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March 26, 2013

Howto remove your mail server IP from HOTMAIL black list

Filed under: Microsoft Related — Tags: , — Syed Jahanzaib / Pinochio~:) @ 1:32 PM

Recently Hotmail started to reject emails coming from our domain , giving following error.

Error transferring to mx4.HOTMAIL.COM; SMTP Protocol Returned a Permanent Error 550 SC-001 (SNT0-MC2-F23) Unfortunately, messages from xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx weren't sent. 
Please contact your Internet service provider since part of their network is on our block

I checked at mxtoolbox.com website mail server blacklist checker and all over the internet in all possible dns black lists but my IP address was not listed and it was clean. I then signed in to Microsoft Smart Network Data Services at  https://postmaster.live.com/snds/ and found out that my IP address was in Hotmail black list.

ip-block-status

I found out that Microsoft has an Eform for De-Listing / removing spam blacklisted mail server IPs not able to deliver to Hotmail and live.com.

Fill out the below form (you must have registered id of outlook/hotmail)

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/getsupport?oaspworkflow=start_1.0.0.0&wfname=capsub&productkey=edfsmsbl3&locale=en-us&ccsid=636201367492016455

It will ask you Contact name, Contact e-mail address, Enter your Email Server Public IP in  Outbound IP(s) or range(s) and other details it asks, and submit, You will receive a ticket number and it may take upto 2-4 days for your request to be entertained. Hopefully they will remove it from there black list. It also happens if you sent email to any user and he mark it as junk/unwanted then it auto adds in Hotmail monitoring system.


TIP- 1:

Using Internet Explorer I received an ‘error occurred’ while submitting the above form, After using Google Chrome (or firefox) latest version I was able to successfully submit the form.

More info can be found here.

http://pc-freak.net/blog/howto-remove-delist-your-mail-server-ip-from-hotmail-live-com-and-msn-mail-server-blacklist/

TIP- 2:

In such situation when your public ip added to blacklist, you can use your ISP smtp/smarthost to relay mail. This way your ip will hide under the ISP smtp relay IP which usually works fine as ISP’s maintain their mail relay system up to date very efficiently


Regard’s
Syed Jahanzaib

March 25, 2013

NTBACKUP commmon issue and there fixes


In our company, we are using TAPE drives to backup our data on various servers. It was running successfully since many years, but from past few weeks, it started to create strange issues and backup were failing with multiple errors in logs , for example

Logs Error # 1

Volume shadow copy creation: Attempt 1.
Timeout before function completed
Error returned while creating the volume shadow copy:0x80042319.
Error returned while creating the volume shadow copy:80042319
Aborting Backup.
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The operation did not successfully complete.
----------------------

Logs Error # 2

Volume shadow copy creation: Attempt 1.
Timeout before function completed
Error returned while creating the volume shadow copy:0xffffffff.
Error returned while creating the volume shadow copy:ffffffff
Aborting Backup.
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The operation did not successfully complete.
----------------------

This error occurs when the creation of the Volume Shadow Copy times out.
This is more common during periods of high disk activity, or on disks that are heavily fragmented.
To solve it, Try following solutions

1- Make sure you have Latest Service pack for windows 2003 Server, If don’t Update it first,
Now Download HOTFIX from
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/833167/en-us
OR http://hotfixv4.microsoft.com/Windows%20Server%202003/sp1/Fix67560/3790/free/158865_ENU_i386_zip.exe

After applying, restart your server and try NTBACKUP again. If the problem persists, then continue below

2- Set following services startup type to AUTOMATIC , and start them

– Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider
– Virtual Shadow Copy
– Volume Shadow Copy (VSS)
– Remote Procedure Call (RPCSS) – should be enabled as “Automatic”
– COM+ Event System (eventsystem)
– System Event Notification Service (sens) – should be enabled as “Automatic”

Adjust above services accordingly and now try NTBACKUP again.

3- Re-Register few dll’s ,Open command prompt and copy paste following lines.

Net stop vss
Net stop swprv
regsvr32 ole32.dll  
regsvr32 oleaut32.dll
regsvr32 vss_ps.dll  
vssvc /Register
regsvr32 /i swprv.dll
regsvr32 /i eventcls.dll
regsvr32 stdprov.dll
regsvr32 es.dll
regsvr32 vssui.dll
regsvr32 msxml.dll
regsvr32 msxml2.dll
regsvr32 msxml3.dll
regsvr32 msxml4.dll

Now Restart your server and try NT.Backup again. Hopefully it will work fine :), at least in my case, it DID 🙂

Mounting the media . . .

If you run NTBackup from Windows, and it says “Waiting for a previous media operation to finish” but actually there is none. OR if you see MOUNTING THE MEDIA  and it keep stucked on this message. Then Try following . . .

Go to Computer Management -> Removable Storage and check under the Work Queue for any errors. Deleting any jobs that are failing should resolve your problem. However, you may be experiencing hardware issues with the drive or the media, which would be worth checking out.

In some cases restarting the Removable Storage service has worked OR
In some cases, rebuilding the Removable Storage Database has worked for me.

To rebuild RSM Database, Follow below steps

1) Go to Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services and find the Removable Storage service.
2) Right click on the Removable Storage service, select Properties, change the ‘Startup type:’ to Disabled and click ok.
3) Restart the machine
4) When the machine is running again open Windows Explorer and navigate to the C:\Windows\system32\ntmsdata\ directory  (or some other variation depending on the operating system, just pick the directory where Windows is installed and go from there)
5) In that directory rename all the files to *.OLD or move them to another temp folder.
6) Go back to the Removable Storage service (see step 1) go to properties and change the ‘Startup type:’ back to Automatic.
7) Restart the machine again

The device reported an error on a request to write data to media.

IF you receive the following error in NTBACKUP logs

Error: The device reported an error on a request to write data to media.
Error reported: Bad data.
There may be a hardware or media problem.

# Clean your tape drive either by using Cleaning Tape or other means (by service technician)

 

Regard’s
Syed Jahanzaib

March 13, 2013

Howto disable chat window popup in IBM Lotus SAMETIME 8.x

Filed under: IBM Related — Tags: , , — Syed Jahanzaib / Pinochio~:) @ 1:43 PM

After a default installation of the IBM Lotus Sametime Connect client, it is set to bring chat windows to the front.  This behavior can be annoying for any serious working user because whenever any user send message to another, it come to front , overriding other task.

To disable popup , Go into

Preferences >

Notifications >

Click on “One-on-one chat” >

Then change then remove check from “Bring window to dront on new chat” & “Bring window to front on chat response

As showed in the image below . . .

sametime-chat-popup

Simple 🙂

Regard’s
Syed Jahanzaib

March 12, 2013

Howto create password less Domino Server ID

Filed under: IBM Related — Tags: — Syed Jahanzaib / Pinochio~:) @ 10:48 AM

Recently I installed Lotus Traveler and Domino Cluster to my existing DOMINO infrastructure. When registering server ID , it asked for password, and when I added this server ID file to the target server and try to start domino, it always stop asking for password at startup. So after every restart it stops asking for password and dont start automatically the server until i enter the password. So if you would like to set up the Lotus Domino / Traveler / Sametime server to launch without prompting for the password then the simple solution is to re-certify the server ID with the original rectifier ID that was used to certify the server ID, and then set the minimum password length to zero.

Open Domino Admin client,
Goto Configuration Tab,
select Configuration > Certification > ID Properties.

Then click the “Change password” button. On the “Change password” window, select the “No password” button and select OK.

Now use this ID file at your target server and it will start without asking for password.

Reference:
http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21100824

Regard’s
Syed Jahanzaib

March 7, 2013

HyperV Manager access denied unable to establish communication


Today I was trying to connect to one of HYPERV virtual server hosted on Microsoft Windows 2008 CORE edition using HyperV manager, I received following error.

 

hyper-v error

I have connected to this server several times with my workstation, but i guess after upgrading windows, it failed to connect.

To solve it, I did following and it worked perfectly 😉

Goto start / run and type

dcomcnfg

Open the Component Services node, then the Computers node, then right click on My Computer and click on Properties.
– Click on the COM Security tab.
– Click the Edit Limits button under Access Permissions.
– Enable Remote Access for Anonymous Logon
– Click Apply and OK.

As showed in the image below . . .

dcomcnfg.

dcomcnfg-2.

dcomcnfg-3

Close the Component Services console , Now Try to Start the Hyper-V Manager and connect to your HyperV server.
Hopefuly it will connect this time.

Regard’s

SYED JAHANZAIB

March 5, 2013

Windows 2008 Group Policy ! Fun Things to DO


Howto disable Windows Firewall using Group Policy in Windows 2008

I personally don’t think it’s the best way to disable windows firewall specially in a large network environment, but recently I was in a situation where I needed it to avoice some arguments with few co workers. Here is how you can do it on a Windows 2008 server.

Open Group Policy Management,
Select the policy to edit (Usually: the default policy), right-click and choose Edit.
Go to Administrative Templates > Network > Network connections > Windows Firewall > Domain Profile.
Disable the “Protect All Network connections” rule.  Do the same for the “Standard Profile”, as well.

Now, all that’s left to do is update the clients.  Default Update time for group policy is 6 hours, but you can push it forcefully by using following command:

gpupdate / force

then simply log off and log on the client again.

Disabling Action Center’s Firewall Notification through GPO

As far as I know, there is not a policy that will disable only the Firewall Notification. The closest options we could configure are two policies that are related but neither is really a complete solution and will block other types of notifications as well:

1) Disable all balloon notifications:

User Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Start Menu and Taskbar \ Turn off all balloon notifications

2) Disable Action Center itself:

User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Start Menu and Taskbar \ Remove the Action Center icon
(Thanks for the TIP from http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverGP/thread/e78a30cb-6cf2-4de6-afda-e0c90a3d2e34/ )

Disabling Your Security setting level puts your computer at risk notification

If your users are complaining of the appearance of the message box in Internet Explorer 7/8 telling that
Your Security setting level puts your computer at risk.”

To fix it, There are two ways to resolve this:

1. Set “Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe for scripting” to Disable (recommended) under Security SettingsInternet Zone or Restricted Sites Zone

2. Enable the following GPO via Domain Group Policy at your Domain controller.

Goto Local Computer Policy
User Configuration
Administrative Templates
Windows Components
Internet Explorer
ENABLE this setting >  Turn off the Security Settings
Regard’s
Syed Jahanzaib

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