Wednesday, September 30, 2009

hard drive recovery software

I had a bad hard drive that didn't have a current backup, so I got a local repair ship to recover the data. I had tried to recover the data myself with one of those USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA devices, but Windows could see the drive, but not pull any data from it or see the file structure. It just wanted to reformat the disk.

The shop was able to recover the data, and they used File Scavenger and Disk Recoup made by Quetek here:

Good to note for future failed hard drives.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

EXE files disassciated

Today, after running the anti-malware program here:

I'm not sure if was the malware itself, Windows Police Pro, or the fix - but afterward, no EXE files would run. Not Word, not regedit, not Windows XP SP 3. I fixed it with this:

removing fake alert malware

Found some good resources for removing some of the fake alert malware out there.

Who knows why Symantec, McAfee, and Avast are so far behind the ball on dealing with these fake alert things - but at least there's an automated option out there.

Even if there is a new piece of fake alert malware out there, I generally have good success trying a system restore first and then if not (usually because it deleted all the restore points) then you can usually go into safe mode and delete the registry keys, EXEs, DLLs, and stuff.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

scan to folder on Konica Minolta Bizhub series

Here's how to set up scanning to a folder on a Konica Minolta Bishub machine.

Go to the IP in either Firefox or IE (does not work in Chrome). It might go straight to a web interface. If so, hit log out. Then log in as administrator. The password is 12345678 (by default).

Then go to the store address tab.

Click Edit or New Registration and put in info as shown here . . . (this assumes you want to scan straight to a certain folder for each user and name the button for each user's folder). Note that the filepath begins with the share name and does not use the UNC path or the server name in it. For username and password, you can use the user's username and password or you can create a unique one just for the copier in AD.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Fix My Network Wizard in SBS 2008

The "Fix My Network" wizard in SBS 2008 is pretty well received. I used it when I built and SBS 2008 box alongside an older Windows 2000 box. The old Windows 2000 box was in charge of DHCP, so the SBS 2008 box wouldn't start or run DHCP server. I took that old DHCP server out of service, and I ran the Fix My Network wizard and it saw the issue and addressed it. More info here:

Monday, September 7, 2009

creating shared printers on SBS 2008

SBS 2008 is 64 bit, of course. So it needs to 64 bit printer drivers. But obviously, you need 32 bit printer drivers associated with the shared printer when installing them for 32 bit clients.

Apparently, that can't be done from the SBS box itself.

Instead, log on to any 32 bit machine as a domain administrator, go to \\servername and the go to printers and faxes (don't go to the printer shares you see there - go to the folder where printers are stored). Highlight the printer you want to add the 32 bit driver for and choose file -> Server Properties. Click Drivers and then Add. It's pretty self explanatory from there.

More info here:

Another option - which I have found easier and more effective . . .
Log on to a workstation as an admin with the opposite type of OS (with a 64 bit OS, log on to a 32 bit workstation or with a 32 bit OS, log on to a 64 bit workstation).
Download the driver and install it on the network printer.
Go to the printer properties.
Go to the sharing tab and click on additional drivers.
Check the box for the appropriate type of OS and it will upload your newly installed drivers to the server.

Friday, September 4, 2009

setting up BIS with OWA

Of course BIS can be set up to use POP or IMAP to retrieve mail from a mail server, but up until today, I had never successfully set up the option to use Outlook Web Access settings. You can set up BIS from either the 'email settings' application on the BB itself or from one of the web portals like:

But if you choose work email when presented personal or work account, you can enter your OWA settings there. Here are setting that work for this process:

enter the following info:
(of note, sometimes, you may need to use


**your password**

your email address


Here's a screen shot of one that worked normally:

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

SBS 2008 backups limited to volumes 2 TB in size

In setting up an SBS 2008 box today, I was creating the backup routine - and got the error message "cannot configure backup schedule" - when creating the backup routine in the Windows SBS Console.

Long story short, apparently - there can be trouble if you have a Win32 formatted disk on your server. You can fix that with "convert d: /FS:NTFS" However, apparently, that error only exists when you use the SBS Console. If you use Windows Server Backup Console, you can back up Win32 formatted volumes.

But that wasn't my problem today. I got that error above, but when I ran the Windows Server Backup Console, it told me that my volumes had to be 2 TB minus 4 GB. Apparently, this is a universal limitation, not related to the fact that I have two 2 TB WD external HDs as backup for the server. But I had a 3.3 TB partition that came from the Dell factory.

So the solution was to use resize the partition, which was super easy. Go to disk management, right click on the drive that is too large and choose shrink volume. It'll let you reduce the size of the partition and allocate the space you got rid of as unallocated space and you can just create a new partition.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

options for syncing Exchange public folders with mailbox folders

Mobile mobile email devices pretty much only sync with a mailbox's default calendar and contacts, which makes it difficult if you want to sync with public folders. Here are some options I found for syncing public folders with mailbox folders: