IIS Error: Invalid character in the given encoding
paul | Wednesday, 29 November 2017 | IIS | iis
IIS will not start and IIS Manager displays error below when you try to start the service.
 
C:\Windows\System 32\inetsrv\config\applicationHost.config
 
Invalid character in the given encoding
 
Looks like the config file is corrupt preventing the IIS service from starting. Follow the steps below to restore the service.
 
Look in the folder c:\InetSrv\History and you may have a backup of the file (applicationHost.config) from when it was last changed.
Copy the backup applicationHost.config file to the folder C:\Windows\System 32\inetsrv\config.
Start the service.
 
All fixed :-)
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Enabling Exchange Online Mailbox Auditing
paul | Tuesday, 28 November 2017 | Office 365 | Auditing

Exchange Online mailbox auditing is off by default. Use following powershell script to enable across all mailboxes.


# Enable Auditing on all Mailboxes

$Cred = Get-Credential

$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://ps.outlook.com/powershell -Credential $Cred -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection

Import-PSSession $Session

# Enable Auditing for User Mailboxes

Get-Mailbox -ResultSize Unlimited -Filter {RecipientTypeDetails -eq "UserMailbox"} | Set-Mailbox -AuditEnabled $true

# Owner not audited by default so set that

Get-Mailbox -ResultSize Unlimited -Filter {RecipientTypeDetails -eq "UserMailbox"} | Set-Mailbox -AuditOwner MailboxLogin,HardDelete,SoftDelete

# Enable Auditing for Shared Mailboxes

Get-Mailbox -ResultSize Unlimited -Filter {RecipientTypeDetails -eq "SharedMailbox"} | Set-Mailbox -AuditEnabled $true

# Owner not audited by default so set that

Get-Mailbox -ResultSize Unlimited -Filter {RecipientTypeDetails -eq "SharedMailbox"} | Set-Mailbox -AuditOwner MailboxLogin,HardDelete,SoftDelete

 
Need to log into Office 365 as user with Exchange Admin access.
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Office 365 Health, Readiness, and Connectivity checks not working
paul | Monday, 18 September 2017 | Microsoft | Office 365

Recently we have had issues running the Office 365 Health, Readiness, and Connectivity checks before a migration.

Microsoft support confirmed this was a global issue and this was no longer supported. Will be removed from the Office 365 Admin Portal soon.

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Cisco ADSM-IDM Launcher not connecting
paul | Monday, 18 September 2017 | Cisco | ADSM
I have recently installed ADSM-IDM onto a new laptop and it would not connect to any of our ASAs. After some testing I have got it connected by changing the default proxy settings which Java was using. I am sure this issue was due to the Web filtering client installed so will not affect all machines unless a proxy is configured for Internet access.
 
Step to fix:
 
1. Open Windows "Control Panel"
2. Open Java applet
3. Click on Network Settings button.
4. Change to "Direct Connection"
 
Run launcher and now it logs into ASA.
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Oracle Scheduled Backup Job stops working with Initialization Error
paul | Friday, 14 July 2017 | Oracle | Initialization Error

Recently had an issue with an Oracle (11g) Scheduled Backup Job which had worked fine for a long time but started failing with the error "Initialization Error" when executing the RMAN script.

Name Targets Status Started Ended Elapsed Time (seconds)

Execution: orcl01.server.local
orcl01.server.local Initialization Error 07-Jul-2017 14:43:04 (UTC+01:00) 07-Jul-2017 14:46:09 (UTC+01:00) 185
Step: Initialize
orcl01.server.local Succeeded 07-Jul-2017 12:00:16 BST 07-Jul-2017 12:00:18 BST 2
Step: Run RMAN Script
orcl01.server.local Initialization Error 07-Jul-2017 14:43:09 BST 07-Jul-2017 14:46:09 BST 180

Restarting the server fixed the issue but is not ideal for a production machine.

Some Googling turned up a similar issue on an Oracle Community Forum (https://community.oracle.com/thread/1036886?db=5). As suggested in the post restarting the Oracle DB Console service fixed the issue without restarting the whole server.

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