Outlook 2013 Password Prompt

 have changed my password for my user account on my domain and now Outlook prompts for a password for what feels like a million times a minute.  Very frustrating.   After some investigation, I found that there is a really simple fix and is something I really need to remember, so as normal, I am putting on…


RSAT on Windows 8 Doesn’t install

I have been installing the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=28972 and the installation didn’t seem to do anything on my nice, Windows 8 OS.  It is supposed to automatically install all tools, but I get no errors and no registered management consoles 🙁 Thankfully I found the fix. I read on the internet…


InfoPath and "Cannot create InfoPath.ExternalApplication object. Error code = 0x80080005"

Hi again,         I was just installing a InfoPath related package for InfoPath 2013, on Windows 8 and I ran into the following error: Cannot create InfoPath.ExternalApplication object. Error code = 0x80080005   no matter what I did, I could not seem to get around it and there appears to be very little help on the…


Windows 8 and the dreaded couldn’t create a new partition

Hi all,         Something must be wrong with me, as I am posting more than normal on my blog!.  This time its about Windows 8.  I have rebuilt my PC over the last few evenings and been running into the error: “We couldn’t create a new partition or locate an existing one.  For more information,…


Installing WSUS nightmares!

Hi,      I was installing WSUS v3.1.6001.65 and the installation kept failing just as it was copying files, the error I was getting was quite a strange one in the installation logs: An exception occurred during the Install phase.System.FormatException: Input string was not in a correct format.   at System.Number.StringToNumber(String str, NumberStyles options, NumberBuffer& number, NumberFormatInfo info, Boolean…


Exchange 2007 IS failure Oddity

Hi all,              I manage a local schools infrastructure in my spare time and they had this strange little issue:  After a power outage, the information store on my Exchange 07 SP1 server (running Windows 2008) would not start.  All other services were running ok and running the following command:   SC Query MSExchangeIS I could see…


RDP to Windows 2008

Hi all,        I have installed a Windows 2008 server into my Windows 2003 domain, I then enabled RDP on my Windows 2008 server verified that I could connect from my Vista client on the network.   While working from home, I quickly found out that I could not RDP onto my Windows 2008 server from…


Windows Server 2008 Core Quick Reference

This month I have been setting up my first Windows 2008 core server to go into a production environment.  It has been a very interesting experience as I was expecting a straight forward process but ran into a few challenges.  What with some vendor specific hardware and a bizarre WSUS issue, I have certainly had…


Enable Remote desktop via the registry

If you have ever run into an issue where you have set up a server but forgot to put the tick in the box to enable remote desktop, then read on!  Many times I have done this and then had to go all the way over to the server (sometimes in different offices) to enable…



If you are trying to perform a manual offline update to the MBSA tool but can’t find the latest version of the database on the internet (as I struggled too), just click on the following link and download it.  http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=74689