Archive Outlook items by received or sent date, not by last modified date

While looking through some maintenance tasks, I came across a knowledge base article that solved a long standing issue. In Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013, it is possible to archive items by their date received or sent instead of by the last modified date.

Microsoft KB2553550 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2553550) details the steps.

Outlook 2010

To create the ArchiveIgnoreLastModifiedTime registry value, follow these steps:

  1. Start Regedit.
  2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Outlook\Preferences
  3. On the Edit menu, point to New, click DWORD Value, type ArchiveIgnoreLastModifiedTime, and then press ENTER.
  4. Right-click ArchiveIgnoreLastModifiedTime, and then click Modify.
  5. In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.
  6. Exit Registry Editor.

Outlook 2013

To create the ArchiveIgnoreLastModifiedTime registry value, follow these steps:

  1. Start Regedit.
  2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Outlook\Preferences
  3. On the Edit menu, point to New, click DWORD Value, type ArchiveIgnoreLastModifiedTime, and then press ENTER.
  4. Right-click ArchiveIgnoreLastModifiedTime, and then click Modify.
  5. In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.
  6. Exit Registry Editor.

You must restart Outlook after you add the ArchiveIgnoreLastModifiedTime registry key.

Bonanza collection of Free Microsoft eBooks for IT Pros, End Users, and even teenagers!

Thanks to Eric Ligman, Microsoft Senior Sales Excellence Manager, for sharing this incredible FREE wealth of knowledge. Yes, they are free to download. 300 titles. Here are a few that may be really helpful to various groups of people. Here is the full list - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mssmallbiz/archive/2014/07/07/largest-collection-of-free-microsoft-ebooks-ever-including-windows-8-1-windows-8-windows-7-office-2013-office-365-office-2010-sharepoint-2013-dynamics-crm-powershell-exchange-server-lync-2013-system-center-azure-cloud-sql.aspx

Or you can grab some of the highlights from here.

IT Professionals in the Small Business

General Microsoft Users

And for Teenagers, and anyone else who needs to be informed about online security and privacy (That’s everyone!) - Own Your Space–Keep Yourself and Your Stuff Safe Online

Enjoy!

Step by Step Windows 2012 R2 Remote Desktop Services

Here is a link to an excellent series of blog posts on how to set up and configure Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Services) in a clear and easy manner.

  1. http://msfreaks.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/windows-2012-r2-remote-desktop-services-part-1/
  2. http://msfreaks.wordpress.com/2013/12/23/windows-2012-r2-remote-desktop-services-part-2/
  3. http://msfreaks.wordpress.com/2013/12/26/windows-2012-r2-remote-desktop-services-part-3/
  4. http://msfreaks.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/step-by-step-windows-2012-r2-remote-desktop-services-part-4/

 

Registry hack enables continued updates for Windows XP

Support for Windows XP ended at the end of April 2014. However, there is still a large base of PCs that are still in use  running Windows XP. This is not good nor safe computing practice, especially if the PC is operating in a business environment and is being used for critical business applications.

ZDNet published an article detailing a simple registry hack (http://www.zdnet.com/registry-hack-enables-continued-updates-for-windows-xp-7000029851/) that will enable Windows XP PCs to emulate a Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 device. These devices are based on Windows XP, and are specifically used in basic terminal applications. The danger is that not all updates will be suitable for mainstream WIndows XP, and some critical ones may be missed. However, if you MUST run Windows XP for a really old legacy application, then there is still a way to obtain some update protection. It is highly advisable that you seek out a way to decommission your Windows XP PCs and replace them as soon as possible.

To enable this hack, add the following Key to the registry - HKLM\SYSTEM\WAP\PosReady

Then create a DWORD called “Installed” with a value of 1.

Alternatively, create a .REG file with the following text and merge it into the registry.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\WPA\PosReady]
“Installed”=dword:00000001

I will warn again that this should be a “I have no reasonable alternative” move. There are always other options, and the best option is to migrate away from Windows XP.

We couldn’t complete the updates. Undoing changes. Error on Windows Server 2012 R2

I ran into this problem with 3 Virtual Machines. All of them were brand new installations, so it was not an issue with badly behaving applications.

The cause appeared to be the way Gen2 virtual machines worked with a particular recent update. Gen 1 virtual machines did not present this issue.

Thanks to Susan Bradley and GurliGebis on the technet forums here (http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/e58c8b30-b91a-4d90-a1b5-8859ffc3b92c/kb2920189-fails-to-install-on-generation-2-vms?forum=winserverhyperv), we have a workaround.

  1. Shutdown the Virtual Machine.
  2. In the VM settings, disable Secure Boot.

  3. Start the VM and install the updates.
  4. Shutdown the VM and re-enable Secure Boot again.
  5. Start up the VM.

 

Replication Health Mailer for Hyper-V Replica

Here is a cool script that mails Replication State, Replication Health and resource usage by virtual machines. The report is produced in a table format, emails to one or more recipients and can be scheduled as a task.

The script was written by Sangeeth on the Microsoft Virtualization Team and can be downloaded for free here - http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Replication-Health-Mailer-4066632c

Hyper-V Replica Troubleshooting Wiki

The Windows Virtualization Team have set up a wiki to track and assist in troubleshooting issues in Hyper-V Replica. The guide contains links and resources to common Hyper-V Replica failure scenarios.

Here is the link - http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/21948.hyper-v-replica-troubleshooting-guide.aspx

Configuring Microsoft Azure Online Backup on Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

The Essentials team have blogged the step by step instructions on how to configure Microsoft Azure backup integration with an on-premises installation of Server 2012 R2 Essentials.

The blog post can be found here - http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2014/05/01/configuring-microsoft-azure-online-backup-on-windows-server-2012-r2-essentials.aspx

Note that there is currently an issue if you are using the Essentials role enabled on Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter edition in Azure (I have not verified if on-premises Datacenter edition is OK). You will receive an error, when attempting to install the Add-in – “The add-in cannot be installed because it is not compatible with WIndows Server 2012 R2 Essentials”. We hope that there will be a fix for this soon.

WSE

Locating a Folder in Outlook 2013

Chances are you have suffered from a case of “sticky mouse syndrome” where the mouse apparently sticks and drags a folder while you are working in Outlook. If you have a lot of folders, it will become impossible to find this folder. The most frustrating thing is that you remember an email in that folder and search for the folder. You open the email, and see the name of the folder which holds the email, but you do not know where this folder is located in relation to the entire mailbox. How do you locate this mailbox, so that you can move it back to the right location?

  1. In Outlook 2013, search for an email in the folder you are looking for. In this example, I am looking for an email from George, because I remember that I filed his email in to the correspondence folder that I have lost.

     

  2. I open this email and confirm that it is indeed in the correspondence folder.

     

  3. Going back to the message, press CRTL-SHIFT-F to open the Advanced Find window. The containing folder will be listed

     

  4. Click the Browse button, and you will now see the exact location of this folder. It was moved under the Inbox!

 

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