Office 365 shared mailbox prompting Search Protocol Host password prompt

I have a client who has two shared mailboxes in Outlook and they started to receive a password prompt asking for the password of the shared mailbox account. Typically the shared mailbox accounts do not have password. I know that it is possible to assign a password and then grant webmail access but in this case, no matter what password we tried, the password prompt never went away.

It appears that if you have previous Outlook profiles with that particular account added to said profile and it was not an actual Exchange or Exchange shared mailbox at one point then you will receive a password prompt as Windows is trying to index that file for search.

Source: https://gcits.com/knowledge-base/remove-microsoft-windows-search-protocol-host-prompt/

Realtek NIC constantly disconnecting and reconnecting on Windows 10

If you encounter a workstation that has a Realtek NIC that constantly connects to the network and reconnects, I suggest you turn the following settings off or on in device manager:

Auto Disable Gigabit > Relink Battery or AC
Green Ethernet > Disable
Energy Efficient Ethernet > Disable

Thanks to: https://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-devices/304958-realtek-pcie-gbe-family-controller-keeps-disconnecting-my-fix.html for the fix.

PS, this is truly a random fix. This was a shot in the dark right out of far left field and it worked. I was going to replace the NIC as the next step but glad I tried this.

Adobe InDesign 2019 crashing after opening

I had a client who was experiencing Adobe InDesign 2019 crashing a few seconds after opening it. . It did not matter what file they were working with. I created a brand new file and within a few seconds of trying to draw with the Pen tool, InDesign would close out and crash. This was happening on a brand new iMac, with High Sierra and Adobe Creative Cloud.

I could not recreate the problem on my laptop which is a MacBook Pro with Mojave and I am using the same version of Creative Cloud/InDesign as my client.

I soon Googled and then searched Twitter and found that multiple people were having the same issue. I figured at that point it was probably an issue with the activation servers that the software uses to call home every once in a while.

Just the fact that the software is calling home so much and a mistake on one of Adobe’s server can cause such a large issue is very concerning. Especially when you’re paying these guys hundreds if not thousands of dollars per month to borrow their software. The last they could do is get it right.

According to this forum post from an Adobe staff member by the name of Steve, the issue was a server on Adobe’s end, which I guessed correctly: https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2581509.

Per the thread, things should be fixed. We’ll see.

Weird WAN speed issues with my workstation

I’m having some of the strangest issues with my workstations.  Here are the specs:

ASUS Rampage V Extreme
Intel Core i7 5820K @ 3.30GHz
Corsair Dominator Platinum 64 GB
Samsung EVO NVMe 500GB solid state drive
Seasonic 1000W PSU

I recently upgraded to gigabit Internet with Spectrum Business.  I initially was seeing horrible speeds, anywhere from 100 Mbps to 300 Mbps.  I finally hooked my 15″ Mid 2015 MacBook Pro up with Lightning to Ethernet adapter and plugged directly into the modem.  I can see my connection is NOT the problem.  I see anywhere from 800 Mbps to 1.3 Gbps on the MacBook, CONSISTENTLY.  This is the mind-boggling part.

Now we go back to my Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit workstation.  I was on 1803 and updated to 1809 last night.

I consistently see speeds being gimped from the gigabit I should be getting to around 100-300 Mbps which is pissing me off.  I know that something is using up my network resources and or is doing some traffic shaping.  I’ve tried a clean boot, but some programs don’t adhere to a clean boot and keep running anyway.  I wish I could do a clean install but don’t have that kind of time anymore.  I may look into installing Windows onto one of the various spare PCs I have lying around the house but, procrastination and stuff.

In the meantime, I’d like to put this out there and if anyone else has seen their speed test speeds being gimped but clearly know that it’s working properly because they hooked up another device, whether it’s a Mac or another PC with a different OS or a clean install with no other applications running, let me know.

Something is gimping the connection.  I have disabled the firewall, antivirus, and any other programs that I can think of that would use the WAN link heavily.  I sometimes can see gigabit speeds through fast.com and speedtest.net, but it’s not consistent.  I know some people might be thinking well, there are peak hours and other various explanations, but that does not explain why my MacBook Pro can consistently, and I mean at any time of the day, do speed tests out to fast.com and speedtest.net’s various servers and see close to if not gigabit speeds!

I found a blog that suggested running TCP Optimizer from https://www.speedguide.net/downloads.php.  I ran it, and so far I see consistent gigabit speeds.  I will continue testing throughout the day and will report back if it’s a permanent thing.

Edit: 12/16/2018:

Well, I can confirm that the TCP Optimizer has fixed my issues.  If you see weird slowdowns on your WAN connection as though something is throttling your speed, check out the TCP Optimizer.  I ran it, changed the settings to optimal and restarted.  It’s been about a full 24 hours and no problems to report.  I’m seeing the full 1 Gbps connection being used on all speed tests.

Windows 10 Photos app printing problem: Your printer has experienced an unexpected configuration problem. 0x800706b5

I ran into this problem with a client’s computer.  A brand new Dell OptiPlex 7050 with a NVMe solid state drive.  Trying to print a simple .jpg picture would allow the default printer to come up in the settings box but trying to select a secondary printer would cause this error to come up.  I tried uninstalling the printer and reinstalling it.  The only time I had success was by utilizing the PS driver for the printer.  The printer in question is a Ricoh C3003 MFP.  After uninstalling and reinstalling it a third time it resulted in ALL printers just saying Connecting…  Restarting the print spooler service and changing the driver did not help.  I finally found something on Google that said it’s easier to just right click the .jpg and click on print as it will bring up an entirely different program to print the picture.  Windows 10 and its what I call “tablet” apps aren’t the greatest.  I find them to be extremely buggy and more often than not, I never find an actual fix for the problem.  I always have to find a workaround, which, unfortunately, is quite sad.

Windows 10 random computer and mouse stuttering

System specs:

ASUS Rampage V Extreme 3.1
Corsair Dominator Platinum 2400MHz 64GB kit
Intel Core i7-5820K CPU not overclocked
EVGA nVidia 1070
Seasonic PSU (don’t know the exact model off hand)
Samsung EVO 870 NVME PCIe 500GB SSD
Samsung 850 500GB x2 in RAID0 using Intel RAID Controller
SanDisk 960GB SSD plugged into Intel Controller
Corsair K95 RGB keyboard with Cherry-MX Red switches
Logitech G700s using Logitech Gaming Software version 9.2

I have been fighting with trying to find the root cause of this issue where my mouse cursor will suddenly start stuttering and lagging as you move it around the screen.  The entire computer actually starts to lag as well including watching video and audio.  I thought I had it narrowed down to either some kind of USB issue with my motherboard (ASUS Rampage V Extreme.  I’m not so sure now.  When it starts is completely random.  I can get task manager to open but there isn’t any process that can be seen using up system resources to the point that it would make my system lag.

It just happened about five minutes ago while I was browsing Outlook and also Google Chrome.  I had a ton of stuff open but I have 64 GB of memory and an NVME Samsung EVO PCIe SSD.  I opened task manager and could not see anything out of the ordinary except for Google Chrome 64-Bit using around 4 GB of memory.  But again, I have 64 GB and 4 GB shouldn’t even make a dent on that amount of available memory plus the added PCIe NVME SSD.

I started to ALT+F4 all the windows that were open and surprisingly after I got through all the windows the mouse lag/stutter stopped.  I can’t say for sure which program that was closed caused it to stop the stuttering.  The next time it happens I will try to go slower and kill each window one by one until the mouse stutter stops.

I also have a Logitech mouse and have seen this weird issue when you use Windows faster user switching and have two people logged and the lcore.exe process is running within two user’s accounts.  But I don’t think it’s related to the lcore.exe process because I’ve had a hotkey to kill the process while it was happening and it did not cause the stuttering to stop.

Feel free to comment below if you have the same problem.

11/06/2018 Update:

I seem to have narrowed it down to possibly being VMWare Workstation’s USB driver that is causing this to occur.  I can’t say 100% certainty but I’m very close.  I’ll keep working on this and will update the post as time goes on.

11/07/2018 Update:

Doesn’t appear to be related to VMWare Workstation.  Tonight I found that my workstation at my office is doing the same thing.  It seems like it happens after the computer has been on for a few days with no reboot.  I could easily reproduce the issue by opening task manager while Chrome was open.  I did this at home and left it while I went out for a bit and came back and the mouse was still lagging/stuttering/freezing/jumping around the screen.

I’m not any closer to fixing this but I did go ahead and disable pretty much everything that isn’t absolutely necessary and am trying to reproduce the issue again.  I might have to wait a few days before it shows itself again which is really infuriating.

11/8/2018 Update:

I disable the vast majority of the software that starts on my computer and started opening up hundreds of tabs within Chrome.  I’ve got Chrome using up around 5GB of memory right now.  Another thing I did uninstall completely was Grammarly.  Grammarly latches on to everything as it tries to check your grammar so it makes sense that it might cause a lot of problems like this but I can’t find anyone else online or through my Google-Fu that had a similar problem so it’s likely not that.

I won’t know until I probably leave the computer on for a few days as it appears to clear up after a reboot.