Ben Hamilton

Category Archives: Microsoft

Insufficient Disk Space Warning When Attempting to install

Quick easy fix for Insufficient Disk Space Warning When Attempting to Unpack and Install a Sage ACT! Update or Hot Fix. The error arises from the fact that the free space on the drive is a multiple of 4GB. The underlying issue is to do with a bug in InstallShield. To fix this create a […]

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Command Line Install Telnet Client

I often use telnet to test if a port is open or not. However, on Windows Vista and up, and Windows Server 2008 and up the telnet client isn’t installed by default. To install it, do the following from a command line: pkgmgr /iu:”TelnetClient” Source: Microsoft Technet

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Windows Off-screen

Just had another client puzzled by this issue, their IT provider couldn’t figure out what was wrong either. The application (in this instance ACT!) appeared to start, but wasn’t visible. Ultimately, the window was off screen. They had used an external monitor and had been using the app on that second screen. They’d shutdown, removed […]

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Window Key + Arrow Key

If you’re using Windows 7, have you tried pressing the ‘Windows’ key and either the left or right arrow key at the same time? What this does is ‘half screen’ your current application window. This is particularly useful on larger screens. For example I can have a reference document occupy the left half of the […]

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Editing Microsoft Office Documents on the iPad

I got asked on the weekend about what do I use on the iPad to edit Microsoft documents. I’ve been using an iPad (the ‘new iPad’ or the ‘iPad 3’ depending on who you talk to) and have been needing to both create and edit Microsoft Office Word and Excel documents. I’ve tried using Google […]

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RDP setup

I often need to connect to servers via RDP. I’ve found these posts below helpful for configuring RDP connection settings, specifically getting the new RDP window to open on the screen I want in the position I want. Firstly, GrandPixel’s comment on this blog post at hydrous.net at 9:00pm on August 17, 2010. Secondly, this […]

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Best Practice Outlook 2010

Good read, if you’re into tech stuff: This guide represents our advice on how to get the most out of Outlook 2010. However, it is not a comprehensive guide. A few core scenarios are covered to help you leverage Outlook into your information management needs. Best practices for Outlook 2010 – Outlook – Office.com.

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No IMAP to Exchange 2003

So I ran into an issue I’ve not seen before yesterday. Couldn’t get Microsoft Outlook 2010 configured to talk via IMAP to Microsoft Exchange 2003, although the username and password was correct, it just would not connect. Turns out the answer is in this Microsoft KB article: Users Cannot Log On Using POP3 and the […]

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How to find your external ip address from the command line

I often need to know what the external IP address for a client is. Thus I’ve cobbled together the following script. Simply copy the code below into externalip.cmd and when run from the command prompt it will do two things for you: the script will display the external IP address the script will set the […]

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Update on XPUnlimited

So some time ago I wrote a post about using XPUnlimited questioning it’s legality. Today I’ve had another systems engineer tell me that it is legal. So I’ve spoken with the local distributor (http://xpunlimited.com.au/) here in Australia and asked them to clarify this. Part of their reply pointed me to the FAQ on the XPUnlimited.com […]

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Reading the Registry from the Command Line

Often I need to check windows registry values, for example, to see if an addon is working. From the Microsoft Windows command line (Start | run | cmd) it is easy to see what value a registry key has: REG QUERY “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\MS Project\Addins\Mindjet.Mm8MsProject.AddIn.4” /v “LoadBehavior” In this example above, we see if the Mindjet Mindmanager […]

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Who should pay for Microsoft SQL installations that go wrong?

The day is almost over, so I’ll fill you in on some of what occurred today, as it relates directly to this post by Mike at GLComputing. This was originally written as a comment to his post and kinda grew, so I’m posting it here in full. SQL 2008 Express R2 has finally let me […]

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How to clear the MS Exchange mail queue quickly

Spent the day dealing with an exchange server that had been compromised. As a result, heaps of spam emails were in the exchange mail queue. Manually removing them is a major pain in the rear. Fortunately, others have shared how to clear the Microsoft Exchange mail queue of thousands for spam mails. Stop the SMTP […]

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Enable Network Level Authentication on XP Pro

I just tried to remotely control a server via RDP and got the error The remote computer requires Network Level Authentication, which your computer does not support. A quick search uncovered Microsoft KB 951608 which shows which two registry keys need editing to enable it. After you reboot of course. Click Start, click Run, type […]

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Is using XP Unlimted legal?

This is a question I’ve been asked, and I’ve seen a multitude of opinions out there on the wild wild web. Thus I thought I’d share my findings. First of all, what is XP Unlimited? XP Unlimited turns your Windows System into a full blown Terminal Server, without any limit. XP Unlimited gives you eXtra […]

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Using registry values in scripts

I’m often writing scripts to do stuff. It makes my job easier. I’ve often wanted to be able to script the discovery of registry values in the Windows Registry. Thus here is a short example on using the vanilla windows command line to find the value of a Windows registry key. From my testing these […]

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Finding user SID

Occasionally you may want to know the [SID][] of a windows user. If that made no sense to you, read no futher, this snippet is not for you. [SID]:http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Security+Identifier “Read a definition of what the SID is” Open up REGEDIT and browse to this key: `HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList` Here you will find a list of SID’s, […]

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Network Connection control panel applet

Quick tip on getting the Network Connections control panel applet, do one of the following: WIN+R, ncpa.cpl<enter> CTRL-SHIFT-ESC, Applications, File, New Task, ncpa.cpl <enter> This will give you quick access to changing network settings, useful if you have no mouse… as per a workstation I’m working on right now.

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When SharePoint barfs

A client has a SharePoint installation that has died, with all their project files and data in it. In the course of searching for how to resurrect it, I’ve found the following that seem to be things that others may well benefit from: An article on the Official SBS Blog, pointing to an unofficial tool: […]

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Evolving the ACT

It is now two weeks in to my new digs at Evolution Marketing – and it sure is fun. Primarily I’ve been learning how to drive ACT!, software to take care of your contact management. Yesterday and today I’ve been playing with custom tables in the ACT! MS-SQL database. While ACT! looks after contacts and […]

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