Office 365 Integration and Server 2012 R2 Essentials Gotcha

For our small non-profit clients, we love Windows 2012 R2's Server Essentials role.  (We use the full standard edition because TechSoup keeps it affordable and we add the Essentials role.)

The ability to manage the Office365 tenant from inside the Essentials Dashboard really makes life easy.

Recovering from a BSOD when restoring XP into Hyper-V

We had a mission critical XP machine go belly up -- the machine interfaced with some medical hardware and couldn't be upgraded without great expense -- and the hard drive was SATA and the hardware we had to replace onto was IDE.   I made an image of the SATA drive, then restored it onto the IDE drive, and the hardware wouldn't boot.

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How Am I Supposed to Uninstall a Program in Safe Mode if the Windows Installer Service Isn’t Running?!?

So, a client's server is giving me agita -- bluescreening without useful error codes and all that -- and I need to uninstall some programs.

We boot into safe mode and we get some things (based on the Nullsoft installer) uninstalled, but when it comes to uninstalling things that rely on the Windows Installer service, we're told we're out of luck since the Installer Service can't run in safe mode.

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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.