Archive for July, 2010

Outlook data file cannot be accessed (0x8004010F) with Outlook 2010

So I had a bit of a problem, I upgraded to Outlook 2010 and got this error when I tried to Send / Receive:

Receiving reported error (0x8004010F) : ‘Outlook data file cannot be accessed.’
Sending reported error (0x8004010F) : ‘Outlook data file cannot be accessed.’

So the way I solved the problem was

  • In Outlook 2010, Go to the File Tab and click on Account Settings
  • Click on the account you are having issues with and click on the “Change Folder” button at the bottom
  • Pick Personal Folders\Inbox and hit OK

Send / Receive All and your problem should be gone!!

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Removing System Properties from “My Computer” in XP

There are just some users that shouldn’t even be allowed to use a keyboard and a mouse.  They just like to mess with everything on a PC thinking they know what they are doing.  For one reason or another you cant take away their admin or power user rights (software they need, etc) but you can take their ability to modify your system.  Obviously you’ve taken away all the control panel icons, but how do you take away the ever popular “Properties” from the “My Computer” icon? well, this is what you need to do:

  • Open up everyone’s favorite registry editor under the users profile
  • Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
  • Create a new DWORD Value called NoPropertiesMyComputer
  • If you give it a value of 1 it will Hide the Properties Option, 0 will show the Properties Option
  • Reboot and Enjoy

Note: If you just want to disable the Properties Option for the Entire computer, then Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer and create the same DWORD Value as above

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
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Setting up a Verizon PC5740 Card without the Verizon Software in Windows 7, Vista

I got more Nerd Stuff comming your way. Yeah it seems that there’s alot of that going around, but what can I say, I spend half the day in front of a computer, half behind a camera, and half under my card (yes thats 3 halfs).

Note that the screen shots are from Windows XP but will work the same way in windows 7, Vista, Whatever (I did it on my windows 7 laptop and it worked)

  • Install the Verizon Card as a modem (The One I have is a Verizon PC5740 which is not even supported in Windows 7), this card is actually a Curitel PC Card and the Driver that you need is the Curitel PC Card Composite Device drivers 4.32.0.2711
  •  After you have the card installed, create a new dial up network connection
  • Give the connection a name (I picked verizon card, but you can call it whatever you want)

 

  • The Dial up phone number is #777

 

 

  • Username is : cardphonenumber@vzw3g.com
    Password is : vzw (default for all Verizon cards)
    Note that cardphonenumber is the number of YOUR card, you wont believe how many questions I get asked on this

 

  • Then if you feel like it, add the connection to your desktop

 

  • Done, Enjoy your new toy (Side Note: Sprint uses the same card so I’m prettu sure these intructions will work for the Sprint card as Well)

Sorry about the missing images guys, someone hacked the site and deleted everything, and I didnt have a backup, If enough people ask I will re-do the screen shots, sorry!!

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Upgrading ESXi from 4.0 to ESXi 4.1

If you are trying to update your ESXi 4 host to ESXi 4.1 using vmware host update utility, you have probably encountered this error

Failed to read the upgrade package metadata: Could not find file ‘blah blah blah metadata.xml’. Attempting to unzip the file shows no metadata.xml

You probably also noticed that the MD5 checksum on the webpage and the actual checksum of the update file upgrade-from-ESXi4.0-to-4.1.0-0.0.260247-release.zip do not match.

VM’s MD5SUM c2c8a62d8ea2b1bcda7b934fdd850d1b

Actual MD5SUM 3397a58d7dc2f1be1e8eeee85d0d75c5

So you think someone at VMWare screwed up huh….maybe…

According to http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1016209 you cant upgrade vmware using the host update utility

as per VMware “Note: You cannot use the vSphere Host Update Utility to upgrade ESX 4.x hosts”

Ok well, we need to get down to the nitty gritty and actually get involved with the command line…

  • Before you begin suspend all your vm’s or stop them (Im assuming you have a stand alone vm server)
  • Upload the upgrade .zip file to your vmfs store using the vi client (in this case I uploaded it to a folder I have called ISO)
  • At the console of you esxi box, type Alt+F1 which will drop you to the command line, then type: unsupported which will take you to the command prompt (#)
  • Enter maintenance mode by typing in the command “vim-cmd /hostsvc/maintenance_mode_enter
  • now type the command esxupdate –bundle=/vmfs/volumes/4bf63f47-616ef656-4228-001cc49da020/ISO/upgrade-from-ESXi4.0-to-4.1.0-0.0.260247-release.zip stage where 4bf63f47-616ef656-4228-001cc49da020 represents whatever your “datastore1” storage is symlinked to
    (Note: thats ‘dash’ ‘dash’ bundle, the font display on this blog makes it look like one big dash)

Unpacking vmware-esx-tools-li.. ######################################## [100%]

Unpacking vmware-esx-esxupdat.. ######################################## [100%]

Unpacking vmware-esx-firmware.. ######################################## [100%]

  • this will unpack the update package and prepare it for installation
  • Then run: esxupdate – -bundle=/vmfs/volumes/4bf63f47-616ef656-4228-001cc49da020/ISO/upgrade-from-ESXi4.0-to-4.1.0-0.0.260247-release.zip update
    (Note: thats ‘dash’ ‘dash’ bundle, the font display on this blog makes it look like one big dash)

Removing packages :vmware-esx.. ######################################## [100%]

Installing packages :deb_vmwa.. ######################################## [100%]

Installing packages :deb_vmwa.. ######################################## [100%]

Installing packages :deb_vmwa.. ######################################## [100%]

The update completed successfully, but the system needs to be rebooted for the
changes to be effective.

  • you are done, issue the reboot command and wait for your host to come back up (remember to exit out of maintenance mode when you connect)
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