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How to Improve Microsoft Outlook Performance

Confirm that your Microsoft Outlook client is up to date Office Account > Update Options > Update Now

Consider disabling “Show Apps in Outlook” in Outlook Options >  AdvancedConsider disabling Message arrival notifications, these include “Play a sound”, “Briefly change the mouse pointer”, “Show and envelope icon in the taskbar”, and “Display a Desktop Alert” in Outlook Options > Mail

Consider disabling “Use animations when expanding conversations and groups” in Outlook Options >AdvancedConsider disabling “Show Weather on the calendar” in Outlook Options > Calendar

Update Rollup 3 for Windows Small Business Server 2011 (SBS 2011) has been Released

Update Rollup 3 for Windows Small Business Server 2011 (SBS 2011) brings support for deploying Windows 8 in your SBS 2011 environment using the SBS 2011 connect computer wizard

This update rollup contains all the updates that were included in the previous update rollup. Additionally, this update fixes the following issues

Issue 1 You receive a warning message when you try to deploy a client computer that is running Windows 8 in Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard. Note This issue occurs because Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard does not support client computers that are running Windows 8. However, after you apply this update, you do not receive a warning message.

Issue 2 After you run client deployment tools in Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard, Windows Store apps do not work on client computers that are running Windows 8

Note The update described in this article adds support for user profile migration

Issue 3 You cannot remotely connect to a Windows 8 client computer from the Remote Web Access webpage

Issue 4 After you install the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 and then install the .NET Framework 4, you do not receive email notifications

Issue 5 You cannot download a file or a folder whose path contains non-ASCII characters on the Remote Web Access webpage

Issue 6 Assume that the name of a user, group, or organization unit (OU) contains a slash (/). When the user, group, or OU is a member of a group that is traversed during the Remote Web Access logon process, the user, group, or OU cannot log on to the Remote Web Access webpage.

Issue 7 When Windows Small Business Server uses the default configuration, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) cannot synchronize Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) with Windows Small Business Server.  Additionally, new updates for BPA are displayed only in the optional updates menu.

Note After you install the update that is described in this article, the following changes occur in BPA and WSUS:

• Update rollups for BPA are auto-approved as update rollups for Windows Small Business Server

• The “tools” category is added to WSUS

• The BPA installation is approved and is displayed in the “Updates with Microsoft Software License Terms that are pending approval” group

Microsoft Windows Vista – SP1 or SP2 and Microsoft Windows Server 2008 – SP1 or SP2 – How to Easily Free Up Some Disk Space

Have you started to notice that C drive is getting a little full or do you just want to have a spring clean, well you may not realise it but when you installed Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2 onto your Windows Vista or Windows 2008 Server that Microsoft very sensibly backed up all the old system file before replacing them with new ones.

Assuming that you have had Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2 installed for sometime without issue it may be good to know that you might be able to reclaim some disk space by dumping these obsolete system files.

Simply launch an elevated Command Prompt by right clicking “Command Prompt” and selecting “Run as administrator”.  Once you are in a command prompt simply paste in the following according to the Service Pack you are currently running:

Service Pack 1 you need to paste: VSP1CLN.EXE

Service Pack 2 you need to paste: Compcln.exe

Be patient with these commands they will need time to enumerate a large number of files and could take up to 60 minutes to complete.  Once finished I would recommend a reboot.

With these commands we are telling the operating system to remove any of the superseded service pack files.  If you do not have any files to remove it might be because someone else has already removed them or your computer/server may have already come with Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2 pre-installed/integrated.