Install WordPress on a Windows 2008 Server with IIS 7

You can find many instructions on the Web on how to install WordPress on your own web server, but it might still be a complicated task. So I did my own instructions as per below: Make sure you have MySQL installed on your server Make sure, IIS 7 is installed Make sure PHP is installed and php.ini is configured correctly Download the latest WordPress version (2.9.2 as of this writing) from wordpress.org Unzip the downloaded file into a newly created Inetpub sub-folder The newly Read more [...]

BES 5.0: How to find the number of pending data packets for a user

Sometimes it is very convenient to check the number of pending items of a specific user centrally on the Blackberry Enterprise Server Console. This used to be quite simple on BES 4.1, but on BES 5.0, RIM has hidden this figure deep down in the GUI. Here is how to retrieve it: Login to the web console Click Manage Users Click on the user name Click on the Component information tab You can now see the Pending data packets This can be very helpful when you are troubleshooting connectivity Read more [...]

Blackberry: Unable to read sent messages

If you send a message from Outlook, the sent e-mail gets replicated to your Blackberry Smartphone. You can identify sent items by the check mark left to message: When you open the message, you only see the headers, but not the body: This is by design to save bandwidth and memory. If you need to see the full message, press the Menu key and select More: This behavior is normal, even if you have “Auto More” enabled in the General E-Mail Options. “Auto More” is only applicable Read more [...]

Windows 7: Enable BitLocker on the System Drive

If you have got Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise Edition, you can use BitLocker to encrypt your drives. Here is how to enable it for the system drive (c: drive): Click on Start and type bitlocker, press Enter Before you Start the encryption, you should enable TPM (Trusted Platform Module), which is used to store the BitLocker encryption key. To go there, click TPM Administration Let the computer restart Follow the instructions to enable IMS, and then choose Automatically create the Read more [...]

Kerio Connect: Enabling DCC on Spam Assassin

KMS (Kerio Mail Server) comes with the Spamassassin spam protection. Although not officially supported by Kerio, you can change spamassassin by modifying the spamassassin rules and config files. On Windows, all the important files are in C:\Program Files\Kerio\MailServer\plugins\spamassassin\rules Before you change anything, you should definitely backup all files in this directory! The .cf files contain the rules and the scores. They are plain text and you can change them, but you have to Read more [...]

Unlocking shared files on Windows 2008 R2 Server

In enterprise environments, documents and other file types are often located on central file server and users open their documents directly from there. Sometimes, server administrators need to update such files, but can’t because at least one user is using it and locking the file. You could of course just reboot the server and the file would be unlocked, but that might be overkill as you are throwing everybody out. Luckily, there is a tool on the server, that lets you selectively unlock files, Read more [...]

Blackberry Delivery Confirmation

Sometimes it is handy to know if a mail that you sent has actually arrived on the recipient’s Blackberry. There are delivery receipts in Exchange and other mail systems, but they only confirm that the receiving mail server has accepted the mail, you can’t be sure that the mail ever showed up on the Blackberry. To get a Blackberry delivery notification, you must start your subject with <confirm> So for example, you can send a message from Outlook with the following subject: Once this Read more [...]

MS KMS Licensing Server Setup on Win2008 R2 over the phone

For Enterprises, Microsoft has created a central licensing system to avoid the need of every company PC to connect to Microsoft Servers on the Internet to activate the software. One or more KMS Servers can be used inside the company to activate all clients. You cannot only activate Operating Systems such as Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2, but also other applications from Microsoft such as Office 2010 with a Volume License. The KMS server is the only server that needs to connect to Microsoft Read more [...]

How to create a WinPE Bootdisk for Win7 Deployment (x86)

To be able to create an image for Windows 7 mass deployment, you need a boot media (a CD in my case) to be able to create and restore the image. In earlier days, you created a DOS bootable disk, nowadays the OS of choice is WinPE. Here is how to create such a disk: Download the "Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) for Windows 7" (English). It is freely available on the Microsoft web page. Burn the downloaded WAIK ISO file to a DVD. On a Windows 7 PC, start "StartCD.exe" Choose "Window Read more [...]

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