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Windows 7 Professional 32-bit. Outlook 2010 connected to mail on their Office 365 accounts but this is strange. Right now it looks like it is only happening on one computer. Yesterday she had a PDF blocked. The sender simply re-save and re-attached it and the second time Outlook did not block it.

Today she had a Word document blocked but an hour later she got another Word document from the same sender and she was able to open it. It is almost as if the two blocked were flukes. Nothing consistent about this.

She does also log in to a Terminal Server with Outlook 2010 and it blocked the same Word document as her local copy of Outlook 2010 did.
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I have some older win 7 PCs that would be perfect for "thin clients"

I have installed fresh Windows 10 Version 1703 (OS Build 15063.413)

When I setup user in "ASSIGNED ACCESS" mode for Microsoft Remote Desktop app - the app gets stuck on "Connecting...."
Otherwise all seems to be working properly.

When the same user account is removed from "assigned access" mode - the Microsoft Remote Desktop app works fine and connects without any issues.

Any ideas how to fix this - or maybe there is a better solution to turn those PC's into "thin Client"
I have a user who is on Outlook 2013. She cannot search her inbox effectively because her Indexing Status appears to be indexing several thousand items, but the number being indexed doesn't decrease after waiting for it to do so. We have Exchange 2016 on the backend, and she is on Windows 7 pro 64bit. Is there any way to reset the indexing functionality so that it can index the mailbox? Attached is an example of the notification I am referring to but it is from my own box so it reads 0.
I have created a few GPO URL shortcuts. They do not seem to be applying to Windows 10 machines.
However they will apply fine to Windows 7 or Server 2008.
When I check in the Group Policy Management console to see if  GPO has applied, is does not show up anywhere in the results?
I had this question after viewing (Open)LDAP V2.44  search proxy to AD (W2012R2).

I am following this article ( in order to set up an OpenLDAP proxy.  But when I run an ldapsearch command on the Windows AD, I get the bind error below:

root@VMUSDevLDA01:/etc/ldap# ldapsearch -x -h  "(objectclass=*)"
# extended LDIF
# LDAPv3
# base <> (default) with scope subtree
# filter: (objectclass=*)
# requesting: ALL

# search result
search: 2
result: 1 Operations error
text: 000004DC: LdapErr: DSID-0C090752, comment: In order to perform this opera
 tion a successful bind must be completed on the connection., data 0, v2580

Here is my nslcd.conf file, what is wrong with it?

# Mappings for Active Directory
pagesize 1000
referrals off

# Passwd
filter passwd (&(objectClass=posixAccount)(!(objectClass=computer))(uidNumber=*))
map    passwd homeDirectory     UnixHomeDirectory
map    passwd gecos             displayName
map    passwd gidNumber         primaryGroupID

# Shadow
filter shadow (&(objectClass=posixAccount)(!(objectClass=computer))(uidNumber=*))
map    shadow shadowLastChange  pwdLastSet

# Groups
##filter group (&(objectClass=posixGroup)(gidNumber=*))
##map    group uniqueMember       member

# Local account for nsclcd
uid nslcd
##gid ldap

I'm trying to deploy OS through a SCCM Distribution point.

I'm receiving the following error:

Contacting Server: x.x.x.x (Gateway:
No response from Windows Deployment Service server...
TFTP download failed.

We have Tree distribution points each one in different branch, all configured the same way. that mean they are no issue with that because the two others works fine.

- New computer are deployed just fine
- The configuration of DHCP options on the distribution point is correct
- the WDS is running on the distribution Point

When re-deploy an old computer I receive the above error.

- I cleared the PXE advertisement on the Computer on SCCM
- Delete the computer from SCCM
- Delete the computer from ADDS
- check if any computer with the same MAC address exist in SCCM database, NO record found
- Check the Logs on the Distribution point (smspxe.log), all what I found is:

<![LOG[CC:52:AF:49:6C:95, 4848AB34-1EBA-11E2-B7B9-23D705C62D00: device is not in the database.
<![LOG[Client boot action reply: <ClientIDReply><Identification Unknown="0" ItemKey="2046820352" ServerName
]LOG]!><time="13:26:15.804+240" date="06-22-2017" component="SMSPXE" context="" type="1" thread="2288" file="libsmsmessaging.cpp:6718">
<![LOG[CC:52:AF:49:6C:95, 4848AB34-1EBA-11E2-B7B9-23D705C62D00: found optional advertisement SC12007D]LOG]!><time="13:26:15.804+240" date="06-22-2017"
<![LOG[Begin validation of Certificate [Thumbprint …
How can I set a pop up reminder to show, for email messages tagged to follow up?
I'm currently trying to get a Fujitsu fi-6130 document scanner to work in a virtual environment. This is my setup:

Hyper-V host running Windows 10 Pro
Hyper-V guest VM running Windows 10 Enterprise
Hyper-V guest VM running Windows 7 Pro SP1

On the host, I have enabled RemoteFX via Group Policy, and verified it is active through RSoP. The Fujitsu scanner drivers are installed on the host, and the scanner works properly. In the Hyper-V manager, I have a vGPU that can be used with RemoteFX, and have added that as an adapter to the VMs. When starting the RDP session, I can see the scanner as a RemoteFX USB device, and have selected it. But even after installing the drivers on the VMs, the scanner is not visible. It does not appear in Device Manager, Devices & Printers, and when I attempt a test scan using MS Fax & Scan, it tells me there is no scanner connected. I even went so far as to enable RDP redirection of RemoteFX devices on the VMs as well.

Everything I've read about it indicates that USB scanners should work through RemoteFX, but it's just not working for me. Am I missing something? If anyone has had success in getting this to work, I'd love to know how they did it.
Since the last round of updates on our Windows 2008 R2 DC, we're having an odd intermittent issue with Remote Desktop on local PCs. This occurs with both Windows 7 and Windows 10.

The error users receive says this: "Other User. To sign in remotely, you need the right to sign in through Remote Desktop Services. By Default, members of the Remote Desktop Users group have this right. If the group you're in doesn't have this right, or if the right has been removed from the Remote Desktop Users group, you need to be granted this right manually."

All our users have local Admin privileges on their local computers, which in the past has always been adequate to permit Remote Desktop access.

Adding the user to the local PC Remote Desktop Users group does solve the issue. But we don't understand why this is necessary, or why it suddenly becomes necessary after working fine for years with the user only in the local Administrators group.
I'm having problems running the Best Practice Analyzer on Windows 2012 R2 server with Exchange 2016 CU4 installed. This previously used to work with no issues. I get the following errors. I've tried changing the powershell execution policy to unrestricted but it had no effect.

Errors occurred while running BPA scan on message queuing, Web server, file and storage services.

Thread failed to start

There has been a Best Practice Analyzer error for Model Id 'Microsoft/Windows/WebServer'. The Result file has not yet been generated. Please perform the scan first and try again.

Any ideas on this?
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OK, so I developed a program that has a green progress bar that turns purple when filling...however when you RDS into a Server 2012 Server it is Gray and fills with Green?


MarkRDS 2012 ServerWindows 7 Progress Bar
cuteftp.exe - application error
the application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000005) click ok to close application.

on a windows 10 system.
We just cutover from our old file server to a new one that contains a number of shares. The larger issue we've run into is that all of the user folders are in a share \\server\users\username which contains their Documents, Favorites and Desktop. We got the drives to map correctly to the new server but if a user is in Windows Explorer and clicks on Documents or Desktop on the left side, it's still pointing at the old server. I have tried to change the location of the Documents folder to point to the new server but I get an error that it can't be used because it's not indexed.

A couple of other users are having issues on other PCs with their desktop not displaying correctly. If they scan or try to save something to their desktop, it will either give them an error that their is not enough quota to process the command or it will save it but not show up on the desktop. If they got through their User share folder browse to the desktop, it will show up.

Almost all of the PCs are Windows 7 with a couple of Windows 10 mixed in.

Sorry for the rambling post but I'm wondering what the best way to resolve these issues are. Thanks!

I have a task sequence is which is working good most of the time.
I enabled the windows update and everytime when client restarts after installing updates, we are getting message
"dirty environment found"
If I disable the windows updates, when installing applications we are getting message
"restart now to install important updates"
After certain amount of time it restart automatically.
and after restart same message "dirty environment found"

Is there any way to suppress that?

Why windows lisence version is expire soon?
How many times can I extend a disk on a dynamic volume?
how can i query OU and OS version for my device collection. I have an OU with windows 10 pcs and they are not updating in my device collection. I am only updating windows 7 pcs at this time. I can create a query for windows 10 but populates with all win10 in my AD.

so far this is my query but no success:
select SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceID,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceType,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Name,SMS_R_SYSTEM.SMSUniqueIdentifier,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceDomainORWorkgroup,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Client from SMS_R_System inner join SMS_G_System_OPERATING_SYSTEM on SMS_G_System_OPERATING_SYSTEM.ResourceId = SMS_R_System.ResourceId where SMS_R_System.SystemOUName = "" and (SMS_G_System_OPERATING_SYSTEM.Version = "10.0.10586") and (SMS_G_System_OPERATING_SYSTEM.Version = "10.0.14393")
I have a client with a new Acer desktop, Win 10 (Home).  It is set to never go to sleep, and is left on 24/7.

The owner says that every morning since it was installed a month ago, he has to turn it on in the morning, even though it is in high performance, never sleep mode. Sometimes it will not start up unless he unplugs the tower for a second, then replugs.

The Event Viewer shows no hardware issues at all.  The most telling thing is that it always seems to be after installing Windows update, most often Windows Defender, which he was using. I disabled it through Regedit, and installed AVG, to see if that might help.  Even though Defender is disabled, the icon still comes up in the tray area (though it acknowledges that it is not the main antivirus) and so I'm concerned that Windows will continue to install updates.

Has anyone encountered a shutdown issue such as this?  

Any help would be appreciated.
Hi All,
We are rolling out Windows 10 and I've noticed that when a user logs onto a Windows 10 PC for the first time, it can take up to five minutes in comparison with Windows 7 which is around two minutes. Initially I thought it was the " first logon animation" which I have now disabled via Group Policy, however this seemed to 'mask' the issue and now a user receives a message  "Preparing Windows" instead and the login time has not reduced.
I'm not sure if this is a quirk of Windows 10 or maybe there are other settings I should look at. The users use the same login script and have the same drives mapped regardless of using Windows 7 or 10. As this is a School, users tend to move around a lot rather than sit statically at the same PCs so they will experience this delay regularly.
Of course, once their local profile has been created and they login again this will be quicker, but login times just seems much longer on Windows 10. Has anyone experienced the same thing?

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I have a Business Owner who leaves multiple docs and emails open all the time. He is currently on Windows 7. I am willing to update to Windows 10 to resolve this issue. When his machine reboots unexpectedly, he freaks out because all the docs and emails are gone. Is there a program or setting that I can use to restore all of that after the reboot?
Hello Folks,
I have this BSOD dmp file here attached that I cannot glean anything from. I am using BlueScreenView, but it doesn't seem to want to find the file. Also, I am not the best at understanding what I see in these files anyway. Can someone look at this file and help me understand what caused the BSOD? This is a Windows 7 Pro 64 bit machine. I believe this occurred when the user re-docked it while the lid was closed. Thanks!
Hi all,

We have a file server Windows Server 2012 and we would like a tool or script that sends weekly reports of the disk size of each folder on the File server.

Basically the file server is consuming a lot of storage and we would like to have like a dashboard.
Odd one. We installed a Meraki MX 84 firewall in our office. We have successfully connected via VPN from at least 5 different remote locations. However, my Windows 10 machine WILL NOT connect.  We have connected a couple different Win10,Win7,Ipads, Mac books just fine. My windows 10, using exact same set up as other Win 10 machine fails to connect, giving error of "L2TP Connection attempt failed because the security layer encountered a processing error during inial  negotiations"

I started a case with Cisco, who had me do a packet capture. They confirmed that my PC was sending packets to Meraki. We checked IKE and AuthIP IPsec Keying service was set for "automatic" and running.  It was...

We added correct registry key for "AssumeUDPEncapsulationContextOnSendRule." luck

At this point, CISCO suggested I call ISP to see that my cable modem was set to enable VPN Passthrough. It is....

I then successfully added my Android tablet to connect VPN via the same wireless router/ ISP connection from my home.  that worked fine.

Set my Windows 10 box to use DNS...still no luck

Not sure what else to check

We are using Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol with iPsec(L2TP/IPsec)

Require Encryption (disconnect if server declines)
Encryped Password (PAP)
Using a preshared key.

These setting have worked seamlessly with all others EXCEPT MINE !
Verified username and password.

Any suggestions ?
How to easy export the domain OU and user list of windows server 2008 DC?
I want to create a Failover Cluster for 2 new virtual SQL servers. My Hyper-V host is also running Windows Server 2016. My host 22TB of drive space on Raid 5.I read some where that if my drives are raided I can't setup a failover cluster. Is this true?

Windows OS




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