Mar
13

Remote Desktop Printing: First Page OK, Remaining Pages Print In Wrong Font

Symptoms: When printing a document to a local printer using Remote Desktop Easy Print (Terminal Server 2008), Microsoft Office documents, such as those from Microsoft Word, will correctly print the first page while printing the rest of the pages using the wrong font. Problem: After much research the best that I can come up with …

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Nov
02

Slow Remote Desktop Performance in Windows 7 or Vista

Symptom:  When connecting to a server running Terminal Services using the Remote Desktop client in Windows 7 or Vista, the connection is slow and lags despite a fast network connection. Problem:  This is usually, but not always, caused by the way TCP “Auto-tuning” is handled in Windows 7/Vista. Solution:  As stated above there are several …

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Aug
23

Outlook Error: “This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer”

Symptom:  When a user clicks a hyperlink to any internet content from within Outlook, they receive the following message:  “This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer.” Problem:  The registry entries responsible for handling hyperlinks are either missing or corrupted.  This can be caused by several things.  Recently it seems that most …

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May
14

Internet Explorer Displays Blank Page Instead of Windows Update

Symptom:  Internet Explorer displays a blank page or blank screen instead of the requested .aspx or javascript site.  Windows Update or other script-enabled websites will not display regardless of Internet Explorer 8 or 9, or any security settings. Problem:  Missing/faulty .dll registration of one or both of the following files:  jscript.dll, msxml3.dll Solution:  Re-register the …

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Mar
13

Group Policy Not Applied To Remote VPN Users

Problem:  Users logging on to an Active Directory domain across a relatively slow VPN link will unreliably apply group policies.  This article deals with user policies specifically, not computer policies. Solution:  Although the ultimate solution to this problem would be to cure the root cause of the group policies not being applied, my reason for …

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Jan
06

Microsoft Office Asks User to Accept License Agreement Each Time An Office Program Is Launched

Symptom:  On Windows Vista or Windows 7, each time a Microsoft Office program is launched the user is asked to accept the license agreement.  This will typically happen on versions of Office older than 2007. Problem:  Due to the difference in the way that user rights are handled in Windows XP and Windows Vista/7, older …

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Aug
09

How To: Time Sync Across Windows Network

**Note from the Author:  Although this may be helpful for older OS versions, the process below is no longer the correct method. There are many reasons that a network administrator may want to synchronize the clocks on all Windows computers across the Active Directory domain.  The following steps will demonstrate how to easily accomplish that …

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Apr
12

Adding Sites to Internet Security Zones Using Group Policy

Sometimes it is useful to leverage the power of Group Policy in Active Directory to add sites to certain security zones in Internet Explorer.  This can save the network admin the trouble of managing the security zone lists for each computer (or user) separately.  In the following example, each user on the network needs to …

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Jan
20

Cannot Format Drive As exFAT

Symptom: When trying to format a newer, high capacity external hard drive or flash drive, the only option given is to format as exFAT.  When an attempt is made to format the volume as exFAT, the following message is returned:  “Windows was unable to complete the format.” Problem: Microsoft’s new filesystem, exFAT (a.k.a. FAT64), is …

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Jan
14

Mounting An ISO Image in Windows Server 2008

…still can’t be done. MagicISO seems to work pretty well though.  As much as I hate installing stuff like that on a server, there seems to be no way around it without actually burning the image to media. It is completely unacceptable that Microsoft continues to leave this feature out of it’s operating systems.  Mac …

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