Thursday, 30 April 2009

Windows 7: "An unexpected network error has occured" when accessing Network Drives

a Very Very strange one on Windows 7, after logging onto the domain successfully accessing Mapped drives just gave the error "An unexpected network error has occured" there is nothing logged in Event Viewer or next to no diagnostics to run to figure out this problem.

After a little testing I found that you can access the server manually running its DNS name and then disconnect and re-map the drives you use and this clears the error.

Probably not the best fix - but a fix none the less,

If anyone has any other solutions feel free to post.

Monday, 20 April 2009

Windows 7 Beta Exam Available Soon

The first Windows 7 Beta exam - 71-680: TS Windows 7, Configuring is to be available in a week for Beta testing. If you pass this test it will be added to your transcript and even better - it is free!

Registration for this exam opens on April 27th with the testing period running from May 5th through Mat 18th. You need to hurry though as there are limited beta slots available and once they are gone, registration will close.

To register for this exam use the WIN7J as your registration code when you contact Prometric: http://www.register.prometric.com/ClientInformation.asp

Thursday, 16 April 2009

How to clear the print queue manually when prints won't delete

So your working away on your PC and you send a print but it fails, your out of ink, out of paper or just plain unlucky. You restock your printer but the failed print wont clear in the Queue, the solution is simple:

1.Click "start" and go to "Run"


2.Type "services.msc" at the prompt which will open the Services
window.


3.Scroll down the alphabetical list in the right window pane until you come
to the entry with the name "Print Spooler"


4.Right-click this entry, then select "stop". This will stop the computer
running the process that holds your print queues.


5.Leaving that window open for now, click again on "Start", and then click
"My Computer" to open a Windows Explorer window.

The usual path to the spool folder is
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\PRINTERS, but yours may be slightly
different. Your windows drive may have another name for instance, but this would
be uncommon. So click on your Windows drive (usually C), then double-click on
the Windows folder, and then find the System32 folder and double-click on
that. Windows may warn you that you are about to view system files, but click
"View files anyway" message and search out the "spool folder". Within the
Spool folder is your Printers folder, and you should open
that.


7.Delete every file within this folder to empty the jammed print queue
(pressing the "ctrl" and "a" keys will select all files and then you can just
hit "delete").


8.Close the explorer window now that we have emptied the cleared spool files,
and return to your Services window. we must re-start the Print spool
service, and do so by right-clicking the Print Spool entry and selecting
"Start" from the list. Close the services window and try printing again

Friday, 3 April 2009

OWA - Access to the following potentially unsafe attachments

Ever wondered how to get around the potentially blocked attachments notification, well wonder no more. It is actually very simple.

Simply modify the below registry keys to make the extension you require exempt.

Location: HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\MSExchangeWeb\OWA
Value: Level1FileTypes
Type: REG_SZ
Value Data: ade, adp, app, asx, bas, bat, chm, cmd, com, cpl, crt, csh, exe, fxp, hlp, hta, inf, ins, isp, js, jse, ksh, lnk, mda, mdb, mde, mdt, mdw, mdz, msc, msi, msp, mst, ops, pcd, pif, prf, prg, reg, scf, scr, sct, shb, shs, url, vb, vbe, vbs, wsc, wsf, wsh

Location: HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\MSExchangeWeb\OWAValue: Level2FileTypes
Type: REG_SZ
Value Data: ade, adp, asx, bas, bat, chm, cmd, com, cpl, crt, exe, hlp, hta, htm, html, htc, inf, ins, isp, js, jse, lnk, mda, mdb, mde, mdz, mht, mhtml, msc, msi, msp, mst, pcd, pif, prf, reg, scf, scr, sct, shb, shs, shtm, shtml, stm, url, vb, vbe, vbs, wsc, wsf, wsh, xml, dir, dcr, plg, spl, swf


Easy as that.. you can also add extensions to block by file type too.

Thursday, 2 April 2009

How to: Change the timeout setting in SharePoint 2

I've had issues in the past where users were having timeout issues with SharePoint sites on SBS 2003.

Particularly users with custom form sites or lists that require a lot of data entry will notice that after 15 minutes they are disconnected.

So to extend this default you need to make the following change:


1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.


2. Double-click Web Sites.

3. Right-click the virtual server that you are referring to, and then click Properties.

5. On the Web Site tab, in the Connection timeout box, increase the amount of seconds to a more appropriate number.

6. Click OK.


This should resolve the problem.

Cannot view secure web sites (HTTPS)

If you cannot view or access secure web pages, you may see issues similar to below:

*You cannot get into hotmail and yahoo email accounts.
*Cannot view secure web sites
*Cannot get into bank web sites
*Cannot update Anti Virus


The resolution is unbelievably easy..

1. Click Start.
2. Click Run.
3. Type regsvr32 softpub.dll
4. Click OK.
A pop-up should display with the message Dll Register Server in softpub.dll Succeeded.
5. Job done, try again if it fails restart IE.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Microsoft Office Outlook Hotmail Connector

With the free Microsoft Office Outlook Connector you can view and manage your Hotmail in Outlook.

Manage your Hotmail contacts in Outlook or in Hotmail itself — the Connector will keep them synched up when you make changes.

The Connector also enables you to link your Windows Live Calendar and Outlook calendar — making it easier for you to keep on schedule.

Download it now for Microsoft Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2003.