June, 2005 Archive

How can I lock the UDP port that Microsoft Exchange Server uses to notify Microsoft Outlook clients that new mail has arrived?

The “New mail” notification that Exchange uses operates over a dynamically assigned UDP port that the Outlook client selects when it first connects to the Exchange server. If you need to lock down this port to enable notification through a firewall, you need to make a client-side registry change (this setting is supported only in […]

Windows update gives a 80246005 error

To fix this error, try: Click start-run type services.msc then press enter Look for the Automatic Updates Service, right click it and choose to stop Click start->run type %windir%SoftwareDistribution then press enter Open the DataStorage folder and delete its contents. Click start->run type services.msc right click the Automatic Update Service and choose to start Now […]

Error “Automation server can’t create object” while changing the User Account properties

When you try to change the User Account properties via the User Accounts Control Panel, you may receive this error: Automation server can’t create object This is due to the missing registry key given below: HKCRCLSID{66e4e4fb-f385-4dd0-8d74-a2efd1bc6178} This problem usually happens if you un-register the file shimgvw.dll (as an attempt to turn Off the Windows Picture […]

How can I hide the drop-down list of domains that appears on the logon screen of Windows XP and later machines?

To remove the domain drop-down list from the logon screen and force users to use their full user principal name (UPN), perform these steps: 1. Start the registry editor (regedit.exe). 2. Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon registry subkey. 3. From the Edit menu, select New, DWORD value. 4. Enter a name of NoDomainUI and press […]

Can you recover deleted items from a Microsoft Exchange Server public folder?

Yes, the same “Recover deleted items” option that’s available for a user mailbox is available for a public folder. However, unlike a mailbox, when you delete an item from a public folder, the item doesn’t go to a “Deleted items” folder. Instead, it’s simply hidden (by setting the PR_DELETED_ON property) and isn’t actually deleted until […]

What’s Windows XP N?

As part of the European Union (EU) and Microsoft antitrust settlement, Microsoft had to create versions of Windows XP Professional Edition and Windows XP Home Edition that don’t include Windows Media Player (WMP). These versions are called XP Professional Edition N and XP Home Edition N and are available only in Europe.

How can I send an email message from within a VBScript script?

If you have Microsoft IIS with SMTP installed on a server, you can use the following code to send a basic email message from within a script: Set objMessage = CreateObject(“CDO.Message”) objMessage.Subject = “Subject” objMessage.Sender = “ali@alibutt.com” objMessage.To = “you@yourself.com” objMessage.TextBody = “test mail” objMessage.Send