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WSUS 3.0: The wuauclt Utility

January 21, 2012 Leave a comment

WSUS uses a cookie on client computers to store various types of information, including computer group membership when client-side targeting is used. By default, this cookie expires an hour after WSUS creates it. If you are using client-side targeting and change group membership, use this option in combination with detectnow to expire the cookie, initiate detection, and have WSUS update computer group membership.

Example:

wuauclt.exe /resetauthorization /detectnow

List of all Wuauclt options:

/DetectNow
/ReportNow
/RunHandlerComServer
/RunStoreAsComServer
/ShowSettingsDialog
/ResetAuthorization
/ResetEulas
/ShowWU
/ShowWindowsUpdate
/SelfUpdateManaged
/SelfUpdateUnmanaged
/UpdateNow
/ShowWUAutoScan
/ShowFeaturedUpdates
/ShowOptions
/ShowFeaturedOptInDialog
/DemoUI 

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc720477(WS.10).aspx 

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OCS 2007: Office Communicator Custom Presence Editor

January 7, 2012 Leave a comment

There is a very useful tool available to insert custom presence statuses in your OCS 2007 client which is made by Jak Spalding. It’s not required to install the tool if you use the portable edition. For me is this the most useful OCS client tool available.

Allows for up to 4 additional status messages, with Available, Busy or Do Not Disturb icons, Enables Appear Offline option
Turns on the ability to archive instant messages in Outlook’s “Converstion History” folder
Doesn’t require an internet connection to work!

Download & more info: http://www.jak.cx/projects/office-communicator-custom-statuses/

Tools: Make your Windows startup faster with Autoruns

December 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Mostly I use “msconfig” to disable unnecessary start-up programs but there is not everything listed that start each time in the background. Autoruns for Windows from Sysinternals is the tool to use.

Simply run the Autoruns.exe file, there is no installation required and it shows you the currently configured auto-start applications as well as the full list of Registry and file system locations available for auto-start configuration. Autostart locations displayed by Autoruns include logon entries, Explorer add-ons, Internet Explorer add-ons including Browser Helper Objects (BHOs), Appinit DLLs, image hijacks, boot execute images, Winlogon notification DLLs, Windows Services and Winsock Layered Service Providers. Switch tabs to view autostarts from different categories.

Download Autoruns

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Find long NTFS File Paths

December 7, 2011 2 comments

Long Path Tool is very useful if you are having problems with deleting or moving files that have file paths with more then 256 characters. This tool is free to determine file paths that are too long. You need to have a licensed version if you want to delete files or copy files with this tool. I make mostly a mapping to a folder with long file paths and delete them manually.

link: http://longpathtool.com

Outlook: Disable Security alerts

May 30, 2011 1 comment

Sometimes are plug-ins for Outlook or third party software installed on your computer that tries to access your Outlook address book for example Synchronization software for your mobile phone. The standard security system of Outlook will produce the following warnings that continuously recurs:

A program is trying to access e-mail addresses you have stored in Outlook. Do you want to allow this? If this is unexpected, it may be a virus and you should choose “No”.       

The biggest disadvantage of this warning is that it does not determine the program that tries to access Outlook and this is very annoying.

Mapilab has developed an application called “Advanced Security for  Outlook” that is installed separately from Oulook and traps Outlook Security messages. It determines the exact soure and then asks if you want to allow the initiating application (your Access program) to send the message. You have the option of “ALWAYS perform this action for this file” to allow access or block access.

Download for free the Mapilab Advanced security for Outlook: http://www.mapilab.com/outlook/security/screenshots.html

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Outlook 2003: Remove Ghost PSTs

March 25, 2011 Leave a comment

When you attempt to open or remove a personal folder from your folder list, the following error messages may appear:

  • “The operation failed. An object could not be found.”
  • The set of folders could not be opened
  • You cannot close the mailbox that contains your calendar, contacts, and inbox.

Normally you can solve this error easily with a new Outlook profile but this is not always desirable. Last week I had discovered a free tool “Public Fix Profile for Outlook” from Publicshareware. This tool loads all registry keys of Outlook and provides you a clean overview of all registry settings, there is also a back-up function included.

The application automatically loads your Outlook profile registry keys when you open it. First make a Backup of your registry keys before removing keys! Simply browse to “Store Providers” to get the PST registry keys,  remove the “unnamed” PST files and start Outlook again to get rid of the Ghost PST files.

Very handy tool to have an overview of all Outlook profile settings.
More info: http://www.publicshareware.com/outlook-public-fix-profile.php

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