The ranting of an IT Professional

October 9, 2009  3:22 PM

BES – Contacts are not sync’ing

Jason Tramer Jason Tramer Profile: Jason Tramer

I have had this issue twice recently with two separate users where there mail and calender items were sync’ing but not their contacts.

This first thing to always check here is that wireless sync of the contact is enabled. In the contacts area go into options, then desktop and make sure Wireless synchronization is set to on.

Assuming that it is then I have found the issue is usually corrupt service books. You can resend the service books from the BES manager. However I have found in these two cases recently that I addition to resending the service books I had to go back into the Contacts options in the blackberry and turn off wireless sync of contacts, save it, and then turn it back on and save again.

This extra step resolved my issue in both cases.

September 30, 2009  1:48 PM

Microsoft Security Essentials – a review

Jason Tramer Jason Tramer Profile: Jason Tramer

Here is a great review for the new Microsoft Security Essentials products:

In reading the review I was actually tentatively impressed ( I will save real positive feelings after i test it myself).

Microsoft unleashing a good product is rare enough but a good product that is free? I am pretty sure the planets must be aligning in just the right way for this to happen.

For those of you who are thinking to yourself “but HyperV is free” please note that in my previous statement I did say free AND good.

September 30, 2009  1:42 PM

Warning message when you start Outlook 2007 and then connect to a mailbox that is hosted on an Exchange 2007: Security certificate is invalid.

Jason Tramer Jason Tramer Profile: Jason Tramer

I encountered this issue when setting up an Exchange 2007 environment. After I installed the SSL cert for OWA all of the users using Outlook 2007 reported that they got a certificate warning when opening Outlook internally.

A co-worker of mine found this support article which fixed the issue and saved my bacon.

When you start Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 and then connect to a mailbox that is hosted on a mailbox server that is running Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, you receive the following security warning message:

The name of the security certificate is invalid or does not match the name of the site.

You replace the default self-signed Exchange 2007 certificate with a different certificate.

By default, the URL that is stored in these objects references the NetBIOS name of the server. For example, a URL that resembles the following URL is stored:

This may differ from the host name that is used in the FQDN of the replacement certificate. For example, the replacement certificate may have an FQDN that resembles the following FQDN:

This issue causes a name mismatch error to occur. Therefore, you receive the security warning message when you try to connect Outlook 2007 to the mailbox.

To resolve this issue, modify the URLs for the appropriate Exchange 2007 components. To do this, follow these steps:
1. Start the Exchange Management Shell.
2. Modify the Autodiscover URL in the Service Connection Point. The Service Connection Point is stored in the Active Directory directory service. To modify this URL, type the following command, and then press ENTER:

Set-ClientAccessServer -Identity CAS_Server_Name -AutodiscoverServiceInternalUri

3. Modify the InternalUrl attribute of the EWS. To do this, type the following command, and then press ENTER:

Set-WebServicesVirtualDirectory -Identity “CAS_Server_Name\EWS (Default Web Site)” -InternalUrl

4. Modify the InternalUrl attribute for Web-based Offline Address Book distribution. To do this, type the following command, and then press ENTER:

Set-OABVirtualDirectory -Identity “CAS_Server_name\oab (Default Web Site)” -InternalUrl

5. Modify the InternalUrl attribute of the UM Web service. To do this, type the following command, and then press ENTER:

Set-UMVirtualDirectory -Identity “CAS_Server_Name\unifiedmessaging (Default Web Site)” -InternalUrl

6. Open IIS Manager.
7. Expand the local computer, and then expand Application Pools.
8. Right-click MSExchangeAutodiscoverAppPool, and then click Recycle.


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September 29, 2009  1:39 PM

Training material for the BCP-610

Jason Tramer Jason Tramer Profile: Jason Tramer

So last month I wrote that there was no study material available for the Blackberry Solution Designer BCP-610 exam. I have since found out from Blackberry that they are working on creating the material and it should be out by November from the Element K website (

September 29, 2009  1:37 PM

Repairing an Exchange database that won’t mount

Jason Tramer Jason Tramer Profile: Jason Tramer

Here is a really useful tutorial for repairing an exchange database that won’t mount.

I know of many occasions where this has been required to get Exchange up and going in a crunch.

September 26, 2009  9:12 PM

HP stock set to increase

Jason Tramer Jason Tramer Profile: Jason Tramer

Check out this article:

How you might ask are they doing so well in the midst of economic downturn you might ask? Well it’s simple they cut their employee’s salaries, particularly from the EDS side. Now for all I know these employee’s salaries were bloated and needed pruning in any case, but I am just saying that if you are going to brag about how your profits are increasing maybe it should be from increased sales or better innovation or something like that.

Just saying…

September 25, 2009  1:51 PM

Google releases plugin which turns IE into Chrome

Jason Tramer Jason Tramer Profile: Jason Tramer

Check this out:

Ok now this is just funny. Kudo’s to Google for one, improving a product which so desperately needs improvement, and two, having the balls to actually do this. I commend you!

September 23, 2009  4:35 PM

Migrating to Exchange 2007

Jason Tramer Jason Tramer Profile: Jason Tramer

I recently completed my first migration from Exchange 2003 to 2007.

I found this article really helpful:

Overall I had to say I found the proccess really simple. The install lets you specify your existing exchange environment and auto creats the routing between them.

Migrating mailboxes was a one click seamless move.

Now if I could only figure out where Microsoft moved all the settings I need. Sigh.

September 22, 2009  1:19 PM

MS Office Web

Jason Tramer Jason Tramer Profile: Jason Tramer

Check out this article:

I can honestly say it would really rock the foundations of my world if Microsoft every had an original idea of their own.

September 16, 2009  3:57 PM

Cisco adopting strategies to compete in the small business line

Jason Tramer Jason Tramer Profile: Jason Tramer
IT professional

Cisco is almost synonymous with big business in the network infrastructure market but recently they have really been working to make themselves more friendly to the SMB market.

Here is a good article about that:

Working at a consulting company that is a Cisco partner and has a large focus on small business I find that there are a lot of great Cisco products in the price range my client’s look for.

The ASA 5505 for example is a great little firewall with a lot of good features and price was is right on the mark and  often cheaper then equivalent Watchguard and Sonicwall products. As well the UC500 Integrated services VoIP router is a great solution for a small business who wants a voice solution with a reasonable cost, particularly if they need a primary router/firewall and/or small wireless solution in any case.

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