The ranting of an IT Professional


August 24, 2009  6:26 PM

Blackberry Exam BCP-410

Jason Tramer Jason Tramer Profile: Jason Tramer

This Friday I am writing Blackberry exam BCP-410. This exam is for monitoring and managing a BES server in a MS Exchange environment. If I pass I get the Blackberry Certified System Administrator certification which is required by my company as we are a Blackberry partner. Does anyone have any experience with exam? I am having trouble finding a lot of material for this.

August 24, 2009  6:00 PM

Legally unlock your iPhone

Jason Tramer Jason Tramer Profile: Jason Tramer

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/08/24/iphone_legit_unlock_finland/

Check it out. Granted this only works in Europe but good info none the less.


August 20, 2009  1:44 PM

Procurves and bi-directional port mirroring

Jason Tramer Jason Tramer Profile: Jason Tramer

Now I am just go to prefix this critique with the following, I have never designed a switch or am not aware of the total cost to add features to a switch. That being said I have a question for HP, would it really cost that much more to put bi-directional port mirroring into your switches instead of just ingress port mirroring? Is there such a huge cost to it? I mean its already watching packets flow in one direction is it really hard to make it watch the packets go in the other direction?

I mean I can accept that the old 4104 I was working with can’t do it. It doesn’t make sense really that it wasn’t there in the first place but it’s old yeah whatever I get it. However the brand new 1700′s and 1800′s can’t do it. The 2510 doesn’t but the 2610 does? Here is the other issue, your documentation. Both the 1800 and the 2610 say the same exact same thing in regards to port mirroring and yet one does ingress only and the other does bi-directional. I had to go through 3 sales reps to find someone who knew that.

Here is the kicker, every single cisco switch supports bi-directional port mirroring, hell, even in the Cisco/Linksys small business line, for the switches that support port mirroring it is bi-directional not just ingress.

Why HP, why?


August 20, 2009  1:33 PM

Fireware 11 has been released!

Jason Tramer Jason Tramer Profile: Jason Tramer

So in the past I have criticized Watchguard a tad when they constantly give me the answer that my issue is a known bug and will be fixed in the next version …

Well the next version is here! Fireware 11 has been released to the general public. I will get trying it out in the coming days and reporting back here but a quick look in my IT crystal ball tells me that Watchguard will have indeed fixed all those little bugs which plagued my existence for so many months. Before Watchguard draws too much succor from my words I should also point out that my IT crystal ball tells me that I will be soon plagued with a ton of new bugs which won’t be fixed till version 12 comes out.


August 14, 2009  8:55 PM

Setting up Websense on a Virtual machine

Jason Tramer Jason Tramer Profile: Jason Tramer

Ok so I was setting up a Websense VM in standalone mode and there are a few things that you need to do to make this work.

So, part of a Websense implementation includes setting up port spanning/mirroring on a port that connects to you monitor NIC so that it recieves all the traffic from your firewall. In ESX you will need to create a vSwitch for the Websense monitor network and allocate one of your physical NIC’s to to it which will plug into your mirror port on the switch.

The important step in creating this vSwitch is to go into the properties and enable it to act in promiscous mode, if you do not do this then your monitor vNic will not see any traffic.

After that just configure the second virtual NIC on your Websense VM to be a part of your Websense monitor network and Bob’s your uncle.


August 12, 2009  4:42 PM

Microsoft ordered to stop selling Word

Jason Tramer Jason Tramer Profile: Jason Tramer

Huge news!

http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2009/08/court-gives-microsoft-60-days-to-stop-shipping-word.ars

This could have huge repercussions for Microsoft.  I don’t think this is nail in the coffin sort of news but they stand to loose a huge amount of money while they adapt to this.


July 31, 2009  3:54 PM

Skype could potentially be shut down

Jason Tramer Jason Tramer Profile: Jason Tramer

Check this out:

http://www.theage.com.au/technology/biz-tech/shock-threat-to-shut-skype-20090731-e3qe.html

Huge news here, Skype is used by a lot of people. If this were shut down it would leave a huge hole in the market for another company to come in and swoop up this business. If competitor’s were wise they would already be planning for this possibility ….


July 30, 2009  9:43 PM

What is the C:\windows\csc folder?

Jason Tramer Jason Tramer Profile: Jason Tramer

This question came up from a coworker of mine who was working on a machine where the above folder was 20 GB’s in size. I had never heard of it and I didn’t have on myself which caused us to think spyware or virus right off the bat.

After further research we found that CSC stands for Client Side Caching, and those files are created when you enable the “Offline Files” setting in windows.


July 29, 2009  8:23 PM

Windows 7 – Cracked product key

Jason Tramer Jason Tramer Profile: Jason Tramer

Check this out:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/07/29/windows_7_product_activation_cracked/

You know, its stuff like this that forces legitimate users to have to put up with crap like high licensing costs and stuff like Windows Genuine Advantage. On the flip side it’s  high licensing costs and stuff like Windows genuine advantage that causes people to pirate in the first place so I guess its a pretty vicious cycle all around.


July 29, 2009  8:18 PM

CCA for Xendesktop 3.0, exam 1Y0-A14

Jason Tramer Jason Tramer Profile: Jason Tramer

I am writing this exam on Tuesday. Has anyone written it already? What were your impressions of this exam? Any advice on area’s to focus on?


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