Archive for November, 2013

Outlook font sizes (2010)

November 26, 2013

So there are two places to do this; The main screen where it shows your inbox etc and then also when composing emails.

To change the first setting do this;

  • Select View > Current View > Customize Current View
  • Click Other Settings….
  • Click on Row Font….
  • Choose the font, style & size.
  • Click OK.

For the second (inside a new email) it’s even easier;

  • Open a new email and look for a magnifying glass in the top right hand side.
  • It’s a Zoom function!
  • Click that and then change the 100% to what ever you want.

Simple. Easy.


Windows Firewall won’t start

November 16, 2013

Specifically with an Access Denied response in the Event Log.
Strange as this sounds, the “service user” doesn’t have access to start the firewall.
To fix do this;

  1. In Registry Editor, browse to the key HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SharedAccess
  2. Right click SharedAccess, and click Permissions.
  3. Click Add.
  4. In the “Enter the object names to select” field, type “NT SERVICE\mpssvc”. Then click Check Names. The name should change to MpsSvc
  5. Click OK.
  6. Select Full Control in the Allow column.
  7. Click OK.

Full props go to this website where I found the solution –

Seize Active Directory Roles

November 1, 2013

Sometimes, things go wrong faster than you expected or planned for.
To that end, on with the seizing roles from other Active Directory roles!

On the server you want to move the roles to do this;
Run the command prompt as admin
type the following;

  1. ntdsutil
  2. roles
  3. connections
  4. connect to server <your new server name>
  5. q
  6. ? (this will give you the commands you can run and let you know which roles you can seize) example; seize schema master

It will try to do all this in a nicey-nice way but if the current DC is offline it will fail and the seize the role.
I have probably now done this, I would guess, about 3 times in my current 20 years of IT experience.
It’s not likely you will need this very often… hence the blog post!