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Repairing a corrupt PST personal folders file

I wrote previously about corrupt PST files. The first you may know about it may be an error message like this:

Unable to expand the folder. The set of folders could not be opened. Errors could have been detected in the file drive:Documents and SettingsuserLocal SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftOutlookOutlook.pst. Quit all mail-enabled applications, and then use the Inbox Repair Tool.

Thankfully, Microsoft provide a PST repair tool for just this occurance:

  • On the Start menu, click Run.
  • In the Open box, type:
  • C:Program FilesCommon FilesSystemMapiLocaleIDscanpst.exe

Where LocaleID is the locale identifier (LCID) for your installation of Microsoft Office. For example, the LCID for English (United States) is 1033. For a list of LCIDs, see Microsoft Office Help.

  • Click OK.
  • In the Enter the name of the file you want to scan box, type the path and file name given in the error message above.
  • Note that you may not be able to use the Browse button to locate this file because it is located in a hidden folder.
  • To change the options for logging errors during the scan, click Options. If you choose Replace log or Append to log, the log file is saved to the same directory as the .pst file.
  • Click Start
  • When the file scan is completed, select the Make a backup of scanned file before repairing check box.
  • Click Repair

If the file is successfully repaired, you will see a Repair complete message. If the Inbox Repair Tool was unable to repair the file, you will need to use a backup of your file.

There are third party programs available which could also help:

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Installing LAMP web server on ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04

Ever wanted to quickly configure a web server on ubuntu desktop edition? This walkthrough will show you how to install a LAMP(Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) server.

There are a few different ways we can achieve the same end:

Method One:
The first way is by using the terminal. Type the following into a terminal session – note, this install may take a little while:Â…

sudo apt-get install apache2 mysql-server php5 libapache2-mod-php5 php5-xsl php5-gd php-pear libapache2-mod-auth-mysql php5-mysql # Installs the LAMP server in one hit

Method Two:

The second way to install is using taskselÂ… – it’s a tool that groups some packages in to pre-defined tasks and allows the user to install the relevant packages for the task.

sudo tasksel install lamp-server

Method Three:

You can use tasksel in the package manager also. Go to System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager. You will need to supply the root/administration password to open this.

Within the manager, click Edit > Mark Packages by Task

From the list that appears, select LAMP server.

Click OK, and then ‘Apply’ in the main Package Manager window. The LAMP server will then be installed.

For a more in depth guide, have a look at these links:
The ubuntu community page
Installing a full LAMP server from scratch

Jaytag has years of experience of configuring web servers of all types, either LAMP, WAMP or WIMP. Give us a call about configuring a web server for you on 0845 310 2750.

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Microsoft Office has not been installed for the current user…

This is quite a common problem it seems – after installing an update to Microsoft office, some of the applications will not open.

Here is one solution:

  1. Create a temporary Windows login account with administrative rights, then log into that new account.
  2. While logged in as the temporary user, open every Office product you have, then close one at a time (Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Project etc…)
  3. After opening every Office application, start regedit. (Start > Run > then type in Regedit)
  4. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Office, and highlight Office
  5. Right click on Office, and select ‘Export’
  6. Save the .reg file somewhere on your computer – note down the location
  7. Log off the temporary account, and login under your normal Windows account (the one giving you the error)
  8. Open regedit again, and then go to File > Import and pick the file that was exported.
  9. After the import completes, the applications should open correctly.
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Easy backups in Ubuntu with File Backup Manager – pybackpack

A question we are often asked:

“Is there an easy way to do backups in Ubuntu?”

The answer is yes! File Backup Manager (pybackpack) is a simple GUI backup utility that allows backups to CD/DVD, your local file system or to a network drive either via SMB or SSH.

Lets install it. Open up a terminal and run the following:

sudo apt-get install pybackpack # Downloads and installs File Backup Manager

After the download and installation completes, you should see that “File Backup Manager” has appeared in the System > Administration menu.

Here is the main screen:


The program features one-click backup or restore your home directory files. Clicking the ‘Go’ button above will do this.

To backup other locations, click into the ‘Backup’ tab

Screenshot-File Backup Manager

To create a new set, click ‘New’ a wizard will appear that will take you through the steps to create a backup.

Screenshot-Create New Backup Set

Click forward to proceed to the next screen. This screen allows you to name your backup, provide a description and a destination.

Screenshot-Create New Backup Set-1

In the image, you can see I want to backup some images. I have yet to select the destination – this is the next step. I want to backup my files to CD – so I select this in the drop-down box ‘Destination Type’

Screenshot-Create New Backup Set-2

I then click forward, to proceed to the next screen, detailing what files I want to backup. Select from the window the files or folders you want to backup and click the ‘+’ button for each.

Screenshot-Create New Backup Set-3

You can see in the above that I want to back up ‘Documents’ of course, if I want to exclude certain subfolders I can click the ‘-‘ button. Clicking next takes us to the summary screen detailing our selections and detination.

Click forward, and then ‘Apply’ on the next screen to save the backup to our main window:

Screenshot-File Backup Manager-1

You can see the new set ‘Images’ is here. You have a chance to reselect the destination if you wish, and the backup will start when you click ‘Backup’ You can see more details with the ‘Show details’ checkbox before clicking ‘Backup’

Restoring Files

Restoring the files is as simple as choosing the location in the ‘Restore’ tab and clicking ‘Restore’. Alternatively, the folder/CD can be browsed. The files are stored in the same directory structure as you backed up.

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Installing exim on Hardy Heron Ubuntu 8.04

This walkthrough will detail the installation and configuration of exim on your Ubuntu installation.

Firstly, lets get exim installed:

su # enable root for installation and configuration - enter your password when prompted
apt-get install exim4 # Installs exim

Next, run the configuration

dpkg-reconfigure exim4-config # Runs the configuration program for exim

Here is a quick runthrough of the screens (there is more information on each screen if you require):

Mail Server configuration > OK
General type of mail configuration: > mail sent by smarthost; received via SMTP or fetchmail > OK
System mail name: > (leave the default in place) > OK
IP-addresses to listen on: > > OK
Other destinations: > (leave the default in place) > OK
Machines to relay mail for: > (leave blank) > OK
IP address or host name: > (Your ISPs SMTP server) > OK
Hide local mail name: > No > OK
In normal mode of operation: > OK
Keep number of DNS-queries minimal: > No
Delivery method: > mbox format in /var/mail/ > OK
Split configuration: > No

The configuration program will then close

* Stopping MTA for restart                                              [ OK ]
* Restarting MTA                                                        [ OK ]

Next, we will install mailutils – a useful program that will allow us to send a test mail. Still as root,run:

apt-get install mailutils

Then send a test mail:

mail (email address you would like to email)
cc: (press enter to skip cc:)
Subject: (enter a subject, then press enter)
. (the . ends the message body)

You should recieve the email at your selected address shortly.

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