Month: March 2017

Today’s Windows Issue: The action could not be completed because the action could not be completed.

Last week I moved a client from a single Windows Small Business Server 2008 setup to a Windows Server 2016 setup using Hyper-V. The new setup is 1 physical server with a handful of virtual machines broken out for different roles. Part of this migration was a new domain and a new Exchange server. The Exchange 2016 based setup worked without a problem until I was dealing with a remote user. The remote user is not on the domain but has a router to router VPN back to the main location. When trying to change their Outlook over to the new Exchange server I kept getting errors about a MAPI timeout. I tested and could ping the Exchange server by IP, name, FQDN, and even external address. Typically when changing a user’s Outlook from one system to another I just create a new Outlook profile so I can keep their old one as a backup just incase. After continuing to get the MAPI timeout errors I gave in and decided to blow out all their old Outlook profiles. No go. They had 3 Outlook profiles and when trying to delete any of them I would get the error: The action could not be completed because the action could not be completed. Not a very helpful error but it did confirm I had issues with the old profiles. I ended up deleting the profiles via the registry then guess what? The new Outlook profile worked without a hitch.

antiX 16.1

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After reading about the new antiX release I decided I had to give it a try. A Debian based distro with Fluxbox is just what I’ve been wanting. Once I got it installed I realized there was a lot more to it. First thing I found, which is really cool, is you can switch the desktop on the fly. No logging out need to switch between IceWM, Fluxbox, and JWM. Being a fan of Fluxbox I spent the majority of my time there. I didn’t love the way it looked but some tweaking got it to a point where I rather like it. The next thing I found was there is a ton of junk installed. While some people may like this, I don’t. This meant time spent removing programs. However, another cool thing I found is the metapackage installer. It makes a nice, simple way to get the programs most people want installed quick and easy including things like Spotify, Google Chrome, Steam, etc. I then jumped into the Control Panel, it is a nice central spot to edit most things. It is so-so though. While it puts most things you need to edit in one spot, it is very basic in what it does. The most noticeable thing I found was the wallpaper picker was quite spare and didn’t even have an option for tiling. Back to the good stuff, iso-snapshot. It is more or less a Remastersys for antiX. This is one of those things I wish every distro had. Let me tweak things to exactly where I want them then I’ll create and backup or distribution ISO that I can install on other PCs. I’ve used Remastersys for years and started using PinguyBuilder in the last few distro release cycles. For benchmarking hardware these can be great as it removes OS differences from the equation making it so you can compare machines apples to apples.

I finally found a distro for my Pavilion dv2500

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Back in December I was looking for something to do with my old HP Pavilion dv2500. Then in January I took Solus for a roll in a VM. I ended up being really impressed with Solus. So impressed I decided I wanted to find some real hardware for it to live on. Well things worked out and I now have Solus on my dv2500. It is not the fastest machine due to the fact it is about 10 years old but I works rather well. It actually works good enough that I don’t mind pulling out this laptop and using it for a bit now. The install was simple but I had no wifi and like most other distros it thought I had a 2nd screen attached. The wifi was a quick fix with the hardware manager. I clicked the Broadcom wireless, told it to use it, then an install and reboot later I was in business. The 2nd screen issue required me to open the display program and turn off the 2nd screen…pretty easy. Again I am completely impressed how a young, independent distro could work so well. I thought for sure it would fall short on hardware support but so far so good.