Google Sync made possible through patent license with Microsoft

As it turns out, Google did not develop a calendar and contacts synchronization platform all on its own. Rather, it licensed Exchange Server patents from Microsoft, in a deal that company is describing today as an “open” license

This is very important.  Microsoft is now sharing protocols.  Interesting to see what happens next.

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When offline files go bad… [Offline files recovery]

Interesting situation. A few days ago I had a customers machine that had been pulled off a domain without syncing the offline files. These files had no been synced for a good 1.5 years. Ouch. Anyway, to cut a long story short, we had to recover a few GB of offline files to a new machine. Is this possible? Well yes it is. CSCCMD.exe is a command line executeable which comes on the Windows 2003 resource kit.  Extended commands for csccmd.exe are here.

Here is how to do it:

Instructions:
1. Copy c:windowscsc to folder to the new computer
2. On the new computer select the start button and click on run. Type cmd.
3. Type csccmd.exe /enable
4. Type csccmd.exe /EXTRACT /RECURSE /TARGET:c:recovered_files

CSCCMD.exe Download:
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Error installing .Net v3.5 SP1

Many users have reported that they are having problems installing .net 3.5 SP1 or .net 3.0. There are many issues that can cause this problem. After much testing we have found the best way to fix this problem is to run the .net cleanup tool and install .net 3.5 SP1 once it has finished. We recommend removing all .Net versions on your system unless you specifically need one.

[Update: This can also be caused by IIS being installed. If you do not require IIS, uninstall it then try installing the .Net 3.5 SP1 framework again]

Instructions
1. Run .Net Cleanup Tool
2. Remove all versions of the .Net framework from your computer
3. Restart your computer
4. Install .Net Framework 3.5 SP1

.Net Cleanup Tool [500kb]
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Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 Boot Strap Install [2MB]
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Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 Full Install [250MB]
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Applies To
Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows Server 2000
Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2008