Public Folder Recovery when Deleted Item Retention does not work in Outlook

I ran into a problem today where Outlook gave me an error when attempting to recovery a public folder from deleted item retention that was deleted by a user.  The error was…

Outlook was unable to recover some or all of the items in this folder. Make sure you have the required permissions to recover items in this folder and try again. If the problem persists contact your administrator.

It turns out that you can get around this error by recovering the folder via webmail.  Just use the following URL to show items in deleted item retention and restore from there…

http://<servername>/public/<path to parent folder>/?cmd=showdeleted&btnClose=1

Standardized Outlook Signatures…For FREE

Well, apparently 10 bucks a user isn’t cheap enough for some people, so I had to figure out a cheaper (read: FREE) way to push out standard signatures to our users. It doesn’t make sense to create signatures for each employee by hand, and I can’t really trust users to follow directions in an e-mail telling them what signature they have to use, so what we have here is a completely automated way to push out a standardized company signature to your Outlook 2003 users leveraging the information you have in Active Directory.

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