The ranting of an IT Professional


June 10, 2010  4:16 PM

Refresh the available user list on BES 5



Posted by: Jason Tramer
4, 5, add user, BES, GAL, refresh list

With BES version 4 you could refresh the list of available users by simply closing and reopening the desktop manager. Not so in BES 5. Here is what you need to do.

Check to see if the Blackberry Mail Store service is running.  To update the list on demand , expand BlackBerry Solution Topology then Component View then click Email and click Refresh available user list. This will update your available user list and you can then add your new user normally.

June 3, 2010  7:48 PM

ASA: unable to reserve port 443 for static PAT



Posted by: Jason Tramer
443, 5505, ASA, HTTPS, NAT, unable to reserve port 443 for static PAT

Just got this error when configuring an ASA, took me a bit to figure out what the issue was.

When trying to create a static NAT rule with port 443 you get the error:

unable to reserve port 443 for static PAT

The issue was that under Management access, ASDM access was granted on the Outside interface. Since ASDM runs over HTTPS that was the issue. As soon as I removed that rule I was able to create my NAT without issues.


April 21, 2010  7:37 PM

Cisco completes Tandberg offer!



Posted by: Jason Tramer
Cisco, SCCP, Tandberg, UC, Unified Communications

A long time coming, but awesome news none the less.

http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/2010/corp_041910.html?sid=BAC-NewsWire

I have it on good authority that Cisco has a lot of plans already on how to integrate this into their existing UC line. The best part is that Tandberg devices already support SCCP so it will be very very easy to tie this in with Unified Communications.


April 21, 2010  7:34 PM

Mcafee causing system crashes



Posted by: Jason Tramer
mcafee, svchost.exe

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/21/mcafee_false_positive/

Fair to  say I have never liked Mcafee, in fact I have always quite disliked it. At previous organizations I have worked for that used Mcafee I found there were always issues with a new virus came out, it never just worked smooth. Well not that you needed it but here is another reason to loathe mcafee, the most recent mcafee update causes a false positive on svchost.exe.

Good Jorb Mcafee!!


April 3, 2010  1:47 PM

CCVP Bootcamp – Final Day



Posted by: Jason Tramer
bootcamp, ccprep, CCVP, CIPT1, CIPT2, cvoice, QOS, TUC

First off, let me just say that I am sorry I stopped updating this blog daily but with classes 6 sometimes 7 days a week, thirteen hours a day, followed by 4-5 hours of additional study I lost my will to blog, I almost lost my will to live!

However it is the final day and I have good news. First piece of good news is that I am going home tomorrow and I get to see my wife and my friends and family and get to make sure they are still alive and stuff. :)

Second piece of good news is that my time here was not in vain, I learned a ton which is more important than passing exams. That being said I still managed to pass three while I was here: CVOICE, CIPT1 and QOS.

That means that after I get home and take an extended rest I only have to worry about two more exams CIPT2 and TUC and I got my CCVP!

This was very likely three of the most challenging and stressful weeks of my life. If you are considering doing a bootcamp and you really want to get the most out of it, be prepared to work extremely hard and make personal sacrifices. That being said I think CCPrep was a great school, the instructors were very good and knowledgeable and the staff was very helpful and accommodating.

Good luck to everyone who is considering a bootcamp, because you are going to need it :)


March 28, 2010  12:58 AM

CCVP Bootcamp: Day 13



Posted by: Jason Tramer
CCVP

Well I finished the courses for Cipt1 and Cipt2 and I am writing both exams tomorrow! Maybe brave, maybe foolish, only time will tell on this one.

I really enjoyed this part of the bootcamp, far more so than Cvoice. There was a ton of practical work and the labs were really great. One of the nice things about attending an instructor-led course is the best practices you learn particularly when your instructor has a lot of “real world” experience with what they are teaching. Books will often tell you what you can do but a lot of times they don’t always tell you what you should do.


March 25, 2010  12:53 PM

CCVP Bootcamp Day 11



Posted by: Jason Tramer

I rewrote my Cvoice exam today and passed! That is a nice weight off my mind, now to start preparing for Cipt1 and Cipt2. Yeesh, it never ends.


March 25, 2010  3:06 AM

CCVP Bootcamp – Day 10



Posted by: Jason Tramer
bootcamp, CCVP

So we have just about finished up CIPT1 today, we will be wrapping it up tommorrow morning before moving onto CIPT2. I am really CIPT1 far more than Cvoice, much more practical and less theory. I am going to be writing my CIPT1 exam this Sunday.

The difficult thing I have been finding is the way the different routing comes together. On their own, Route patterns, translation patterns, partitions and calling search strings aren’t that difficult to understand but when you incorporate all of them at once it gets to be a bit of a jumble.

I’m sure I will figure it all out, just got to wrap my oh so tired brain around it


March 22, 2010  11:26 AM

CCVP Bootcamp – Day 7



Posted by: Jason Tramer
bootcamp, CC, CCVP, Cheesecake Factory, CIPT1, cvoice, P

So sadly I didn’t pass CVOICE though I will be retaking it in a few days. Tough exam I have to say as prepared as I felt I suppose I wasn’t prepared enough. All I can say is if you are writing this exam, try to know Gatekeepers and UBE as best as you can.

Moving on though, we have moved onto CIPT1. I am really excited to finally actually start working on UCM itself. Day one of CIPT1 is complete and I am very excited.

On a side note, if anyone at senior management level of the Cheesecake Factory is reading this, you guys rock and please bring your chain to Winnipeg, Canada.


March 19, 2010  1:47 AM

CCVP Bootcamp – Day 4



Posted by: Jason Tramer
CCVP, CV, cvoice, MGCP, srst

Ok it’s official I am now dreaming about Cisco VOIP, this is what 12 hour classes followed by 5 hour independent study does to you.

In any case we finished the material for CVOICE today, and I am writing my exam tomorrow morning.

Here is my tip of the day, if you are using UCM, for the love of God do not run your gateways on MGCP, no good can come from this. Take my word on it, MGCP fallback is no substitute for SRST.


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