VirtualBox – Microsoft Lync has stopped working

After upgrading to Windows 10 on a virtual machine running inside VirtualBox 5.0, it became evident that Skype for Business was not gonna to start up as normal without a fight. Searching through the Windows event log, the most obvious suspect for this failure turned out to be VirtualBox itself:

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VMware Player – Taking ownership of this virtual machine failed

After Windows 8.1 had performed an unscheduled reboot, I was greeted with the following error message when trying to start up a virtual machine in VMware Player:

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Kane & Lynch: Dead Men – xlive.dll is missing from your computer

Trying to start the game Kane & Lynch: Dead Men from the Steam client on a default Windows 8.1 installation will not work. Furthermore, you’ll get no error message other than the obvious lack of the gameplay.

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The OTRS Group axes the Windows installer

With the release of OTRS Help Desk 4, it seems that running OTRS on a native Windows environment for all intents and purposes is no longer viable. By killing off the Windows installer and recommending migration into the OTRS appliance, the OTRS Group seems to be subtly hinting that OTRS on Windows is dead in the water.

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Outlook.com is silently discarding email messages

A while back I did some consulting work for a small ISP who had received complaints from a few customers that believed they could not use the ISP’s SMTP server to send email to outlook.com or hotmail.com accounts. These customers claimed they never got any bounce message (Non-Delivery Report)  in return, so they firmly believed the problem resided with the ISP.

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How to install Dig on a Windows 8.1 64-bit system

This installation procedure will extract only  relevant libraries and executables from the BIND 9 package, and not install a full-blown DNS server. The installation method is also applicable on Windows 7 64-bit systems.

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BioShock – No in-game sound on Windows 8

I bought BioShock on a Steam sale once upon a time and finally got around to playing it. However, a few minutes into the game I realized that the lack of sound was not due to my character going deaf from an initial explosion.

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VMware Player – How to install VMware Tools on a Slackware Linux guest

I usually prefer VirtualBox for my non-commercial virtualization needs, but since I already had VMware Player 6.0.2 installed on a Windows 8.1 64-bit host I decided go with it for my Slackware Linux 64-bit guest.

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Windows 8.1 update – Sorry we couldn’t complete the update to Windows 8.1

Having a sick day, I jumped at the opportunity to download and install the latest Windows 8.1 release on my Asus ROG Tytan CG8480 Windows 8-based gaming pc. Since the update came at a solid 3.4GB I decided to let Windows handle this one on its own. When I came back to check out my new Windows system, I was informed that Windows unfortunately couldn’t complete the update.

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LibreOffice 3.6 – The selected JRE is defective

After a fresh install of LibreOffice 3.6 on my Windows 7 laptop, I was expecting to get some work done without further delay. As it turns out that was not to be the case.

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