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.

Fix for Kernel Panic in Mac OSX
· ☕ 3 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

Follow these steps to fix a kernel panic in Mac OSX. However, if this doesn’t fix the issue, there is a good chance the motherboard is damaged and you need to send it to Apple.

Release and Renew IP in OS X
· ☕ 1 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

I recently had some issues where a bridged virtual machine in osx would disconnect my osx side network connection. A simple release and renew would fix this.

Keep Windows 7 from installing device drivers from Windows Update
· ☕ 1 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

I find a very annoying feature of Windows 7 is every device you install by default searches windows update. This makes installing devices a lot longer than it needs to be. Follow these steps to make windows search your computer first and then Windows Update if needed.

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.