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Outlook deleted my vCard Signature

June 5, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Firefox’s Tiles on startup/homepage

September 26, 2016

I had a client ask about this and it’s really not obvious how to set this up so did some research and I know I’m not going to remember this in… an hour from now… so here it is;

  • Set the startup (home) page to about:newtab
  • From there you can pin, delete, etc the tiles.

WINMAIL.DAT

July 11, 2016

So for those of you who are running a Mac and use Apple Mail this might be interesting;

If you ever get an attachment called WINMAIL.DAT it’s because Outlook (or another mail client) is encoding the file with extra text information that Apple doesn’t like.

Its like a sulking competition that’s been going on forever it seems, where neither side is willing to change…

Anyway if you do get it, check your webmail (assuming you a have webmail site) instead of asking the person to resend it in a different way. Your webmail interface generally does not use Apple’s Mail product and doesn’t fail at opening those attachments.

Got WINMAIL.DAT? Goto Webmail. Problem solved.

Either that or use a different Email client on your Mac, but I’m presuming that’s going to be more of a hassle than occasionally checking webmail.

Problems with Chrome on OSX

May 12, 2016

I had a problem with a Mac that whenever I tried to run Chrome it would fail. I uninstalled and reinstalled but it would still fail.

The fix was to clear out his Chrome profile located here;

  • ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome

If you don’t care about the plugins/Bookmarks/etc then go ahead and either delete or rename the Chrome folder. If you do then you’ll need to poke about within that folder to save the info you want.