Mar 17

Disaster Recovery Planning

Getting started in a disaster recovery plan may seem difficult. We’ve assembled a simple list to get the ball going.

We highly suggest having an emergency plan in place. Small companies can get started simply by creating a binder that is to be opened and used in case of an emergency. A typical binder will include:
1. A list of all hardware, software and service providers along with their emergency phone numbers and your corresponding account numbers.
2. A list of all personnel to contact in case of an emergency (executives, IT support)
3. A list of all critical systems to the firm and the order in which they should be rescued or recreated. (Get management buy in as to the order)
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Dec 14

Microsoft Windows 7 share causes issues. Event Id 2017 error

Event Id 2017

The server was unable to allocate from the system nonpaged pool because the server reached the configured limit for nonpaged pool allocations.

Make a backup before playing with the registry please!

If you are sharing using a Windows 7 machine and are either freezing or crashing a lot try this:

HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\LargeSystemCache (make the key a 1)

HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters\Size (Make the key a 3)


Nov 24

WordPress site shows someone else`s content. Your wordpress site has been hacked and taken over.

If your wordpress site is suddenly displaying garbage (a.k.a. someone elses pages) then you’ve been hacked. If you log in as administrator you’ll notice that your content should all be there and intact.

What they have done is modified your htaccess file.

To quickly restore your site to its’ former glory, I recommend simply:

  • add the Bulletproof plugin in WordPress.
  • Generate a sucure htaccess file (using the plugin)
  • Select each option one by one and activate (enable) them all.

Your site should be back up and running normally.


Nov 23

Windows 7 or Windows 8 takes a long time to shutdown with VMWare workstation 10

As listeners to the podcast know I like VMWare products a lot. Although I use vSphere ESXi servers mainly, I routinely use their Workstation product to create VMs (virtual machines) to test things prior to trying them out on client’s systems.

I noticed that a Windows 8.x VM took a long time to shutdown. I thought it was that one VM at first until I found another VM running Windows 7 that had the same issue. I investigated and came up with a solution. Here’s how I fixed the problem.

Edit this file on the computer running the VMWare Workstation:
C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware Workstation\config.ini

Add these lines to the end of the file:

prefvmx.minVmMemPct = “100”
mainMem.useNamedFile = “FALSE”
mainMem.partialLazySave = “FALSE”
mainMem.partialLazyRestore = “FALSE”


Nov 12

Exchange error – An Active Manager operation failed. Error Operation failed with message: MapiExceptionCallFailed: Unable to mount database. (hr=0x80004005, ec=-515)


Exchange 2010 Repair IT Article – By Bob Pellerin

Problem: The server had a “rough night” and needed to be relocated to a new host after a few unexplained hangs. Priliminary tests after the move were positive. Email got in and out from internal and external sources. We noticed that the public database was “unmounted”. Trying to mount it resulted in this message:

Couldn’t mount the database that you specified. … An Active Manager operation failed. Error Operation failed with message: MapiExceptionCallFailed: Unable to mount database. (hr=0x80004005, ec=-515)
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