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: Restore the Recycle Bin icon to a Windows Vista Desktop

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One of my co-workers somehow deleted his Recycle Bin icon from his Windows Vista desktop this morning.  This is what I had him do to restore it back to the desktop: Right click on the Desktop and select Personalize On the left hand side select Change Desktop Icons Select the Recycle Bin icon and click OK Your […]

Howto: Fix Remote Web Workplace not working with XP SP3

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After applying Windows XP SP3 you may receive the following message when trying to access Remote Web Workplace (RWW) on a Windows Small Business Server (SBS): This portion of the Remote Web Workplace requiresthe Microsoft Remote Desktop ActiveX Control.  Your browswer’s security settings may be preventing you from downloading ActiveX controls.  Adjust these settings, and […]

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: 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: 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 […]

Howto: Shut down or reboot a Windows 2008 Server Core System

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To shut down a Windows 2008 Server Core System, at the command prompt type: Shutdown -s -t xx where -s = shut down -t xx = time to wait before shutting down in seconds, where xx =0 to 600 To shut down a Windows 2008 Server Core System immediately, at the command prompt type: Shutdown […]