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Hiding the Metro Tiles in Windows Server 2012 R2

A giant THANK YOU to Pierre Roman over at CanITPro (they beat us in hockey, and they're beating the Metro interface back with a stick!) for his article: "Step-By-Step: Booting directly to the Desktop in Windows 8.1"

Because of it, there is a VERY GOOD chance that I won't be inundated with support calls Monday morning as this new terminal goes live from people who don't know what the Metro interface is or how to use it.

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Migrating from SBS 2003 to Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2

Just as a heads up, most of the Technet articles I found on doing a SBS 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials migration cover Server 2012, not 2012 R2 and they all mention installing the server in "Migration Mode" and grabbing the "Server Migration Prep Tool" from a folder on the DVD called supporttools.

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DynaZIP OCX Installation Under Windows 7

We have a client who has an old in-house app that relies on the DynaZIP 32-Bit OCX Interface to run.  We've been trying to get it to run under Windows 7, but couldn't find much info -- but I happened to come across a text file from DynaZIP that had the dependencies on it, and it turned out we were missing a couple files; loaded them into SYSWOW64 and the OCXs register.

SBS 2003 Shows 5 Licenses Instead of 20

The SoftwareDistribution.log file on a client's SBS system went insane and spooled to 66GB and filled up their C: partition. Deleting it was easy enough, but we had a larger issue that didn't reveal itself until a little later -- the server's licensing database corrupted and the Server Manager was showing only 5 licenses instead of 20, and when the 11th person tried to log on (I assume MS isn't heartless and gives you some wiggle room before dropping the banhammer) they were shut out.

Outlook for Mac Using Wrong Name on Replies

We have a client who manages multiple accounts for different identities under one Outlook instance.  He was running into an issue where Identity 1's name was showing up in replies sent from Identity 2. So, he'd click reply on something sent to Identity 2, Identity 2 was selected in the accounts selector at the top of the message, but in the body of the message was:

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ORIGINAL MESSAGE

FROM:  Sender <sender@example.

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Internet File Blocking on Server 2008 and Windows 7

We've got a client who recently upgraded their Windows Server 2008 Remote Desktop Services box from Office 2003 to Office 2010.  In doing so, they ran up against Internet File Blocking which Office 2010 seems to take seriously, where Office 2003 ignored it.

DNSChanger – Will The Internet Break Tomorrow?

I've been asked by folks and have seen on FB about the "Internet shutting off" tomorrow -- here's my stock reply:

The malware which infected some machines is old, actually. These aren't new infections. The malware changed your computer's DNS servers to ones that the bad guys controlled, which is the equivalent of someone switching your 411 operator with their own nefarious operator, so when you tried to get the number for Domino's, they'd give you the number for Pizza Hut.

Remote Servers in Filemaker Pro 9 on Windows 7 Clients

With Windows XP now pretty much impossible to get preloaded on new machines, our clients are finally moving to Windows 7 as their hardware refreshes.

A segment of our clients uses an application built upon Filemaker Pro, and they're running  v9.03 which isn't the most Windows 7 friendly version of Filemaker (that honor is reserved for any of the versions released in the last 3 years).  As we roll out Windows 7, we have found that databases hosted on remote servers don't show up in their Open Remote.

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