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16Dec/100

Speed up Outlook 2007

If Outlook 2007 has been running slower then usual you can try disabling Add-ins that are not being used.

To do this Open up the Trust Center by navigating to Tools –> Trust Center on the menu.

On the left-hand pane, choose Add-ins, and then near the bottom of the window you’ll see a button that will let you manage your COM Add-ins.

From this window you can disable any addins that aren't in use.   Here are some I've disabled...

  • Microsoft Exchange Unified Messaging - Disable this if you aren't using Exchange.
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server Colleague Import Add-in - Disable this if you aren't using Sharepoint.
  • Microsoft Outlook Mobile Service - Disable this if you are not sending text  messages from Outlook.
  • iTunes Outlook AddIn - Disable this if you are not syncing your calendar or contacts with an iTunes device.
21Oct/101

Printer goes offline after successful print job

If your printer in Windows Server keeps going offline even if its status says 'Ready' and you know its online try disabling SNMP on the Server.

Right click the printer and choose Properties.  Under the Ports tab click Configure Port... and uncheck SNMP Status Enabled.

21Oct/100

Printers and Faxes freezing in Server 2003 SBS

I couldn't print to a network printer shared through Server 2003 SBS.  I tried restarting the Print Spooler on the Server but that ended up freezing the Printers and Faxes window.   I tried clearing out the print queue by emptying the following folder:

%SystemRoot%\System32\Spool\Printers
You will have to stop the Print Spooler to delete the files

To fix this I deleted the TCP/IP port in the registry:

HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Print\Monitors

Look for the corresponding IP address.  Always backup the registry before modifying anything.

16Oct/101

TortoiseSVN and Error 403 Forbidden

A client of mine was using TortoiseSVN and was having difficulty committing a change to the repository.   Below is a similar error message to the one he was getting.
svn: Commit failed (details follow):
svn: MKACTIVITY of ‘/foobar/!svn/act/1f177b34-1601-0010-84ad-c180bd3a7ab5′: 403 Forbidden (http:/svn.foobar.com)
The issue is that Windows is case INSENSITIVE but SVN is case SENSITIVE.
In TortoiseSVN right click the checked out folder and 'Relocate' to the case SENSITIVE path.
IE https://contoso.com/repo -> https://contoso.com/REPO
We were using TortoiseSVN and VisualSVN Server.
13Oct/100

Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 BSOD on Resume

I have Windows 7 x64 and a 1.5TB hard drive. Whenever my PC was resuming from standby I would get a BSOD. I initially thought it was a driver issue but I came across this KB article.

"You receive various Stop error messages in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2 when you try to resume a computer that has a large SATA hard disk"

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977178

5Oct/100

Disable Password Lock on Exchange 2007 for iPhone Users

If you have an iPhone with OS 3.0 or greater and Exchange 2007 it will require you to enable a PIN on your device by default. To disable this you need to...

  1. Open the Exchange Management Console
  2. Expand the Organization Configuration
  3. Click on Client Access
  4. Double click your Activesync Mailbox Policy
  5. Click the Password tab
  6. Uncheck Require password and click OK

If your iPhone is already syncing with Exchange you'll need to remove the partnership for the setting to take effect.

  1. In the console tree, navigate to Recipient Configuration > Mailbox.
  2. Select a user, and then select Manage Mobile Device from the action pane. * The Manage Mobile Device dialog box will display a list of all devices that are configured for synchronization.
  3. Choose the device, Select Remove mobile device parternship and click Remove.

Note: The Manage Mobile Device link is only available in the action pane for users who've established a mobile phone partnership with the Exchange server.