Howto: Uninstall Adobe Flash Player from the command line

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It seems like Adobe is releasing new Flash Players on a regular basis to deal with security issues.  It’s important to remove old versions of Flash Player prior to installing the new version.  Otherwise, you’ll keep remnants of the vulnerable versions on your system. Here’s a very simple way to uninstall your previous version of […]

Howto: Fix the Outlook 2007 Double Spacing Problem

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I use Outlook 2007 and have experienced crazy formatting problems under certain circumstances that are not always reproducible. Here’s what I did to fix the problem: Close both Outlook and Word if they are running Browse to my C:\Documents and Settings\User\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates directory and rename the normal.dotm and normalemail.dotm files. These files will be automatically […]

Howto: Install and Configure Moodle on Windows Server 2003 with IIS 6

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Matthias Wachs has written a very nice white paper that discusses how to install Moodle on Windows Server 2003.  The paper is written in English, but the link was found on a German language web site. His paper covers configuring Moodle to work with the following products: Windows Server 2003 R2 IIS 6 SQL Server […]

Howto: Remotely disconnect a Terminal Services Session

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[update 2008-08-06] I’ve written about another method for remotely disconnecting a terminal server session can be found here. Windows server 2000/2003 allows two remote terminal services connections for administrative purposes.  Every once in a while I’ll get the “You exceeded the allowed connection count” message when trying to connect to a server via RDP, because previous sessions were […]

Howto: Enable POP3 logging in Exchange 2007

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POP3 logging is not enabled by default in Exchange 2007. To enable it, edit the C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\ClientAccess\PopImap\Microsoft.Exchange.Pop3.exe.config file. Under appSettings, change <add key=”ProtocolLog” value=”false” /> to <add key=”ProtocolLog” value=”true” /> and restart the Microsoft Exchange POP3 service. You can restart it in services.msc or run the following command from the Exchange Management Console: Restart-service […]

How to change the SQL sa password from a command prompt

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To change the SQL sa password from a command prompt: Start a command prompt by typing Start – Run – cmd Enter the following commands, pressing Enter after each line OSQL -S yourservername -E     1> EXEC sp_password NULL, ‘yourpassword’, ‘sa’     2> GO Where yourservername is the name of your server and yourpassword is the new […]

Howto: Force Outlook to Download Updated Exchange Offline Address Books

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I just created a new user on my Exchange 2003 server, and wanted to verify the new account was shown in the Global Address List (GAL). I’m using the Outlook 2007 client in cached mode, and I wanted to download the updated offline address book immediately, rather than waiting for it to perform it’s scheduled […]

Howto: Enable Automatic Updates in Windows 2008 Server Core

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Windows 2008 Server Core uses the SCregEdit.wsf script found in C:\Windows\System32 to configure Automatic Updates behavior. To view the current Automatic Updates settings, from the command prompt type: c:\windows\system32\scregedit.wsf /AU /v The following values correspond to the response generated by the scregedit.wsf script. 1 = Automatic Updates Disabled 4 = Automatic Updates Enabled To enable […]

Howto: Configure the Windows 2008 Server Core Screensaver Activation Period

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By default the Windows 2008 Server Core screensaver will activate after 600 seconds (10 minutes) of inactivity. To change the amount of time the screensaver waits to activate, edit the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\ScreenSaveTimeOut I changed mine from 600 seconds (10 minutes) to 1200 seconds (20 minutes). Sander has several other Desktop related settings […]

Howto: Enable Remote Desktop on a Windows 2008 Server Core System

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Windows 2008 Server Core uses the SCregEdit.wsf script found in C:\Windows\System32 to configure Terminal Services (TS) behavior. TS is the method of remote controlling your Server Core system through Remote Desktop (RDP). To view the current Terminal Server settings for Vista/Windows 2008 clients, at the server command prompt type: c:\windows\system32\scregedit.wsf /AR /v The following values […]