Outlook 2010, 2013 & 2016 Wont Archive Emails Fix

Problem;-
Outlook will not let me archive old emails to a .pst file. The reason I want to do this is to free up space in my exchange online mailbox as it’s nearing it’s limit. I can tell it to do an archive, specify a date etc but it does nothing and all the old emails I told it archive are still there.

Solution;-
Outlook for some reason decides to archive based on modified date not sent or received date that you would expect. To remedy this you must first make sure that if you are using Outlook 2010 then you have applied the following hotfix first (not needed for 2013 or 2016) then add the following entry to the Registry.

Key for Outlook 2010: 
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Outlook\Preferences
Key for Outlook 2013: 
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Outlook\Preferences
Key for Outlook 2016: 
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Outlook\Preferences

Value name: ArchiveIgnoreLastModifiedTime
Value type: REG_DWORD
Value: 1

You must restart Outlook after you add the ArchiveIgnoreLastModifiedTime registry.

Archiving should now work as expected.

Learn morse code the easy way

I stumbled across this nifty little Morse code learning tool today whilst browsing the Experiments with Google site. I know what you’re thinking… “why do i need to learn Morse code”? Well… it’s highly unlikely that you would ever need to know, but the idea behind this trainer is to make learning Morse code fun and encourage people to keep at it.

Why not give it a try… https://morse.withgoogle.com/learn/ 

Publish current files shortcut key Visual Studio 2017

I know this is unbelievely basic but to publish the currently selected file in Visual Studio 2017 whether it’s the current file you’re working on or one you have selected in the solution explorer all you have to do it press the following…

Hold Alt, then press ; then press P

The reason for this post is that Visual Studio displays the shortcut key as Alt+;,Alt+P which I found a bit confusing and after a bit of ‘googling’ I found that many others out there thought the same too!

Stop Windows Server 2012 from automatically restarting after login

Let’s imagine… you’ve just logged in to your server and you are presented with “Your PC will restart in 15 minutes”. In some cases, this may cause you to panic, especially if you know the server is being used by lots of “important” users.

Fortunately there is a quick fix for this to stop the countdown and avoid a reboot.

  1. Open an Administrative command prompt.
  2. Type NET STOP WUAUSERV to stop the Windows Update service.

This will stop the windows update service and stop the countdown timer until the server is rebooted manually at a more convenient time.

P.S. If you are reading this article you may already have found people suggesting you type “shutdown -a” from a command prompt. This does not work!

Windows update not working, stuck at 0%

I found a solution to my problem when Windows would search for updates, but then when it started downloading it would stay at 0% forever. I started by stopping the Windows Update service (in my case the service proved to be frozen so I restarted my computer and disabled the service before it starts) and the Application Experience service. After that I went to the C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder and pressed ctrl+a and shift+delete to empty its contents. Mine contained more than 70,000 files so it took a while. I started Application Experience and enabled Windows Update. I let it check for updates and try to download them. It worked perfectly.

Do not worry about deleting important windows files in this case. The contents of SoftwareDistribution is used as a cache and data for Windows Update. When Windows Update starts again it rebuilds the cache repopulating it with up-to-date versions of the files and chewing up a ton of hard disk space again.

Original article can be found here

How do I enable the Windows 10 administrator account?

To enable the Windows 10 administrator account do the following:

  1. Tap on the Windows-key. This should open the start menu or bring you to the Start Screen interface depending on how Windows 10 is configured on the system.
  2. Type cmd and wait for the results to be displayed.
  3. Right-click on the Command Prompt result and select “run as administrator” from the context menu.
  4. Run the command net user to display a list of all user accounts on the system.
  5. To activate the inactive administrator account, run the command net user administrator /active:yes
  6. If you want to enable the guest account as well run the command net user guest /active:yes
  7. The administrator account is active now which means that you can sign in to the system using it. It is not password protected by default which means that anyone with access to the system can use it to sign in to it.

It is highly recommended to protect it with a password. This can also be done on the command line:

  1. Type net user administrator * and hit enter.
  2. You get a password prompt. Type the desired password and again when you are asked to type it a second time for confirmation.

To disable accounts at any time, use the following command:

  1. On an elevated command prompt: net user administrator /active:no

Other commands of interested are:

  1. Net user administrator – Displays information about the user account on the command line.
  2. Net user username /delete – Deletes username on the system. This does not work with built-in accounts.

This article was originally found here

Failed BIOS Lock, Windows Server 2012 R2 (ROK) HP Proliant ML 10 Gen9

Having problems trying to install Windows server 2012 R2 OEM Reseller Option Kit (ROK) on your HP Proliant ML 10 Gen 9 server? Me too! Brand new server, new install using the ROK software supplied, boot from the DVD then a few screens later I would get the following “Failed BIOS Lock” error message.

Luckily I found the following article on the HP enterprise support site that confirmed it was an issue with the installation media not the server.

http://h20564.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-c05136138

If your installation media matches one of the many listed then the solution is to fill out some forms and they’ll send you some new DVD’s.

https://ebiz3.mentormediacorp.com/HPEDGRCR/ 

Secure your IIS web server! SSL best practices.

If you are setting up a windows server that’s going to be dishing out websites using IIS on the web then you really need to make a few changes to default settings when it comes to SSL security and settings.

IIS Crypto is a free tool that gives administrators the ability to enable or disable protocols, ciphers, hashes and key exchange algorithms on Windows Server 2008, 2012 and 2016. It also lets you reorder SSL/TLS cipher suites offered by IIS, implement best practices with a single click, create custom templates and test your website.

Screenshot1

For further information and to download the tool visit https://www.nartac.com/Products/IISCrypto

Once you’ve tweaked your configuration (you can’t really go wrong with the “Best Practices” button) you should go and test your sites using something like https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/ to see how they fare.

If you’d like to find out more information on SSL and how it works then Bill over at PixelPrivacy has put together an incredibly in-depth guide on how SSL works and what it means to the average user.

How to save Windows 10 lock screen images

If you’ve ever wondered how to get hold of the beautiful background wallpapers that the lock screen of Windows 10 has then there are a couple of methods.

The newest and easiest method is to download “Spotbright” from the Windows store.

The older method involved a bit of tinkering and can be found in the following article https://www.tekrevue.com/tip/find-windows-spotlight-lock-screen-images-windows-10/