Office bit level

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

I had a question about the bit level of Office 2016. Sometimes I try the different versions for testing and forgot what was last installed.

Outlook happened to be open so I clicked File and selected Office Account.

This brought up the Product information but it was not listed.

I clicked the Blue Question mark About Outlook Button.

There the level was listed and it turned out to be 32-bit.

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Use a KMS outside of the domain

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

I had an issue where we needed a small domain to register it’s Windows 2012 virtual machines to the main KMS of the company.

The problem was the small domain had it’s own IP range and it’s own DNS. I attempted to activate the virtual machines and received a message reporting the KMS was not resolvable in DNS.

Since this was a tiny domain and the DNS would not be managed, I needed another way to activate the virtual machines.

Looking at the options of the slmgr script, I found what I needed.

slmgr.vbs /skms <ip address>:<port number>

This tells the system where to look for the KMS and what port to use.

After the “OK” message, I simply attempted activation via:

slmgr.vbs /ato

The virtual machines activated.

 

 

Changing the name on an iLO port

Friday, April 15th, 2016

We have a console network to handle access to all the DRAC and iLo ports. Every so often people forget to change the name assigned to the port.

I was reloading several systems for a new project and of course there was one that was not changed. It is running the xen hypervisor so there wasn’t a quick way to address this.

I accessed the host through the iLO port and was able to rename the system. However, there was a message (aren’t there always?):

There are pending changes that may not take effect until iLO is reset.

I looked around the iLO pages but there wasn’t a command to do this.

What about the iLO port itself?

SSH into the port

enter: CD /map1

enter: reset

Waited a little bit and the correct hostname worked on the console network.

Outlook 2016 stuck at Processing…

Monday, April 4th, 2016

One can say many things about Outlook.  Love it; hate it; sometimes it’s the only choice. I am testing Outlook 2016. It’s pretty and offers many things.

I had to reboot my system and when Outlook was started; it simply gave a pretty blue window which displayed: “Processing…”

Normally, it’s pretty quick.

I killed the session and decided to see what happens in Safe mode:

  • start/run
  • enter: outlook.exe /safe

Outlook initiated. After that I close the session and was able to initiate it.

Probably, a “confused” profile but I didn’t look into it. I will if it happens again.

 

The Group Policy Client service failed the logon. Access denied

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

I had a user complaint over not being able to access a terminal server. He would attempt access and receive an error message:

The Group Policy Client service failed the logon. Access denied.

Since it was a terminal server; I renamed his profile and he was able to access it.

Deleting the previous Windows 10 Install

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Windows 10 has been an adventure. I decided to “suffer for my art” and join the Windows 10 insider testing cycle. To add to my suffering I decided to join the fast cycle which meant more releases then normal.

If you are testing many things, you can run out of disk space and like most people there isn’t time to really go through and clean. What would be nice would be a fast recovery of space.

This is possible if you want to delete the previous install of Windows 10. On average, it was about 10 gig for me.

If you are happy with the current install and will not roll back to the previous release, you can delete the previous install.

Search for Settings and open it.

  • Click on System
  • Click Storage
  • Click “This PC (C:)
  • Scroll down and Click “Temporary Files

Here you will see your Temporary file usage and at the bottom of the list is “Previous version of Windows

Simple click “Delete previous versions” and start the process.

You can do other things while the cleanup runs.

As mentioned this is useful if you need space and don’t have time to do a proper cleanup. Don’t forget to look at your downloads.  People forget to check that all the time.  I had 27 gig  *coughs*

 

Win10 build 14251 breaks jabber

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

I am on the preview testing cycle for Windows 10. Why? I like to be tortured I guess. Originally, it was to get an early view of the OS through the Windows Insider Program.

At one point I installed the released version but the program overlaid my full OS with another build of the Preview releases. You have to cancel the program to prevent this.

I received build 14251 as part of the normal sequence but I found this release broke jabber. The text was invisible. Secret Agent Man Font? I verified many things were in place (an old one is active scripting disabled for IE). But nothing readily obvious.

A few days later 14257 was released and jabber worked again.

I don’t like Calibri

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

I use Microsoft Word for many things. After awhile; I start disliking the default font of Calibri.  It’s a usable readable font. I just don’t like it.

It’s annoying to select a new font each time I start a new file. Why not change it so I don’t have to do that? I know “Duh!”

The new Office (I am using 2013) at times seems to be designed to hide things. Probably because of the average user being….well I won’t get into name calling as I “may” have done a few “bonehead” things in my time.

The way to change the default is through the basic templates. My two main templates are Normal and Nospace (created to avoid the the default 2 lines for CR).

The steps are simple:

  1. Start a new blank document
  2. Under the Styles box (Home tab); right-click Normal (or in my case Nospace) and select Modify.
  3. Click the Formatting drop down and select the Font you like( If you are curious, I like Times New Roman).
  4. You can also adjust the size.
  5. Near the bottom look for New documents based on this template. If it’s not selected, click the dot.
  6. Click OK.

This will set your next documents font to what you like by default.

As with anything if you steal borrow from others, always give them their acknowledgement.

Happy New Year everyone!

Friday, January 1st, 2016

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