Author: Mike F Robbins

Mike F Robbins is a Microsoft MVP on Windows PowerShell and a SAPIEN Technologies MVP. He is a co-author of Windows PowerShell TFM 4th Edition and is a contributing author of a chapter in the PowerShell Deep Dives book. Mike has written guest blog articles for the Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog, PowerShell Magazine, and PowerShell.org. He is the winner of the advanced category in the 2013 PowerShell Scripting Games. Mike is also the leader and co-founder of the Mississippi PowerShell User Group. He blogs at mikefrobbins.com and can be found on twitter @mikefrobbins.

Joomla Invalid Session Error

Problem: Today when attempting to login to the administrator (administration) portion of one of my customers Joomla websites, I received an “Invalid Session” error. Internet Explorer only shows the error in the URL and just redirects you back to the login page: http://mikefrobbins.com/administrator/index.php?mosmsg=Invalid Session Google Chrome actually shows an “Invalid Session” error on the login page: Solution: You have a session directory specified in your php.ini file that does not Read more [...]

SharePoint Web Parts that Connect to the Internet

A weather web part on your corporate intranet home page is something that sounds like a great idea since it will increase your end users productivity by reducing the amount of time they spend visiting weather web sites. One downside to adding these types of web parts is they could give the perception that your intranet is inaccessible in the event of an Internet outage. A few days ago, while at one of my customers sites, they experienced a major telecom outage. All of their voice and data connections Read more [...]

Active Directory Time Synchronization Problems with Hyper-V

One of my customers contacted me today with an issue where the time on all of their servers was off by about 8 minutes or so. My first thought was “which Active Directory domain controller is their authoritative time server?” and “I’ll update the time on it manually and then set it up to synchronize from an Internet time server”. By default, the authoritative time server for your organization is the server that holds the PDC Emulator FSMO role in the forest root domain. You can run Read more [...]

Microsoft Office 2010 First Impressions – Day 1

At this point, I have about a day's worth of Office 2010 experience under my belt and my favorite new feature so far is in PowerPoint. I typically use a third party product to convert narrated PowerPoint presentations to streamable media. PowerPoint 2010 natively supports saving to a "Windows Media Video" (wmv) file format: The only issue I have found is that PowerPoint does not have any advanced options to compress the video. The only option I have found for compression is in what Microsoft Read more [...]

How to Toggle Field Codes Off or On in Microsoft Word

A few days ago a customer contacted me with a Microsoft Word 2007 problem. Codes such as "{ HYPERLINK "mailto:testuser@test.local" }" and "{ DATE @ "MMMM d, yyyy" }" were showing up in one of their documents. This problem is due to "Field Codes" being somehow toggled on. If the problem is with a single document, toggle the field codes off or on by first selecting the entire document with (cntl+a) and then toggle the field codes off or on with (shift-F9). (Alt-F9) also toggled the field codes off Read more [...]

Installing MOSS 2007 on Windows Server 2008 R2

I recently built a test machine with Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. Before you get started with the MOSS installation, you need to add the .Net Framework 3.5.1 feature to your server and the Web Server (IIS) role. If you do not add the Web Server role manually, the MOSS installation will add it for you, but you’ll run into difficulties later. I've previously installed MOSS 2007 and WSS 3.0 on Windows Server 2008 (non-R2) and never ran into any issues. The Read more [...]

Using HP MFP Digital Sending Software 4.x with a Castelle FaxPress

Problem: Your Castelle FaxPress will not send faxes created with a HP Digital Sender using the HP MFP Digital Sending Software 4.x (DSS). The 4.x version of the HP MFP Digital Sending Software defaults to long filenames when setting it up for use with a fax product. A Castelle FaxPress does not support long file names and will not pick up the fax files even though everything else is set up correctly. I have verified that version 8.x and 9.x of the Castelle FaxPress software does not support long Read more [...]

HP MFP Digital Sending Software on Windows Server 2008

I recently updated and migrated some HP MFP Digital Sending Software (DSS) from version 4.13 to 4.16 and from a Windows 2003 Server to a Windows 2008 Server. One thing to note is that even the newest version of the HP DSS Software (4.16) will not run on a 64bit operating system so the newest operating system that can be used is a 32bit version of Windows 2008 (non-R2 since R2 is 64bit only). After loading the HP DSS software, I received the following error when attempting to add the actual digital Read more [...]

Joomla 1.5 on Windows Server 2008 R2

I will be diving into the dark side with this blog since I prefer working with Microsoft based technolgies such as SharePoint and ASP.NET. Each time I work with PHP and MySQL, it seems like it takes a little Voodoo to make them work. This blog is the bare minimum configuration to get Joomla working on a Windows 2008 R2 Server with Apache, PHP, and a remote MySQL server. First, download the latest version of Apache HTTP Server win32 binary without crypto MSI installer, PHP VC6 thread safe zip file, Read more [...]

Using Wyse Winterms in the Enterprise to Reduce TCO

Wyse Winterms are a cost effective solution for non-power users in your enterprise environment. They are great for users who use office, email, the Internet, etc, and they will handle most of the main stream applications that I have seen in the educational, financial, healthcare, and manufacturing industries. Models like the retired 1200LE and its replacement, the S10 are good choices. They are low cost, easy to maintain, are more eco-friendly than computers since they use a lot less power (average Read more [...]

Migrate Active Directory from 2003 R2 to 2008 R2 Server Core

This blog will step you through the process of migrating your Active Directory domain controllers from Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 to Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core. Server Core is an excellent choice for dedicated domain controllers since it requires less maintenance, has a reduced attack surface, requires less management, and will run on less hardware. Lots of people are scared off by Server Core because there's no GUI. To be honest with you, it's a blessing in disguise since you shouldn't Read more [...]

How to create an Administrative shortcut.

As most systems administrators know, you should log into your computer as a normal domain user who does not have elevated privileges in your Active Directory domain and only run administrative programs with elevated privileges when necessary. You could hold down shift, right click the shortcut, and select “Run as different user” to run a program as a user who has elevated privileges in your Active Directory domain, but there’s an easier, more efficient way to run programs that always require Read more [...]

System State Backup Failures with Symantec Backup Exec

Problem: You receive the message: "The job failed with the following error: A failure occurred accessing the object list." in your backup job notification email when attempting to backup the system state of a Windows 2008 Server with Symantec Backup Exec. The actual error from the backup server job is: “e000fedd - A failure occurred accessing the object list.” and the error code is: “V-79-57344-65245”. Solution: This error is fairly generic and can be caused by several different problems; Read more [...]

Initial Configuration of a WatchGuard Firebox X750e

The Instructions listed below are designed to assist you in performing a basic configuration on a new (out of the box) WatchGuard Firebox X750e: Record the serial number of the Firebox: _____________________________ Log into http://www.watchguard.com/activate and register the firewall. Save the appliance feature key that is provided during the registration process to a text file. It should look similar to this: Serial Number: XXXXXXXXXX License ID: XXXXXXXXXX Name: XXXXXXXXXX Model: Read more [...]