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 Optimization Tool

One of the system optimization tools I periodically run on my computers is CCleaner. It is a freeware program from During the installation of CCleaner, I take the following options, but this is more of a personal preference than a requirement: When I run the actual program, I choose the options shown in the image on the right and I don’t make any changes to the Applications tab. For new users, I would recommend taking a look at the help section of the CCleaner website to determine 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 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 [...]

Remove the header row from a SharePoint list.

Problem: You’ve added a picture column to your SharePoint “Announcements” list and you now have an unwanted column header that shows up. You only want to remove the column header for specific lists. This method can be used to hide the column header on any individual list. Solution: Create a custom view style that doesn't show the header row and can easily be applied to individual SharePoint list views. As a best practice, make a copy of the "VWSTYLES.XML" file located in “C:\Program Read more [...]

Associate SharePoint Documents with Application Specific Icons

Problem: You can’t tell what types of documents are in a SharePoint document library because they show a blank icon: Solution: Add an icon for the document types. For pdf’s, download the small 17x17 pdf icon from Adobe: Save the icon to the “C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\TEMPLATEIMAGES” folder on your SharePoint server. As a best practice, make a copy of the "DOCICON.XML" file located in “c:\Program Read more [...]

Problem opening pdf documents in Windows 7

Problem: When attempting to open a pdf document by clicking on a hyperlink from within Windows 7, you receive a blank error message with Adobe Reader in the title and a question mark for the error message. Clicking on the OK button only displays a blank web page and does not open the pdf document. Solution: Installing all the available updates from the Adobe Reader 9 help menu > check for updates sub-menu option appears to resolve this issue. µ Read more [...]

Remotely Manage Hyper-V from Windows 7

Problem: You need to remotely manage your Hyper-V server from Windows 7. Solution: Download and install the “Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7” from Microsoft. Enable the Hyper-V Tools from “Conrtol Panel>Programs>Turn Windows features on or off” menu: You should now have a "Hyper-V Manager" shortcut on your Administrative Tools menu. µ Read more [...]