL’s options.

There is more information relating to this issue in the Google Toolbar support forum.

Saturday 07 February 2009

Windows Photo Gallery

In Vista, when you click on a JPG, PNG or BMP file, the Windows Photo Gallery is the default viewer. This is the updated version of XP’s Windows Picture and Fax Viewer. Not entirely sure why it doesn’t open GIFs, but that’s another story.

I had noticed on my install of Vista Ultimate 32-bit that it had just ceased to work, it would open the program but not display any images. I had searched around for an answer but nothing jumped out at me. So I just installed Irfanview and ignored it.

Now skip forward a few months and I’ve just installed the 64-bit version of Vista Ultimate, and the same problem had appeared. So I really wanted to track down what the heck is going on. And I finally found my answer.

The whole problem is caused by my monitor’s colour profile.

If you ever have the same problem, you need to remove the assigned colour profile.

  • Go to Control Panel.
  • Click Classic View on the left.
  • Open Color Management.
  • Tick Use my settings for this device.
  • Select the current colour profile, and click remove.
  • Click Close.
  • Reboot.

Now your Photo Gallery should display images again.

Thursday 21 August 2008

Exchange 2007 Not Processing Forward/Redirect Rules

I wanted to have certain emails forwarded to my Gmail account from my Exchange mailbox as they arrived, as email arriving in my Gmail account are pushed to my phone, not unlike a Blackberry. I soon realised that the rule was not working, and so did a little research.

What I discovered is that automatic forwarding to an external domain is disabled by default so I had to turn that option on. Internal forwarding is enabled by default.

To do this, open the Exchange Management Console, open up Organisation Configuration, select Hub Transport and go to the Remote Domains tab.

Normally there will be only one entry in the list, so select this and go to Properties.

Click onto the Message Format tab, and check the Allow automatic forward option, and click OK.

Now your forward and redirect rules should work to external domains!

TL;DR – EMC > Organization Configuration > Hub Transport > Remote Domain Properties > Message Format Tab > Allow automatic forward

Thursday 14 August 2008

440 Login Timeout

If anyone receives this error when trying to access OWA on Exchange 2007, and have modified their logon.aspx and/or logoff.aspx files (and probably any others), make sure the permissions are set correctly!

I was getting a blank page when trying to load OWA after updating to Rollup 3 for Exchange 2007 SP1 which I discovered was due to my modified logon/logoff files not being updated properly, so I reinstalled it and all was fine – until I re-applied my modifications.

Although the permissions looked correct at first glance, there definitely was something wrong with them as the 440 Login Timeout error disappeared once I toggled the allow inheritable permissions to propagate setting, removing all previously existing permissions in the process.

From a quick search on Google, there did seem to be a few other reasons you might be getting this error, but for me, resetting the permissions on all the files I had changed fixed it.

Hope this helps!

Thursday 08 November 2007

Command Window Here

Although you can use one of Microsoft’s XP PowerToys to add a Command Prompt Here option to the menu when you right-click on a folder, this doesn’t work on 2003 (or Vista). Here’s a simple way to get the same functionality.

Create a text file called “prompthere.reg” and copy the following text into it. Then save and run it.


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Folder\shell\prompt]

@="Command &Window Here"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Folder\shell\prompt\command]

@="cmd.exe /k pushd %L"

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