Daily IT Matters, this is the place where I post my daily findings on IT.

Monday, January 28, 2008

[Solved] Explorer.exe protection fault when trying to view print properties HP Laserjet

We had this problem this morning suddenly the printer was buggy.
Trying to edit the printer properties resulted in an Explorer.exe message somthing like this:

C:\Winnt\Explorer.exe error. Function address 0x4f4c49f9 caused a protection fault. (exception code 0x0000005) Some or all property page(s) may not be displayed

And I saw this in the application eventlog.

An unhandled win32 exception occurred in spoolsv.exe [1084].

Luckily the spooler did still work for other printers connected than the HP one.

I suspected a driver corruption and installed the drivers for the HP 2300n from the HP site.
That did not help still the same message but I got into the printer properties and got to the driver properties.
I then installed the old drivers we had backupped. But again at no avail.

After searching the net I installed the HP Universal Print Driver [UPD].


This solved the problem.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Paint.NET is a wonderful program...




I created this image in Paint.NET I hope you like it.
If you want to use it on your website please link back to me.

www.noirextreme.com/earth this where I got the source from.

and to NASA as they are the owners of the imagery.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Why do I receive Event ID 257 in the System log?

This is because your system is probably to busy.
I see this message when I create an ASR Backup of that system.

You can safely ignore this message (If you know why your system is busy that is)

Save Excel 2007 Sheets always in old 2003 format

Well this is something what is easy to know.
But I still have to get used to 2007 so I write this down.


To save excel 2007 sheets in old 2003 format


Go to the big button.


Go to Word Options.



Now in the dropdown select Word 97-2003 Document (*.doc)

Thursday, January 17, 2008

View email headers in Outlook 2007.

I've been looking for a quater to find the email headers or internet headers as microsoft calls them.
The option is tucked away nicely.

First thing you have to do is to double click on the message to open it in a new window.
Then click in the lower right op the options ribbon.





I hope this saves you some time.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Backup Exec Error the Media is bad

Job ended: dinsdag 15 januari 2008 at 0:35:07
Completed status: Failed
Final error: 0xe00084c7 - The media is bad.
Final error category: Backup Media Errors

For additional information regarding this error refer to link V-79-57344-33991


Storage device "HP 1" reported an error on a request to read data from media. Error reported: Data error (cyclic redundancy check). This could be caused by either a dirty tape drive, bad media, or a SCSI problem.V-79-57344-33991 - The media is bad.

The above message I got 2 consequitve times from backup exec.

I used a cleaning tape to clean the heads.

I used Quantum Software to verify my backupunit (HP VS80) and all was ok.

But I still received the same error message.


Document ID: 192130


The error message "Bad Data" is reported by Backup Exec during backup or verify operations.

Exact Error Message

Backup Exec reported an error on a request to (read/write) data (to/from) storage media. Error reported: Bad Data


The "Bad Data" error is generic in nature and can be caused by many factors. The following list contains the most common reasons for this error and potential solutions:

1.  Contaminated read/write heads of the tape device. Running 3-4 consecutive cleaning cycles will usually resolve this problem.

2.  Bad media.  
3.  Tape head alignment problems. This would require replacing the tape device.

4.  SCSI transfer rate to the tape device is too fast. Use the manufacturer's SCSI setup program to lower the transfer rate.

5.  Disable the sync negotiation to the tape device in the SCSI setup program.

6.  Check/replace the SCSI cable or terminator.

7.  Isolate the tape drive on its own controller card.


The first item did it. just run the clean tape 3/4 times and now my backup works again.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

[How to solve] EventID 1055 on Windows 2003 R2 SP1 Terminal Server

I was seeing the below eventid in my windows application eventlog.


Event Type:    Error
Event Source:    Userenv
Event Category:    None
Event ID:    1055
Date:        09-01-2008
Time:        10:46:36
User:        domain\user
Computer:    TerminalServer_0001
Windows cannot determine the computer name. (Access is denied. ). Group Policy processing aborted.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.



This can easily be solved by creating a new profile for that particular user.
That is it nothing more nothing less.

We were using Terminal Server Profiles.

Monday, January 07, 2008

[Hands-on] WinMerge



This little program is a must have for everybody who manages devices with config files.
Winmerge lets you compare side-by-side 2 files or even folders.

Just use it to be amazed.


Download Winmerge Here

Thursday, January 03, 2008

[How to] Initiate Replication of Active Directory objects between Sites.

I use this quite alot when you create users in a site and you want a quick replication between another site.
This is mostly the case when a manger tells you that a new employee has started to work as of today and that users wants to login now.
  1. go to Start, select Programs, select Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Sites and Services.
  2. Expand the Sites container in the left pane. Expand the container that represents the name of the site containing the target server that needs to be synchronized with its replication partners.
  3. Expand the Servers container, and then expand the target server to display the NTDS Settings object.
    This is the crucial step select the target.
  4. Click the NTDS Settings object. The connection objects in the right pane represent the target server's direct replication partners.
  5. Right-click a connection object in the right pane, and then click Replicate Now. Windows 2000 initiates replication of any changes from the source server (the server represented by the connection object) to the target server for all directory partitions the target server is configured to replicate from the source server.