• General IT,  IT,  Support

    DistributedCom (DCOM) error event ID 10016

    Several of the Windows 2016 servers I look after have been showing a DCOM error which appears as event ID 10016. The error reads “The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID {3480A401-BDE9-4407-8C02-798A866AC051} and APPID {30AD8C8E-AE85-42FA-B9E8-7E99E3DFBFC5} to the user xxx SID (S-1-5-21-391 5011649-XXX-2122644135-1731) from address LocalHost (Using LRPC) running in the container Unavailable SID (Unavailable). This security permission can be modified using the Component Services administrative tool.”

  • Exchange,  How To,  IT

    Outlook – Save sent items in shared mailbox – solution for Office 365 and Exchange.

    I have spent some time on trying to get shared mailboxes to work correctly. We want a solution so when an email is sent from a shared mailbox, the sent email goes into the shared mailbox sent folder, rather than the user’s sent folder. For Office 365 there is a simple solution, but for Exchange* you might need a registry change which can be used for Office 2010, 2013 and 2016 .

  • The Virtual machine cannot be moved to the destination computer
    Hyper-V,  IT,  Support

    Hyper-V move between similar hardware fails.

    I needed to move a Hyper-V based virtual server from one server to another, to perform hardware maintenance on its host. When I tried to move the server, I got the following error: “The Virtual Machine cannot be moved to the destination computer. The hardware on the destination computer is not compatible with the hardware requirements of this virtual machine. “

  • Exchange,  Support

    Outlook instant search functionality not working – Cannot display the folder.

    I have been investigating an issue where Outlook instant search is not working. The environment is a Windows 2012 remote desktop server with Outlook 2013 and Exchange 2016 on premise. When you try to do a search nothing happens. The list of emails in the folder stays the same. After an intensive search, most of the results were for users getting limited results, but this was different. If you try to change the search functionality to search “All Outlook Items” it returns with a error “Cannot display the folder”

  • Free IT Courses
    General IT,  IT

    Free IT Courses

    I’ve been looking into spending some of my spare time educating myself and have come across some free IT courses and learning resources. I thought I’d share my list of findings here. Some of the listings have paid for content on the site but there are free resources available as well.

  • Alerts,  General IT,  IT

    Domain Name Front Running

    Domain Name Front Running I have just been the victim of Domain Name Front Running. I did not even know it existed, or I had been a victim until it happened again and I was sure it wasn’t a coincidence…. I had a domain name “stolen” from me as I tried to purchase it. What is Domain Name Front Running Domain front running is when you search for a domain name to purchase but do not buy straight away, and a company registers the name and then tries to sell at auction or through a buy now for several thousands of pounds/dollars.

  • General IT,  How To

    How to Backup Sticky Notes and Restore in Windows

    Microsoft have changed how they store Sticky Notes in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update version 1607 (and later). I thought I do a quick post on how to backup your Sticky Notes and restore them between the same version and between different version. I will cover the older method and the new method, and how to transfer from old to new. To find out your version of Windows, press your Windows key + R to bring up the Run prompt. In the “open” box type “winver” and click OK. Sticky Notes How to backup Sticky Notes pre Windows 10 Anniversary Update This method also covers Windows 7, 8, and 8.1.

  • Alerts

    Warning – Fake Internal Email Alert – Impersonated Domain

    Fake Internal Email Alert – Impersonated Domain Watch out for those emails pretending to come from your managing director. I recently had a companies Finance Manager contact me about an email he had received. He had received this email from his boss, the Managing Director, asking him to pay a client nearly £10,000 for services they had provided. The Finance Manager responded with a question about bank accounts and got a reply within 15 minutes with account details.

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