11 Apr 2010

How to disable Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration (IE ESC) in Windows Server 2008/2003

For Windows Server 2003 Users
I didn’t find a way to turn it off in the IE configuration and It seems one has to uninstall it: Go to Control Panel, then Add or Remove Programs, then click on Add/Remove Windows Components uncheck the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration and click on next.






For Windows Server 2008 Users
In Windows Server 2003, one has to uninstall the corresponding Windows Component. In Windows Server 2008, this doesn’t work anymore. You have to click on the root folder in Server Manager. Then you scroll down to the Security Information Section and click “Configure IE ESC”. You can turn off IE ESC for Administrators and/or for users. The latter probably only makes sense in a Terminal Server environment.

How to turn on automatic logon in Windows Server

This article describes how to configure Windows to automate the logon process by storing your password and other pertinent information in the registry database. With this feature, other users can start your computer and use the account that you establish to automatically log on
  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type Regedt32.exe, and then press ENTER.
  3. Locate the following subkey in the registry:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
  4. Double-click the DefaultUserName entry, type your user name, and then click OK.
  5. Double-click the DefaultPassword entry, type your password, and then clickOK.NOTE: If the DefaultPassword value does not exist, it must be added. To add the value, follow these steps:
    1. On the Edit menu, click New, and then point to String Value.
    2. Type DefaultPassword, and then press ENTER.
    3. Double-click DefaultPassword.
    4. In the Edit String dialog, type your password and then click OK.
    NOTE: If no DefaultPassword string is specified, Windows automatically changes the value of the AutoAdminLogon key from 1 (true) to 0 (false), disabling the AutoAdminLogon feature.
  6. On the Edit menu, click New, and then point to String Value.
  7. Type AutoAdminLogon, and then press ENTER.
  8. Double-click AutoAdminLogon.
  9. In the Edit String dialog box, type 1 and then click OK.
  10. Quit Registry Editor.
  11. Click Start, click Shutdown, and then type a reason in the Comment text box.
  12. Click OK to turn off your computer.
  13. Restart your computer. You can now log on automatically.

Applies to 2003, 2008 & 2008 R2.

ChromeAccess Puts Quick Access to About: Pages in the Navigation Bar

If you frequently use the About: pages in Chrome and want a speedier way to access them than typing in the URL in the address bar, ChromeAccess adds a quick-access button in the navigation bar.






You can always type about:cache or about:memory to access the hidden features in Chrome, but for frequent access, the two-click interface of ChromeAccess is much faster. Click on the navigation bar icon of ChromeAccess, a small Chrome logo, to access popular pages including the extensions menu, download history, bookmarks, and even more obscure items like cache info and histograms.

1 Apr 2010

Outlook 2007 prompts you repeatedly for a password under certain network conditions

Under certain network conditions, Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 prompts you repeatedly for a password. If you do not enter a password or if you enter an incorrect password, Outlook 2007 may silently enter Offline mode. In this case, you do not receive an error message or a notification, and you will not be connected to the mailbox.



How to enable the hotfix

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756  How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
To enable the hotfix, follow these steps:
  1. Exit Outlook 2007.
  2. Start Registry Editor.
    • In Windows Vista, click Start
      the Start
      button
      , type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER. 

      User Account Control
      permission
       If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
    • In Windows XP, click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
  3. Locate and then click to select the following registry key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Outlook\RPC
    Note If the RPC key does not exist, follow these steps:
    1. Right-click the Outlook key, point to New, and then click Key.
    2. Type RPC, and then press ENTER.
  4. After you select the key that is specified in step 3, point to New on the Edit menu, and then clickDWORD Value.
  5. Type UseWindowsUserCredentials, and then press ENTER.
  6. Right-click UseWindowsUserCredentials, and then click Modify.
  7. In the Value data box, type the value that you want to use, and then click OK.

    Note When you set the UseWindowsUserCredentials value to 1, only the user's desktop credentials will be used. The following scenarios may help you determine the value that you want to use.
    • Account: Domain 
      UseWindowsUserCredentials: 0 (or not present) 
      Protocol: TCP, HTTP with NTML authorization
      Result: Connect to Microsoft Exchange without prompting for user credentials.
    • Account: Non Domain
      UseWindowsUserCredentials: 0 (or not present)
      Protocol: TCP, HTTP with NTLM authorization
      Result: Prompt for user credentials and connect to Microsoft Exchange.
    • Account: Domain
      UseWindowsUserCredentials: 1
      Protocol: TCP, HTTP with NTLM authorization
      Result: Connect to Microsoft Exchange without prompting for user credentials.
    • Account: Non Domain
      UseWindowsUserCredentials: 1
      Protocol: TCP, HTTP with NTLM authorization
      Result: Does not prompt for user credentials, and will not connect to Microsoft Exchange. Remains in the disconnected state, occasionally trying to connect.
    • Account: Domain
      UseWindowsUserCredentials: 1
      Protocol: HTTP with Basic authorization
      Result: Prompts for user credentials and successfully connects to Microsoft Exchange. Additionally, it will continue to prompt you if you mistype your password.
    • Account: Non Domain
      UseWindowsUserCredentials: 1
      Protocol: HTTP with Basic authorization
      Result: Prompts for user credentials and successfully connects to Microsoft Exchange. Additionally, if you mistype your password, it will continue to prompt you.
    • Account: Domain
      UseWindowsUserCredentials: 1
      Additional Steps: When you configure the profile, select Always prompt for username and password.
      Result: Prompts for user credentials and successfully connects to Microsoft Exchange.
  8. On the File menu, click Exit to exit Registry Editor.
You can use the following registry entry to disable the credentials prompts when you receive an authentication error on credentials. 

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Outlook\RPC\DisableTransientFailureAuthPrompts (DWORD) 

(default to FALSE, 1 is TRUE, and 0 is FALSE) 

You can use the following registry entry to set a timeout period. If we do receive an authentication error, attempts to acquire another set of credentials will fail for a timeout period set in this registry entry. 

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Outlook\RPC\TransientFailureBackoff (DWORD)

(defaults to 10 sec, 10000 sec - 10 sec)


http://support.microsoft.com/kb/956531