January 18 2011

Lync 2010 PowerShell cmdlets

There are almost 550 PowerShell cmdlets to manage Lync 2010. I found it difficult to find the entire list of them and finally found that these 2 URLs were the most useful:


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January 12 2011

Outlook prompting for credentials with Exchange 2007

I saw this issue again today. Outlook 2007 & 2010 were prompting for username and password at startup and randomly during use.

I’ve used this fix a couple of times now. In IIS Manager navigate to the website that contains your Exchange Virtual Directories (In Exchange 2007 this is Default website, in SBS2008 this is SBS Web Applications)

In turn highlight the following Virtual Directories:


Once highlighted select Authentication, right click on Windows Authentication and select Advanced Settings and put a check in the enable kernel-mode authentication. Do this for each directory.

Careful as when upgrading to Exchange 2007 Service Pack 3, it reset the setting on 2 of the 4 directories, so these needed to be set back to enable kernel-mode authentication.


January 10 2011

Converting Windows Media playlist (WPL) to iTunes / iPhone

I’ve recently got my first iPhone and assumed that all of my Windows Media playlists would never work on the iPhone. Well there seems to be a way that worked for me.

  1. Save your WMP playlist as an M3U file.  To do this you can use the “Save Playlist As” option from the list pane when you’re editing the playlist. Then change the “Save as type:” field from WPL (the default) to M3U and also specify the name and location of the file.
  2. Open Windows Explorer to the directory where you saved the M3U file.
  3. Open iTunes alongside Windows Explorer.
  4. Drag the M3U file from Windows Explorer to the PLAYLISTS section of iTunes. (If you want to create it as a new playlist be sure to drop it in the left-hand pane under the PLAYLISTS section.)  This process will then read the M3U file and create the playlist in iTunes.
  5. Connect your iPhone and drag your new playlist over to your iPhone.


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January 1 2011

Test remote SQL connectivity

I came across a great post today and thought I would share – reposted straight from http://blogs.msdn.com/b/steverac/archive/2010/12/14/test-remote-sql-connectivity-easily.aspx

Have you ever been troubleshooting a problem with remote SQL Iproxy MP, remote DB, etc) and wanted to test to see if the local system account (or any account for that matter) could make a remote connection to SQL but you didn’t want to install the SQL tools just to make that test?  Seems there is a file type – UDL file – that you can simply create that will bring up a window to allow testing of remote connections to SQL.

Just go anywhere on your system and create an empty text file named anything but instead of txt make sure the extension is UDL.  Then, double-click on the file and up pops a SQL connectivity window to allow testing of remote SQL connections.

Very easy to use to test connectivity with a known user account or as local system (using PSExec).

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