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Windows Store doesn't work after upgrade to Windows 8.1

After moving from Windows 8 to 8.1 you may see that Windows Store no longer works.

To fix this, use this path:
1. Run CMD or powershell as an administrator
2. Enter this in cmd: powershell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $Env:SystemRoot\WinStore\AppxManifest.xml
3. Type: start "" "ms-windows-store:"

Exchange 2010: EMC initialization failed

When you remove one of your Exchange servers, then you have chance to encounter EMC initialization error.
This is because removed server was chosen as the best to be managed by EMC.
you can delete this mapping and enforce EMC to choose another server.


To erase MMC settings, do the following:
1. Go to the c:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\MMC
2. Delete “Exchange Management Console” file:

3. Run regedit
4. Delete this key: 


Configuring SMTP relay for Office365 / Exchange Online

You've just migrated your mailboxes to the Office365. But what to do with copiers & printers which don't want to work with Office365 account, because they don't allow to use TLS?
Or how to send error or information events from your servers if you are using simple SMTP send?
Answer is - install SMTP server feature!
I will show you how to do this using 2012R2 server as a relay for SMTP.

First: you need to install SMTP on the server
1. Go to server manager, click Add roles and features and select SMTP Server feature. Standard installation is simple -after clicking 'Next' several times and 'Finish' in the wizard you will have SMTP server installed on your machine.
2. Go to the Server Manager again and click Tools: Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 Manager.

SECOND: configure SMTP server properties3. Click on the [SMTP Virtual Server #1] and right click for properties



4. In the General tab in IP address section, select Advanced...:



Here you can configure port/po…

IE 11 on 2012R2: Your security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded

When you try to download file on your new 2012R2 server, you could encounter a small problem - you cannot do it.


This time solution is really simple. Go to the Internet options/Security Click custom settings and select - Download-Filedownload-Enable



How to manage scheduler tasks remotely

If you ever had to manage scheduled tasks you know that sometimes is nearly impossible to log on to computer to manage it or to connect to it remotely.
I'm using psexec tools from great PSTools by Mark Russinovich.
Psexec could manage remotely in the situations when you cannot access to computer from powershell or RDP.

To connect to computer use CMD:
psexec -s \\computername_or_IPaddress cmd
Then you will se command line from remote computer

To access to scheduled task, enter:
schtasks

To change username of scheduled tasks
schtasks /change /tn NAMEOFTHETASK /ru username
Then enter user credentials

To start the task:
shtasks /run /tn NAMEOFTHETASK