MS updates may affect Exchange mail flow

What are the symptoms? You are unable to send e-mail in Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server or in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 due to access being denied or not having permission to do so. You may also receive NDR. How does this happen? A change has been made in how the “Send As” permission works in…

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Microsoft Will Continue to Support IE6 after Release of IE7

Christopher Vaughan mentioned in IEBlog that Microsoft will not terminate the support of IE6 to encourage customers to upgrade to IE7. Please note that this is no surprise at all. Per Microsoft Product Support Lifecycle Policies, as a mandatory component, IE has the same length of lifecycle as the OS. For example, if a customer…


Product Support Lifecycle

▪ Microsoft Support Lifecycle Homepage▪ Notify customers on the end of Windows XP SP1 and SP1a support▪ SQL 2000 SP3a support extended until July 10, 2007   Product Name General Mainstream Retirement Extended Retirement Availability Quarter 3 – 2006       Access 2002 Standard Edition 5/31/2001 7/11/2006 7/12/2011 BizTalk Server 2000 Enterprise Edition 5/2/2001…


Optimize MOM 2005 Agent installation

To implement MOM functions, we must deploy MOM agents on all monitored servers efficiently. In MOM 2005, we can remotely push out MOM agent from MOM Administrators console. However, since the productive environment is complex, the remote push installation may be failed due to various reasons. To improve MOM agent push installation successful rate and…

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Forcefully demote a Windows Server 2003 domain controller

Under some circumstances, a domain controller cannot be gracefully demoted due to the required dependency or operation failing. These include network connectivity, name resolution, authentication, Active Directory service replication, or the location of a critical object in Active Directory. As a last resort, we can perform a forced removal of a domain controller from Active…

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Error code 0x1391 while installing Terminal licenses

Recently, you may fail to install Terminal licenses using the “Automatic” or “Web Browser” connection method and receive the error message below: “The Licensing wizard encountered an error while installing the license key pack. Check your network connections, and then retry the operation.  If the problem persists, try using a different connection method. Error code…

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How to implement SQL 2005 on SMS 2003 and MOM 2005

Both SMS and MOM require SQL server as a data store solution. As SQL 2005 is released for several months, you may have request to implement SQL 2005 for SMS and MOM. To prevent all potential upgrade issue and ensure the productive SMS and MOM work well after SQL 2005, I listed the pre-requirement list…

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Hot Security issues after installing Windows 2003 SP1

Windows 2003 Service Pack 1 makes some significant changes to security including start up account for services, DCOM security and etc. Services such as RPC and DCOM are integral to Windows Server 2003, but they are also an alluring target for hackers. By requiring greater authentication for RPC and DCOM calls, Service Pack 1 establishes…

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How to Accurately Read Microsoft Security Bulletins

Every second Tuesday of the month (US Time), also called Bulletin Release Day, Microsoft will release monthly security updates to public. Simultaneously, the detailed descriptions of these security updates will be published on Microsoft public website, which is called Security Bulletins. This article will provide you a guidance on how to accurately, efficiently and effectively…