WSUS Update needed to show Windows 8 / Server 2012 computers

Problem: Found out today when setting up first Windows 8.1 Pro computer that it would not show up in WSUS 3.0 Sp2 (3.2.7600.251) running on Server 2008 R2. The new computer did show that updates were managed by WSUS (system administrator) however it gave an error when you checked for updates.

Resolution: You need to install KB2734608 on the WSUS server, reboot, synchronize and then follow the instructions on it to clear the Windows 8 / Server 2012 computers SoftwareDistribution folder.

After you update your WSUS server the version changes to 3.2.7600.256

See here for the download link and instructions: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2734608

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SHAREPOINT: FIX SLOW BROWSING IN WINDOWS EXPLORER

SHAREPOINT: FIX SLOW BROWSING IN WINDOWS EXPLORER

This is an immediate fix that changed a file copy in progress from 900 hours to 30 minutes!

Link

Did your Domain controller jump back to the year 2000?

Did your Domain controller jump back to the year 2000?

We are seeing some reports that some Active Directory Domains times reverting to November 2000. So what just happened?

Setting permissions to use WordPerfect 8/9 on Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / 7

Setting permissions to use WordPerfect 8 on Windows 2000 / XP / Vista
Rich,

Welcome to WPU!

For Windows 2000 and WordPerfect 8 I collected the information below. I am not sure if it will work, but it should get you started:

First, logged in as Administrator:
1. Find the WP8 Suite’s Programs folder on the drive you installed the suite to
2. Right click on it, and click on properties
3. Select Sharing tab
4. Ensure the folder is Shared
5. Click on Permissions
4. If the groups Users is there, highlight it, if it is not there add it
5. Look at the permissions below, give the Users full control and modify
rights as well to this folder.
6. Now try WPWin8 as a user, again.

Also, Windows 2000 restricts the %systemroot% directory by default; you must print first as Administrator, which will generate PFP80JCM.{PB and PFP80JPR.{PB files in the %systemroot% (%windir%) folder. Make those two files full access for *everyone*.

Then run WP as the user, use File/Print, Settings, and disable print history.

This should allow it to print properly.

And quoting Debra Earle:
In addition to Charles’ comments, WP8 requires users to have some full access to HKLM|Software|Corel; for example, paper size/types are stored under that key rather than under the user’s profile. So you may have to open up permissions on HKLM|Software|Corel to full access for Everybody. Run regedt32, use the Security item on the menu, Permissions.

Vista update
Reported by Andrew Lockwood in the Corel newsgroups:
I worked out the answer for myself. I changed the permissions for
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT / WordPerfect.PerfectScript
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT / WordPerfect.PerfectScript.8
and it works fine now.

So use the registry editor to give all users all permissions for those registry entries.

Source: http://www.wpuniverse.com/vb/showthread.php?9812-Setting-permissions-to-use-WordPerfect-8-on-Windows-2000-XP-Vista

Works (.wps) file converter for Microsoft Word is finally fixed on Windows 7

The Microsoft Works 6-9 converter allows Microsoft Word users to open, save, edit Microsoft Works (.wps) files. Previously, when you installed the converter on Windows 7 and tried to open the file in Word, it would say that the converter needs upgraded and wouldn’t work. If you “upgraded” the same thing would happen, in a loop. Well it seems that Microsoft finally fixed the Converter so that it opens .wps file in Word without giving the error.

More information: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=12

Direct download link: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=12

Desktop shortcuts on Windows 7 disappear automatically!

Issue:

There are two scheduled maintenance tasks that run to remove both broken and unused shortcuts on the desktop when there are more than 4 detected. This unfortunately deletes shortcuts where they are not broken, just temporarily unavailable, such as on Remote Sites. The default run time is weekly at 1:00AM.
Resolution:
Go to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2642357 and run the “FixIt myself” sections until MS fixes the FixIts. The FixIt’s on the page don’t work due to this: “Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the “Applies to” section.”
Hooray!
This is how to perform the fixes manually:
You need to run REGEDIT as an admin.
1. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ScheduledDiagnostics\
2. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
3. Type IsBrokenShortcutsTSEnabled, and then press ENTER.
4. Right-click IsBrokenShortcutsTSEnabled, and then click Modify.
5. In the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK.
6. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ScheduledDiagnostics\
7. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
8. Type IsUnusedDesktopIconsTSEnabled, and then press ENTER.
9. Right-click IsUnusedDesktopIconsTSEnabled, and then click Modify.
10. In the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK.
11. Exit Registry Editor.
It will not delete the shortcuts any more!

Redirect external email to internal Exchange 2010 Sharepoint list

http://sharemypoint.in/2010/04/04/configuring-sharepoint-2010-document-libraries-with-exchange-server-2010-to-receive-mails-from-internalexternal-world/

Originally Posted by Sameer Dhoot on ShareMyPoint

This article will help you to configure SharePoint 2010/2007 server to receive Incoming emails. Following are high level step in order to configure this

  • Configure SMTP Server on SharePoint Server which will receive emails
  • Configure SharePoint to pick up the email from the SMTP server
  • Configure Document Library to receive email
  • Configure Exchange Server, create External Email ID
  • Configure Exchange Server, create “Transport Rule”
  • Configure Exchange Server, create “Send Connector”

 

Configure SMTP Server on SharePoint Server which will receive emails

Perform the following actions on SharePoint Server where you intend to use SMTP Service for Incoming email to be picked-up by SharePoint.

  1. Start Menu
  2. Search for “Windows Power”
  3. Right click “Windows PowerShell”
  4. Click on “Run as administrator”
  5. Click “Yes” if prompted by “User Account Control”
  6. On command prompt type command “Import-Module ServerManager”
  7. On command prompt type command “Add-WindowsFeature SMTP-Server”
  8. Close PowerShell
  9. Click on Start Menu
  10. Click on “Control Panel”
  11. Click on “System and Security”
  12. Click on “Administrative Tools”
  13. Click on “Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 Manager”
  14. Click “Yes” if prompted by “User Account Control”
  15. Expand and select the “[SMTP Virtual Server #1]”
  16. From toolbar click on “>” (Start)
  17. Expand and select the “Domains”
  18. On right hand pane make note of the “Domain Name” for “Local (Default)” e.g. “spdemo.contso.com”. Here “spdemo” is machine name and “contso.com” is domain to which the machine is joined
  19. Close “IIS Manager Snap-in”
  20. Check to see if incoming SMTP traffic is allowed by firewallimage thumb Configuring SharePoint 2010 Document Libraries with Exchange Server 2010 to receive mails from internal/external world

Configure SharePoint to pick up the email from the SMTP server

  1. Open SharePoint Central Administration website (make sure that you have administrators privilege on box where you are running both SMTP and Central Admin site. Start the Internet Explorer by right click and “Run as administrator”, and then type URL to central admin site)
  2. Click on “Operations”
  3. Click on “Incoming e-mail settings” under “Topology and Services”
  4. Select “Yes” under “Enable sites on this server to receive e-mail?”
  5. Select “Advanced” under “Settings mode”
  6. Select “No” under “Use the SharePoint Directory Management Service to create distribution groups and contacts?”
  7. Type your machines FQDN if it is not same as you noted earlier under SMTP server e.g. “spdemo.contso.com”
  8. Type location of email drop folder under “E-mail drop folder:” by default it is “c:\inetpub\mailroot\drop”
  9. Click on “OK” to save settings
  10. Close Central Admin
  11. Open Windows Explorer
  12. Browse to the Drop folder “c:\inetpub\mailroot\drop”
  13. Right click on drop folder and “Properties” and then select “Security” tab
  14. Click on “Edit” and add the id which is used by Central Administration Site which is also know as Farm Account.
  15. Select Full Control for the Central Admin Id which you added
  16. Click on OK and close the box

Configure Document Library to receive email

  1. Browse to the Document library
  2. From Ribbon under “Library” tab click on “Library Settings”
  3. Click on “incoming e-mail settings” under “Communications”
  4. Set  parameters as depicted in image below
    • Select “Yes” for “Allow this document library to receive e-mail?”
    • Type the E-mail id you want under “E-mail address:” e.g. resume
    • Select “Accept e-mail messages from any sender” under “E-mail security policy:”
    • Click on “OK” to save settings

    image thumb1 Configuring SharePoint 2010 Document Libraries with Exchange Server 2010 to receive mails from internal/external world

Configure Exchange Server, create External Email ID

Perform the following actions on server which has Exchange Server 2010 Management Tools

  1. Open “Exchange Management Console” from the start menu
  2. Expand “Microsoft Exchange” > “Microsoft Exchange On-Premises” > “Recipient Configuration” > “Mailbox”
  3. Right click on “Mailbox” and click on “New Mailbox…”
  4. Select “User Mailbox” and click on “Next>”
  5. Select “New user” and click on “Next>”
  6. Type appropriate information (First name, Last Name, User logon name, Password and Confirm Password, click on “Next>”
  7. Type “Resume” under “Alias:” and click on “Next>”
  8. Click “Next>” on “Archive Settings” page
  9. Click “New” on “New Mailbox” page
  10. Click on “Finish”

Configure Exchange Server, create “Transport Rule”

Perform the following actions on server which has Exchange Server 2010 Management Tools

  1. Open “Exchange Management Console” from the start menu
  2. Expand “Microsoft Exchange” > “Microsoft Exchange On-Premises” > “Organization Configuration” > “Hub Transport”
  3. Select tab “Transport Rules”
  4. From “Actions” click on “New Transport Rule…”
  5. Type “Resume” under “Name” and useful comment under “Comment:” and click on “Next>”
  6. Under “Step 1: Select condition(s)” select “sent to people”
  7. Under “Step 2: Edit the rule description by clicking an underlined value:” click on “people”
  8. Click on “Add…” in “Specify recipients” popup window
  9. Type “resume” in search box and click on “Find Now”
  10. Select the email id which should be the same you have created in previous procedure and click on “OK” to close the “Select Recipient…” window
  11. Click on “OK” to close the “Specify recipients” window
  12. Click on “Next >”
  13. Under “Step 1: Select Actions:” select “redirect the message to addresses”
  14. Under “Step 2: Edit the rule description by clicking an underlined value:” click on “addresses”
  15. Click on small down arrow next on add… button and click on “External E-mail Address…”
  16. Type the email resume@spdemo.contso.com and click on “OK” (This is the same E-mail which we assigned to document library”
  17. Click on “OK” to close the “Specify recipients” window
  18. Click on “Next >”
  19. Click on “Next >”
  20. Click on “New”
  21. Click on “Finish”

Configure Exchange Server, create “Send Connector”

Perform the following actions on server which has Exchange Server 2010 Management Tools

  1. Open “Exchange Management Console” from the start menu
  2. Expand “Microsoft Exchange” > “Microsoft Exchange On-Premises” > “Organization Configuration” > “Hub Transport”
  3. Select tab “Send Connectors”
  4. From “Actions” click on “New Send Connector…”
  5. Type “Forward to SPDEMO”  and click on “Next >”
  6. Click on “Add…”
  7. Type “spdemo.contso.com” under “Address:” and click on “OK”
  8. Click on “Next >”
  9. Select “Route mail through the following smart hosts:”
  10. Click on “Add…”
  11. Select “Fully qualified domain name (FQDN):”
  12. Type “spdemo.contso.com” and click on “OK”
  13. Click on “Next >”
  14. Click on “Next >” (No change on page “Configure smart host authentication settings”)
  15. Click on “Next >” (No change on page “Source Server”)
  16. Click on “New”
  17. Click on “Finish”

Send a test mail now from you Gmail account icon smile Configuring SharePoint 2010 Document Libraries with Exchange Server 2010 to receive mails from internal/external world

Following is the how the mail flows from internet to document library

  1. You send email from your Gmail account to resume@contso.com  which relays the mail to your domain.
  2. Exchange server receives the e-mail from Gmail and then check if there any rules defined.
  3. Exchange determines that this email matches the transport rule which we created called “Resume”, per the rule it forwards it to resume@spdemo.contso.com
  4. Exchange server’s now has this email in its queue to be delivered, it check if there is any specific route which it needs to use to relay this email
  5. Exchange determines that it matches the send connector which we created “Forward to SPDEMO”, per the rule it relays the e-mail to SMTP server defined in the connector
  6. SMTP server running on SharePoint server receives the email and is kept in Drop folder
  7. SharePoint’s timer job picks the email from drop folder as we configured in Central Administration
  8. SharePoint processes the email, extracts the email id which it is send to, after extracting the id it now tries to match it with lists which are configured to receive the e-mails.
  9. It has matched this email to document library which we configured, per the document library settings anyone can send e-mail so no security check is done, SharePoint extracts all possible attachments from the email and uploads them to the library.

Food for crawlers

  • How to configure Exchange Server and SharePoint
  • Integrating Exchange Server with SharePoint
  • How to configure SharePoint Document Libraries to receive emails from Internet using Exchange Server
  • Integrating SharePoint Server 2007 with Exchange Server 2007 to receive emails
  • Configuring MOSS 2007 to receive e-mails from internet
  • Configuring SMTP service and exchange server to receive email into SharePoint
  • Creating Send Connector and Transport Rule in exchange server 2010 and 2007 to relay internal emails received from internet

 

Fake Anti Virus 2012, Security Center or similar programs removal instructions

Problem:

It seems that the majority of the corporate and personal computer issues these days are coming from fake Antivirus programs that pose as legitimate programs, even faking the Windows Security Center. These programs seem to load even if antimalware programs are installed. Fortunately, our computers have user accounts in user account mode, therefore limiting the virus’s destructive potential.

Solution(s):

For the most part, running an updated antimalware scanner such as MalwareBytes AntiMalware, ESET’s online scanner or VIPRE’s rescue scanner can find most if not all of the virus and destroy it. If you can log in as another user (an admin), browse to the user’s application data folder, usually “C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data” in Windows XP and prior and “C:\Users\[username]\AppData” (check all 3 folders inside) for Vista and Windows 7. The virus usually installs to this root location and may make some copies of itself in this location. Just delete any strange EXE files you find in here, they will probably all have the same recent date/time. The above scanners may also be able to handle this.

When you eradicate many of the fake Antivirus programs they often remove the EXE file association (because they had taken it over to launch the virus every time you tried to launch an application). This can be remedied by downloading the EXE fix from this website: http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm

You can usually at least launch Internet Explorer when the EXE’s are not assigned to any program. If not, follow the instructions below or on the site to open RegEdit and then import the file downloaded from the site.
If your EXE file associations are corrupted, it can be difficult to open REGEDIT, or to even import REG files.  To work around this, press CTRL-ALT-DEL and open Task Manager.  Once there, click File, then hold down the CTRL key and click New Task (Run).  This will open a Command Prompt window.  Enter REGEDIT.EXE and press Enter.
Thanks to Nigel Andrews for this tip.”

There are also multiple Microsoft FixIt sites or others with similar EXE registry edits and fixing solutions like this: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/837334 .

Hopefully this will help you with your infection. I have found that prevention is the best medicine and having users browse with Mozilla Firefox and Adblock Plus add-in completely resolves these fake antivirus issues.

“File (or Folder) in use. The action can’t be completed because the folder or a file in it is open in another program” error when copy, move, rename, etc to a file – Windows 7

Problem:

“Folder In Use. The action can’t be completed because the folder or a file in it is open in another program”. Temporary impossibility to copy – move – rename, etc. *media files* in Windows 7.

This error seems to occur when quickly editing a file and then trying to use it again. There are numerous programs (including Windows) that index files constantly on your PC and this may be causing the lock. There is a program called Unlocker that will unlock files similar to the solution below. It just seems that this problem occurs mainly with Windows 7, especially when browsing across the network.

Solution Workaround:

Choose any other media file and press “copy”. No need to paste anywhere. The file which was initially locked is now unlocked and can be copied, moved, renamed, etc.

See: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itprogeneral/thread/723b2ddb-d97c-4529-8ca3-420dc294c9e4/

How does Windows 7 know whether it has internet access or if a Wi-Fi connection requires in-browser authentication?

In Windows 7, the notification area networking icon will show an error indicator if there is no internet access wifi-err, and the error icon goes away once there is a successful connection to the internet networking normal. Sometimes, if the WiFi connection requires an in-browser authentication step, like on many guest networks in hotels or universities, then the following pop-up bubble appears, saying as much: additional log on information may be required, click to open your browser

How does Windows know whether or not it has a successful internet connection?
Presumably it is checking some online Microsoft service to see whether it has a successful connection, gets redirected to some other page, or doesn’t get any response at all, but I haven’t seen anywhere that this process or the services used are documented. Can anybody explain how this works? I would prefer answers that refer to facts, rather than just guessing, but if you have a really good guess, then go for it.

Answers:

1.

After some digging (the sheer number of network and Internet related services in Windows is astonishing), I think I found it: Windows Vista and 7 have a variety of Network Awareness features, one of which is the Network Connectivity Status Indicator that performs connectivity tests that in turn are used by the network systray icon. The test for internet connectivity is simple: NCSI tries to load a specific page via HTTP (more precisely: a text document) and tests whether it can be retrieved. If that is not successful, Windows detects “No Internet access”. The mechanism also checks whether the domain the document is hosted on resolves to the correct (i.e. expected) IP address, so it might also assume proper internet access if this test is successful, but the document can’t be retrieved.

The reason it reports “No Internet Access” when you haven’t authenticated on a Hotspot yet lies in the way a Hotspot works: It blocks all ports besides 80 and 443 (for HTTP and HTTPS, respectively), which get redirected to the Hotspot’s authentication server and might mess with DNS requests in one way or another. Thus, NCSI can neither resolve the domain its test file is hosted on and even if it could, it wouldn’t reach the actual file because HTTP traffic is redirected to the Authentication server.

Source: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766017%28WS.10%29.aspx

2.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766017(WS.10).aspx

The following list describes how NCSI might communicate with a Web site to determine whether a network has Internet connectivity:

  1. A request for DNS name resolution of dns.msftncsi.com
  2. A HTTP request for http://www.msftncsi.com/ncsi.txt returning 200 OK and the text Microsoft NCSI

This can be disabled with a registry setting. If you set

 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ NlaSvc\Parameters\Internet\EnableActiveProbing 

to 0, Windows will no longer probe for internet connectivity.

Apple does something very similar in iOS to detect internet connectivity and possible hotel “login” wifi pages, etc.

SARTA IT: Using your own server for verification is also possible if you don’t like pinging Microsoft everytime you start your PC.

Source: http://superuser.com/questions/277923/how-does-windows-know-whether-it-has-internet-access-or-if-a-wi-fi-connection-req