Archive for the ‘Windows’ Category

Majority of email being delivered to customer except one or two

Friday, October 10th, 2014

This is a very common issue if you are sending email with multiple invoice or statement attachments.

If you are using IIS 6 Smart Host to relay email:

  • Open Internet Information Services (IIS) 6 Manager
  • Expand the default domain
  • Right click on the [SMTP Virtual Server #1] and select properties
  • Click on the messages tab in increase the following:

Limit message size to (KB): default is 2048 so increase it to 20480

Limit session size to (KB): default is 10340 increase it to at least the size of the Limit message size.

  •  Click OK and resend the email.

If you are sending directly to your SMTP provider check with them to see what the message size limits are because many will set that to 2 MB like Google Applications. The reason for the limit is so the SMTP server does not get bogged down trying to scan the email with spam filter and processing large requests.

Hope this helps.

Final error: 0xe00084ca – The data being read from the media is inconsistent.

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

In Backup Exec will at time have issues with tape drives. Data inconsistency can be due to a couple of reasons:

  1. Bad media.
  2. Bad tape drive (more…)

The consistency check of the snapshot for the Microsoft Exchange transaction log Logs has failed. You should check for possible data corruption in the transaction log that is online.

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

This problem is related to Backup Exec’s GRT (Granular Recovery Technology) having issue with an Exchange log file. The best method to resolve the issue is to disable GRT within the backup job. Let the backup run and check the logs again after the backup job has run. You should see that the bad log files have been removed and the only log files left are those that were not committed to the Exchange mailbox database.


Cygwin Crontab not working, Setting up cygwin crontab

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Problem: Set up the Cygwin crontab on a Windows 7 PC, but now it will not run the crontab entries unless the user is logged into the PC.

Analysis: Windows does not recognize the Cygwin BASH terminal server since it is not part of the Windows environment. In order to have Windows recognize the Cygwin BASH environment the Cygwin crontab needs to be a service on the Windows operating system.

Cygwin Crontab service
1. In Windows 7 right click on Cygwin Terminal and select Run as Administrator
2. In the Cygwin Terminal type cron-config and press enter
3. Do you want to install the cron daemon as a service? (yes/no) yes
4. Enter the value of CYGWIN for the daemon: [] press enter
5. Do you want the cron daemon to run as yourself? (yes/no) no
6. Were the passwords of all cron users saved with “passwd –R”, or are you using the cyglsa package ? (yes/no) yes
7. Do you want to start the cron daemon as a services now? (yes/no) no
8. The Cygwin Terminal should return to a prompt.
9. In a command window on the windows system open services by typing services.msc
10. Right click on Cron daemon and select properties.
11. On the General tab ensure the service is set to start “automatic” and start the service.
12. On the Log On tab select Local System account and click the OK button.

At this point you should be good to run any user’s crontab regardless of whether the user is logged in or not logged into the server or PC. The key is to have the service running automatically and as a Local System account to make it work.

c++ lack jacks game for beginners in cmpsc 121

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

This is a beginners game of lackjacks that does not use any functions, arrays, or pointers. This is an excellent project to get to know the basics of C++ since you will be using variables, conditional statements, loops, and basic console I/O (input/output). This is a Windows 32 bit console application, so you should be able to paste this code into a blank project that you added a source page.


MS SQL 2008 R2 – The counter table was not successfully updated

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

This is a bit strange to see with an application and is quite simple to resolve. This error here is not related to the application as much as the MS SQL database.

  1. Check the database the application is running against to see if it is in full mode by right clicking on the database and selecting properties and options.
  2. If the database is in full mode ensure the TLOGs are being backed up. Chances are the transaction logs are not being backed up.
  3. Right click on the database and select tasks – backup and select to backup the transaction log.
  4. Once the transaction log is backed up restart the application and you should see the error message disappear.

That is all there is to resolving the issue of the counter table not updating. I would recommend creating a management task to back up the transaction log on a regular basis to avoid future occurrences of this issue.


Setting up SSH keys in Linux for use between other Linux servers and Windows PC running Cygwin

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Creating SSH keys using ssh-keygen is very simple and can be used to run remote scripts without supplying a password.

Here is a link to the video:
SSH-Keygen to generate SSH keys


Alternative to Dragon Naturally Speaking

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Dragon naturally speaking is the great piece of software. However you may not be used to working with a microphone and have the right to a blog or text article sell a nice alternative is Windows Speech Recognition.

Windows 7 Disk Cleanup

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

NOTE: File compression is not offered any more with disk cleanup.

Windows 7 still has a disk cleanup utility; however, it is not in the location of previous disk cleanup utilities. Disk cleanup was traditionally located under Start -> Accessories -> System Tools. Accessing the utility from the start menu requires opening the Control Panel (Figure 1) and selecting Performance Information and Tools (Figure 2). Select Open disk cleanup (Figure 3). Select the files to be removed by Disk Cleanup (Figure 4).

Start_MenuFigure 1

Program_FileFigure 2

Select_Disk_CleanupFigure 3

Disk_Cleanup_windowFigure 4

Disk Cleanup can also be opened from the command prompt by typing cleanmgr and press [Enter] (Figure 5).


Figure 5

If you know which drive to clean up, then Disk Cleanup can be launched from the Search box by typing cleanmgr /d (drive letter) (Figure 6).


Figure 6


Creating Free Backups of Hosting Plan Websites and Applications

Friday, December 28th, 2012

We have a new book out for creating free hosting plan backups of websites and applications. Considering the costs incurred with backups and recovery the $4.99 cost is negligable. The book contains a little for all users running on a Linux Hosting Plan.

The completed process is fully automated, so no more wondering if your website is protected. Added features include component installation and full recovery. What use is a backup unless you can recover the site from it? You can see a test restore from the book at

Click on the link below to view some of the books content.

Support independent publishing: Buy this e-book on Lulu.