Windows Working with Time

To find out the current time source:

To resync a server or to force a server to update it's time with the source:

Setting external time server:

A List of Time Servers: KB262860 

How to configure an authoritative time server in Windows Server: KB816042 

UK Time Server Pool can be found here.

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I was receiving this error:-

"MapiExceptionMailboxInTransit: Unable to open message store. (hr=0x80004005, ec=1292)"

After much Googling and after reading various posts. It turned out that I had made the stupid error of not having the server in the correct subnet and the Exchange 2013 server was trying to get to the existing 2010 server via the firewall.  :-(

Thought I would post this for any other poor sole trying to fix this for an hour.


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Project Spartan

I'm really intrigued by Microsoft's new browser, Spartan.  Here's the first video (as far as I'm aware) of it.  It looks really nice and I'm hoping the hate for IE will die along with the browser. I really want this to be an hit for Microsoft, for this top happen they need to do two things.

Add-In's, this is needed, I really love the fact that I can have a SSH client with Chrome. Microsoft have said it's coming, I hope it comes sooner rather than later.

Release it for Windows 7, if they don't do this then it's a massive mistake, just release it with out Windows 10 features like Cortana.

I think this looks really nice!


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Fun with BT VoIP/DrayTek/VDSL Vigor Routers

Recently I was involved in some work for a company that had a BT2Wire router. We wanted/needed to swap this out for a Draytek Vigor, this normally wouldn't be an issue.   The issue this time around was that the BT2Wire had a couple of BT VoIP lines enabled and although only one was in use and the other was used for the fax, which isn't ironic at all.

Also the Draytek needed to support VSDL (BT Infinity™, FTTC)... So a quick look at Draytek's website, we required the 2860Vn-plus (here)

Issue #1, The Draytek wouldn't logon to BT's network.

For settings for this, see this video :

Issue #2, Configuring VoIP

This is were things get a bit funky.

Visit the, enter your account details and on the next page click the "Configure Hub/Router" link which will load a page with a red "Configure" button on it. Right click that button and select "Open in a new window", the SIP account information sent to the Hub will be displayed in the web address bar (where you normally type in www.), highlight and copy the string into an application such as Notepad.  It will show as a single block of text so it will help to put a new line before each & sign for clarity.

It will look like this:

http://www.api.home/voipsetup.api?SIPTr ... otocol=UDP

You can take this information and enter into the Draytek.

BBV settings




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I have found a few spare moments to welcome in 2015, at least I have managed to post this in January at least.  I pretty much said it all in my 2014 post.

More of the same really, I have many post in Draft, which I'm keen to finish of and get posted.   I intended to do more video's to flesh out the posts.   I feel that video's really help when people are trying to follow, I will post the videos here and of course on my YouTube channel.

I have also brought back Ad's. Sorry... I really need the site to start paying it's way.  It would also be nice to have a little pocket money, to allow me to purchase more gadgets, such as the ZalMan (2.5” USB3.0 External HDD Case).

This is a case with a difference, you create a folder on the drive called "_iso" and drop bootable ISO's and you can boot from it via USB, the case, presents itself as a USB CD-ROM drive, which is pretty awesome, it's yet to fail me on all of the devices that I have tried it on.

I have dropped in a 2.5" drive, but I'm tempted to swap this out for a SSD as install's would fly. Take a look at

Reading this back, the ZalMan textactually looks like a hidden Ad, I assure you it's not.   Found it on Amazon one day and bought it.  It has to be my best gadget purchase of at least 2014!

Until next time folks!



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Well another year is coming to a close and it seems to have gone faster than the last.

2015 is going to be an interesting year for Microsoft, will they manage to turn around the negativity from Windows 8 and reignite Windows with Windows 10? Will 2015 be the year of Linux (Sorry, couldn't resist that), I meant to say the year of Windows Phone?

I feel Windows Phone has a long way to come and it may be impossible for it to break through against Android and iOS.  Microsoft themselves have shown over the last 25+ years once a platform dominates, then it's really difficult to break it, that said Google have managed it and if any one should be able to then I would expect it to be Microsoft.

I'm more positive regrading Windows 10.  Windows 8 tile's never belonged on Windows Server in the first place and I feel that's were a lot of the hate for Windows 8 came from the Enterprise IT Pro's, who haven't been treated well by Microsoft this last couple of years, (TechNet Subscriptions) which is one reason why Microsoft are trying to woo them back with Windows 10 and copy paste support in the command prompt, not sarcastic at all.

I'm hoping that Microsoft continue with their own hardware, I would like to see a Surface Laptop, ultra book, along the lines of Mac Book Pro?  I see no reason for this not to happen as Microsoft has said that their Surface line is aimed at the top end off the market.  I have a surface pro and like it a lot, but it does have it limitations, like not being able to use it in bed for example, it fall's over a lot.

For me personally I have been programming more of late and this has encouraged me to push on with my own projects such DNS Toolkit, which should be an interesting learning curve.

Microsoft open sourcing the .NET framework is great news, although it's pretty much the web stuff that has been opened sourced rather than the Windows Forms and XAML.  As with everything there are reasons for this but maybe in time.

One exciting prospect of .NET going open source is the slim possibility of PowerShell being available on Linux, one command line to rule them all. I feel that would be really powerful.

I personally want to be more productive. I feel that I haven't been this last year and that I've lost a little of my Mo Jo, I need to find that again in 2015.  I hope that you all of you have a great Christmas and a awesome 2015.

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