Outlook cached mode can cause problems…

Have you had the problem where Outlook sits there, forever, waiting to “update current folder”. I recently had this problem when changing an Outlook 2007 client to HTTP over RPC. After I made this change, weird stuff started to happen. No problem I thought. I will use scanpst.exe and attempt to scan the file. In the past, this has been where most of these sorts of problems lie. This was quite a large file, 3.5gb. After this had completed and still didn’t work, I started scratching my head a bit. What would cause this to happen?

After a bit of testing, I found that turning cached mode off let the folder update. I then proceeded to delete every file out of the Outlook folder (under local settingsapplication datamicrosoftoutlook) apart from the ost file and archive folders.

This fixed the problem. This is the first time I’ve come across this so I thought I’d share.

Cisco UC520, dual-line can be annoying…

When configuring dual line on an ephone, this causes incoming calls to register as beeps while you are on call. This causes problems as the customer at the other end of the phone cannot clearly hear you.

There is a solution. You need dual-line to be able to transfer calls. What you need to do is stop the second call and make it go to voice mail. This is done by doing the following:

config t
ephone-dn xx dual-line
no huntstop
huntstop channel
end

The no huntstop command allows calls to continue to hunt to other ephone-dns if this one is busy or does not answer. The huntstop channel command disables call hunting to the second channel of this ephone-dn if the first channel is busy or does not answer.

Hope this helps.

WebGL in Firefox nightly builds, demoed with 3D Spore model

Firefox’s latest nightly trunk builds now include a working implementation of WebGL, an emerging standard that seeks to bring 3D graphics to the browser. An impressive demo shows how WebGL can be used to display interactive 3D models in an HTML Canvas.

WebGL is the future. If you want a demo, grab the new Firefox or Google Chrome browser.

http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2009/09/webgl-in-firefox-nightly-builds-demoed-with-3d-spore-model.ars

Google brings Chrome’s renderer to IE with browser plugin

Google plans to drag Internet Explorer into the world of modern Web browsing with a new open source plugin that will inject Chrome’s renderer and JavaScript engine into Microsoft’s browser.

Who would have thought? Hopefully this takes off.

http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2009/09/google-brings-chromes-renderer-to-ie-with-browser-plugin.ars

Microsoft Server 2008 Foundation

Microsoft Foundation Server 2008

Microsoft have released a new operating system designed for the small business. Wait, don’t we already have one of those?

Microsoft Server 2008 Foundation is aimed at businesses with 15 employees or less. It’s an OEM product that only comes with new machines sold by either Dell or HP (at time of writing). Another thing to note are the artificial limitations placed on the OS.

  • 15 users maximum
  • Limited to 8gb of memory
  • Visualization disabled

At the same time it does have one benefit. It’s a very cheap Terminal Server.

The OS is upgradable to other versions of server 2008, but what is the point? I can guarentee that by the time this happens, the hardware will be out of date, or the hardware simply won’t be able to be upgraded significantly to improve the performance of the server with the upgraded operating system.

The biggest problem with Foundation is its lack of Exchange. What business operates without email these days?

I love Microsoft products, but this sounds like a knee jerk reaction to a slow uptake on Windows 2008 Small Business Server and will ultimately fail. Watch this space…

Lets just hope this is an April Fools joke.

Cluster Validate Error for Duplicate IP Addresses? Teredo may be the Culprit!

Having issues with networking in a 2008 cluster? Could be Teredo.

Verifying that there are no duplicate IP addresses between any pair of nodes.
Found duplicate IP address fe80::100:7f:fffe%13 on node node1.contoso.com adapter Local Area Connection* X and node node2.contoso.com adapter Local Area Connection* X.

Follow the instructions found here.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Update Rollup 2 Bugs

There are a number of small bugs with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Update Rollup 2. Since they are quite hard to spot I’ve decided to spell some out here. If you know of anymore, please let me know.

Download Update Rollup 2

  1. Corruption of web.config.
    Solution: Delete web.config and rebuild app
  2. Corruption of certificates.
    Solution: Re copy certificate
  3. System jobs not working.
    Solution: See point 1 and 2. Fix is not very obvious. You can use advance find under system jobs and select the message column to find the exact error.

New Zealand Blackout (Section 92 Copyright Act)

New Zealand's new Copyright Law presumes 'Guilt Upon Accusation' and will Cut Off Internet Connections without a trial. Join the black out protest against it!Support your fellow New Zealander and help get rid of this stupid law which comes in to effect later this month. Section 92 gives copyright holders the power to accuse people of copyright infringement without any proof! This law needs to be repelled.

Section 92 of the Copyright Amendment Act assumes Guilt Upon Accusation and forces the termination of internet connections and websites without evidence, without a fair trial, and without punishment for any false accusations of copyright infringement. We should speak out against injustices like Guilt Upon Accusation being done in the name of artists and protecting creativity.

http://creativefreedom.org.nz/blackout.html

Windows 7 maye be free…

In a statement to Betanews this afternoon, a Microsoft spokesperson refrained from explicitly denying that it would offer Windows 7 as a free upgrade to some Vista owners.

“Microsoft often explores options with our partners to determine product offerings,” the Microsoft spokesperson told Betanews. “We are not announcing anything new at this time.”

It would certianly be a good move since I’d expect the adoption of Windows 7 will be very slow.

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