Windows Server
Exchange Online Archive Requirements
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

This article goes over Exchange Online Archive Requirements and the headache of licensing for it. I recently completed a staged migration from exchange 2007 to exchange online. If you have any users over 50 GB you need the exchange online archive.

iDrac Dell Server (Off-Band Remote Access)
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

I recently had a server freeze up when I wasn’t on-site and needed to power cycle it. I had configured iDrac before but it was not responsive. Here are some useful commands that can configure, reboot, and reset the iDrac function on Dell Servers. The commands below are run from a command prompt on the server (unless otherwise stated) in the (C:\Program Files\Dell\SysMgt\idrac) path.

GFI Archiver resource usage
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

Does your GFI Archiver resource usage SQL process ballon over 8GB? If so, the following procedure will reduce usage by about half and fix many performance issues.

Outlook Security Certificate is invalid
· ☕ 3 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

The following article fixes the Outlook security certificate error your users get when they connect to your exchange server internally. This is typically from installing a 3rd party SSL Certificate.

Cannot Rename Folders on mapped drive
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus
This error message is displayed and I cannot rename folders on the mapped drive. By making a group policy change I was able to make this error go away. The drive that this file or folder is stored on does not allow long file names, or names containing blanks or any of the following characters: / : , ; * ? < > | Solution: Create a GPO to fix To resolve this problem, turn off Fast Logon Optimization.

GFI MailArchiver MAIS Queue Folder has tons of emails stuck
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

The Import service can get stuck and this will stop all the mail in the MAIS Queue Folder. These are the emails that have not been processed and added to GFI Archiver yet, so do not delete them. Below is the fix on how I restored the import service and processed all the stuck email.

Configuring SQL Authentication
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

Configuring SQL Authentication can be tricky at times, and this is a great article that goes over the two types of authentication in SQL. I find some programs interface better with direct SQL authentication when Windows Authentication fails for any reason.

Could not continue installation because update is pending
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

When installing a program I kept getting the prompt below that an update is pending. Even after a restart, this would display, therefore I changed these registry keys to clear up the issue.

Exchange on Primary Domain Controller Slow Reboot and Startup
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

If you had the misfortune of installing Exchange on Primary Domain Controller you will experience some pain when doing a reboot. Typically it will take 10-15 minutes before it restarts and up to 30 minutes to start the Microsoft Exchange Information Store. Consequently, what is really happening in the background is the IS service is being terminated incorrectly on shutdown and the store is left in a “DIRTY” shutdown state. This is very bad on several levels and can cause the Store to corrupt and not start at all, which can be catastrophic.

Disable Outlook Anywhere in Group Policy Object (GPO)
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus
By default the standard outlk12.adm templates do not come with a configuration of Outlook Anywhere. You can configure the “Configure Outlook Anywhere user interface options” options to disable or grey out the settings. However, this DOES NOT disable Outlook anywhere, just user interaction with it. You will need to download a new administrative template that Microsoft released in this [hotfix][5]. If you don’t like reading Microsoft’s wonderful support site instructions or Microsoft changes their support site after this blog post, here is the file and instructions paraphrased.

Target Specific People or Computers with Item-Level Targeting in GPOs
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

Using Group Policy Objects can be a huge time saver, but if used improperly can be a big headache. Once you’ve messed around with GPO settings enough, you quickly figure out that you need to create new GPOs for specific programs, events, etc… that are not all in one GPO. This gives you a lot more flexibility and makes it very easy to track down troublesome GPO related issues when done properly.