The ranting of an IT Professional:

October, 2008

October 29, 2008  5:32 PM

Windows 7 inspired by OS X

Posted by: Jason Tramer
IT professional, OS X, Windows 7

So here is an interesting article. I will give Microsoft credit, they figured out they were going in the wrong direction, better late then never i guess.  Being successful these days is difficult and really requires sticking to...

October 28, 2008  2:49 PM

Vendor Knowledgebase’s

Posted by: Jason Tramer
IT professional

This is a mixed bag if I have ever seen one. Some vendor's out there have knowledgebase's so concise and breeming with information in a well indexed and easily searchable manner that it makes me want to compose a song in their honour. Some vendors however have knowledgebase's so empty, or jammed...

October 28, 2008  2:32 PM

Useful Utility for BES – HandheldCleanup

Posted by: Jason Tramer

I encountered an odd issue yesterday. One of my users got a new blackberry, I removed and purged them from the BES and then set them up again for activation. However it would not activate. At first I thought it might be the blackberry but low and behold I was not able to activate them on our spare...

October 24, 2008  3:13 PM

Tough times ahead

Posted by: Jason Tramer
IT professional

I can remember clearly what the IT job market was like before 9/11. It was a glorious time when there were plenty of jobs for everyone. One could even get a job they weren't quite qualified for since employers were so desperate for people. The market was great and employers had disposable income to...

October 23, 2008  2:24 PM

Corrupt PST file when using Robocopy GUI

Posted by: Jason Tramer
PST, Robocopy

So this will teach me a lesson. Yesterday I praised Robocopy GUI, and then I used it. Every single PST file that got copied over became corrupted. Now I am not saying this is because of Robocopy GUI, it might have nothing to do with it, but still I think it's worth mentioning. Lesson is learned...

October 22, 2008  5:16 PM

Robocopy GUI

Posted by: Jason Tramer

While I am usually the first to point out the flaw in things, I am not so cynical that I can't still be impressed once in awhile. For everyone who has ever thought, "man I love the power of robocopy but why does it have be such a pain to use at times", here is something you will enjoy. Robocopy GUI...

October 20, 2008  9:10 PM

Watchguard – Limitation when setting up High Availability

Posted by: Jason Tramer

I don't expect the various hardware and software out there to be perfect, really I don't. However what I do expect is when there is a limitation or problem with a product that the vendor documents it somewhere. It is such a waste of my time to fight with an "issue" for hours on end only to find out...

October 14, 2008  9:55 PM

Blackberry – Calender not syncing on BES

Posted by: Jason Tramer
BES, Blackberry

Here is an issue I dealt with today. A user's blackberry wasn't synchronizing properly. Messages came through fine but not calender items. A check of the BES server showed everything fine in terms of settings. Here was the resolution, go into the blackberry, into calender, into options. Look for...

October 10, 2008  3:51 PM

Unable to log into SQL

Posted by: Jason Tramer
IT professional

Here is the error "An error has occurred while establishing a connection to the server.  When connecting to SQL Server 2005, this failure may be caused by the fact that under the default settings SQL Server does not allow remote connections. (provider: SQL Network Interfaces, error:...

October 9, 2008  7:14 PM

Print spooler issues

Posted by: Jason Tramer
IT professional

I have recently been fighting with a server with issues with the print spooler dying and needed to be restarted very often. I found this article which was really useful in fixing it.

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