This is one of the BEST explanations of wireless networking issues I’ve ever seen. Take a look and share with your business partners. Education is a the best sales tool.Read More
We are a big fan of hosted exchange around here, it’s the not-so-secret sauce that makes everything sync no matter which device or computer you have. Sometimes our clients need or want to have their own server in house, and when that happens we need to do a migration.
In years past, all migrations were done manually, on the client side and it was not an easy task. These days we have more options thankfully. One of our favorites is migrationwiz.com – the options sound so E A S Y and in most cases, it’s an effortless migration. You simply build a “connector” which contains the “how to” for the source server and the destination server. For example, you would enter the Outlook Web Access or OWA credentials for the source server, in this case the source server is Exchange 2007 from Lanlogic and the owa address is mail.myhostedexchange.com. The destination server is an SBS 2011 Standard on-premise installation with a standard url for OWA of remote.domainname.com/owa
We have enabled autodiscover using an SRV record, per Dave Shackelford’s excellent blog post at http://www.thirdtier.net/2011/06/setting-up-autodiscover-for-sbs-2011/ and for the most part, everything went very smoothly.
The issue we are troubleshooting is that in certain contacts both on OWA and client side have the EMAIL ADDRESS field hyperlink REMOVED, and therefore when you try to send mail to that contact, you get a useless pop-up error ”An Outlook Address Book entry cannot be used as an email address in a contact”
The contacts that are particularly affected also appear in the new “suggested contacts” folder (which is supposed to be the replacement for the .nk2 autocomplete functionality of prior versions of Outlook). By the way, Microsoft has never fully documented the process of .nk2 conversions or lack thereof to the new suggested contacts feature. Especially lacking is the information about how to move this from one profile to another.
This is incredibly frustrating. Is it a client side issue, server side issue, attributable to the differences in Exchange 2003 vs. Exchange 2010, or is it on the migrationwiz.com end of things? Migrationwiz says it’s a client side issue and refers us to http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office_2010-outlook/getting-an-error-message-when-sending-mail-an/f0334df7-df48-e011-8dfc-68b599b31bf5?msgId=ecf6e37d-5b7d-4c5c-a4ed-9f37f50d55da&tm=1340255100486.
We vehemently disagree since we can still see the original data on the source OWA server and the email address field is intact.
As you might imagine, the client is not too pleased with this issue and is clamoring for a fix.Read More
I thought you might be interested in a webinar about cloud networking from Meraki, one of my favorite networking companies. Quite a few of my other customers rely on Meraki’s expertise, and if you attend the webinar you get a free Meraki access point.
Meraki makes next-generation wireless and wired networks that are managed over the web, and their webinars include a live demo of the cloud management platform.
I think Meraki would be a good match for you. You can sign up for a webinar here:http://www.meraki.com/company/webinars?ref=JZGXRF
Let me know what you think!
– Jessica DeVitaRead More
I’m combining what I do professionally with what I do philanthropically, developing materials, industry and advocacy outreach, and skill based programs to teach professional women who are willing to mentor other women. These programs will help them develop professional skills in IT, and will also help them learn self-confidence. I create events and programs for women, and speak publicly to companies, schools and universities
As a woman in the IT field, I’ve long been conscious of the unique challenges of this environment, and I’m interested in ways in which we can get more women to consider IT as a career and in mentoring students who are beginning their journeys as IT professionals.
I truly appreciate being put in touch with other people who share my passion for this cause, as I’m looking to make giving back a bigger part of my business and my life.Read More
Fake security Skype scam. This Skype call came in this afternoon. Fortunately I had my iPhone handy and recorded the whole thing. Take a look. Hopefully reporting it as abuse and blocking the call will help.Read More
Did you know that you could purchase insurance for data loss? Should you?
It depends. I believe in educating our clients about their risks as I see them, not just computer risks, but all of their vulnerabilities. I think that in our industry there is a surprising lack of regulation, especially given the critical information we see everyday.
I recommend that you give quite a bit of thought to your IT person, going so far to do a background check on them. It’s a reasonable and safe step until we can work for better certifications and regulations.
Here are a few certification authorities that test for technical knowledge. But there are NO recognized authorities to test for soft skills and general decency.
CompTIA (A+ and Network+ certifications)
Is TechEd North America too far away? Do you not have the training and travel budget you hoped for this year? Maybe you are looking for a local event that more than one of the IT Pros in your company can attend… Look no further - TechDays SF is on March 22nd and 23rd, located in downtown San Francisco. Don’t miss out on this great event for IT Professionals!
Speakers and Topics will include:
- Stephen Rose (Microsoft) – Windows 7 Deployment; Windows 8 Client
- Harold Wong (Microsoft) - Exchange 2010 and Lync
- Joey Snow (Microsoft) - How the Cloud will Impact IT Pros
- Chris Avis (Microsoft) - System Center
- Mark Minasi (Microsoft MVP, Author)- 10 Things to Know about Windows 2008 R2 Server; Windows 8 Server
- Darren Mar-Elia (Microsoft MVP, Author) - Best Practice for Group Policy Design
- Jason Helmick (Author) – Powershell Beginner and Advanced
- Richard Hicks (Microsoft MVP) - DirectAccess; Microsoft Forefront
- Steven Evans (Microsoft MVP) - IIS 7 for IT Pros; Windows Failover Clustering
- Chris Henley (Veeam Software, Author) – Backup Solutions
- CA Callahan (Author) - SharePoint
… And many more, check out our speakers (http://techdays.org/speakers) and session abstracts (http://techdays.org/techdays-sf-sessions/) for more information. This fabulous two-day line up is only $300 if you sign up now. Register at www.techdays.org, early bird pricing ends soon!
So my husband @wx13 and I were discussing open source software. This became especially poignant during the apparent selling of our search history by @google
Super lame move btw, because I loved their products and was a big fan and promoted the bejesus out of them. No mas free advertising from me.
Below I list the software recommendations we came up with and how it can be used to make your #privacy more functional.
Might I suggest autohotkeys for open windows?
chrome browser: only for gmail and online banking and where ever you want cookies and stored passwords (it’s okay if google knows that you’re a bankofamericagreedybastards customer because the session is SSL so it’s not like they know how poor you are LOL).
firefox: with noscript addon for regular browsing (no script is critical here).
set firefox to clear your cookies at the end of each session.
windows pager for multiple desktops … work vs. personal and separation of those tasks.
IT Professional colleagues,
Pacific IT Professionals is hosting a 2 day IT Professional conference in San Francisco March 22 and 23rd called TechDays SF. We have a great lineup of speakers to present on current topics that IT Professionals won’t want to miss.
The speakers include Microsoft MVP’s Mark Minasi, Richard Hicks, Jessica DeVita, Jennelle Crothers, Steve Evans, Darren Mar-Elia and many more distinguished presenters. In addition, from Microsoft we will have Stephen Rose, Joey Snow, Chris Avis and Harold Wong.
Session abstracts are being posted as they become available. The conference agenda shows all the topics being covered for example, Best Practices for Group Policy Design, Beginner and Advanced PowerShell, Windows Failover Clustering and 10 Things to Know about Windows Server 2008.
To register for this incredible conference, please click here. The 2 day multi track conference is just $300 US dollars if you register before March 6th, after that it goes up to $400. We bring the best IT Professional speakers and content to the SF Bay Area so come join us for two packed days of IT knowledge!
Ed Horley, Co-Chair
Jennelle Crothers, Co-ChairRead More
A poll for my readers:
Have you tried Office 365?
If no, are you thinking about trying it soon?
If yes, are you happy? Are your users happy?
What issues are you facing transitioning folks from desktop editions of Office?Read More