24. January 2013 · Comments Off on SBSMonitoring database is nearing maximum or hit the 4096MB size on SBS 2008 · Categories: Microsoft · Tags: , , ,

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The Problem….

You receive an Event ID 1827:
CREATE DATABASE or ALTER DATABASE failed because the resulting cumulative database size would exceed your licensed limit of 4096 MB per database.

The Technical Bit….

This occurs because the SBSMonitoring database is close to the 4096mMB size or exceeded it.

The Fix….
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21. January 2013 · Comments Off on Exchange 2010 EMC “initialization failed” error execution of scripts is disabled on this system · Categories: Microsoft · Tags: , ,

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The reason for this error is the security setting on your pc that does not allow you to execute a script.  This is the so-called Execution Policy. By default, the Execution Policy is set to Restricted. This setting means that you may not run any PS1 script at all.

An overview of the policy levels:

Restricted: Individual cmdlets can run, but not saved Powershell scripts. This is the default setting.
AllSigned: Scripts can run, but must have a digital signature even if written on the local computer. Prompts you before running scripts from trusted publishers.
RemoteSigned: Scripts written on the local computer do not need a digital signature, but any script downloaded from outside (email, IM, Internet) must have a signature to execute.
Unrestricted: Any script can run, but scripts downloaded from outside will run with a warning.
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19. January 2013 · Comments Off on Setup Windows Server 2008 SMTP Relay for Office 365 · Categories: Office365 · Tags: , ,

Many small businesses have printers that scan to e-mail, phone systems that send e-mail status updates, and a number of other e-mail enabled applications and devices.  When converting to a cloud based e-mail system, like Office 365, sometimes these devices cannot be configured to send e-mail over encrypted links to the cloud.  Office 365 required an SMTP connection that supports TLS encryption and many legacy devices or applications don’t support this.

The solution is to install an onsite SMTP relay that supports an encrypted connection.  Fortuneately, Windows Server supports an SMTP relay for Office 365.

This how-to guide assumes you have an operational Windows Server 2008 server within your company / organization.  It will work through adding the correct roles and features to Windows Server 2008, and then configuring them for communicating with Online Exchange within Office 365.

Determine Office 365 SMTP Server Settings

Before you can configure the relay, you must know the exact mail server addresses to use in Office 365.  To determine those, follow these steps:
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12. January 2013 · Comments Off on How to install nagios in rhel 6.3 / centos 6.3 · Categories: Linux · Tags: , ,
This guide is intended to provide you with simple instructions on how to install Nagios from source (code) on Fedora and have it monitoring your local machine inside of 20 minutes. No advanced installation options are discussed here – just the basics that will work for 95% of users who want to get started.
These instructions were written based on a standard RHEL 6.3 Linux distribution.
What You’ll End Up With
If you follow these instructions, here’s what you’ll end up with:
  • Nagios and the plugins will be installed underneath /usr/local/nagios
  • Nagios will be configured to monitor a few aspects of your local system (CPU load, disk usage, etc.)
  • The Nagios web interface will be accessible at http://localhost/nagios/
During portions of the installation you’ll need to have root access to your machine.
Make sure you’ve installed the following packages on your Fedora installation before continuing.
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09. January 2013 · Comments Off on Resolving “The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded.” · Categories: Microsoft · Tags: , , , ,


Exact cause is unknown, but this issue may occur if the user profile was manually deleted by using the command prompt or Windows Explorer by a user or by some program. A profile that is manually deleted does not remove the security identifier (SID) from the user profile list in the registry. Since the SID is still present, Windows will still try to load the profile by using the ProfileImagePath that points to a nonexistent path. Therefore, the profile cannot be loaded.

This can also be a issue with the user profile entering into a backup state, or if the C:Users(User Name) user profile folder is manually renamed.


Log on to the Computer

Log on to the computer using the Administrator (or an Administrator-level) account.

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02. January 2013 · Comments Off on How to convert an Office365 federated domain back to a managed domain · Categories: Office365

Use these methods only if all the following conditions are true:

Reverse the domain federated authentication settings for the Office 365 account domain
– if the AD FS 2.0 server is available

Use this method only if all the following conditions are true:

  • The problem is caused by a service outage that requires immediately restoring user access, or the account is an Office 365 for professionals and small businesses account.
  • The Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) 2.0 server is available.
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02. January 2013 · Comments Off on AD FS for Office 365 – Simplified Installation Guide · Categories: Office365 · Tags: , , ,

Step 1. Prepare Your Active Directory Domain

Office 365 SSO requires an Internet-resolvable domain name to use as the suffix in each user’s username. Don’t worry, though, if your Active Directory domain name doesn’t meet this requirement. Most of them don’t. You can make things work by giving users an alternate User Principal Name (UPN) that matches any public domain name you own.

Let’s assume your public domain name is contoso.com, but your inside-the-firewall Active Directory domain is contoso.local. You can’t resolve contoso.local via Internet servers, therefore you won’t be able to with Office 365 DNS servers. That said, you can use federation to set each user’s UPN to a publicly resolvable domain name and let them log in as username@contoso.com.

While each user’s UPN might look like an e-mail address, it has nothing to do with SMTP or Session Initiation Protocol. This change merely maps your users’ Active Directory accounts with an external address that Office 365 can understand.

Launch Active Directory Domains and Trusts and view the Properties of its top-level node. In the box titled Alternative UPN suffixes, enter your publicly resolvable domain name and click Add. Then launch Active Directory Users and Computers and view the Properties of a user account. Under its Account tab, you can now set the User logon name to that publicly resolvable domain name. Do this for each Office 365-enabled user. They’ll be using this as their Office 365 username in a minute.

Step 2. Prepare Your Server and Install ADFS

You can install ADFS on a domain controller or another server. You’ll first need to configure a few prerequisites. The following steps assume you’re installing to Windows Server 2008 R2.

Using Server Manager, install the IIS role and the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1. Then purchase and install a server-authentication certificate from a public certificate authority. Make sure you match the certificate’s subject name with the Fully Qualified Domain Name of the server. Launch IIS Manager and import that certificate to the default Web site.
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