The Real (and Virtual) Adventures of Nathan the IT Guy

March 2, 2011  5:35 AM

Outlook Web App is Blank!

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I did a fresh install of Exchange 2010 Service Pack 1, even when checking the box to install all prerequisites, it still apparently doesn’t install “RPC over Proxy” which breaks OWA.

Run these commands in Power Shell to fix. Best to just copy and paste into Powershell 🙂

Import-Module ServerManager

Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework,RSAT-ADDS,Web-Server,Web-Basic-Auth,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-Metabase,Web-Net-Ext,Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console,WAS-Process-Model,RSAT-Web-Server,Web-ISAPI-Ext,Web-Digest-Auth,Web-Dyn-Compression,NET-HTTP-Activation,RPC-Over-HTTP-Proxy -Restart


In Server Manager->Features->Add Feature, select to install the “RPC over HTTP Proxy” feature.

Either or will fix the blank Outlook Web App Issue.


February 28, 2011  3:05 AM

Exchange 2010 with Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008R2 SP1

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A couple weeks back posted an update on their blog…

Update 2/11/2011: Windows 2008 R2 SP1 includes the required hotfixes listed in this table — 979744, 983440, 979099, 982867 and 977020. If you’re installing Exchange 2010 SP1 on a server running Windows 2008 R2 SP1, you don’t need to install these hotfixes separately.

If you are wondering what each hotfix did you can check here.

The main thing I am trying to point out is that if you are installing Exchange 2010 with Service Pack 1 on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, you would only need the Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Packs.

The just-released Exchange 2010 SP1 requires the new Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Packs. SP1 setup registers the IFilters with Windows Search. You’re no longer required to run a shell or VBS script, or manually create registry entries to register the Office 2010 IFilters.

Let’s give Microsoft a big hand, for attempting to make life easier on us!


February 28, 2011  1:27 AM

High Speed Packet Access

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True mobility is almost here, free from the constraints of meager 3G networks! HSPA+ will be debuting here in Winnipeg on March 31st. Rogers and MTS Mobility are going to share towers, so all customers benefit from the joint effort put forth. The new network will have speeds up to 21Mbps down.

HSPA increases peak data rate and capacities in many ways.

  • Shared-channel transmission, which results in efficient use of available code and power resources in WCDMA
  • A shorter Transmission Time Interval (TTI), which reduces round-trip time and improves the tracking of fast channel variations
  • Link adaptation, which maximizes channel usage and enables the base station to operate at close to maximum cell power
  • Fast scheduling, which prioritizes users with the most favorable channel conditions
  • Fast retransmission and soft-combining, which further increase capacity
  • 16QAM and 64QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation), which yields higher bit-rates
  • MIMO, which exploits antenna diversity to provide further capacity benefits.

I am not sure, but it can be guessed that the new technology will make 3G connections more solid. Read the full article here.

February 28, 2011  1:21 AM

Intel’s new Thunderbolt Technology

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A new technology that is said to complement USB 3.0 not replace it. Currently available in the new Mac Book Pro. LaCie has also released its Thunderbolt compatible “Little Big Disk”.

Thunderbolt can transmit both raw data and audio-video information simultaneously, using existing DisplayPort and PCI-Express data protocols. With each Thunderbolt port having two data transmission channels, the technology can transmit and receive data at the same time–and at its top speed.

Apparently you can even “daisy chain” up to 7 devices at the same time. If you would like to know more, check this link out.

February 24, 2011  1:19 AM

TS-859U-RP+ Turbo NAS

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Qnap’s Enterprise offering is here, the TS-859U-RP+

I am looking at implementing this as a third party storage unit for Veeam Backups, it should work very well. I am also going to populate the NAS with 8 2TB Enterprise drives for a total of 16 TB Raw!

Here are the details.

Hardware Spec.

CPU Intel Atom 1.8GHz Dual-core Processor
Flash Memory 512MB DOM
HDD 2.5/ 3.5″ SATA I/II HDD x8
HDD Tray 8 x Hot-swappable and lockable tray
LAN Port 2 x Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet port
LED Indicators Status, LAN, HDD 1, HDD 2, HDD 3, HDD 4, HDD 5, HDD 6, HDD 7, HDD 8
USB 4 x USB 2.0 port ( Back: 4);Support USB printer, pen drive, USB hub, and USB UPS etc.
eSATA 2 x eSATA port (Back)
Buttons System: Power button, Reset button
LCD panel Mono-LCD display with backlight and buttons for configuration
Alarm Buzzer System warning
Form Factor 2U rackmount

NOTE: The system is shipped without HDD, for the HDD compatibility list, check here.

February 24, 2011  1:11 AM

Troubleshooting vSphere Performance

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Everyone loves VMware, but when an ESX hosts decides to not work properly, or you are seeing sluggish performance where do you turn? Either VMware technical support or the Internet. Well a colleague of mine passed this on to me.

The hugely popular Performance Troubleshooting for VMware vSphere 4 guide is now updated for vSphere 4.1 . This document provides step-by-step approach for troubleshooting most common performance problems in vSphere-based virtual environments. The steps discussed in the document use performance data and charts readily available in the vSphere Client and esxtop to aid the troubleshooting flows. Each performance troubleshooting flow has two parts:

  1. How to identify the problem using specific performance counters.
  2. Possible causes of the problem and solutions to solve it.

Check out the full article here.

February 20, 2011  9:49 PM

Intel Plans for Growth

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Even with its Sandy Bridge flop, Intel is going to build a new plant. This plant will introduce the 14nm production process to the world. It is said to create 4,000 new jobs.

The new Arizona factory, designated Fab 42, will be the most advanced, high-volume semiconductor manufacturing facility in the world. Construction of the new fab is expected to begin in the middle of this year and is expected to be completed in 2013.

Intel invested over 5 billion dollars in the Production Plant they call Fab 42. They hope to complete construction by 2013.

February 15, 2011  2:07 AM

Motorola Atrix 4G

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The game changer of phones? Here is a phone that can do it all, including the ability to dock, so it can be used as a netbook!

With its advanced dual-core processing technology, MOTOROLA ATRIX™ 4G puts the power of a PC in your pocket. The MOTOROLA ATRIX 4G features webtop, a web-based application that, when paired with a compatible accessory docking station, truly mobilizes your desktop. Use webtop and the optional docks (sold separately) to surf the Internet with a Mozilla Firefox® browser and Adobe® Flash® Player; create and edit documents; and, access your photos, music and movies on a large screen virtually anywhere. It’s the power – and experience – of a PC in your pocket.

Check out some of the specs…

1GHz Dual Core

up to 16 GB on board

qHD (960 x 540)

up to 32 GB microSD


WCDMA 850/1900/2100, GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSDPA 14Mbps (Category 10) Edge Class 12, GPRS Class 12, eCompass, AGPS SENSORS

I think a phone that has 2 processor cores, up to 48GB of memory, 14Mbps HSDPA, and great screen resolution(960×540), running Android OS will be a great competitor with the likes of the Apple iPhone and Windows 7 Phone.

I’m pretty impressed with all the new phones out there, now if only they could learn a thing or two about batter life from RIM… sigh… check out the Motorola Atrix here.


February 15, 2011  1:55 AM

Dell Inspiron Duo Tablet

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The Dell Inspiron Duo Tablet, basically its a tablet that converts into a netbook with all the bells and whistles, including touch capabilities!

“Dell is changing the shape of computing, with products that usher in new experiences and allow people to stay connected to each other and the content they love from almost anywhere,” said Sam Burd, vice president, Dell Consumer, Small and Medium Business Product Group. “The new Inspiron duo’s dual purpose delivers one-touch access to great content and yet offers the functionality of a full keyboard for more intensive applications. We’re excited to offer such an innovative and unique design to our customers.”

Here are the technical specifications.

Intel® Atom® Dual Core N550 (1.5GHz/1MB cache)

Operating System
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium


Intel® NM10 Express Chipset

Video Card
Integrated Intel® NM10


10.1 inch display (1366×768)

Audio and Speakers
2 X 1W speakers for total of 2W standard

Hard Drive
Up to 320GB7 SATA hard drive (7200RPM)

29Whr 4 cell battery, captive factory replaceable
Up to 3 hours and 57 minutes of battery life

Built-in 1.3 megapixel Webcam

Wireless 802.11b/g/n

Wi-Fi Options:
Wireless 802.11b/g/n/ Bluetooth 3.0 Combo Card

Wireless 802.11b/g/n / Bluetooth 3.0 combo Card (Optional)

Ports, Slots & Chassis
Externally Accessible
(1) Microphone
(1) Headphone
(1) SIM card slot
(2) USB 2.0
(1) AC adapter connector

Touch Screen
Capacitive Multi-touch technology

Dimensions & Weight
Width: 11.22″ (285.0mm)
Height: 1.03″ (26.2mm) front – 1.13″ (28.7mm) back
Depth: 7.66″ (194.5mm)
Starting weight of 3.39 lbs (1.54Kg)

As I still own an Acer Aspire One, i dont feel the need to go out and buy a netbook until they improve the resolution and really bump up the processor. Technology is moving there, can’t wait for a netbook with some Sandy Bridge technology inside!


February 11, 2011  6:11 PM

Conditional Call Forwarding on iPhone 4

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If you opted to not get a voicemail plan, you can forward your calls to a land line. Here is how you can do it!

To setup “Call forward if busy”, simply dial *67*[another phone number]# and tap “Call”
To setup “Call forward if not answered”, simply dial *61*[another phone number]# and tap “Call”
To setup “Call forward if unreachable”, simply dial *62*[another phone number]# and tap “Call”
Deactivate Call Forwarding To deactivate “Call forward if busy”, simply dial #67# and tap “Call”
To deactivate “Call forward if not answered”, simply dial #61# and tap “Call”
To deactivate “Call forward if not reachable”, simply dial #62# and tap “Call”


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