Sunday, December 25, 2011

Outlook Stuck in Task Bar (Opens off the screen/minimized)

To resolve this issue :

Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Outlook\Office Explorer and then Delete  reg key "Frame" 

Restart Outlook.

How to Recover Deleted Emails in Outlook

Here are the steps to recover Deleted Items:

Select the Deleted Items folder then click:-Tools - Recover Deleted Items…

A window opens showing all the emails deleted from the Deleted Items folder.

Select one or more emails you want to recover, click on Recover Selected Items and they will appear back in the Deleted Items folder

You can also access the dumpster from Outlook Web Access, from the Options page:-

If mail is deleted using Shift+Del. This means emails in the Inbox is moved to the hidden dumpster.

To be able to access the entire Dumpster you need to make a Registry change.
(Please take a backup of the Registory before making any change)

Click: Start - Run and type regedit then click OK to open the Registry Editor.
Navigate to:-

Click: Edit - New - DWORD Value
Rename the new value: DumpsterAlwaysOn
Double-click this new value and set its value to 1:-

Close Regedit

Close Outlook, if it's open, restart it and the Recover Deleted Items from every folder, including those that contain Contacts, Calendar items, etc.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Steps to configure Network Load Balancing in Windows Server 2008 R2

How to install NLB
There are three different ways you can install.
  • Using Server Manager, click Add Feature and then select Network Load Balancing
  • Using windows server 2008 R2 command line, open command prompt and type “ocsetup NetworkLoadBalancingFullServer
  • Use Server Manager Command   From a command Prompt, type “servermanagercmd –install nlb
Ok lets start with Install and configure Network Load Balancing (NLB). To install NLB on Server you need to be local Administrator of server on each host.

That Is Done , Network Load Balancing Configured

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Network Load Balancing Overview in Windows Server 2008 R2

Overview of Network Load Balancing
The Network Load Balancing (NLB) feature in Windows Server 2008 R2 enhances the availability and scalability of Internet server applications such as those used on Web, FTP, firewall, proxy, virtual private network (VPN), and other mission-critical servers. A single computer running Windows Server 2008 R2 provides a limited level of server reliability and scalable performance. However, by combining the resources of two or more computers running one of the products in Windows Server 2008 R2 into a single virtual cluster, NLB can deliver the reliability and performance that Web servers and other mission-critical servers need.

The diagram above depicts two connected Network Load Balancing clusters. The first cluster consists of two hosts and the second cluster consists of four hosts. This is one example of how you can use NLB.
Each host runs a separate copy of the desired server applications (such as applications for Web, FTP, and Telnet servers). NLB distributes incoming client requests across the hosts in the cluster. The load weight to be handled by each host can be configured as necessary. You can also add hosts dynamically to the cluster to handle increased load. In addition, NLB can direct all traffic to a designated single host, which is called the default host.
NLB allows all of the computers in the cluster to be addressed by the same set of cluster IP addresses, and it maintains a set of unique, dedicated IP addresses for each host. For load-balanced applications, when a host fails or goes offline, the load is automatically redistributed among the computers that are still operating. When a computer fails or goes offline unexpectedly, active connections to the failed or offline server are lost. However, if you bring a host down intentionally, you can use the drainstop command to service all active connections prior to bringing the computer offline. In any case, when it is ready, the offline computer can transparently rejoin the cluster and regain its share of the workload, which allows the other computers in the cluster to handle less traffic.
The hosts in an NLB cluster exchange heartbeat messages to maintain consistent data about the cluster’s membership. By default, when a host fails to send heartbeat messages within five seconds, it has failed. When a host has failed, the remaining hosts in the cluster converge and do the following:
  • Establish which hosts are still active members of the cluster.
  • Elect the host with the highest priority as the new default host.
  • Ensure that all new client requests are handled by the surviving hosts.
During a convergence, the surviving hosts look for consistent heartbeats. If the host that failed to send heartbeats begins to provides heartbeats consistently, it rejoins the cluster in the course of the convergence. When a new host attempts to join the cluster, it sends heartbeat messages that also trigger a convergence. After all cluster hosts agree on the current cluster membership, the client load is redistributed to the remaining hosts, and the convergence completes.
Convergence generally takes only a few seconds, so interruption in client service by the cluster is minimal. During convergence, hosts that are still active continue handling client requests without affecting existing connections. Convergence ends when all hosts report a consistent view of the cluster membership and distribution map for several heartbeat periods.
What is new in NLB?
NLB includes the following improvements for Windows Server 2008 R2:
  • Extended affinity. The Extended option preserves client affinity when the configuration of an NLB cluster is changed. This option also allows clients to keep affinity to a cluster host even if there are no active, existing connections from the client to the host.
  • Windows PowerShell for NLB clusters. Windows PowerShell is a new command-line shell and scripting language. Windows PowerShell accelerates automation of system administration tasks. You can use Windows PowerShell to manage NLB clusters. For more information about using Windows PowerShell for NLB clusters, see
  • Support for rolling upgrades. NLB supports rolling upgrades from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 R2 and from Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2008 R2. For deployment information for NLB, including information on rolling upgrades, see
NLB configuration
NLB runs as a Windows networking driver. Its operations are transparent to the TCP/IP networking stack.

The diagram above shows the relationship between NLB and other software components in a typical configuration of a NLB host.
Features in Network Load Balancing
NLB includes the following features:
Scalability is the measure of how well a computer, service, or application can grow to meet increasing performance demands. For NLB clusters, scalability is the ability to incrementally add one or more systems to an existing cluster when the overall load of the cluster exceeds its capabilities. To support scalability, NLB can do the following:
  • Balance load requests across the NLB cluster for individual TCP/IP services.
  • Support up to 32 computers in a single cluster.
  • Balance multiple server load requests (from either the same client or from several clients) across multiple hosts in the cluster.
  • Support the ability to add hosts to the NLB cluster as the load goes up, without bringing the cluster down.
  • Support the ability to remove hosts from the cluster when the load goes down.
  • Enable high performance and low overhead through fully pipelined implementation. Pipelining allows requests to be sent to the NLB cluster without waiting for response to the previously sent one.
A highly available system reliably provides an acceptable level of service with minimal downtime. To provide high availability, NLB includes built-in features that can automatically:
  • Detect and recover from a cluster host that fails or goes offline. 
  • Balance the network load when hosts are added or removed. 
  • Recover and redistribute the workload within ten seconds.
NLB provides the following manageability features:
  • You can manage and configure multiple NLB clusters and the cluster hosts from a single computer by using NLB Manager. 
  • You can specify the load balancing behavior for a single IP port or group of ports by using port management rules. 
  • You can define different port rules for each Web site. If you use the same set of load-balanced servers for multiple applications or Web sites, port rules are based on the destination virtual IP address (using virtual clusters).
  • You can direct all client requests to a single host by using optional, single-host rules. NLB routes client requests to a particular host that is running specific applications. 
  • You can block undesired network access to certain IP ports. 
  • You can enable Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) support on the cluster hosts to control switch flooding (when operating in multicast mode). 
  • You can remotely start, stop, and control NLB actions from any networked computer that is running Windows by using shell commands or scripts.
  • You can view the Windows event log to check NLB events. NLB logs all actions and cluster changes in the event log.
NLB provides many features that make it convenient to use:
  • NLB is installed as a standard Windows networking driver component. 
  • NLB requires no hardware changes to enable and run. 
  • NLB Manager enables you to create new NLB clusters.
  • NLB Manager enables you to configure and manage multiple clusters and all of the cluster's hosts from a single remote or local computer.
  • NLB lets clients access the cluster by using a single, logical Internet name and virtual IP address—known as the cluster IP address (it retains individual names for each computer). NLB allows multiple virtual IP addresses for multihomed servers.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Mouse Pointer Change to Hand While composing Mail in Outlook

The option is called a Panning Hand. Outlook will show this option when you have the Tablet PC components installed in Windows.

Click on the Upper right Hand of the windows, Just above the Scroll Bar is a Little Hand Icon.

 This will Fix the Issue.

Monday, July 18, 2011

"Run as Different User" In Windows 7 Context Menu

To Add "Run As Different User" in Context Menu:

  1. Open Note Pad Then type in the below mention:
           Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00









3. Save it as  "Add Run As Different User.reg"
4. Then run .reg file and reboot the system.

To Remove "Run As Different User" in Context Menu:
  1. Open Note Pad Then type in the below mention:
            Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00






3. Save it as  "Remove Run As Different User.reg"
4. Then run .reg file and reboot the system.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

gpupdate ERROR: Computer policy could not be updated successfully

When you do a "gpupdate /force", you see errors like these: "Computer policy could not be updated successfully. The following errors were encountered: The processing of Group Policy failed. Windows could not apply the registry-based policy settings for the Group Policy object LocalGPO. Group Policy settings will not be resolved until this event is resolved. View the event details for more information on the file name and path that caused the failure."

To fix this problem, the local policy file will have to be removed.
The Location for registry.pol file is at:

Rename this file to .back then reboot the System . After Reboot run gpupdate /force.
The problem will Resolve. The policy file could have been corrupted.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Move the OST file to Different Location

By default, Outlook places each Offline Folders (.ost) file and Personal Folders (.pst) file that it creates in the %userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook folder. This setting will allows you to change the default location and store the files in different location in different folder.

Method 1:

1) Shutdown outlook > Copy the OST elsewhere > Control panel > mail applet (use the search box and search for mail if you can't find it) > select your profile > properties > email accounts
2) Select your Exchange account > Change > More settings > Advanced > disable cached mode (uncheck the box) and click Apply
3) Press the Outlook data file settings button > Disable offline use > OK > re-check cached mode
4) Outlook data file settings again > browse > point to new OST location > OK out of the dialogs

Method 2 :

Open your registry and find the appropriate key below.

  • Outlook 2000 - [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\9.0\Outlook]
  • Outlook XP - [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\10.0\Outlook]
  • Outlook 2003 - [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Outlook]
  • Outlook 2007 - [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Outlook]
  • Outlook 2010 - [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Outlook]

  • Create a new REG_EXPAND_SZ (Expandable String Value) value called 'ForcePSTPath' and set it to the path of the required personal folder directory (e.g. "C:\Mailbox").

    Restart Outlook for the change to take effect.