Clear Cached Credentials in Windows

Clear Cached Credentials in Windows

How to Clear Cached Credentials in Windows. Wonder where all the “Remember Password” ticks are going? They go to the Stored User Names and Passwords.

Open Command Prompt

Type rundll32.exe keymgr.dll, KRShowKeyMgr

This will bring the Stored User Names and Passwords. You will see all your saved credentials. You can view/edit/remove them and also Backup and Restore them in and from credential backup files ( .crd ). Clearing passwords is used in various troubleshooting scenarios for different software.

Clear Cached Credentials in Windows

Here is a link of a problem with Microsoft Lync 2010 client that cannot present the option of specifying username and is resolved by clearing the cached credentials that Lync uses.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/ocsclients/thread/87dd5c8a-9bfe-4b58-98bf-3782f451c14a

Renew a self-signed SSL Certificate in SBS 2008

Renew a self-signed SSL Certificate in SBS 2008

Renew a self-signed SSL Certificate in SBS 2008. If you have an expired SSL Certificate, you would want to renew it. This is done in the SBS Console. More specifically Fix My Network Wizard (FNCW). Running it will bring up potential network issues. Note that it will always find some but you need to ignore them and take care of the certificate only.

fix-my-network

When the wizard displays it results. De-select everything but the “Self-issued certificate is expired

Renew a self-signed SSL Certificate in SBS 2008

Finish the wizard and the certificate will be renewed.

Renew a self-signed SSL Certificate in SBS 2003

Renew a self-signed SSL Certificate in SBS 2003

If you have an expired SSL Certificate, you would want to renew it. This is done in the CEICW ( Configure E-mail and Internet Conection Wizard) in the SBS Console. Open Server Management -> Internet and Email -> Connect to Internet. Go through the wizard and don’t change anything until you reach this state of the wizard.

Renew a self-signed SSL Certificate in SBS 2003

When you issue a new certificate choose Web server name to be the domain name of the company which corresponds to the MX Record. For example domain.com have an MX Record of mail.domain.com. Therefore type mail.domain.com for a Web Server name in the CEICW wizard. Once the Wizard Finishes the certificate is renewed.

Restore Missing SBS 2003 CALs

Restore Missing SBS 2003 CALs

Restore Missing SBS 2003 CALs. At times the SBS License store might revert back to the initial 5 CALs, therefore users will experience disconnects from the server expressed in unable to dial a VPN, make a remote session or open shared documents. The process of dealing with this is the following :

  • Confirm there is a license problems by checking the Event Viewer on the server. Events 221 and 222 from source: LicenseService should be logged stating :License usage for product <product> is nearing the maximum number of per server licenses purchased. Consult License Manager from the Administrative Tools folder for more information.
  • Go to the SBS Console and check the Licensing tab for liceneses purchased and max usage statistics

Installed Licenses: 5  Maximum Usage: 15

According to Microsoft there are 3 ways to restore the CALs:

Re-enter the CALs

Restore the Whole C:/Windows folder

Restore the Licenses if ever backed up ( here is how )

Here is the Microsoft KB Article on how to restore them :

The number of client access licenses may be reset to five in Windows Small Business Server 2003

Important ! However these solutions are mostly too critical to action. So there is another solution to the problem. SBS2003 licenses are kept in a file – Windows\system32 called lisctr.cpa. Microsoft actually keep an automatic backup of this file in another file called – autolicstr.cpa. Stop the License Logging service, rename licstr.cpa to licstr.cpa.old, copy autolicstr.cpa and rename it to licstr.cpa. Start the License Logging service and see check if the Licenses are restored.

Your computer can’t connect to the remote computer because the Remote Desktop Gateway server is temporary unavailable.

Your computer can’t connect to the remote computer because the Remote Desktop Gateway server is temporary unavailable.

Your computer can't connect to the remote computer because the Remote Desktop Gateway server is temporary unavailable.

Your computer can’t connect to the remote computer because the Remote Desktop Gateway server is temporary unavailable. You might have this error all of a sudden when trying to connect to your SBS Server through Remote Web Workplace. It may appear sudden but it’s not at all. The issue is connected to your IIS Application pool settings. For example if you install some third-party web application, it may have
changed the 32/64 bit feature on your Application pool. So what to do :

1) Go to IIS -> Application Pools -> DefaultAppPool -> Advanced Settings -> Enable 32-Bit Application – > if it’s True , change it to False

2) Check other relevant application pools for the same setting – > SBS Web Workplace AppPool or SBS Web Applications application poool

All of the pools should run with Enable 32-Bit – False

Your computer can't connect to the remote computer because the Remote Desktop Gateway server is temporary unavailable.

Here is a technet forum link : http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/smallbusinessserver/thread/901d761e-773a-4dd0-a122-59d554fc63d8

NATO phonetic alphabet

NATO phonetic alphabet

NATO phonetic alphabet has been used not only by the military and government organizations but from the IT servicehesks, helpdesks and call centers. It helps understanding what the other person really means when he says “N” or “M” for example or “P” or “B”.

Letter      Code Word

A        Alpha

B        Bravo

C        Charlie

D        Delta

E        Echo

F        Foxtrot

G       Golf

H       Hotel

I        India

J       Juliet

K       Kilo

L       Lima

M      Mike ( or Mother )

N      November

O      Oscar

P      Papa

Q      Quebec

R      Romeo

S      Sierra

T      Tango

U     Uniform

V      Victor

W     Whiskey

X      X-Ray

Y      Yankee

Z      Zulu

Here is the old Radiotelephony phonetic alphabet which is unchanged.

Nato Phonetic Alphabet

Here is the Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NATO_phonetic_alphabet

English names for the characters in both US and British keyboards

English names for the characters in both US and British keyboards

English names for the characters in both US and British keyboards contain some tricky and hard to remember symbols like ~ ` or ^. Here is a useful list of them explained. Red quotes stand for the British.

~ tilde (sounds like til-da); be prepared to explain to   computer-illiterate people saying “you know, the wave-shaped   thingy”
! exclamation; commonly read as bang in case of #!/bin/sh
@ at
# pound; but commonly read as shee in case of #!/bin/sh, not   sure why, pound is the American, UK is hash
£ pound
$ Dollar
% Percent
^ caret; not many people know this word so be prepared to   say “no, not carrot; it’s the character above 6, an arrow pointing   up”
& Ampersand
* star; some read asterisk
( opening parenthesis (some may shorten it saying paren), open bracket
) closing parenthesis, close bracket
_ underscore; once I heard people say underbar
+ Plus
minus; as symbol before arguments in commands, some people   including me read dash, easier to say one syllable,   or hyphen
= Equals
` backtick or backquote
{ opening brace, open curly bracket
} closing brace, close curly bracket
[ opening bracket, open square bracket
] closing bracket, close square bracket
| pipe or vertical bar
\ backslash; be prepared to explain to some   computer-illiterate people
: colon
; semicolon
double quote
single quote
< less than; some may read left angle bracket
> greater than
, comma
. dot; period if in English text
? question mark
/ slash or forward slash; some computer-illiterate people   may be confused about / and \
space
(), [] and {} may also be called brackets in general. In that case, they   specifically call [] square brackets and {} curly brackets. I never like   this. Open and Closing may also be called left and right.

Restore Exchange database with Windows Server Backup

Restore Exchange database with Windows Server Backup

Restoring Exchange Database with Windows Server Backup is quite easy and straight-forward.

I will not write down a guide as there is a perfect one on the internet. It’s from Paul Cunningham from http://exchangeserverpro.com. I will just give a link to it so whoever is looking for this information on my blog can have a look at his guide:

Here is the link. Enjoy – http://exchangeserverpro.com/exchange-2010-mailbox-database-backup-restore-windows-server-backup

Configure Windows Server Backup to Backup Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0

Windows Server Backup can indeed backup and effectively restore WSS 3.0

This is because Windows Server Backup can be configured to backup Applications.

Registering an application to be backed up by Windows Server Backup can be found in this article – Link

If you want to use Windows Server Backup with Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, you must configure the following registry keys:

  1. Click Start, click Run, and in the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
  2. In the User Account Control dialog box, click Continue to open the Registry Editor.
  3. Navigate to the following path:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\
  4. On the Edit menu, click New, and then click Key.
  5. Type WindowsServerBackup and then press ENTER.
  6. Select the WindowsServerBackup key, and then on the Edit menu, click New, and then click Key.
  7. Type Application Support, and then press ENTER.
  8. Select the Application Support key, and then on the Edit menu, click New, and then click Key.
  9. Type {c2f52614-5e53-4858-a589-38eeb25c6184} as the key name, and then press ENTER.This is the GUID for the WSS Writer.
  10. Select the new key, and then on the Edit menu, click New, and then click String Value.
  11. Type Application Identifier as the new value name, and then press ENTER.
  12. Right-click the Application Identifier value, and then click Modify.
  13. In the Value Data box, type Windows SharePoint Services, and then click OK.
  14. On the Edit menu, click New, and then click DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  15. Type UseSameVssContext as the new value name, and then press ENTER.
  16. Right-click the UseSameVssContext value, and then click Modify.
  17. In the Value Data box, type 00000001, and then click OK.

Register Applications in Windows Server Backup

Register Applications in Windows Server Backup

Have you ever wondered if Windows Server Backup can backup applications like Exchange, SQL , Sharepoint and etc. ? Yes it can and it’s done in the registry.

Application Support

The Application Support registry key is used to register the application’s VSS writer ID.

If the Application Support registry key does not exist, the application should create it under the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WindowsServerBackup

Create a subkey with the name Application Support. Do not set a value for this key. Under the Application Support key, create a subkey with the name WriterGUID, where WriterGUID is the writer class ID for the application’s VSS writer. Do not set a value for this key.

Application Identifier

The Application Identifier registry key is used to register the application identifier to be used in the Windows Server Backup user interface and command-line interface to identify the application.

If the Application Identifier registry key does not exist, the application should create it under the following registry key, where WriterGUID is the writer class ID for the application’s VSS writer:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WindowsServerBackup\Application Support\WriterGUID

Create a subkey with the name Application Identifier and type REG_SZ. The value should be a string that end users will recognize as the name of the application whose data is to be backed up and recovered. The application identifier string can contain a maximum of 256 characters and must be unique. If two applications register using the same application identifier string, the second registration is ignored. This string will not be localized.

You can use a batch script to set the Application Support and Application Identifier registry keys. To do so, create a file with a .bat file name extension that contains a reg add command in the following format, where:

  • WriterGUID is the writer class ID for the application’s VSS writer
  • ApplicationDisplayName is the application identifier string

reg add “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\windows nt\currentversion\WindowsServerBackup\Application Support\WriterGUID” /v “Application Identifier” /t REG_SZ /d ApplicationDisplayName /f

In the following example script:

  • {CE4EF7DC-18CE-4A11-B4C9-D7A668637D1B} is the value of WriterGUID
  • “My Application” is the value of ApplicationDisplayName

reg add “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\windows nt\currentversion\WindowsServerBackup\Application Support\{CE4EF7DC-18CE-4A11-B4C9-D7A668637D1B}” /v “Application Identifier” /t REG_SZ /d “My Application” /f

CLSID

An application that implements an add-in using the Windows Server Backup API interfaces must set the CLSID registry key in addition to the Application Support and Application Identifier registry keys. An application that does not include an add-in should not set the CLSID registry key.

If the CLSID registry key does not exist, the application should create it under the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WindowsServerBackup\Application Support\WriterGUID

Create a subkey with the name CLSID and type REG_SZ. The value should be the GUID of the COM coclass that implements the add-in.