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Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 crash on Windows Server 2003

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We had just installed some extra RAM onto a Terminal Server running Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x86 (32-bit). We had also enabled Physical Address Extension with the /PAE boot.ini switch.

Following these changes Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 failed to start. Each time we loaded Outlook, it would crash complaining of a failure in outlook.exe, module mspst32.dll

We fixed this issue by installing Office 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3).

According to this Microsoft KB article adding the /PAE switch was to blame.

Synchronize Windows with a Linux ntpd server

I have a Windows Server 2008 DC and I wanted to use my internal time server on a linux box running ntpd.

After a little hunting around, I found the command required to set Windows up to use the correct time peer.
w32tm /config /update /manualpeerlist:"0.pool.ntp.org,0x8 1.pool.ntp.org,0x8" /syncfromflags:MANUAL

After making this change, you need to restart the Windows Time Service by issuing the following 2 commands,
net stop w32time
net start w32time

If you have problems, first make sure the Windows Time Service is enabled.

This works with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008.