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    Re: Moving from Pop Connector to Exchange – which spam filter do you reccomend?

    We use mxlogic.com, whici s now owned by Mcafee. Never had a problem and they give good reports each month to show what they catch.

    We also use GFI inhouse to police the mail server, even though it has only caught 2 items this past year mxlogic let slip through.

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    in reply to: Microsoft Virtual PC or VMWare ??? #349707

    Re: Microsoft Virtual PC or VMWare ???

    This also depends on the job you land after you get your certs.

    Did you want to learn the VM software or just open some machines up? Virtual PC is simple and straight forward.

    If this is to prepare for a job I would learn the big two first (VMWare and Microsoft HyperV). After that I would recommend learning a good open source version.

    In my experience the small business use VMWare (IMO the best support and most information on the internet). Large organizations use Open Source. HyperV is growing fast but some of us (myself included) is reluctant to change as we have already purchased the VMWare licensing and it works great. I still thnk HyperV is too new to the scene to trust in my environment.

    VMWare has a free version (ESXi) to get you started. It lacks hgh end features, but it does not sound like you need any to start.

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    in reply to: Creating a VMWare network with 2 servers and 2 clients #349706

    Re: Creating a VMWare network with 2 servers and 2 clients

    n0cturnAL;243835 wrote:
    Hi there, thanks for your reply!

    While I’m not entirely sure what a “box” is, I’m providing all the available IP configurations.

    “Box” simply means the computer. (think computer box)

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    Re: Not able to connect to vSphere (ESX4) from vSphere VI Client

    Are you using VCenter or just trying to connect to the ESX machine directly?

    There is a common error when connecting to VCenter.

    Remote into the vcenter system and open services. Then look for Vcenter Server and stop and start it (although it is probably already stopped).

    If this fixes your issue there is a kb on how to delay the start of the service.

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    in reply to: Virtual disk won’t boot #349704

    Re: Virtual disk won’t boot

    You could try mounting the volume in another VM and then run “chkdsk /r (mounted unbootable drive letter):”

    —-

    Can you provide any additional information??

    There are so many things you might need to do, but the questions is so vague it is hard to help you.

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    in reply to: copying files from DMZ server to Domain server #349703

    Re: copying files from DMZ server to Domain server

    Ossian;241030 wrote:
    On Windows server some files will only copy when pulled — e.g. ini files, autorun etc.

    I’m a little confused now.

    It seems the copy will get the files regardless (as long as you can access the files with the program you choose, copy vs robocopy etc.).

    I would have recommended pulling rather than pushing as well, but more from the security standpoint of the DMZ is more likely to be broken into then your domain machine and if you place the credentials in the DMZ machine as text you open even more concerns.

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    in reply to: hd size erorr after converting from p2v #349702

    Re: hd size erorr after converting from p2v

    I would definately fix the issue as you will quickly need the ability to move the VM (HA, maint,etc.) and if the partition size is stopping you it is easy enough to fix. If you are running one Host and never plan to change you might be safe, but why not fix a problem now?

    Couple thoughts:
    Run p2v again and change the Hard drive size to something larger (60GB or more). Win 2003 and earlier can use something like partition magic to extend, 2008+ can do this natively.

    If the original machine is gone now you can do a p2v against a VM or you can find a image tool to help resize it. (I have not done this, but a quick google search implies it can be done)

    Best of luck and let us know if you solved it.

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    Re: How to make batch script to write in shared network directory ?

    xcopy does not delete
    net use Z: /delete does not actually delete the file, just the pointer to the mapped network drive (IE: Mycomputer will no longer show Z:)

    Could you be more specific on what you are trying to do?

    What do you mean by no footprint / trace?

    If you are running this from the server itself you could just modify the script to:

    net use Z: [URL=”file://server/sharename”]\serversharename[/URL] /user:username password
    z:
    md %computername%
    ver > z:%computername%Evidence_Basic.txt
    [/CODE]

    How many machiens are you running this on and how far back do you want to keep the logs?

    If they are overwritten everyday you are fine, otherwise I would rename the results filename to be more of:
    DD_Evidence_Basic.txt (Where DD = Day or 19_Evidence_Basic.txt)
    MM_DD_Evide… for a year copy (MM = Month, DD = Day)
    MM_DD_YYYY_Evide… for a forever log

    You could also run this remotely by various methods so the script is not on the computer it ran on.

    Google: Powershell remotely

    Hobie[CODE]
    net use Z: [URL=”file://server/sharename”]\serversharename[/URL] /user:username password
    z:
    md %computername%
    ver > z:%computername%Evidence_Basic.txt
    [/CODE]

    How many machiens are you running this on and how far back do you want to keep the logs?

    If they are overwritten everyday you are fine, otherwise I would rename the results filename to be more of:
    DD_Evidence_Basic.txt (Where DD = Day or 19_Evidence_Basic.txt)
    MM_DD_Evide… for a year copy (MM = Month, DD = Day)
    MM_DD_YYYY_Evide… for a forever log

    You could also run this remotely by various methods so the script is not on the computer it ran on.

    Google: Powershell remotely

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    in reply to: Skip error in BATCH file and continue to next command. #349700

    Re: Skip error in BATCH file and continue to next command.

    You might want to add /WAIT to the start line:

    start “” /WAIT cmd.exe /C …….

    Otherwise all 4 sql calls should run at the same time, which might cause issues with other users in the system.

    Usually won’t matter, but ti depends how often you do this.

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    in reply to: CDO.Message Windows 2008 Server #349699

    Re: CDO.Message Windows 2008 Server

    Resolved:

    I found out Outlook 2010 no longer uses CDO and it is removed during installation. I had to remove 2010 and reinstall 2003. Once Outlook 2003 was reinstalled the activex was restored.

    (According to Microsoft CDO is removed from 2007 as well)

    I’m sure there is a way I to make it work, so if anyone knows I appreciate the information. Unfortunately I did not have time to play with it.

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    in reply to: DNS Suffix Search Order #349698

    Re: DNS Suffix Search Order

    I found this with a little help from my friend google: (Modified to fit you existing code)

    Let me know if this works for you or not and I’ll see what else I can find.

    *NOTE* The array needs to have each item in quotes (“Item1″,”Item2″,”Item3”,etc)

    Const ForWriting = 2
    On Error Resume Next

    arrComputers = Array(“Sever1”, “Server2”)

    Set objFSO = CreateObject(“Scripting.FileSystemObject”)
    Set objReport = objFSO.CreateTextFile(“dnsreport.csv”, ForWriting)

    objReport.WriteLine “Server Name,IP Address,Preferred DNS,Alternate DNS”

    For Each strComputer in arrComputers
    Set objWMIService = GetObject(“winmgmts:\” & strComputer & “rootcimv2”)
    Set colNetCards = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
    (“Select * From Win32_NetworkAdapterConfiguration Where IPEnabled = True”)
    For Each objNetCard in colNetCards
    For Each objAddress in objNetCard.IPAddress
    strIP = objAddress
    Next
    Next

    For Each objNicConfig In colNetCards
    If Not IsNull(objNicConfig.DNSDomainSuffixSearchOrder) Then
    For Each strDNSSuffix In objNicConfig.DNSDomainSuffixSearchOrder
    strDNSServerSearchOrder = Join(strDNSSuffix, “,”)
    Next
    End If
    Next
    objReport.WriteLine strComputer & “,” & strIP & “,” & strDNSServerSearchOrder

    Next

    objReport.Close
    [/CODE]

    TechNet Link: [url]http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee692588.aspx[/url]
    Hobie[CODE]
    Const ForWriting = 2
    On Error Resume Next

    arrComputers = Array(“Sever1”, “Server2”)

    Set objFSO = CreateObject(“Scripting.FileSystemObject”)
    Set objReport = objFSO.CreateTextFile(“dnsreport.csv”, ForWriting)

    objReport.WriteLine “Server Name,IP Address,Preferred DNS,Alternate DNS”

    For Each strComputer in arrComputers
    Set objWMIService = GetObject(“winmgmts:\” & strComputer & “rootcimv2”)
    Set colNetCards = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
    (“Select * From Win32_NetworkAdapterConfiguration Where IPEnabled = True”)
    For Each objNetCard in colNetCards
    For Each objAddress in objNetCard.IPAddress
    strIP = objAddress
    Next
    Next

    For Each objNicConfig In colNetCards
    If Not IsNull(objNicConfig.DNSDomainSuffixSearchOrder) Then
    For Each strDNSSuffix In objNicConfig.DNSDomainSuffixSearchOrder
    strDNSServerSearchOrder = Join(strDNSSuffix, “,”)
    Next
    End If
    Next
    objReport.WriteLine strComputer & “,” & strIP & “,” & strDNSServerSearchOrder

    Next

    objReport.Close
    [/CODE]

    TechNet Link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee692588.aspx
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    in reply to: Skip if field is blank #349697

    Re: Skip if field is blank

    You just need an IF statement:

    If strFax “” then
    objSelection.TypeText “Direct Fax: ” & strFax
    End If

    [/CODE]

    If the strFax is NOT Blank (equal to “”) then add the string.

    Hobie[CODE]
    If strFax “” then
    objSelection.TypeText “Direct Fax: ” & strFax
    End If

    [/CODE]

    If the strFax is NOT Blank (equal to “”) then add the string.

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    in reply to: Database backups and recovery methods #349696

    Re: Database backups and recovery methods

    Simple means you can only restore from the last Full Backup.

    If the data is important you should probably stay with FULL.

    That said, you can limit LOG growth by backing up the Logs periodically.
    IE: Instead of “Backup Database ….” You use “Backup Log ….”

    Good article: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/three-recovery-models-for-backing-up-your-sql-server/5034808

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    Re: How can I create a VMware machine from a Norton Ghost 2003 (old, DOS based) backu

    I found a link that converts the GHO file to a VMDK file.

    Link: http://www.symantec.com/connect/articles/converting-image-file-format-gho-vmdk-and-vmdk-gho

    Once you copy it I would recommend taking Dumber’s advice and delete all the drives from the system and install VMTools.

    Hope it helps!
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    in reply to: Cisco CLI VS "Cisco" (Linksys) GUI #349694

    Re: Cisco CLI VS "Cisco" (Linksys) GUI

    First things first: Setup the router as in the documentation. Linksys is PrePackaged with a consumer proof install. (much easier that a cisco).

    Next: Setup Port forwarding.

    In your example you are just forwarding FTP, so just open the web browser and login to the device and open the port to send FTP to the inside IP Address.

    Google Search found the manual at : http://www-europe.cisco.com/en/US/docs/routers/csbr/rv220w/administration/guide/rv220w_admin_v1.0.1.0.pdf

    Page 84 explains how to setup the firewall rules.

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    in reply to: Search for .doc files. #349693

    Re: Search for .doc files.

    Unless I am misunderstanding:

    You can create a compressed file (IE: zip) from a list of file names stored inside a file.

    Example:
    zip -a somefilename.zip @files.lst

    Where files.lst is the text file with names of all the files to include.

    Any compression program can do this without any extra programming.

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    in reply to: ESX i 4.1 – Smbios #349692

    Re: ESX i 4.1 – Smbios

    The UUID is a 128-bit integer. The 16 bytes of this value are separated by spaces, except for a dash between the eighth and ninth hexadecimal pairs.
    A sample UUID looks like this:
    56 4d ef 2d 3f d4 14 e2-2e 04 c5 34 3a ec ee 65
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    You can change it to anything you want (within the guidlines above), but I’m not sure why you would want to unless you are trying to get around a software activation of some type.

    Perhaps you should post your code and we can try to assist you write your statement to work with a “-” code.

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    in reply to: Suggestions for new forums #349691

    Re: Suggestions for new forums

    Wired;234363 wrote:
    Personally coding is a bit outside the scope of the forum (aside from the scripting forums we already have). Not sure if IIS would need its own forum. Don’t recall seeing a ton of them here.

    I’d like to see more higher level IT stuff, like more policy talks, or high level steps to set up a new company’s infrastructure, or the best way to do backups under various scenarios. Some of those ideas are probably best as single articles, others could be forums, or at least brought up more often in the Misc area.

    I like the idea of a Management Area [IT Policies, Access Levels, etc] and I like the idea of Backup and Archiving. I’m not sure we are ever done with the Backups and archiving strategies as the infrastucture continues to expand.

    How about a section for IT Conferences to discuss upcoming events and past events, Costs and strategies for who in the organization should attend (IE: Tech Levels, specialties, etc.) It would be a great way to network beyond the keyboard and get to know others in the community.

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    in reply to: 1 powerfull or 2 less power machines for labs #349690

    Re: 1 powerfull or 2 less power machines for labs

    A few thoughts:

    1) Get a basic Raid controller and put a few drives in raid 10 or raid 5 to increase your IOPs
    2) How is your VM setup? How many processors are being used / RAM?
    3) How do you connect to the machine? I found if I RDP into my machines the performance is MUCH better than running from the web console (I use vsphere)

    Keep in mind VMWare defaults to use the CPUs as single core (IE: if you say use 4 vCPUs you get 2.4Ghz(1 core)x2.4Ghz(1 core)x2.4Ghz(1 core)x2.4Ghz(1 core) and SQL Server (depending on version) may only be using the 1st vCPU. So in this demonstration you may be getting only one 2.4Ghz chip even if the VM is using 4 vCPUs.

    You can fix this by modifying the config file (Link). You can setup your server to use 4 CPUs as a single 4 Core single procesor instead of 4 single core processors.

    To see how the different verisions of SQL Server use the processor go to (Link). It also has commands to verify what CPUs are working with the SQL program.

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    in reply to: ntbackup problem #349689

    Re: ntbackup problem

    This is probably really simple.

    You have selected to backup “Everyone’s Document and Settings” Folders.

    Based on your initial post I am assuming this is not a Terminal Server and just a File Server. If this is true then the files will not be in the “Documents and Settings” folder structure.

    If you have a share setup (Perhaps D:Data or something similiar) just backup that folder and call it a day.

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    The Document’s and Settings option is intended for actual logged in accounts and not file shares (c:Documents and Settings).

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    in reply to: Exchange 2003: No access from second subnet #349688

    Re: Exchange 2003: No access from second subnet

    Got it working..

    Turns out my replication issues where not 100% solved.

    Once I fixed replication (I could not figure it out quickly so demoted and promoted the servers back) exchange worked again.

    let me know what you would have done to troubleshoot.

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    in reply to: Exchange 2003: No access from second subnet #349687

    Re: Exchange 2003: No access from second subnet

    Some additional information:
    If I go into Control Panel, Mail and setup the exchange account the following happens.
    FQDN = a popup asking to login into “username” (IE: login into Hobie) and eventually fails
    IP = a popup again, but once I enter the information it replaces the IP with FQDN name. It says everything is successful, but when I open outlook it never connects.

    I tried to bypass DNS by placing the exchange FQDN in my Hosts. file but still did not work.

    Thanks again!
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    in reply to: Exchange 2003: No access from second subnet #349686

    Re: Exchange 2003: No access from second subnet

    Some additional information:

    The exchange server is a VM inside VMWare, I moved the exchange server to a datacenter and changed the IP address of the exchange server.

    As stated above I think DNS is fine as nslookup works from all my DNS servers.

    The move process was pretty smooth, The VM sits on an EMC device that is replicated to another site (datacenter). I turned off the VM and waited for replication to finish. I switched the replication and mounted the NFS to my Datacenter VMs. I then added the VM and booted it up. The machines are identical that the system runs on and I only have to fix the IP settings and adjust DNS.

    Outside email works fine, but vpn email is the challenge.

    Thanks,
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    in reply to: Exchange 2003: Some users cannot delete messages #349685

    Re: Exchange 2003: Some users cannot delete messages

    Quick FYI –

    The system appears to have fixed itself.

    I’m not sure if I fixed it inadvertently or what happened, but now everyone can magically delete again.

    There is another issue I am working on and it might have fixed this (Active Directory replication).

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    in reply to: Exchange 2003: Some users cannot delete messages #349684

    Re: Exchange 2003: Some users cannot delete messages

    I run full backups each evening for both servers (although the original is pretty empty right now).

    It looks like a permission issue.
    I can delete files, anyone in the domain admin group can delete items but everyone else is still having issues.

    Is there a way to copy all settings from one exchange to another or does anyone know where I might look to find and fix the permission issues?

    Thanks,
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    Re: Exchange 2003: Cannot connect to Port 25 from a seperate subnet

    Simon –

    Thank you!!

    I’ve been so busy with the move of the new equipment I completely forgot my Exchange servers go out a different gateway. Luckily this is changing as well so I moved the exchange gateway change up the list to fix this issue quicker.

    Thanks!!

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    in reply to: Computer list un //domainname (multiple sites) #349682

    Re: Computer list un //domainname (multiple sites)

    When I go to Network Places and pick Entire Network it only shows devices that are in the current subnet.

    All systems show in AD snap-ins.

    The problem is really only one of conveinence, but if it is possible to show them all I would prefer to see everything on the network when I view “Entire Network”.

    Thanks,
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    in reply to: Grey Screen After login to console session #349681

    Re: Grey Screen After login to console session

    Do you have your server reboot at a regular interval?

    I’ve found BackupExec likes to get “stuck” and never lets go of the RAM. The job finishes correctly for me, but the next job would fail.

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    in reply to: MAPs Pack question (Licenses) #349680

    Re: MAPs Pack question (Licenses)

    To qualify to subscribe to Action Pack Development and Design, your organization must be enrolled as a Registered Member of the Microsoft Partner Network. If you are not a member, enroll now.

    Your business may qualify for Microsoft Partner Network membership if it falls into one of the following categories and sells more than 75 percent of its products and services to customers outside your company:

    IT consulting services provider
    Independent hardware vendor (IHV)
    Independent software vendor (ISV)
    Large account reseller (LAR)
    Original equipment manufacturer (OEM)
    Software support provider
    System builder
    Systems integrator
    Software training provider
    Value-added IT provider (VAP)
    Value-added reseller (VAR)
    Web designer
    Web marketing agency
    Software hoster

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    in reply to: MAPs Pack question (Licenses) #349679

    Re: MAPs Pack question (Licenses)

    While I consider myself a tech weenie (so much to learn) we are a management company that has changed to be an IT company in the last 3 years.

    We basically run the backoffice for doctors (Citrix, Exchange, Web Design, Hosting, PBX systems, Medical Records, etc).

    I applied for the Developer pack as our latest venture is creating an Electronic Medical Record system which we sell to outside organizations as their own or we host it for them.

    The whole thing is such a large grey area and almost anyone could qualify for it.

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