• Windows,  Windows Server 2003,  Windows Server 2012

    Windows reports incorrect free space on a disk

    I had an interesting one today. Received a call for a disk that is running out of disk space and I thought, easy, quickly log on and clear some space. It turns out that the total data on the disk was 5GB in size, with the disk being 40GB in capacity, but the available free space reported was 4GB. This baffled me a bit but after some assistance from an internet search and colleague we quickly found that the problem was related to shadow copies taking up space. In our scenario, shadow copies were disabled but running vssadmin list shadowstorage in the cmd line told us a different story. The…

  • Gaming

    War Thunder crashes after logging into the game

    I installed War Thunder today. Got the X55 hooked up and ready to play the game. I started the game from Steam and was prompted with the login screen. Problem is the game kept crashing after logging in with no error and only an option to send a crash dump to the developers. After quite a while I stumbled on a comment on the War Thunder forums that switched on a light bulb in my head. If you have the display link driver installed, then remove it using Programs and Features. Reboot your PC and then try again. I managed to login and the game launched as expected after removing…

  • Active Directory,  Exchange 2003,  Microsoft Exchange

    Unable to expand a distribution list in Outlook – Exchange 2003 Environment

    Have you ever receive an error stating that “There was an error while expanding the list. The list was not fully expanded.” when you try and expand a distribution list in Outlook? The error looks like the one below: To solve this change the list to a Universal Distribution Group. Wait for replication if need be and you will then be able to expand the list and view the members within Outlook.