Reading Pane in Outlook – do not mark as read when mail selection changes

Applies to Outlook 2007 and above

Some people prefer to keep the reading pane turned on; but find it annoying when the messages get marked as read when they merely scroll through their mails

You can overcome this; with the below option in Outlook

Outlook 2010

File – Options – Advanced – Reading Pane




Ensure the you Uncheck  the second checkbox; Mark item as read when selection changes

Outlook 2007

Tools – Options – Other – Reading Pane


OPW-00001:Unable to open password-file

If you overcome this error when creating the password file for your Oracle Database; kindly recheck your syntax

Sample Syntax

orapwd file=%ORACLE_HOME%\database\PWDtest.ora entries=5 ignorecase=y

Kindly do not use single quotes to contain the file location

Sharepoint 2010 Backup – Automated Backup with Powershell

You can run powershell commands directly from the Sharepoint 2010 Management Shell window; but that does not suit the purpose when you require a daily backup

Start - All Programs - Sharepoint 2010 Management Shell

Its’ surprising why Sharepoint themselves could not come out with an easy automated tool. Nevertheless; the below post would guide you through

Firstly, we need to define a backup location.

  • Is your Sharepoint Farm and SQL Server on different Servers? If yes, kindly ensure that the Backup Location that you define is a Share Drive (\\sharedrive\backupfolder) and has full Write Access for both the Sharefoint Farm Admin Account and SQL Server Account

Farm Backup is best done as both a Full and subsequent Incremental Backups

Full Backup

Create a File with the extension ps1 (denotes a powershell command file)

Add-PsSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.Powershell
Backup-SPFarm -Directory \\sharedrive\backupfolder -BackupMethod Full

Setting up a Windows Task Schedule for the Farm Backup

Start – All Programs – Administrative Tools – Task Scheduler – Create Task

Give an appropriate name and under Actions tab; click New

Type powershell under Program field and state the ps1 file that you created above under the Add Arguments field


Specify an appropriate time under the Trigger tab for your task to run.  Since its a full backup its best to set a time after regular office hours

Incremental Backup (Daily backup of changed data since the last backup)

Create a File with the extension ps1 (denotes a powershell command file)

Add-PsSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.Powershell Backup-SPFarm -Directory \\sharedrive\backupfolder -BackupMethod Differential

Use the Task Scheduler as illustrated earlier to define the daily backup

Sophos Anti-Virus Installation Error – 0x80041f09

Applies to Windows Vista and Windows 7

Error Message: The installation of Sophos Anti-Virus has failed (error 0x80041f09)

The first thing to check is whether the User Access Control is enabled; kindly disable and try re-installing Sophos

Control Panel - Users Accounts - Change User Account Control Settings

In most cases; the above step should get you through; if not look no further beyond the below link


Internet Explorer 10 crashing randomly on Windows Server 2012 when using EAC on Exchange 2013

I did notice recently that after having installed and configured Exchange 2013 on Windows 2012 Standard, sucessfully, IE 10 starts acting weird each time I try to work on EAC (Exchange Admin Centre) using this browser.

From other other blogs and posts that have suggested different work arounds, I found downloading and installing the following security patch to be the best. You may either visit the Microsoft website and download the patch or waste no time and download it directly from here. I did not have any issues thereafter. However, you can still browse the EAC page from your laptop or PC with Windows 8 installed and use the IE 10 on it.

Setup Multiple Log Archive Destinations for your Oracle Database

Applies to Oracle 10g and above

I would assume your database is already in the ARCHIVELOG mode

SQL> show parameter LOG_ARCHIVE_DEST

This would show all your Archive Log Destinations without any value unless previously set. It would be wise to set multiple Archive Log Destinations on alternate physical disks. It would prevent the database to stop functioning if the first destination disk is full.


The LOCATION keyword is used to define that the destination is local; for remote destinations use the keyword SERVICE

SQL> alter system set LOG_ARCHIVE_DEST_2='SERVICE=yournetworkservicename'

Oracle 11g – Enterprise Manager does not start – Windows

At the command line; check if the listener is started and running correctly

lsnrctl status

Stop and restart the listener based on listener status

lsnrctl stop
lsnrctl start

Use the Enterprise Manager command to check the status of the Database Console

emctl status dbconsole

If you get an error “Environment variable ORACLE_UNQNAME not defined. Please set ORACLE_UNQNAME to database unique name”, please below command to set it accordingly

set ORACLE_UNQNAME=<dbname>
e.g:  set ORACLE_UNQNAME=orcl

If the dbconsole is already started and active, please restart the dbconsole with below commands

emctl stop dbconsole
emctl start dbconsole

Check the status of the console once again

emctl status dbconsole

You should now ideally be able to access the Enterprise Manager