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Internet Explorer 6 countdown!

Internet Explorer 6 sucks 😉 well at least 10 years ago it wasn’t…

A lot of customers (and home users) are still using IE6, one of the reasons is the extra ‘overhead’ of IE7+.

Microsoft has released a countdown website:

10 years ago a browser was born.

Its name was Internet Explorer 6. Now that we’re in 2011, in an era of modern web standards, it’s time to say goodbye.

This website is dedicated to watching Internet Explorer 6 usage drop to less than 1% worldwide, so more websites can choose to drop support for Internet Explorer 6, saving hours of work for web developers.

 Daniel Nikolic

Microsoft OCS on Linux

As one of the few, i use a Linux environment on my  laptop for production. Now that we use Microsoft Office Communication Server, I needed to find a way of connecting to Microsoft OSC from my laptop. Luckily more people had this same challenge and so a project was started on sourceforge.net for the development of a plugin for pidgin. This plugin “SIPe” (http://sipe.sourceforge.net/) enables you to communicate with Microsoft OCS.

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Installing KB 968802 for Microsoft Office Communication Server 2007 R2

Installing updates voor Microsoft Office Communication Server 2007 R2 has been made easy. When downloading KB968802 you are presented with a long list of updates but also with a installer called ServerUpdateInstaller.exe.

This installer automatically updates your server, it investigates which updates your installation needs and then installs them.

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Scripting or programming the Performance Counters

It’s possible to connect to the Performance Counters of a remote machine and retrieve the values of the different counters. But when the local language is different than the one you are connecting to, it will present you the language of the categories and counters of the local machine:

So local machine language is Dutch and remote machine is English, the categories and counters are displayed in Dutch.

This is really annoying when scripting or programming.

You can change this behaviour by changing the CultureSet (vb.net):

‘Define constants
Const strApplicationCulture As String = "en-US"

‘Set the culture of this application to the specified culture
System.Threading.Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture = New System.Globalization.CultureInfo(strApplicationCulture, False)

Ingmar Verheij & Daniel Nikolic

Disable Clipboard on a Remote Desktop Connection

When programming or scripting the Remote Desktop Connection, it’s advisable to disable the Clipboard. You can either disable the clipboard on the workstation via the registry, edit the RDP file or or call an undocumented property in the ActiveX component.

Registry (all of the RDP connections)

HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftTerminal Server Client

DisableClipboardRedirection – REG_DWORD – 1

RDP file

redirectclipboard:i:0

ActiveX component

RDPObject.AdvancedSettings2.RedirectClipboard = False

Daniel Nikolic

All of the properties, functions and events in the ActiveX component:

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Prevent online content in Visio

When the first document in Visio 2003 is opened / created using templates from Microsoft Office Online (which is default), the user gets a question about updating links from an online source.

If you wish to prevent this message you can set the following registry keys:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice11.0CommonInternet]
“UseOnlineContent”=dword:00000000
“ShowSpotlight”=dword:00000000

Ingmar Verheij

Get rid off the Conversation View in OWA 2010

Okay maybee this post to simple for us all, but I was really glad I found a way to turn off the Conversation View in OWA 2010.

So how do you turn of the Conversation View? Well first click on the Date (next to Arrange by: ) and then uncheck the Conversation checkbox.

Voila…

Daniel Nikolic

Offline Address Book not updating

It’s possible that when using Outlook Anywhere the Offline Address Book will not update. The most common error is 0x8004010F.

There can be a couple things to look at:

  • If the account is less then 24 hours old, the Exchange server have not yet generated the Offline Address Book. The Offline Address Book is generated once a day.
  • The Offline Address Book Distribution is not setup correctly (externally this must be the autodiscover site).
  • The Offline Address Book is corrupt.

With the last one, you have to close Outlook 2007, go to “%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftOutlook” and remove the *.oab files. The next time Outlook starts the Offline Address Book is generated again.

Daniel Nikolic

RE: Installing Windows Features with Windows PowerShell

Recently my colleague Robin Plomp wrote an article about installing features in Window Server 2008 R2 (or Windows 7) with Windows PowerShell scripts:

“I ‘m a big fan of the new version of the Windows server platform. I’ve recently deployed 6 Windows 2008 (64) R2 servers. On one of the servers I am going to install Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2. One of the prerequisites is .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. This can be installed in the ServerManager under Features. This means you have to scroll down a long list of Windows Features. There has to be an easier way.
Enter the world of Windows PowerShell!”

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Although PowerShell is a great tool for installing features, or performing other tasks, it isn’t necessary for automated installation of features.
Enter the world op “Deployment Image Servicing and Management(DISM)” or dism.exe (located in the system folder)!!!
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