Analyze Microsoft Office programs problems, issues using OffCAT 2.0

The Microsoft Office Configuration Analyzer Tool (OffCAT) 2.0 provides a quick and easy way to analyze Microsoft Office programs for known configurations that cause problems.  Now with latest OffCAT 2.0, it provides a detailed report of your installed Office programs. This report includes many parameters about your Office program configuration and highlights known problems found…

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TechED 2012: Mark Russinovich’s Malware Hunting with the Sysinternals Tools

This was one of the interesting session that I was looking for… Usually I follow Mark’s blog and read the related info. So I was super excited to watch this one. Ok, let me switch back… the session provides an overview of several Sysinternals tools, including Process Monitor, Process Explorer, and Autoruns, focusing on the…


Utility review: Calcheck – Outlook Calendar Checking tool

In this post, we will have a look at the Calendar Checking tool (Calcheck) for Outlook which is published recently by Randy. This program checks the Microsoft Outlook Calendar and items for problems or for potential problems. It’s is a command-line program that checks Outlook Calendars for problems. To use this tool, the Outlook calendar…


My View on Microsoft Office Binary File Format validator (beta) utility – Post # 1

What I tried? Sometime earlier i reviewed (tried) the new command-line utility Microsoft Office Binary File Format Validator (beta) – which helps to to validate binary file format files for the following files and applications: .doc files (Microsoft Word 97/2000/2003 and file formats supported by Microsoft Office Word 2007/2010), .xls files (Microsoft Excel 97/2000/2003 and…


MFC MAPI: How to view GAL entries

You can download the latest MFC MAPI utility to view GAL entries, which uses the Messaging API to provide access to MAPI stores through a graphical user interface. Try the following steps: 1) Open MFC MAPI utility. Select Session menu and select “Logon and Display  Store table” ( I chosen for this session). It will…


"MAPI_E_FAILONEPROVIDER" when you try to connect to a mailbox on an Exchange 2010 from an Exchange 2003 server

Recently one of my customer updated that when he tried connecting to a mailbox that is located on a  Exchange Server 2010 from Exchange Server 2003 by using a custom MAPI/C++ application. But it failed and it thrown the following error message: “MAPI_E_FAILONEPROVIDER”. As part of troubleshooting the issue, we tried using MFC MAPI utility…


Verify performance/stability with Exchange Server Jetstress 2010?

You can use Jetstress 2010 to verify the performance and stability of a disk subsystem prior to putting a Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, 2007 and 2010 server into production. Jetstress helps verify disk performance by simulating Exchange disk Input/Output (I/O) load. Specifically, Jetstress simulates the Exchange database and log file loads produced by a specific…


Monitoring Event Sink # 31: Why Exchange Explorer doesn’t work ?

One of my customer reported that in one of his machine, the exchange explorer (available part of Exchange SDK) stop responding. But the same work in his rest of the machines. During the research, we found the following known issues (stop responding, doesn’t display etc) with exchange explorer: Cannot set member server schema scope using…


Exchange Server Utility : PFDAVAdmin update is released

I use PFDAVAdmin  utility [Exchange Server Public Folder Distributed Authoring and Versioning (DAV)-based Administration tool]  to perform various management tasks related to public folders and mailboxes. An updated version of the PFDAVAdmin tool has been released to the web on 04/06/2010 (the prior version on the Download Center was from April of 2007) @ Microsoft…