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Exchange 2010 Messages Stuck in Retry status in “MapiDeliveryQueue”

In case your Exchange admin life wasn’t difficult enough, you can always have this problem, manifested with the following symptoms:

  • Mail delivery hung
  • Messages stuck in local delivery “MapiDeliveryQueue” with a status of “Retry”

Classic tactics such as restarting the server or right-clicking the queue and selecting “Retry” have no effect.… [ Continue reading ]

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How to Join Windows XP Media Center to a Domain

During an SBS deployment, I ran into a few machines at my customer’s site that were running Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE). As most of you know, the only machines that are technically eligible to join a Windows domain are “Business” class operating systems, such as Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise (although not technically “business” class, Windows Vista/7 Ultimate Editions are also able to join domains, since they’re supposed to be everything-but-the-kitchen-sink editions).… [ Continue reading ]

Configuration

Fun with PIX, Part Deux

After getting my PIX to boot in my previous post, I decided to run through the password recovery procedures.

What you’ll need:

  • PIX recovery images (availble from either the Cisco site individually or here in one ZIP file)
  • PIX firewall software version
  • TFTP server software (I used the TFTP server included in the PacketTrap pt360 Suite in this exercise)
  • Terminal Emulator (I typically use PuTTY)

Steps:

  1. Connect Ethernet 0 on the PIX to your local LAN.
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Configuration

Active Sync Error 85010014 OTA with Exchange 2003

Recently, we renumbered a client’s network to reduce broadcast traffic and introduced two new redundant internet connections. Everything seemed fine in the initial testing, and we all went home.

The next day, when we were sifting through the fallout tickets, there was a recurring theme–Windows Mobile devices were no longer synchronizing.… [ Continue reading ]

Information

Rebuild a Corrupt WMI Repository

From time to time, many administrators have found themselves faced with a corrupt WMI repository. Here’s a quick fix. Copy/paste into a .bat file and run on the affected computer.

NET STOP WINMGMT /y

RD /S /Q C:\Windows\system32\wbem\Repository

%windir%\system32\rundll32 wbemupgd,UpgradeRepository

FOR %%i in (%windir%\system32\wbem\*.dll)
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Configuration

Dell DRAC Virtual Media Plugin Problems

Symptoms

  • Trying to access the “Virtual Media” section of a DRAC console
  • Client is Windows 2008
  • When accessing “Virtual Media,” get prompted to accept ActiveX control; accept, and get redirected to login page

Solution

  1. Open Internet Explorer, Tools > Internet Options; select Intranet, and select “Automatically detect Intranet network”
  2. Open %systemroot%\system32\drivers\etc\hosts.
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