OUTLOOK “This operation was cancelled”

Outlook ErrorOutlook like a good Microsoft product, is great at giving “No Answer, Answers” I mean errors.  Here’s how I fixed this one.  The error was “This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer.”  After implementing ‘fixes’ from many forums, I finally found something that worked.  This download basically will reset some registry settings tied to IE that Outlook unknowingly uses.  (Microsoft keeps it in the family.)

Original Post: http://www.local-it-guy.com/tips/restrictions.html


IE-associations  Just change it from .docx to .zip and unzip, then run the .bat file to apply all registry files, unless you want to try each one individually to have a better idea where the problem is.  (WordPress.com won’t allow .zip files, but offers great free blogging, so I’m not complaining…)

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IIS 7, 8 Redirects – Use URL Rewrite to redirect to another URL one domain or name to another

For example, say you want to create a word in your network, when typed into a browser it would then redirect to a another URL or  site not on the default port 80.


For me I am redirecting spiceworks to my Spiceworks portal, which happens to be at spiceworks.domain.com:9675/portal

So when I type in spiceworks, it redirects to http://spiceworks.domain.com:9675/portal

I am going to break this down into 2 main steps.  DNS and Web Server with URL Rewrite.

Step A1: On your DNS Server (Internal or External if using another domain name) add a new host and point it to your Web server.

New Host DNS











Step B1:

Install URL Rewrite into your IIS environment.  Easy, just go to this website on your web server and click install this extension.


Step B2: Close and re-open IIS, you should now see the URL Rewrite extension under the IIS section.

URL Rewrite Extension






Step B3:

Open URL Rewrite, and on the right hand column select ‘Add Rule(s)’

Step B4: Select ‘Blank rule’

Step B5:

Match URL

– Name: Enter a name

– Using: Regular Expressions

– Pattern: (.*)

Conditions Add

– Input: {HTTP_HOST}

– Type: Matches the Pattern

– Pattern: ^spiceworks$ (ignore case)


– Action Type: Redirect

– Redirect URL: http://spiceworks.domain.com:9675/portal

Click Apply on the Right Hand Column

Forward Rule URL Rewrite










If you want to just import a script here’s the script:






Copy and Paste:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^spiceworks$
RewriteRule (.*) http://spiceworks.domain.com:9675/portal/$1

Then save the file as someName.htaccess and use the Import function inside the URL Rewrite extension.


More information on URL Rewrite Rules.



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Tardis Pine Wood Derby Car CubScouts PWD

My son came up with the idea of a Tardis  from Dr. Who as a design for his PWD car this year.  Here’s how it turned out and a file containing the graphics/pictures I used, in case your looking for the same thing.

Tardis PineWood Derby Pics Stckers




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Domain Password Complexity

Change the password complexity requirements  in Windows Server:

  1. Run “gpmc.msc” or click “Start -> Administrative Tools -> Group Policy Management”
  2. Expand Group Policy Management -> Forest: <domain> -> Domains -> <domain>
  3. Right click Default Domain Policy and click edit.
  4. Expand Computer Configuration -> Policies -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Account Policies -> Password Policy
  5. Edit your password complexity.

Source: Bill

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Operation Master Roles – Microsoft

Here’s a cheat sheet for transferring Operations Master Roles:



There are 5 Roles:

  • Domain Naming Role
  • Schema Role
  • Infrastructure
  • RID Master
  • PDC Emulator


Open Active Directory Domains and Trusts, Right click on Active Directory Domains and Trusts and select Operations Master.


First you’ll need to register schmmgmt.dll.  Start Run ‘regsvr32 schmmgmt.dll’

Then Start RUN ‘MMC’, add the snap in Active Directory Schema, right click Active Directory Schema and select Operations Master.


SEIZE THE ROLES:Open Active Directory Users and Computers, right click your domain name and select Operations Master.

Only after the above fails and you need the next step, see about repadmin and ntdsutil seizing.

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ShoreTel Private URLs

shoretel_bug_color_3d_bghttp://<shoretel server name or IP address>/shorewareresources/shoreteltelephonyinterface

– ShoreTel Telephony Interface

http://<shoretel server name or IP address>/shorewaredirector/login.asp

– Director, Manager for ShoreTel system

http://<shoretel server name or IP address>/shorewaredirector/clientinstall

– Install Client for ShoreTel

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Ubiquiti Edge Router LITE

ubntEdgeRouterEvery (Several) Ubiquiti Edge Router LITEs that I upgraded today stopped pinging and stopped responding to http web requests after the mandatory reboot during firmware upgrade from v1.0.2 to v1.3.

To bring it back, I found that if I run the Ubiquiti Discovery (Java Req’d) tool, then it comes back, to where I can manage it.  Just by running the tool and doing a scan.

I had contacted Ubiquiti about the issue and they wanted me to try to reload the router via console.  Get the Ubiquiti Discovery tool here  www.ubnt.com/download#app

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Find Dell Service Tags via Command Line in Windows without Run as Administrator

How to find Dell Service Tags and Model Numbers via Command Line – Special thanks to Jayse on Spiceworks


Open command prompt

Go to Start > Run and type cmd to start your command prompt. Administrative rights are not required to run this command.

Finish by Choosing either step 2 or 3 depending on your setup.


Obtain Service Tag locally with command line

In the command prompt type the following and press Enter/Return:

wmic csproduct get vendor,name,identifyingnumber


Obtain Service Tag remotely with command line

If VNC or remote desktop connection to the remote-host is not available, execute the following from the local-host to get the service tag of the remote-host.

wmic /user:administrator /node:remote-host bios get serialnumber

You will be prompted for the password for account administrator.

NOTE : Type the above command only replacing the remote-host with the workstation’s name you’re querying. You can replace ‘administrator’ with another account.

wmic /user:DanielSon /node:KarateComputer bios get serialnumber

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Microsoft Group Policy Just Won’t Work or Apply Correctly

grouppolicyI’ve had this problem for years, until now.   I’ve found another step to check when Group Policies won’t apply for no reason, as in the Event Manager doesn’t give a reason, just an excuse.

Delete your Group Policy Caches located in: C:\programdata\microsoft\Group Policy\History

Then from CMD or PS: gpupdate /force

You’re gonna be golden!

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How to Get your License for Brocade Equipment

  1. Brocade License how toAfter purchasing with Transaction Key in hand, Go to swportal.brocade.com
  2. Take me to: Software Licensing
  3. License Management -> Brocade IP/ADP -> License Generation with Transaction key
  4. Fill out the form, agree to terms, click Generate and if all is successful.  I don’t know why Brocade likes do double and triple name things but here’s the translation: Customer email ID, email address where the purchased license was sent, Unit’s Unique ID (LID), Transaction Key okay this name is the same so go for it.
  5. Download the license file that will show up on the same screen.  (Click on License)  It is a xxxxxxxxxx.xml file
  6. Setup a TFTP
  7. Go to your brocade switch:
  8. In enable mode: copy tftp licence (IP of your TFTP) xxxxxxxxxx.xml unit 1 (or whatever unit in stack)  Watch out for firewalls, etc…  (You can use the Windows TFTP server, but I used the free tftp by solarwinds) http://www.solarwinds.com/products/freetools/free_tftp_server.aspx
  9. Show License (To view the installation of the license)
  10. Don’t forget to go into your interface and give the command: Speed 10g
  11. Don’t forget to wr mem.

Need to remove a license? From Brocade:

To delete all license files for a specific unit, enter the following command at the Privileged EXEC level
of the CLI:
device# license delete unit 3 all
To delete a specific license file from a unit, enter the following command at the Privileged EXEC level
of the CLI:
device# license delete unit 3 index 3

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