The Real (and Virtual) Adventures of Nathan the IT Guy


February 10, 2011  8:08 PM

Exchange 2003 Troubleshooting Tips



Posted by: Nathan Simon
75GB, Backup Exec, database limit, DCDIAG, exchange database won't mount, Exchange Server 2003, netlogon service, Recipient Update Services error, Veeam Backup, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server Backup

Here are the First two things to check.

1.) Space Available; is there any space left where the Exchange Databases are? If not free up some space!
2.) Has the database hit its Limit? For Exchange 2003 its 75GB (with the registry modification)

If it’s neither of these you have to start looking at the domain as a whole.

Remember that EVERYTHING is tied together, if Exchange isn’t working, it could very well be a Domain Controller issue!

First thing to do would be to run a DCDiag, if this fails you have issues. The most likely cause would be the Netlogon service is paused or stopped. Restart it, and then restart the exchange Server. Re-run DCDiag to verify that all is well

If none of the above solutions help, the database could be corrupt, wherein you would have to utilize eseutil to find out of the DB is in fact corrupt. At that point let’s hope you have good backups be it Veeam, Backup Exec, or Windows Server Backups.

Good Luck

-NS

February 10, 2011  4:53 AM

Sandy Bridge Port Flaw Strikes!



Posted by: Nathan Simon
ASUS P8P67 Deluxe, Intel, Sandy Bridge flaw, SATA 3G, SATA 6G, system degradation

That is correct, my ASUS P8P67-Deluxe SATA 3G ports failed me. Just after about a month of ownership and within the last 3 days, my system degraded to the point where it would stall every 50 seconds for over a minute! Since i knew about the SATA port flaw, I was able to move my hard drives over to the SATA 6G ports, which apparently are not affected. Well lucky for me, everyone was right, my system is now back up and fully functional. You can count me in as being the first to get a replacement board. That and I have to get my hands on a couple 6G hard drives, may as well take advantage of the through put.

-NS


February 3, 2011  8:59 AM

Sandy Bridge SATA Port Flaw



Posted by: Nathan Simon
ASRock, ASUS, core i5, core i7, flaw, Gigabyte, H67, LGA 1155, microprocessors, MSI, P8P67 Deluxe, Sandy Bridge, sandybridge sata port flaw, SATA 6G, Serial ATA-600

So you all heard the news, that there is a minor flaw in the new Sandy Bridge mainboards, I for one am not currently affected. I am using more than just SATA ports 0 and 1, but I do not have any SATA 6G devices, I will definitely take part in the mother board swap as I want to make sure I get the best experience possible.  Here is a small insert from Xbitlabs.com. I also included a statement from ASUS, that links to an open letter to its customers on the issue and how they will proceed in rectifying the situation.

The four largest manufacturers of mainboards in the world said that they would take actions to ensure that the flaw discovered this week in Intel Corp.’s latest 6-series chipsets will not affect end-users. As a result, the companies will stop selling mainboards for Intel’s new Core i-series “Sandy Bridge” microprocessors and will either refund the motherboards or will replace/repair them when the error-free chipsets become available.

Firstly, all mainboards makers claim that Serial ATA ports 0 and 1 are not affected by the flaw of the Cougar Point design and should work just fine in Serial ATA-600 mode. The ports which performance can degrade over time are SATA ports 2, 3, 4 and 5. Secondly, all Serial ATA ports that are powered by a third-party controller will also work absolutely fine. Thirdly, despite of the fact that the SATA-related issues are not going to occur shortly, makers of mainboards are planning to either exchange, repair or refund their mainboards for LGA 1155 processors with P67 and H67 chipsets.

From Asus

“We will provide total warranty services to maximize computing and usability, as each Asus product is delivered with an uncompromising quality pledge,” wrote Asus on an open letter to customers.

What I can say right now, as an early adopter, is that I am thoroughly impressed with Sandy Bridge and the new Core i5 and i7 processors. The fact that only SATA ports are affected, I can safely continue to run my Asus P8P67 Deluxe Mainboard until April and enjoy all that is Sandy Bridge.

-NS


January 31, 2011  3:15 AM

Process Explorer v14.01



Posted by: Nathan Simon
cpu usage, DLL, Mark Russinovich, microsoft, network, open handles, sysinternals, Task Manager

If you haven’t heard of Process Explorer you have been hiding under a rock! It is very handy for looking at processes, who the process belongs to, and what DLLs are bound to those processes. Process Explorer can be a direct replacement for task manager, its especially handy with Windows XP as the task manager is quite minimal. Windows 7 borrows some of Process Explorers features, if you’ve bothered to compare the two. Below is an insert from Systinternals highlighting the updates.

This major update to Process Explorer adds a slew of enhancements and new functionality including network and disk monitoring, an improved multi-tab system information dialog, additional memory statistics, a new column that shows aggregate CPU usage for a tree of processes, improved DLL scanning performance and accuracy, command-lines in process tree tooltips, support for more than 64 CPU systems, and more.

Click here to download and read more about this wonderful little app.


January 29, 2011  5:07 PM

PSP2 or NGP



Posted by: Nathan Simon
3g, Call of Duty, Hideo Kojima, Metal Gear Solid 4, Next-Generation Portable, NGP, OLED Screen, Playstation 3, Playstation Portable, PSP2, SixAxis, Sony, vg247.com, WiFi

I know this isn’t exactely my standard technical article, but it shows just how much power they can cram into such a small unit. Meet the PSP2 or what Sony is calling “Next-Generation Portable” I doubt the name will stick, its just too vague and not really applicable, as what would they call the PSP3, the Next-Next Generation Portable… see what I mean? Anyways, Sony says that the PSP2 is as powerful as the PS3, some would say they need proof, well they got it. Hideo Kojima, ran demos Metal Gear Solid 4, LittleBigPlanet, Resistance, and Killzone. Here is a small insert from vg247.com

It’ll have two analogue sticks, front and rear touchpads, a 5-inch OLED screen, 3G, WiFI, SixAxis motion controls, an eject button on the back and a physical media slot.

Hideo Kojima detailed the system in five key points: a revolutionary control system, location-based entertainment, social connection, augmented reality features and PS Suite compatibility.

So there you have it, a true “Next-Gen” Portable device, no confirmation on pricing though. Its expected to be release in Japan for the holiday season, your guess is as good as mine as to when it will be release here, but I’d say 6-8 months after Japan, maybe more.


January 29, 2011  4:51 PM

HP Elitebooks



Posted by: Nathan Simon
8540w, 8740w, Hewlett-Packard Co., HP, HP EliteBook 8740w, Virtualization, vmware

Maximum PC has a nice review on an EliteBook 8740w, while this beast of a notebook isn’t for everyone, it definitely plays in the space of high end developers, designers, and Senior Systems Engineers.

With features squarely aimed at businesses that require a color-accurate display, such as graphic-arts production and medical imaging—as well as less-than-forgiving work environments, such as a factory floor—there is little doubt why the 8740w is considered a mobile workstation. This also goes a long way toward explaining a price tag that starts at $3,000. Powered by a 2GHz Intel Core i7-920XM processor, with 8GB of 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM, a 320GB 7,200rpm hard drive, and an Nvidia Quadro 5000M GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, our eval unit cost a hefty $5,290.

I myself have an 8540w, while it doesn’t share quite the power of the 8740w, its built in the same design. My Laptop is a Core i5 with 6GB of ram, and an Nvidia Quadro video adapter. It has more than enough gusto to get any task i need done, including VMware Labs. At least it didnt cost as much as the 8740w! Check out the full review with pictures here.


January 25, 2011  2:05 PM

Kinect Hacked!



Posted by: Nathan Simon
CNET, hacked, homebrew, iPod touch, Kinect, microsoft, Microsoft SDK, xbox 360

That 150$ piece of equipment could be your portal into the future of all gaming. Microsoft was once opposed to the idea, and they aren’t fully comfortable with it yet, but a couple Microsoft Representatives were quite impressed with what the community was doing on its own.

So far, hackers have figured out how to get the Kinect to do all kinds of things Microsoft never imagined. Here, we see a still from a video showing a hacker who rigged a Kinect to an iPod Touch in order to control the hit game Angry Birds with hand gestures. (CNET)

Once the Microsoft SDK is out, we will see an uprise in homebrew applications and programs. Does this mean I should pick one up soon? :)

Read the full story here.

-NS


January 24, 2011  12:31 AM

Windows 7 Service Pack 1



Posted by: Nathan Simon
microsoft, Technet Roadmap, torrent, unofficial, Windows 7 Service Pack 1

Its out there, the RTM anyways. Its not official and the easiest place to get it is from a torrent site, although I would caution against downloading, if you are keeping up with your updates you won’t find too much new in this release. This just confirms that Microsoft is very close to releasing it officially, I think I will wait!

You can read all about the Service Pack release here at Technet Roadmap for Windows 7.

-NS


January 24, 2011  12:16 AM

10,000,000,000th Apple App Store Download



Posted by: Nathan Simon
App Store, Apple, CNET, itunes, Paper Glider

There is a funny story behind Apple hitting an amazing target. After a young British girl downloaded the 10,000,000,000th application, “Paper Glider”, they received a phone call from Apple, the mother thinking it was a prank phone call, promptly hung up on the Apple representative. The girls were furious with their mother, as the prize was a credit for 10,000 iTunes dollars. If you think about it, you could download quite a bit of music and apps with that. Here is an insert from the CNET Article.

So who could be surprised when Gail Davis, a woman in Orpington, England, picked up the phone, listened to someone offering her a prize, and immediately replied, “Thank you very much; I’m not interested”?

The only problem was that the caller really was someone from Apple and Davis really had won a prize. For her household was, indeed, the one from which the 10 billionth app had been downloaded from Apple’s app store.

She did call back and got a help desk representative that was less then helpful, in the end though, Apple did call her back and the family did receive the prize.

All if well in the world again :) Go here to read the full story.

-NS


January 19, 2011  3:13 AM

Core i5 2500k and the ASUS P8P67-Deluxe



Posted by: Nathan Simon
ASUS, core i5, Core i5-2500k, Core i7 950, Intel, P8P67 Deluxe, Sandy Bridge

Well I told you all that I would be getting the new Sandy Bridge, and I did! I bought a Core i5 2500k processor and an ASUS P8P67-Deluxe Mainboard, along with 8GB of Corsair Dominator Memory. Cost me about $650.00 with taxes. And let me tell you, what a great purchase.  My processor when clocked at 3.9Ghz turbo boosts to 4.6Ghz, when running a Sisoft Benchmark, my processor almost bests a Core i7 950 at 3.5Ghz, it wins because of having 8 threads, whereas the Core i5 has raw Ghz.

All of my games have taken a huge jump in framerate, around 75%. My XFX 8800GT is holding it back, next purchase will be a DirectX 11 video card.

Intel you did it again!

-NS


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