Saturday link roundup – the domain trust for a workstation

Had a question today on how to fix the “The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed” error on Windows 7.

It would appear in our case, that the Windows 7 Startup Repair is causing the trust relationship to break.  Some possible answers.

“The server application, source file, or item can’t be found,

or returned an unknown error.  You may need to reinstall the server application.”
The server application, source file, or item can't be found, or returned an unknown error.  You may need to reinstall the server application.

We had two cases of this error occur within a short time frame.

  1. “When I paste from Visio into Powerpoint, an error occurs.”
  2. “Clicking on a Visio diagram in a Powerpoint document, causes an error to occur.”

The solution was simple enough, and it was to re-register the Component Object Model provider, OLE32.dll.
regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\ole32.dll

6, 8 and 16 free, not-free, and online-backup solutions.

A backup of your information is only good if it is stored in a separate place, such your office.  Or stored with a web Online Backup service.  This list last updated August 2014.

Local Backup, aka You Store It

Cobian Backup
Karen’s Replicator
Microsoft SyncToy v2
SyncBack Freeware Edition

BounceBack Ultimate
EMC Replistor
FileBack PC
Second Copy
Super Flexible File Synchronizer

Online Backup aka they store it

Name Free service? Plans from Free trial? Paid for space Maximum Limit?
BackBlaze No $5 Yes Unlimited Unlimited
Carbonite No $59.95 (year) Yes Unlimited Unlimited
Comodo Cloud No $80 (year) Yes 100GB 500GB
CrashPlan Yes $3.96 Yes - Unlimited
CrashPlan Pro No $396 (year) Yes - Unlimited
DropBox Yes, 2 GB $10.99 - 100 GB 500 GB
Egnyte No $96 (year) Yes 1 TB Unlimited
Final-Byte No $7.95 Yes 5 GB 100 GB
Gmail Sync Yes, Unlimited - - - -
iDrive Yes, 5GB $37.12 (yearly) No 300 GB 300 GB
Iron Mountain No <unknown> No <unknown> <unknown>
Jungle Disk No $4 No 5 GB Unlimited
Microsoft OneDrive Yes, 15 GB $1.99 - 100 GB 1 TB
Mozy Yes, 2 GB $5.95 - 50 GB ?
SOS Online Backup No $7.99 No Unlimited Unlimited
SpiderOak Yes, 2GB $10 - 100 GB Unlimited

Me?  I use SyncBackSE with a collection of Western Digital and Seagate external hard drives.

Some notes, as of August 2014:

  • I last updated this list in January 2010, and the thing I’m impressed with is that all “Online Backup” providers are still around.
  • A number of Online Backup providers offer mobile device backup as well, which is useful for Smartphones and Tablets.

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Samba again – Samba causing account lockouts with Windows 7 …


Users were reporting that their Windows domain accounts were being locked out.

After much investigation, the following was discovered.

  • When you map a drive with Windows 7, it will try to connect to the “mapped drive” with your logged in credidentals.
    ie. DOMAIN\UserID.
  • If the server you’re connecting to isn’t part of your domain, it will generate an Authentication error.
  • Collect enough of the Authentication errors, and your domain account (ie. DOMAIN\UserID) gets locked out.

The work around is to use a DIFFERENT user account to your domain account.  Better yet, integrate your Samba server into your AD Domain.

While the issue about was reported by users trying to connect to a Samba server, I’m guessing you could see it with other network devices as well.

The Nikki Car

imageHas been donated to Kids Under Cover, which was a fitting thing to happen to it.

It was the second Nikki car. The first one was stolen. I called it the Nikki Car as it was her transport to the vet hospital for treatment. And for walks down the beach and the park.

After Nikki passed, I hung onto the car, more out of the fact that it was easier than dealing with the hassle of selling it.

But with the rego coming up again this June, and me not using the car much since I live in inner-Melbourne, I filled in the Donate Your Car form, and the Nikki Car was picked up this morning.

I’ll miss the memories.

Saturday link roundup.

Open House Melbourne is on the 26/27th July.
Open House Melbourne is a not-for-profit association that runs annual events providing the public a free and rare opportunity to discover a hidden wealth of architectural, engineering and historic buildings nestled around the city.

Trike bike

Melbourne Animal Rescue
Melbourne Animal Rescue Incorporated (MAR) is a not-for-profit organisation in Melbourne, Australia. Since our inception in July 2010, we have responsibly rescued and rehoused over 600 dogs and cats.

Cameleon Chain Oiler
Offers hours of riding without having to worry about frequent lubrications. It is crucial to use an electronic and automatic system reknowned for its consistency, stability and durability in extreme conditions. The cost effective aspect is as important to the occasional traveller as it is to the rider who just can’t get enough.

How to make a paracord bracelet

That Futon Bed I Have

mid-set 2 Was purchased from Back To Bed.

I’ve been very happy, good quality and great price.

When I moved, I lost the bolts which connects the headboard to the base.

Back To Bed Store - St Kilda So I gave the St Kilda store a call, explained the problem, and they said they would get back to me.

A day later they called back and said they had some, and I could have them for the price of FREE.

Very happy.

On having a Mind Like Water and STOPing

125314079_art-poster-print---zen-moment---artist-colin-anderson--- As part of the Getting Things Done methodology, David Allen talks about the martial arts concept of having a Mind Like Water.  I was talking to a friend the other day about it.  I mangled the quote at the time Jules, so here is the actual quote:

Imagine throwing a peddle into a still pond.  How does the water respond?  The answer is, totally appropriately to the force and mass of the input; then it returns to calm.  It doesn’t over-react or under-react.
- David Allen

Zendictive has a better version of the parable.  And some advice on controlling feelings.

From Zen Psychiatry, the STOP acronym:
Stop when you realise you’re about to get hijacked by your reaction.
Take a Breath
Observe how your body is reacting.
Proceed when you’ve done the first three (STO)

Old versions of Samba, and Windows Vista / 7 / 8

samba-logo-v1-200x154 The customer reported a problem with our Windows 7 desktop.

Unable to delete the top level folder with Windows 7, but it works with Windows XP.  It must be something you’ve done to Windows 7.

Ok, well the “must be something you’ve done to Windows 7” was unspoken, but that’s where they going to next.

I admit I didn’t do a whole lot of investigating.  In fact all I did a simple Google search “samba vista top level folder”, and the answer is that it was fixed in Samba release 3.0.24.  Which was released SEVEN YEARS AGO.

“Why didn’t you do a lot of investigation?”, I hear you ask.

Because I’m aware that the version of Samba that the customer is using, is so old, it doesn’t even support encrypted passwords.