The ranting of an IT Professional


April 15, 2009  6:28 PM

A review of the Cisco ASA 5505



Posted by: Jason Tramer
ASA5505, Cisco, firewall, WatchGuard, X10e

I deal with a lot of small business’s and branch offices and up until now we generally have been promoting the Watchguard X10e for their firewall needs. However I have recently been very impressed with the Cisco ASA 5505 for this business space. Its got great functionality, robustness and the price point is far cheaper then I think most people might realize. For 10 user license pack CDW is retailing a unit a 414 dollars! For a Cisco partner such as my company we can usually do even better.

April 7, 2009  5:35 PM

Epic Technology Day – April 21st, 2009



Posted by: Jason Tramer
Cisco, Citrix, epic technology day, HP, seminar, vmware

For those not familiar with this event, my company hosts a bi-yearly technology day seminar. It’s a great free event with lots of interesting and informative seminars presented by companies like Cisco, VMware, Citrix, HP and others.  The next one is coming up on April 21st in Winnipeg and the 23rd in Saskatoon.

If you are going to be in one of these area’s you should register to come and take a look

Go here to check out the seminar list and to register:

http://www.epic.ca/events.asp


April 7, 2009  1:52 PM

MS To Keep XP “Downgrades” in Windows 7 Era



Posted by: Jason Tramer
downgrade, Windows 7, XP

http://www.electronista.com/articles/09/04/07/ms.to.keep.xp.downgrades/

This is what you call “hedging your bets”. This will be a great product which revolutionizes the market but in case it flops we won’t totally shoot everyone in the foot. Nice. Way to believe Microsoft, way to believe.

In truth though, I am running Server 2008 64 bit on my laptop with the desktop experience on and it runs fantastic WAY better then XP ever did. If Microsoft can just do the same thing with Windows 7 they may actually have a success here.


April 3, 2009  6:29 PM

Unable to join domain “The network location cannot be reached”



Posted by: Jason Tramer
DNS, NetBIOS, TCP/IP, The network location cannot be reached, Unable to join domain, WINS

I got this error when joining a windows XP to the domain. I ensured that DNS resolution was working fine.  After some testing I determined that the issue was NetBIOS resolution.

An Ipconfig /all showed that there was no WINS server address (even though DHCP should be giving one out) and NetBIOS over TCP was showing as disabled. I manually enabled this and added a WINS server address but another Ipconfig /all showed no change. Ok so the TCP/IP stack got corrupted, no biggie, easy to fix by removing the NIC drivers and re-adding them forcing Windows to create another stack but this leads into the rant.

Why do I need NetBIOS resolution to join an XP machine to the domain when I have DNS resolution? Why do I need NetBIOS resolution at all? NetBIOS resolution  was crap 10 years ago and it’s even crappier and less necessary now. NetBIOS resolution is the tonsils of the network world. The worst part is that when NetBIOS resolution breaks you don’t even get a week off of school and all the ice cream you can eat.


March 30, 2009  3:57 PM

Conficker exposed!



Posted by: Jason Tramer
Conficker

I have always said that people work best when working under a time line and that the best work gets done in the 11th hour.

Proving my theory correct just a 36 hours before Conficker’s malicious code is set to activate (April 1), the virus has finally been cracked.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/03/30/conficker_signature_discovery/

Read more about it.


March 30, 2009  3:37 PM

CCA baby!



Posted by: Jason Tramer
1y0-259, cca

I just wrote my first citrix exam 1y0-259 Citrix Xenapp 5 for windows server 2003 administration and I got a 95%!

The one thing I will note here is that in comparison to microsoft cert exams I found this very easy. Unlike MS who trys to trick you where there is the “right answer” and the “microsoft answer”, I found the citrix exam straight forward and easy. Don’t get me wrong you still need to know the material but you don’t need to try and dicipher the “code of the exam” nor do you have multiple right answers which might be right, nor do they give you questions which 4 paragraphs of usually BS but you have to scrutinize carefully because one sentence of it contains the trick for the question.


March 28, 2009  11:13 PM

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4 for Outlook cannot be installed on a computer where Microsoft Exchange Server versions prior to Exchange Server 2007 are installed



Posted by: Jason Tramer
Exchange, microsoft CRM, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0

I got this error while trying to install the outlook plugin for Microsoft CRM on a terminal server. The terminal server was definitely not running Exchange.

To fix this you need to get rid of a key in the registry.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Exchange

You can export it, do the install and import it back if you need but it needs to be gone for the install to work.


March 19, 2009  5:15 PM

Win a free XBOX!



Posted by: Jason Tramer
contest, free, xbox

The wonderful and fabulous individuals who host my blog are having a great competition where the prize is one of three XBOX’s. Take a look at the contest details here:

http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/itke-community-blog/new-contest-a-trio-of-xboxes-for-our-top-three-users/


March 19, 2009  1:21 PM

Cisco buying Pure Digital



Posted by: Jason Tramer
Cisco, pure digital

Here is a link to the article:

http://www.cbc.ca/money/story/2009/03/19/cisco-puredigital.html

During a global economic recession Cisco is acting in a very aggressive manner, buying up a company, investing in others, trying to enter new markets like Blade servers and Mail Exchangers. This could work out really well for them. History has shown that in the down times the cream can rise to the top and strong companies with the right people, products and ideas can really prosper and flourish and snatch up the market share that everyone else is loosing ….

Or they will completely and uttlerly fall on their butts. Time will tell.

Good luck Cisco


March 18, 2009  1:46 PM

Blackberry – Missing seperate icon for secondary mail account



Posted by: Jason Tramer
BES, BIS, Blackberry, mail, missing icon, Missing seperate icon for secondary mail account, Service books

If you have a blackberry that has been activated on a BES server and then set up a BIS email account as well you will get a second mail icon on your blackberry that is just for your BIS account.

However if you ever need to wipe and reactivate the blackberry the second mail icon will not automatically reappear and all mail for both BES and BIS will flow into the one mail folder,

To get the second icon back just go into Email Setup on the blackberry. Log into your BIS account and select the option to “Resend Service Books”, this will resolve the issue.


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