To avoid the typical picture on the background of your desktop, use the following procedure to force a solid blue color as background:
Start the Group Policy Editor: gpedit.msc
Go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Desktop > Desktop
Open Desktop Wallpaper
Enable it and set the Wallpaper Name to:
Click on OK to save the changes
While you could also just right-click on the desktop and choose Personalize and set a Read more [...]
Sometimes, if you can't use the graphical Event Viewer (e.g. on Windows Server Core), it is handy to list the latest Event Viewer entries via Powershell:
Get-EventLog System -Newest 10 | fl
Get-EventLog Application -Newest 10 | fl
This is also much quicker than starting Event Viewer.
After the September 2021 Windows Update, non-administrator users will no longer be able to add remote printers without an elevation of privilege to administrator.
To allow normal users to add remote printers (hosted on a print server), you can now add the following Registry value on the client:
RestrictDriverInstallationToAdministrators = 0 (DWORD 32)
No restart of the client is needed.
If things still do Read more [...]
When logged in as Administrator in a Windows 10 or 11 machine, when you try to add a shared printer, you get the error:
That didn't work. We can't install this printer right now. Try again later or contact your network administrator for help. Error: #740.
The underlying problem is this: Error 740 means: "The requested operation requires elevation".
This is a problem as you are already logged in as Administrator. So the solution is to start the "Add Printer Wizard" as Administrator. To do this:
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With Exchange 2019, Microsoft has introduced a new search engine: BigFunnel. This is the same engine that is used in Bing and in Exchange Online.
Unfortunately, sometimes, the search results are incomplete. While this might have different reasons, I am just looking at one prticular case here:
Incomplete search results are happening on OWA, i.e. this is an issue on the server, not on Outlook (the client)
The number of missing emails from the search results is visible in "BigFunnelNotIndexedCount"
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The LetsEncrypt Root Certificate (DST Root CA X3) will expire on 30-Sep-2021. While there is a new Root Certificate available for a while, some devices and browsers might show an error after that date as they might not have got the new Root Certificate.
Here is the simplified overview:
Old LetsEncrypt chain:
DST Root CA X3 : Expires 30-Sep-2021
R3 (Intermediate): Expires 29-Sep-2021
New LetsEncrypt chain:
ISRG Root X1 : Expires 04-Jun 2035
R3 (Intermediate): Expires 15-Sep 2025
If Read more [...]
Exchange constantly writes DB Logs to disk. These logs only get cleared when a backup is done.
If you need to clear those logs without a backup, use the following commands (if the DB log files are on the d: drive):
Open a cmd box with admin rights
add volume d:
That's it. You should now have much more free disk space.
Somethimes, the default maximum message size (including attachments) is not enough (30 MB is the standard). To increase this to 100 MB, do the following:
First check the current maximum size on all relevant Exchange components:
Get-TransportConfig | ft MaxSendSize, MaxReceiveSize
Get-ReceiveConnector | ft Name, MaxmessageSize
Get-SendConnector | ft Name, MaxMessageSize
Get-Mailbox Administrator |ft Name, MaxsendSize, MaxReceiveSize
Then set it to 100 MB for all components:
Set-TransportConfig Read more [...]
I have rarely the issue that all of a sudden, on some programs (for example Edge and Firefox) I can't see the top part of the Window anymore.
Preconditions for this to happen:
Multi screen (does never happen on single screen setups)
Happens only on the primary screen
Only when application is maximised
Only some applications are affected, not all (Microsoft Office apps are never affected): File Explorer, Edge, Firefox, Notepad and many others
What does not help:
Minimizing Read more [...]
Sometimes, it happens in my Outlook 2019 (connected to on-premise Exchange 2019), that I get an Office 365 Login prompt (although I do not have an Office 365 Account).
This might happen if the on-premise Exchange server is not reachable or too slow to respond.
To prevent this from happening, you can disable the Office 365 autodiscover via Registry. Just add the following key to the Windows Registry of the PC with the Outlook client:
ExcludeExplicitO365Endpoint Read more [...]