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by lunarg on October 29th 2015, at 13:05

These version matrix pages (from Microsoft) contain the build numbers (how to check?) of Exchange, matched against their update "names" (RU, CU numbers), their release dates, and a link to the KB containing the update download:

by lunarg on October 29th 2015, at 11:08

You can quickly clear all port statistics on a Brocade SAN switch. Log on to the switch through CLI and run either:


You can also use portstatsclear -i portnumber to clear individual ports or port ranges. To clear all ports on a 24-ports switch:

portstatsclear -i 0-23
by lunarg on October 28th 2015, at 09:58
Client tools (such as SQL Server Management Studio) are shared features that are installed on every node of a failover cluster. When a node is added, they get installed on the new node automatically. In case the tools haven't been installed before, you can install them without downtime. By default, the regular installation procedure installs the management tools on the entire cluster (i.e. all the nodes).

On older versions of SQL Server (2008, 2008 R2), installation of the client tools on a node may fail during the pre-installation checks, right after the feature selection. The check states that an instance is already present on the node, of course, stating the obvious.

Apparently, this is  ...
by lunarg on October 26th 2015, at 14:00
When attempting to unmount or delete a VMFS datastore on a cluster, you may get the message that the resource is still in use, even though all the VMs have been moved off the datastore, or that Storage I/O Control (SIOC) is enabled on it (usually when attempting to unmount).

To circumvent the issue, temporarily stop SIOC, unmount/delete the datastore, then start SIOC again. If an unplanned Permanent Device Loss (PDL) is invoked when Storage IO control enabled on a storage device (iSCSI device or FC), the ESX host cannot remount the VMFS datastore, and also the steps below are then also required in order to be able to remount the datastore.

On each of the ESX hosts (if there's more than one  ...
by lunarg on October 19th 2015, at 14:06
In a Windows Failover Cluster, you can move roles from one node to another node using the Failover Cluster Manager. Unfortunately, the GUI in 2008 R2 does not provide a way to move the quorum disk to another node. For this, you need to use the cluster command-line tool. This tool allows complete management of the cluster and its roles from the command-line, and this also includes moving the quorum disk.

Note that the cluster command-line tool no longer exist on 2012 and up. In that case, you need to use the Powershell cmdlets for Failover Cluster.

Each 2008R2 failover cluster comes default with two resource groups that are always present:

Available Storage contains all storage that hasn't  ...
by lunarg on October 19th 2015, at 12:59
When users change their passwords of their on-premise AD account, these changes are not replicated to Office365 (Azure AD). In the event log of the server running AD Sync, event 611 is logged:

Event ID 611
Password synchronization failed for domain:

System.DirectoryServices.Protocols.LdapException: The operation was aborted because the client side timeout limit was exceeded.

To resolve the issue, a registry setting has to be changed on the server running AD Sync, followed by a reboot:

On the server running AD Sync, open regedit.

Navigate to the key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Ldap

Set the value of LdapClientIntegrity to 0.

Restart the se  ...
by lunarg on October 19th 2015, at 12:59
When running an Office 365 with Active Directory synchronisation from your on-premise domain, you may encounter the issue where passwords for one, some or all accounts do not sync anymore. This can particularly happen if changes were made to the configuration of the AD sync (such as change in OUs, change of rules, etc.).

If you're using Azure Active Directory Sync tool (old method) for synchronisation, on the server running AD sync, start Powershell, then run these:

Import-Module DirSyncSet-FullPasswordSyncRestart-Service FIMSynchronizationService -Force

Run the following Powershell script on the server running Azure AD Sync Service or Azure AD Connect:

$adConnector = "  ...
by lunarg on October 15th 2015, at 11:03
To properly uninstall TrendMicro OfficeScan 10.5 and have forgotten the uninstall password, you can very easily change it to something familiar, assuming you have administrative permissions on the computer.

Locate and open the INI-file Ofcscan.ini. By default this is located at:%PROGRAMFILES%\Trend Micro\OfficeScan Client\Ofcscan.iniNote that on 64-bit, the default install path will probably be %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%\Trend Micro\...

Search for the line beginning with:Uninstall_Pwd=!CRYPT!364EB2Although the password is encrypted in a hash, you can quite easily replace the hash with another hash of a password you do know. You can use this MD5 hash generator for it.

In the configuration file, r  ...
by lunarg on October 14th 2015, at 09:53
Microsoft has announced the next generation of their tablet: the Surface Pro 4. It features the new 6th generation Intel CPU, higher resolution, more storage, memory, and an improved (back-lit) Type Cover. Prices start at $899 in the US.

→ Surface Pro 4 specifications

Also from Microsoft, is its all-new Surface Book, a 13.5" hybrid ultrabook, and basically the direct competitor to Apple's Macbook. Featuring a high resolution (3000x2000), 6th gen Intel CPU, two full-size USB 3.0 ports, SD card, and much more. The i5/i7 models even come with nVidia GeForce graphics.

→ Surface Book specifications

With its sleek design, and powerful features, it is obvious that Microsoft is fi  ...
by lunarg on October 13th 2015, at 14:46

DigiCert has a very handy tool to automatically change the internal and external URLs of an Exchange CAS server:

by lunarg on October 9th 2015, at 11:06
In larger environments, installing Office from Office365 can be tedious work. Because of how the installation works (Click-to-Run principal), every user would have to log on to Office365 Portal to download and run the installer, and then stream Office to each computer. From a management perspective, this isn't really a good idea. Luckily, Microsoft has updated their Office Deployment Tool to support Click-to-Run, and that includes Office365.

Using Office Deployment Tool to deploy Office365 is pretty straight-forward and does not require much in terms of dependencies or prerequisites. It is also possible to use the deployment tool to deploy Office365 through System Center Configuration Manag  ...
by lunarg on October 9th 2015, at 10:06
With the release of Office 2016, Microsoft has also released the Office 2016 Deployment Tool (download here).

New features for Office Deployment Tool:

Specify which update branch to use.

Specify which language accessory packs to install.

The download of Office Deployment Tool contains a sample configuration.xml. Check out the Reference for Click-to-Run configuration.xml file for a complete reference on what can be configured.

Aside of some minor additional options to the configuration XML, using the Office Deployment Tool hasn't change very much, so this article about how to configure and use Office Deployment Tool for Office 365 is still valid.

More information about updating to Offic  ...
by lunarg on October 8th 2015, at 12:25
When attempting to edit files from a Visual Studio or SQL Studio project, you get the following error:TF204017 The operation cannot be completed because the user does not have one or more required permissions (Use) for workspace ...

This is because you are attempting to edit files inside folders that have been added to someone else's workspace. By default, that user's workspace is set to private, resulting in all files being locked for anyone except that user.

To circumvent the issue, you can either copy them, properly configure TFS, or, as a workaround, ask the user to set his/her workspace to "public".

Start Visual Studio (2012).

Connect to the Team Foundation Server

In th  ...
by lunarg on October 6th 2015, at 13:44

You can download installation files and ISOs of any of the latest versions of VMWare Tools for each released version of ESX:

This is useful if you need support for a certain OS version but are not able to upgrade the ESX host in order to get it (e.g. Windows 10 support on ESX 5.5 "non-u3").

Note that, although officially unsupported, VMWare Tools is technically backwards compatible, meaning you can install a newer version on a guest running on an older ESX host.

by lunarg on October 6th 2015, at 13:37

Windows 10 is not out of the box supported on ESX 5.5, unless you're running 5.5u3. One of the issues is that earlier versions do not have a compatible video driver for Windows 10.

However, for older versions of ESX 5.5, you can manually download the VMWare Tools and install them:

by lunarg on September 30th 2015, at 15:11

If Outlook displays duplicate reminders for the same event, and you don't actually have two appointments with the same content, or the same PST/OST in your profile multiple, you probably have a corrupt reminder "folder", an internal hidden folder containing your reminders.

You can rebuild the reminder folder by exiting Outlook completely, then starting it with a parameter:

outlook /cleanreminders

You can start Outlook with this parameter through the Run dialog (Start → Run, or WinKey + R).

by lunarg on September 30th 2015, at 09:31

You can easily move the table to another filegroup by recreate the clustered index on the table:

ON dbo.YourTable(YourClusteringKeyFields)
ON [filegroup_name]

If the clustered index is unique:

ON dbo.YourTable(YourClusteringKeyFields)
ON [filegroup_name]

This creates a new clustered index and drops the old one. Because the new index is created in the other filegroup, the table will have been moved to that filegroup.

by lunarg on September 25th 2015, at 11:56

Assuming you have not configured that specific port as an L-Port, this can happen where the HBA did not completely log on to the fabric. This issue has been known to happen on Emulex HBAs.

To resolve, simply disable and re-enable the port on the SAN switch:

portdisable <port-number>
portenable <port-number>
by lunarg on September 25th 2015, at 10:00

You can check the warranty and support contract status of your HP products online. This includes the base warranty, support contracts and/or carepacks.

by lunarg on September 23rd 2015, at 14:22
By default, opening a PDF in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC also displays the Tools Pane, which can be annoying for some. While it is not possible to completely remove the toolbar, you can collapse it, but this gets reset each time some other document is opened. This behaviour can be turned off so the pane remains collapsed when opening other documents.

The setting is found in the Preferences:

in the menu click on Edit → Preferences, or press CTRL + K.

In the Categories list, click on Documents.

Unselect Open tools pane for each document, then click OK.

The very next time you open a document, the pane may still be visible if you haven't hidden it during the previous run, but if you collap  ...
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