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How to create email alerts for backups in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 - Backups are one of those things that often get neglected until you need to restore something. This is what getting alerts to put the problems in front of you are so important for backup systems. The built-in backup software for Windows Server 2008+ have some nice attributes: like...

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Procedure for clearing the TaskScheduler og in Windows. It seems to be an on-going oversite and a silly issue. Clearing the Task Scheduler log is not obvious or intuitive. The other problem is the log in not ordered properly.   To clear the log requires stopping the Task Scheduler service. There are a couple ways to do it.   The easier way:   Open the Task Scheduler control panel. View the...

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Microsoft Windows XP End of Life and Retirement Dates.     Products Released General Availability Date Mainstream Support Retired Extended Support Retired Service Pack Retired Notes Windows XP Home Edition 31/12/2001 14/04/2009 8/4/2014 30/08/2005   Windows XP Media Center Edition 2002 28/10/2002 14/04/2009 8/4/2014 30/08/2005   Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 27/10/2003 14/04/2009 8/4/2014 10/10/2006   Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 30/12/2004 14/04/2009 8/4/2014     Windows XP Professional 31/12/2001 14/04/2009 8/4/2014 30/08/2005   Windows XP Professional x64 Edition 24/04/2005 14/04/2009 8/4/2014 14/04/2009   Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2 Not Available Review Note Review Note   Support ends 24 months after the next service pack releases or at the end...

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We have found a really annoying and recurring problem on some of our Windows 2008 R2 servers.     The Hyper-V virtual machines will not start after a reboot. You cannot create or mount virtual drives in Disk Management.     The problem seems to randomly appear after a reboot. The problem also appears to be related to either Adaptec SCSI cards or Backup Exec.     Uninstalling and re-installing the Hyper-V role does...

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How to get the file associations to work with 7-zip in Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2.       I have been asked a lot of questions about how to get the file associations to work with 7-zip in Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2.   The problem is you can go into the 7-zip File Manager options, select all the file extensions, press ok and it never saves the...

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One annoying problem with Remote Assistance it the mapping of the ESC key. Pressing the ESC key ends your control of the remote computer requiring you to request control again. I use Microsoft Windows Remote Assistance once in a while to remotely support some users. It generally works pretty well if you do not have to go through a firewall. One annoying problem with Remote Assistance...

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7-Zip is an excellent open source compression utility similar to WinZip and WinRar. 7-Zip has excellent compression and supports many different compressed file types.   7-Zip was the winner of the SourceForge.net 2007 community choice awards for "Technical Design" and for "Best Project" 7-Zip can be downloaded from http://www.7-zip.org/ We recommend using the MSI install versions. Make sure you download the correct 32 or 64 bit version for...

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NTLM authentication     If your account is configured to use NTLM authentication and you are still prompted for your user name and password when you are logged on as the Windows account that has access to your Exchange mailbox, you must set the LmCompatibilityLevel on your client to a value of 2 or 3. To do this, follow these steps.     Warning If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you...

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We have seen a rash of these problems on Windows Server 2003. Research seems to indicate the problem is related to the installation of Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2).     The simplest fix we have found is this:     Open a Command Prompt Run the following commands %SystemDrive% CD %windir%\PCHealth\HelpCtr\Binaries start /w helpsvc /svchost netsvcs /regserver /install     The service should install and start automatically....

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