Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Devenv Element not found

You might hit this error “Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Devenv Element not found“ when you are trying to install Visual Studio 2012.












When I got this error, I thought my ISO image is somehow corrupted so I checked the ISO file with checksum software and found no error. As this is a fresh installation of windows server 2012 I thought some updates or pre-requisites files are need to complete the installation. After some diagnosis, I came up with the most easiest solution to update the Windows from internet in order to download all updates that is required. Almost 147 updates were pending that time, therefore I installed all updates. That’s it !!!started installation without any further error.





Convert NTFS to FAT32

Convert NTFS to FAT32 with AOMEI Ntfs to Fat32 Converter

AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition provides a conversion tool: NTFS to FAT32 Converter, a FREE file system conversion software, is specifically designed to convert NTFS to FAT32 directly and without losing data on the partition. In addition, it can work on Windows 8/7/Vista/XP/2000 and Windows Server 2000/2003/2008 (Both 32bit and 64bit).

Here is a screenshot:










AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard

NTFS to FAT32 Converter







From the screenshot, we could see the features about the conversions between NTFS and FAT32 file systems. With its understandable graphic interface guide, not only we could convert NTFS to FAT32 without losing data, but also could change FAT32 back to NTFS easily.

Install Zimbra 8.0.4 on CentOS 6.4

# ifconfig

1. Update your system
yum update

2. Install prerequisite packages for zimbra
yum install sudo sysstat libidn gmp libtool-ltdl compat-glib vixie-cron nc perl libstdc++.i686

3. Modify /etc/hosts file    centos01.linuxlab.local        centos01

4. Disable start-up services
    4a. chkconfig postfix off
    4b. service postfix stop
    4c. chkconfig sendmail off
    4d. service sendmail stop

5. Modify /etc/sudoers file
    Comment out * Defaults     requiretty * line

6. Disable or adjust your firewall
    6a. chkconfig iptables off
    6b. service iptables stop
    6c. chkconfig ip6tables off
    6d. service ip6tables stop

7. Disable selinux
    nano /etc/selinux/config
    SELIINUX = disabled
Reboot is required at this stage.

8. Download Zimbra
9. Run Zimbra installer
    it will take 4-5 minutes

[root@centos01 ~]cd /tmp/zcs-8.0.4_GA_5737.RHEL6_64.20130524120036
[root@centos01 zcs-8.0.4_GA_5737.RHEL6_64.20130524120036]# ./

Select packages to install
all [Y]  y

change hostname [yes] no
create domain :

Address unconfigured (help ?) 3

Select, or 'r' for previous menu [r] r

Select 4 to change password

Select, or 'r' for previous menu [r] r

Select from menu or pess 'a' to apply?   a
Saving Configuration.....

[root@centos ~]# su -zimbra
[zimbra@centos01 ~] zmcontrol status
If everything is running

Type in the browser


VSS Backup Fails When Backing Up the System State

You are running Windows Server Backup (WSB) and it continues to fail. In your Event Log, you are seeing Windows Server Backup return the error 2155348249. You’ve tried to use both a local drive disk and a network share for the backup destination, but neither works.

A typical error in the Event Log:
The backup operation that started at ‘?2013?-?03?-?16T00:54:33.120000000Z’ has failed because the Volume Shadow Copy Service operation to create a shadow copy of the volumes being backed up failed with following error code ‘2155348249’. Please review the event details for a solution, and then rerun the backup operation once the issue is resolved.





















In Windows 2008+, you will notice that the Windows installation creates a 100MB partition (the System Reserved Partition [SRP]) that is not assigned a drive letter but is mounted to C:\Windows\SRPPartition. Here’s the problem, when you are doing a full bare metal recovery backup, which includes the system state, just the system state, or trying to back up everything, WSB will use VSS to backup the partitions, including SRP. But 100 MB is too small to allow for this! Not a very smart design choice. You can confirm that this is the problem by removing the bare metal and system state backup options, and only backing up your C:. That will work. But add system state, and it fails.
The solution is to have VSS use the C: or another drive when creating the snapshot of the SRP. This way the limited 100 MB is no longer an issue.
Select any drive and check the free space.








Right click on the drive and click on Properties.

Then right click on the drive that you choose to configure shadow copies to keep the snapshot.










Notice that the default is for VSS to use the \\?\Volume{20babdc5-8b23-11……












Click on settings.











Choose the E: or another drive with ample space, set the Maximum size to No Limit, and click OK.

Click Ok to exit the System Reserved Properties window.
Now run WSB and backup the System State. It should work just fine!

Another Method:


I have immediately checked the Volume Shadow Copy Service to be sure that it is running and saw that it is set to “Manual” and was “Stopped”. I haven’t stopped this service manually. I have set it to automatic and started the service.

Additionally I have checked the other services and saw that the Virtual Disk Service is also set to manual and was stopped.
I have seen this service several times running during formatting a disk and thought that it might be necessary during the System Image Creation.

I have set it to automatic and started the service too and tried again to create a backup.


Firstly disconnect the computer from the network and uninstall existing Antivirus then do the following process whatever requires accordingly:

  1. Process Explorer (Check Processes in Details) ***
  2. Malware Bytes Antimalware (Clean Malware) ***
  3. TDSSKiller (Clean Malicious Rootkits cleaner)
  4. Spy Hunter (effective Tool) (Spyware, Scamware, Registry & Rootkits) ***
  5. KVRT – Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool (Virus & Malware Cleaner) ***
  6. Norton Power Eraser (Fake Antivirus, Scamware & Rootkits) **
  7. Stinger (Process, Registry & Rootkits) **
  8. Hitman Pro (Registry & Malware Cleaner) ***
  9. Hijack This (Registry Check & Clean) **
  10. CCleaner (Registry Clean) **
  11. AdwCleaner/Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ (Clean Ad Banner in Browsers) **
  12. AVAST Browser Cleaner (Clean Ad Banner in Browsers) **
  13. ADBlockPlus (Block unwanted advertise in browsers every time) **
  14. Any Other Antivirus (i.e. Microsoft Security Essential or eSET Smart Security or Kaspersky Internet Security or TrendMicro Internet Security) ***

*** = Very Effective Tool
** = Effective Tool

After successful operation then install Symantec Endpoint High Security Version from File Server.

Note: If you cannot do the above tasks due to frequent pc crash or hang then you can use “Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10” Boot CD to check viruses and malware before loading Windows.

Create Bootable USB Pendrive using Command Mode

Creating a usb pendrive using command prompt is not hard, it is one of the most common ways to create a bootable usb.

      This method does not work if your operating sistem is windows xp or windows 8 , you cannot select the primary partition in comand prompt.

       You just need to follow these simple steps:

  1. First step is to obtain the windows files from somewhere and save them to a folder in your pc. You can rip a windows dvd , or if you have the iso image file you can open it with magic disc or daemon tools or even winrar , and you need to copy the whole content to a folder anywhere in your pc , you just need to make sure you know where it is located.
  2. Make sure your usb stick is inserted, go to start search cmd , right click the  file and select run as administrator. The command prompt will appear, now you need to write the following comands:
  3. diskpart→list disk→select disk 1(chose  the usb device, you will recognize it by its size)→clean(this will erase the usb)→create partition primary→select partition 1→active→format fs=ntfs(this will format the usb drive and will take 10-15 minutes)→Untitled 5
  4. After the format is done you have to continue writting  in command promt :  →assign(now you will notice that the usb drive changed its letter to (H): or (G))→exit(this command will exit the disk part function)
  5. Now you have to write the path to the executable file in your windows saved folder , make sure that in your windows folder you have the boot folder with the bootsect executable file.Untitled 8
  6. In my case the command goes like this:   E:→cd win 7 sp1→

           →cd boot→bootsect.exe/nt60 h:(h is the letter of the usb drive ,this comand will update the boot core)→exit (this will exit command prompt).
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  1. Now you have to copy all the files in the windows folder to your usb drive. Untitled 7
  2. ALL DONE. You can now restart your pc and boot from the usb hard drive.

How to Create Bootable USB with HIREN BootCD


To launch Hiren’s BootCD from USB flash drive, first of all, your BIOS settings should be configured in order to change the boot order of your computer to USB drive. If you are having problem on changing boot order in BIOS, please refer Change the Boot Order in BIOSdocument. Please note that some computers may not support booting from USB drive and the steps below only works for the versions of Hiren’s BootCD 9.7 or newer.

Step1: Formating USB Flash Drive

Please note that, all data on your usb flash drive will be lost. Before doing this step, don’t forget to backup your files on the usb flash drive.
1. Connect a 512 MB or above flash drive.
2. Download and run USB Disk Storage Format (34 KB). Follow the steps in the screenshots below:

Step2: Installing Grub4Dos to USB Flash Drive

Download (187 KB) to desktop. Follow the steps below:

1. Right click to the zip file and click ‘Extract All…’

2. Click Next

3. Click Next to extract archive contents

4. Click Finish

Now open ‘grub4dos’ folder created on your desktop. Run ‘grubinst_gui.exe’ inside of grub4dos folder and follow the steps below:

1. Run grub4dos

2. Click ‘Run’ on if you face with a Security Warning window

3. If you are not sure which disk is your USB Flash Drive, select the drive with the same size with your USB flash drive.

4. Installation of grub4dos completed. Press Enter to close the window.

Step3: Copy Files to USB Flash Drive

1. Put Hiren’s BootCD (9.7 or newer) into the CD Drive.
2. Copy everything from CD to USB Flash Drive.
3. Copy grldr and menu.lst (from HBCD folder of the CD) to the usb drive’s root folder. Finally contents of your USB Flash Drive should look like as below:

Final View of USB Flash Drive Contents

How to Disable File Sharing Using Remote Desktop

Sometimes we need to disable all types of file sharing including remote desktop, smb file sharing etc. You want someone can access your computer using remote desktop to use only programs as a limited user but cannot share any files from this computer to another computer. Then what will you do? if that is the requirement !!!!!

Here is the very simple way you can lock copy/paste option in remote desktop connection on your windows based computer.

Run gpedit.msc



















Navigate to: Computer Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Windows Components \ Remote Desktop Services \ Remote Desktop Session Hosts \ Device and Resource Redirection


















Enable the selected Rules.

It will take affected after you restart the PC.

To re-enable RDP Copy/Paste:

Disable or leave ‘not configured’ then log off/back on

View Google Calendar in Outlook 2010

View Your Google Calendar in Outlook 2010

Google Calendar is a great way to share appointments, and synchronize your schedule with others. Here we show you how to view your Google Calendar in Outlook 2010 too.Google Calendar

Log into the Google Calendar and under My Calendars click on Settings.


Now click on the calendar you want to view in Outlook.


Scroll down the page and click on the ICAL button from the Private Address section, or Calendar Address if it’s a public calendar…then copy the address to your clipboard.



Outlook 2010

Open up your Outlook calendar, click the Home tab on the Ribbon, and under Manage Calendars click on Open Calendar \ From Internet…


Now enter the link location into the New Internet Calendar field then click OK.


Click Yes to the dialog box that comes up verifying you want to subscribe to it.


If you want more subscription options click on the Advanced button. Here you can name the folder, type in a description, and choose if you want to download attachments.


That is all there is to it! Now you will be able to view your Google Calendar in Outlook 2010.


You’ll also be able to view your local computer and the Google Calendar side by side…


Keep in mind that this only gives you the ability to view the Google Calendar…it’s read-only. Any changes you make on the Google Calendar site will show up when you do a send/receive.


If live out of Outlook during the day, you might want the ability to view what is going on with your Google Calendar(s) as well. If you’re an Outlook 2007 user, check out our article on how to view your Google Calendar in Outlook 2007.