The musings of an IT Consultant:

September, 2008


September 29, 2008  6:24 AM

The virtualization wars are slowly starting to yield some benefits!



Posted by: Raj Perumal
backup, backup agents, Backup Exec, ESX, ESXi, Hyper-V, Microsoft, Symantec, Symantec Backup Exec 12.5, virtual, virtual machines, Virtualization, VMWare, windows agent

So this just in. Just in case if you were still wondering if there was anything to the virtualization mantra that is being constantly recited through the IT community, Symantec has announced that you no longer need to purchase individual Symantec Backup Exec agents for each guest OS that exists on...

September 29, 2008  6:09 AM

BlackBerry Javelin? I want one!



Posted by: Raj Perumal
8900, BES, BlackBerry Javelin, Bold, RIM

So you may have heard about the pending new BlackBerry called the Javelin from Rim. I want one! A BlackBerry with the keyboard of my Curve but with a higher resolution than the Bold? I'm all over that!  Unfortunately I hear it won't support 3G but that's the rumor for now. Apparently it will...


September 27, 2008  3:12 PM

Problems moving disabled Exchange 2003 mailboxes to a new server…



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Article ID 278966, Associate External Account, Associated External account, disabled accounts, Disabled mailboxes, Exchange 2003, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278966, Mailbox Rights, Microsoft support, move mailbox wizard, msExchMasterAccountSID, Q278966, SELF, SID, Windows 2003

Here's an interesting problem that will come up for you from time to time when doing Exchange server migrations. If you go to move mailboxes using the mailbox migration wizard built into Exchange, you'll find that the wizard will fail on moving any mailboxes that have had their Active Directory...


September 22, 2008  4:42 AM

Paul Chan is leaving VMWare



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Hyper-V, hypervisor, Microsoft, Paul Chan, Vice President of Product Development, VMWare

Hi folks, this just in from the VMWare world. Paul Chan, Vice President of Product Development at VMWare is hitting the road! This guy has been working for VMWare for 7 years and is now finally leaving the company. Considering the recent shakeup at VMWare with Diane Greene, former CEO, what does...


September 22, 2008  4:26 AM

BlackBerry announces support for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Asterisk, BlackBerry, BlackBerry support for Microsoft Office Communication S, IM, instant messaging, IT consultant, Jabber, Microsoft OCS 2007, Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007

So BlackBerry just announced support for Microsoft OCS 2007. What does this mean to us? This means greater support and integration between BlackBerry and Microsoft products. One of the greatest things missing in my opinion from the BlackBerry suite of software is interoperability with other...


September 15, 2008  2:02 PM

Changing the Service Console IP address in VMWare ESX Server



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Change IP address, change service console IP address, ESX Server, IP Address, service console, Service Console IP, VMWare, VMWare ESX Server

Hi folks, have you ever setup ESX server and set the IP just to find out later that it's taken and you have to change it? I have, and I have to say I hate it when that happens. Luckily there is an easy way to resolve this. With the proper command line commands you can quickly change the IP...


September 12, 2008  2:22 PM

RIM announces new BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220……stay away



Posted by: Raj Perumal
BlackBerry 8220, BlackBerry Pearl Flip, flip 8220, Pearl 8220, RIM

BlackBerry has announced a new phone again. It's a new flip version of the BlackBerry Pearl. My advice....stay away! I have had the "pleasure" if you can call it that of supporting the old BlackBerry pearl phones for my clients and I have to say I hate them. If for no reason other than they seem...


September 12, 2008  2:14 PM

How to enable address lookups for individual companies in Hosted BES environments



Posted by: Raj Perumal
BES, BlackBerry, global address list, hosted BES, HostedServer, multiple global address lists, registry, restrict lookups to one global address list

Sometimes when you are hosting a BES server in an environment where you are hosting multiple domain names on a single BES server you need the ability to separate global address list lookups. You wouldn't want people in one organization looking up contacts from another organization. There is a...


September 8, 2008  3:44 PM

Assigning the proper permissions for besadmin on BlackBerry Enterprise Server



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Assigning permissions for the BlackBerry Enterprise Ser, BES, BES administrator, BES permissions information store, BES service account, besadmin, Blackberry Enterprise Server, BlackBerry Enterprise Server service account, Doc ID KB02276, Exchange 2000, Exchange 2003, Exchange 2007, information store, permissions, receive as, send as, service account

Sometimes the problems administrators run into with BES are simply due to improper permissions. The besadmin account (the BlackBerry administrator account) requires certain permissions to do it's job correctly. More often than not we find out that someone has been mucking around with the...


September 7, 2008  11:00 PM

Hyper-V and NIC teaming and Quick Migration



Posted by: Raj Perumal
ESXi, Hyper-V, NIC TEaming, Quick Migration, quick motion, Update 2, vmotion, VMWare

Apparently Microsoft's new Hyper-V product is not compatible with NIC teaming. I hope Microsoft quickly resolves this as not being able to team NICS to provide redundancy in 24/7 servers is a big issue. Also another area where Microsoft seems to be deficient is with Quick Migration. VMWare's...


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