How to Stop SPAM Text Messages with AT&T Wireless

Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of SPAM text messages on my phone and had some friends complianing about it as well.  Wanting it to stop, I went looking for a solution. Turns out you can create a “text messaging” admin account on a special AT&T web site.  This allows you to set up a […]

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How to Modify the Default OU for New Distribution Groups in Exchange 2010

When creating a new distribution group with the Exchange Management Shell or Console in Exchange 2010, it will by default attempt to place the group in the Domain\Users (CN=Users,DC=domain,DC=com) folder. While it is simple enough to specify the organizational unit (OU) while creating the distribution list, it is sometimes difficult for delegates to remember to […]

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How to Turn Off Attachment Filtering on Exchange 2010 Edge Transport

We had an interesting issue recently where our Exchange 2010 Edge Transport server was erroneously stripping out .zip files.  The funny thing was that we really didn’t intend for it to be doing attachment filtering in the first place as we have a variety of other tools in place to take care of that.  It’s […]

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ODBC Drivers Missing from Windows 7 64-Bit

If you go in to the Windows 7 Administrative Tools and double-click on the “Data Sources (ODBC)” icon just as you always have, and then attempt to add a new User DSN or System DSN, you will notice that there are almost no ODBC drivers to choose from.  This is especially confusing for end users […]

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Resolution for Unexplained Failure of MDT 2010 Inject Drivers Task

I was recently asked to troubleshoot an issue for our OS build team at work.  They had recently switched from Altiris 6.9 Deployment Server to Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Update 1 and were having a devil of a time with getting the driver injection to work with Windows 7… even under the simplest of circumstances.  […]

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How to Correct RBAC Permissions for Distribution List Membership Management in Exchange 2010

If you have just installed Exchange 2010 and are experiencing an issue with end users’ not being able use Outlook to add members to distribution groups they own, there is now a “fix” for it.  I say fix with air quotes because, according to Microsoft, nothing is really broken, it’s by design with the new […]

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Critical Commands to get Autodiscover Working Properly in Exchange 2010

The AutoDiscover server in Exchange 2007/2010 can be particularly troublesome, and since it effects just about everything in Outlook 2007/2010 (such as the Out of Office Assistant and Free/Busy Status), it’s absolutely critical to get right. When you break it all down though, there are really just three steps to ensuring your AutoDiscover service is […]

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Recurring Appointment Silliness in Outlook

I was asked to troubleshoot an interesting issue today for a manager of another department… you know, one of those informal “can you come here and look at this really quick” type of things. He had a daily, reoccurring appointment set up for lunch every day.  On one of the days he needed to set […]

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The Definitive Guide to Troubleshooting Outlook Calendaring Issues.

If you work in an environment with multiple versions of Outlook crossing multiple time zones (especially those in the US with Daylight Savings Time), I absolutely promise you that you will see a lot of issues, particularly with Outlook 2010 now in the mix. Knowing everything below should give you the information you need to bring an […]

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How to Install Vantive 8.x on Windows 7 SP1

Recently I was asked to figure out how to install Vantive 8.x in Windows 7 SP1. The core issue is that Vantive uses many unsigned components which Windows 7 SP1 really doesn’t like, so this procedure would likely work for any similar programs that use unsigned components or controls. You’ll need to be logged in […]

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