howto://fix Outlook’s Autocomplete Cache

Problem

Outlook 2013 autocomplete stops working. Outlook works fine otherwise.

Cause

Probably nickname cache corruption.

Fix

You can use NK2Edit to fix a corrupt nickname cache file.

  1. Have Outlook open.
  2. Download and install NK2Edit from http://nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_edit.html
  3. When prompted run it. It will automatically open your nickname cache file and prompt you about the total entries versus good entries.
  4. Close Outlook.
  5. Save your nickname cache file (default save.)
  6. Reopen Outlook and confirm your autocomplete now works.

Why’s my 50 GB mailbox only 25 GB?

2018-01-29 edit-the same principle applies today with the 100GB mailbox limits if your are still seeing 50GB on older mailboxes.

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Office 365 recently upgraded all enterprise customers mailboxes from 25 GB to 50 GB, but some users may find that they are still seeing only 25 GB of storage. If you find yourself in this situation, here’s a couple of quick fixes to set your users up for their new massive mailboxes.

Existing Users

If you have existing users whose mailboxes are still showing 25 GB limits, but you’ve been upgraded to the new 50 GB size, you just need to adjust those users. Here’s what you can do.

    1. Confirm that your mailbox databases have been upgraded. They should be by now, but best to make sure before you proceed. Open a remote PowerShell session to Office 365 and run this command
      get-mailboxplan | fl displayName, *quota
      If your quotas still show 25GB limits, open a support case.
    2. Run this command to increase the mailbox quotas for the 50 GB limits
      get-mailbox -resultsize unlimited | set-Mailbox -IssueWarningQuota 48.5GB -ProhibitSendQuota 49GB -ProhibitSendReceiveQuota 50GB
    3. Profit.

New Users

If you want to ensure that new users are automatically provisioned with the 50 GB limits, you want to update your mailbox plan defaults. You will have to do this for each mailbox plan in your tenant.

1. Remote PS to your tenant.

2. Get-MailboxPlan to get the plan(s) in your tenant.

3. Run this command, substituting your plan name. Command is one line that wraps.

set-mailboxplan ExchangeOnlineEnterprise-fdeba728-963d-40df-8ff3-9a6b7a751ab2 -IssueWarningQuota 48.5GB -ProhibitSendQuota 49GB -ProhibitSendReceiveQuota 50GB

4. Rinse and repeat if you have more than one, or you could do a “get-mailboxplan | set-mailboxplan…” to nail them all at once, as long as you don’t mind getting an error for any plans, like K, that cannot go that high. It won’t hurt anything to do it that way, but some folks hate to see red text.

And with that, you have some really big mailboxes for all your users. They won’t need to delete anything for years to come, unless of course they use their mailbox as a file system, and subscribe to every DL and newsfeed they’ve ever seen. Even then, if they want it all, they can have it all!

howto://fix the hardware on the destination computer is not compatible

I’m in the middle of upgrading my Hyper-V servers at home from 2012 to 2012R2. To keep things up and running, I live migrated (shared NOTHING) the VMs from the first server to be rebuilt to the second. That worked just fine. I flattened the first server, installed 2012R2, added the Hyper-V role, and tried to move a VM back to it, only to be spanked with Continue reading “howto://fix the hardware on the destination computer is not compatible”

howto://map caps lock to windows-key

I have a little no-name Bluetooth keyboard that I like to use when travelling. It has a joystick mouse with scroll, all the important keys for editing and cursor navigation, function keys, a/v keys…the only thing it’s really missing is a Windows key. CTRL+ESC is not a substitute for the Windows key, since it doesn’t work with any WIN+ shortcuts. I really wanted a Windows key. I did some digging around on the interwebz and figured out how to map the caps lock key to the Windows key.

In other words, I made this

caps-lock-key[1]

into this!

187303_windows_button[1]

If you want to do the same thing for some older keyboard you want to use, here’s what you need to do.

1. Launch regedit.exe.

2. Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout.

3. Export that key and save it as undokeyboard.reg in case you want to go back, screw something up, etc.

4. Create a text file and copy the following into it.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]
"Scancode Map"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,5c,e0,3a,00,00,00,00,00

5. Save as WINning.reg.

6. Double click it to import the settings into your Registry.

7. Reboot.

8. (Optional) Use a silver Sharpie marker to draw in the Windows logo.

Once you reboot, the CAPS LOCK key on any and every keyboard you use will be your WIN key. Of course, that may cut down on shouting, extra emphasis, license key entries, etc…but your SHIFT key is probably a little lonely anyway. Keep that undo file just in case you find yourself really needing a CAPS LOCK key. See what I did there?