Uninstall Exchange 2010 on crippled 2008 R2 DC (SBS2011)

FASTTRACK ARTICLE Exchange 2010 was installed on a domain controller, it actually was a Small Business Server 2011. Something happened to the AD database, backup not good. Server would only boot in AD restore mode. In AD restore mode, we …

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How to delete LinkedIn saved e-mail contacts

After receiving one to many e-mails from LinkedIn with the message that e-mail contact x had joined LinkedIn, I started looking for a way to delete these contacts or address book and stop receiving these mails. It turns out this is not as easy as you think.

SOLUTION: I then finally found the answer by accident after I was changing my profile information. When you get to this page: https://www.linkedin.com/fetch/importAndInviteEntry it show at the top Manage imported contacts. And that brings you to this page: https://www.linkedin.com/people/contacts where you will see all your imported contacts and you can delete them all. Finally, no thanks to LinkedIn support.

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Virtual Private Server on SSD storage

Recently I read about the virtual private servers you can create on www.DigitalOcean.com. They call them Droplets, and they get created in less then a minute if you don’t enable back-ups, or just a couple of minutes with back-up service enabled. You can choose between different geographically located datacenters. You can choose between New York, San Francisco, London, Amsterdam and Singapore. You get one public ip address (or ipv6 if you prefer, but who does anyway).

You can choose out of some preselected minimal OS installations such as Ubuntu, CentOS, Debian, Fedora and CoreOS. Or you could even deploy your VPS complete with a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) or even with wordpress of Drupal setup. If I looked at the price (10$/month or 12$ with back-up) for a VPS, with 1CPU, 1GB RAM, 30GB DISK and 2TB data transfer, and compared that to what I was currently paying for 2 shared hosting plans, the math was clear.

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Windows 7 profile SID wrong mstsc can’t login

This is a very strange problem I came across on a windows 7 Embedded thin client. I don’t quite understand what went wrong but I’ll give you a detailed description.

CASE:
The user has a thin client with Windows 7 Embedded that’s been entered in to the Active Directory domain. On the public desktop of the thin client there is a RDP file to connect to a Remote Desktop Server (a.k.a. Terminal Server). The user logs on to the thin client using their AD credentials. The user was able to log on to the server using the RDP file without problems until today.

SYMPTOMS:
– User can’t log on to the Remote Desktop Server, the error received is:

The connection was denied because the user account is not authorized for remote login

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HP VAAI plugin missing from Vmware ESXi 5.1 U1 HP Customized edition sep 2013

HP has left out the VAAI plugin in the September 2013 ISO’s for ESXi 5.1 and 5.5. People adding a hosts to a SAN (like a P2000G3) will have troubles without this plugin.
New VMFS-5 Datastores that are created on a host that has the VAAI plugin will use ATS-Only locking mechanism for the datastore. Adding another host without this VAAI plugin will keep that host for correctly seeing the datastores.

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MONITOR PANIC: Unable to decompress PPN from swap slot for VM

VMWARE ESXi 5.1U1 My VM would power off without apparent reason. Looking in to the logs this error appears. MONITOR PANIC: Unable to decompress PPN from swap slot for VM I believe the underlying storage (a single SATA disk in …

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VMware image customization in progress

Recently I came across an issue with a virtual machine that was deployed from a template. After the newly created virtual machine was booted up it seemed that the generalization did not fully complete. The password was not changed and …

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Excel has problems with space as thousand seperator

Change the system settings to use a . instead (configuration panel, region and local settings, more settings, number). For existing files, use search and replace to delete spaces. If still left justified multiply all with the number 1 using paste …

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Acrobat X pro as part of CS6 suite does not start 30days after installation

Acrobat X pro as part of CS6 suite does not start 30days after installation Use solution 2. http://helpx.adobe.com/creative-suite/kb/acrobat-failed-launch-30-days.html Does not work for regular standalone Adobe X problems, only when installed (and activated) as part of CS6 suite, and stops to …

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