The musings of an IT Consultant


January 31, 2011  6:31 AM

Issues with ActiveSync?

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks, in this day and age, making sure ActiveSync is working is important since most of the coolest phones out there depend on it!

Well it should come as no surprise that administrators sometimes have problems getting it to work properly. Now one of the most common things people can run into is if they implement a redirect wrong. Sometimes a redirect will be implemented in IIS that can cause issues with ActiveSync.

So if you think you have checked everything and still can’t get ActiveSync to work with your phone, then check on IIS and make sure you’ve done your redirects properly to make sure they are not interfering using host headers.

-RP

January 31, 2011  5:43 AM

IPv4 Exhaustion

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So as you know more and more people are predicting the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses. This has been something that a lot of people have disagreed about for a long time. However most of the experts now agree that the date is approaching.

According to experts we will see complete exhaustion of IPv4 in 2012. That is not that too far away. This means IT people need to be thinking about investing in IPv6 capable hardware and developing plans for their networks.

You can read more about IPv4 exhaustion here.

-RP


December 31, 2010  9:57 PM

BrightGauge

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So there is a new product in the MSP market that is coming soon called BrightGauge by BrightGauge Software.

What is it? Apparently it’s software that integrates with both Kaseya and ConnectWise and allows you to put your client communications/alerts/tickets under one pane of glass from what I can tell. If this product does what it says it can, then it will be a valuable tool for MSP’s indeed.

As one who uses Kaseya and ConnectWise I am very interested to see what they have to bring to the table. Apparently with BrightGauge you have features such as a bulletin board to easily see all client communications, detailed gauges of your client’s IT health, as well as reports and tickets.

You can read more about it here.

-RP


December 31, 2010  9:49 PM

Windows Phone 7 and development

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So now with Windows Phone 7 out, the whole mobile community is abuzz. Will Windows Phone 7 be the next Android/iPhone killer?

Well in order for that to happen, they will definitely need to build the software support base that both Android and iPhone have. Currently both Android and iPhone are ruling the market with the tons of apps available out there.

However rumor has it that Windows Phone 7 doesn’t have the same level of support from the user community as of yet. This doesn’t mean it won’t happen, it just means it might take some time to gain ground. After all the phone was just recently released. I think Microsoft has done a great thing with Windows Phone 7 and if it can gain community support it will make for yet another great choice for consumers.

Here’s hoping for some great competition in the 2011 year!

-RP


December 31, 2010  9:44 PM

Why are you still using a non smart phone?

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! Here’s something I have oftened wondered about people in the IT field. Why are you still using a non smart phone?

All over the place I see network techs using normal cell phones with out any “smart” functionality. It would seem with the plethora of options available today that it would make sense to buy one. Especially seeing how smart phones make a network admins life so much easier in their day to day jobs.

I suppose one reason is they don’t want their employers to have a reason to get a hold of them via email all the time. :) But other than that, the smart phone is one of those things that can free you from the desktop/notebook. With a smart phone you can do so many things. For those of you that don’t have one yet, I urge you to give it a try! iPhone, Windows Phone 7, Android, BlackBerry – pick your poison and get with the times!

-RP


December 31, 2010  9:24 PM

Cheap web filtering

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! As you know, web filtering is usually an add-on feature you have to pay for in most firewalls. If you want to block certain websites you have to buy the feature.

This seems really silly since it is such a commonly used feature. However there is an easier way. You could subscribe to OpenDNS and use their web filtering capabilities. Instead of managing expensive appliances in your organization, you can just centrally manage OpenDNS.

OpenDNS might not be a solution for everyone but it definitely has it’s place in the market. You can read more about it here.

-RP


December 31, 2010  9:20 PM

HP and 3PAR

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So unless you have been hiding under a rock, you know that earlier this year HP acquired 3PAR. What is 3PAR?

3PAR is one of the leading storage vendors in the enterprise market today. Their solutions are perfect for virtualization and the cloud strategy. With HP’s acquisition, they are perfectly poised to knock out the competition with the 3PAR offering.

You can read more about 3PAR here.

-RP


December 31, 2010  8:58 PM

Having network traffic flow issues?

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! One of the common problems people run into in their networks is when they have many switches of multiple brands interconnected across their network with many loops.

This can sometimes cause a lot of issues in the way traffic flows across the network. This can cause network slowdowns and even outages. How does one resolve this?

Well the first thing to look at is your architecture and ensure that everything is connected properly without any unnecessary connections. Then you also need to look at how you have spanning tree configured or if you have any inferior switches connected in your network that could be causing issues. It also helps to be running the same vendor for your switching if possible, all though mixed vendors is possible with careful planning and configuration.

Following these steps will go a long way to have a stable network!

-RP


December 31, 2010  8:45 PM

Are we stuck with BlackBerry OS?

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! As you know BlackBerry is still using the good ol’ BlackBerry OS on all it’s mobile devices. The question is for those of us that want more is are we stuck with it?

The BlackBerry OS is good as far as the old days are concerned but in my opinion the new QNX OS on the PlayBook is way better. This is something RIM really has to take advantage of to survive in 2011.

Well according to the rumor mill, RIM is going to eventually replace the BlackBerry OS with QNX OS on it’s mobile devices. If it does this, it will come a long way towards retaining the loyalty of BlackBerry users.

-RP


December 31, 2010  8:25 PM

Orion NPM

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So in the world of IT, a common question is – what do you use for network monitoring?

Well there are a lot of products out there that can be used, that will work just fine, both open source and commercial. However there is one product I am especially partial to. Orion NPM from Solarwinds.

Orion NPM is a great product for network monitoring and it covers all sorts of features such as virtualization as well as wireless. Orion also has a new mobile feature to allow mobile views for monitoring.

You can check it out here.

-RP


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