Fixing Schema Attributes from a damaged Exchange 2010 SchemaPrep

Recently I ran into quite a large issue of trying to fix event ID 1851 from Directory Service. The error that it kept stating was

The AttributeID value for the following attribute duplicates the AttributeID value for the following existing attribute.   Attribute: msDS-GeoCoordinatesAltitude1 (8ceffc83, 90887) Existing attribute: msDS-GeoCoordinatesAltitude (90887, 90887)   Both attributes […]

Windows Server 2012 Fax crashes when sending a fax. Event ID 1001

Recently I was migrating a client from Windows SBS 2008 to Windows Server 2012 R2. One of the applications they used was the Microsoft Fax Service for sending out an occasional fax. Once I added the Fax Role and attempted to send a fax, I noticed that the fax would make a phone call, ring […]

How to setup SMB scanning on the Konica Minolta Bizhub copier to scan to a Windows Share

Recently I had a customer who needed us to setup the ability to scan to a SMB share. I reviewed the manual which provided basic information but after following it, I could not get the scanner to save the scanned document on the server. We contacted the copier company and the information they provided did […]

Microsoft Outlook 2013 hangs on processing for up to an hour

Recently I discovered an issue with Lenovo T430U notebooks having an issue where when you launch Microsoft Outlook 2013 it would just sit on the blue splash screen stating “Processing”.  After capturing a lot of logs and being really stumped, I reached out the Microsoft support team. Here was the solution that was provided:

Disable […]

Windows Server Essentials Connector has not been installed because cannot download the package

Consider this. You are running Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM with the Essentials role added, or you are running Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials RTM (non preview version). After configuring the basic tasks like users, you go to each workstation to run http://server/connect and receive the error

Windows Server Essentials Connector has not been installed […]

Redirection for http to https on Exchange 2013 CU2 CAS server does not work, TechNet Article incorrect

On Microsoft’s TechNet article which provides instructions on how to setup HTTP redirect to HTTPS for you Exchange 2013 CAS server has invalid information.

We use this method in order to redirect users to a secure page. For example, say your OWA page is and the end user doesn’t type in “HTTPS” […]

How to enable relaying for external clients on SBS 2008/2011 and or Exchange 2007/2010 with different sending email address’s

I sometimes come across customers that would like to relay email through their Exchange Sever from external clients and maybe use a different sending address.  Here is how I configure this.

First, we will create a new receive connector via the Exchange Powershell. To do so, open up the Exchange Management Shell (powershell)

Once […]

Cannot connect this computer to the network, Windows SBS 2011 Essentials

Today I was getting an error “an unknown error has occurred” when trying to use the SBS 2011 Essentials connector to add a computer to the console. In this particular setup, the customer was migrating from Windows 2003 to Windows SBS 2011 Essentials.



First thing to check are the logs. I […]

Group Policy folder redirection generates Error, The system call level is not correct.

Recently I was working on a client who is setup with a SBS 2008 server and workstations running Windows 7 Professional SP1. I noticed that when a particular user would login it would take upwards of 10 minutes for the welcome screen to go away and the desktop to be displayed.

As part of the […]

Internal event: Active Directory has encountered the following exception and associated parameters.

Today I was performing a migration from SBS 2003 to SBS 2011. I performed all the checks and ensured I had all the updates in place. During the migration the SBS 2011 server failed the migration. Upon further investigation I noticed that only 1 role transferred over from the old DC to the new one. […]