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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.

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How to Backup and Restore Windows 10 Sticky Notes

Microsoft have changed how they store Sticky Notes in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update version 1607 (and later), so I thought I do a quick post on how to backup and restore your Sticky Notes.

I will cover the older method and the new method, and how to transfer from old to new.

Sticky Notes

Sticky Notes

How to backup Sticky Notes pre Windows 10 Anniversary Update

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This version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with this version of windows

I was trying to repair a Windows Server 2008 R2 server and got an error at the System Recovery Options screen when booting from the Operating System DVD.

This version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with the version of Windows you are trying to repair. Try using a recovery disk that is compatible with this version of Windows

The error read “This version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with the version of Windows you are trying to repair. Try using a recovery disk that is compatible with this version of Windows.”. Continue reading

Exchange 2013 Uninstall Error – generating an offline address book

“This mailbox server is responsible for generating an offline address book”

I was trying to uninstall Microsoft Exchange 2013 after moving to Exchange 2016 but kept getting the error “This mailbox server is responsible for generating an offline address book” in the Readiness checks.

I ran ‘Get-Mailbox – Arbitration’ to verify all the mailboxes had been moved.

Nothing appeared to be pointing at the old server and I could not find any mailboxes on the server.

In the end, I ran ADSIEdit and found under Configuration > services> Microsoft Exchange > First Organisation> Address List Container > Offline Address Lists that the Offline Address Book had a reference to the old server. Continue reading

Solved – Dell PowerEdge R430 and installing Windows 2016 from USB

Today I got a delivery of a new Dell PowerEdge R430 and needed to install Windows 2016 Standard on it.

I downloaded the ISO from Microsoft and created a bootable USB pen using the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool, but Dell’s LifeCycle controller refused to recognise the USB drive.

Dell, if you’re listening, please let us install from USB through the Lifecycle Controller !

The ISO was 5.47 Gb so would not burn to a standard DVD and I needed to deliver this server to my client the following day.

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