nsurlsessiond uploading data

November 8, 2017 by

I traced this to the Photos App on Mac uploading all photos to an iCloud account.

To go preferences in the Photos app and turned it off.

It’s a shame that Apple don’t have a scheduled option to sync out of business hours for example but it is what it is.

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Office 365 emailing invoices

July 6, 2017 by

I had a client that wanted this so I looked into it and found the following;

  • Login as an admin
  • Go to Billing
  • Go to Billing notifications
  • Toggle on or off for emailing ALL admins.

Unfortunately at this time there is no way to select which users will get the notifications. It will email ALL admins regardless of their admin role.

Network problems!

June 30, 2017 by

Had a weird issue where a computer had an IP, DNS was OK, could ping a URL btu could not get a web session nor email. No matter what we tried, everytihng looked OK but still no dice.

Turns out it was a corrupted registry key for TCP/IP! WTH? Anyway here is the fix;

Start –> In run type cmd –> Then “CMD” will be displayed –>
Now enter this command
netsh int ip reset resetlog.txt
Press “Enter”.
Reboot your computer

Credit to Bill for this one…

No pings allow for Windows Server 2016

June 29, 2017 by

Not really sure why this is like this out of the box but Microsoft has decided that even on a domain a new server sold not respond to ping requests.

There are plethora of tools out there that rely upon echo requests to make sure that devices are up and not in the throws of some failure.

The fix is obvious but just in case you’re not sure, search for Firewall or go to Control Panel and then Firewall.

To go Inbound.

Right Click File and Printer Sharing (Echo Request… ICMPv4 or v6) and choose Enable.

That’s it.

Outlook deleted my vCard Signature

June 5, 2017 by

This drove me crazy!

Outlook would literally delete my vCard files an other files I had in a signature I just created. You know that signame_files folder that goes with the signatures? Yep that folder would have it’s contents deleted except for an image file of the vCard. Not so helpful Microsoft…

You didn’t come here to chit chat so here’s the fix… or at least my work around!

  • Create the signature exactly the way you want it.
  • Add in any image files for text and the vCard.
  • Make sure that all your reply options are set.
  • Close Outlook.
  • Now open %appdata%/Microsoft/Signatures
  • Change the properties for all the .htm, .rtf & .txt files to ONLY allow READ access.
  • For this Right click > Properties > Security (tab) > Advanced > Disable Inheritance > Convert Inherited Permissions… > Double click on the user and remove all permissions except READ.
  • Save and repeat for the folder i.e. if your signature was called “my signature” then you should see a folder called “my signature_files”.
  • Now you can open Outlook and it should have your vCard signature all done.

Canon C5235 won’t print?

April 21, 2017 by

OK I’m not sure if this is worthy here but I had a strange issue of a Canon copier (Image Runner C5235) that wouldn’t print. I sent the test page or any other print job to it, the copier would whirr up as if going to print and then… nothing. The status read all okie dokie but nothing would actually print.

The long and short of it is that I used a PCL6 driver, supplied by Canon themselves no less, and this apparently isn’t compatible with this model. Even though the PCL6 driver is the one I downloaded from this model’s driver download page…

Aaaaaanyway, I downloaded their UFR driver and it worked like a charm.

I’ll just leave that there…

Can’t join a Windows 2012 server to a 2003 forest

January 21, 2017 by

Simple solution but here’s the scenario;

I had to replace a 2003 server with a 2012 server. So the original forest and domain is 2003 (I had to upgrade that from 2000!) but when I tried to promote the 2012 server to a DC it balked with this error;

“A domain controller running 2008 or later could not be located in this domain.”

I did some digging and found that it’s really not stopping you but prompting you to put in a recovery password. Thanks for the intuitive message MS.

So simply type in a recovery password and it will allow you to continue the promotion.

Ref: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/sharepoint/en-US/87876f09-90e6-4548-bdb6-7b1e525951be/adding-a-windows-2012-dc-to-a-windows-2003-forest?prof=required

Meraki Client VPN woes

January 7, 2017 by

I just spent two + hours trying to figure this out.

Setting the scene;

L2TP client VPN intermittently working…

Client VPN’s had been working just fine with a mix of Mac and Windows.

Today it might take 10 attempts to connect before it’s successful!


I will get right to the point. The issue was caused by a combination of Meraki having a bug and Comcast’s DNS being terrible.

We had configured our MX device to use Google’s DNS as primary and Comcast as secondary.

Beleive it or not but the problem was caused because of putting Comcast’s DNS in as a secondary. This is bug with Meraki as I said because all the DNS servers are referenced when the VPN is attempting to estabish. If ANY of the DNS servers don’t respond or are very delayed then your VPN won’t work.

The fix? Changed the secondary to Google’s secondary (8.8.4.4) and boom. Works flawlessly.

[Emoji with the rolling eyes]

Stay strong out there 🙂

Computer won’t get an IP address

December 19, 2016 by

OK so first off this is a VERY unusual post for me because I didn’t figure out the cause of the problem.

What I wanted to do was to save you time (hopefully) in fixing the issue!

To that end, of course try the obvious things like connecting to a different network or using a different adapter (wired vs wireless) but if all else fails, simply run a System Restore to when it WAS working.

If I had taken this advice it would have saved me hours of investigative work 🙂

I’m sorry I don’t have the answer to the problem but this is at least a fix. (or it was for me anyway)

Can’t edit Programmatic Trust Center

October 25, 2016 by

If you have a third party  app that interacts with Outlook (such as Encore) and when it requests access you get prompted by Outlook.

For most of the time you can give access either one off or from 1 to 10 minutes at a time but if you need to just drop the prompts (and bear in mind the reason they put this in was for security reasons!) then follow these registry tweaks to allow access WITHOUT prompts.

You’ve been warned re the security so on with the show;

Open the registry  editor and navigate to;

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\XX.X\Outlook\Security

You’ll most likely need to create these entries and change their values to 2 for AutoApprove;
Dword: PromptOOMSend
Value: 2
Dword: PromptOOMAddressBookAccess
value: 2
Dword : PromptOOMAddressInformationAccess
Value: 2
Dword: PromptOOMMeetingTaskRequestResponse
Value: 2
Dword: PromptOOMSaveAs
Value: 2
Dword: PromptOOMFormulaAccess
Value: 2
Dword: PromptSimpleMAPISend
Value: 2
Dword: PromptSimpleMAPINameResolve
Value: 2
Dword: PromptSimpleMAPIOpenMessage
Value : 2

You will won’t be able to edit the options but it won’t prompt you anymore…

 

 

 

Credit :

HARVEYY [https://social.technet.microsoft.com/profile/harveyy%20-%20msft/?ws=usercard-mini]

https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/office/en-US/e2c89fec-beb3-4224-a6cb-112704406907/cannot-change-programmatic-access-security?forum=outlook