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21Oct/101

Printer goes offline after successful print job

If your printer in Windows Server keeps going offline even if its status says 'Ready' and you know its online try disabling SNMP on the Server.

Right click the printer and choose Properties.  Under the Ports tab click Configure Port... and uncheck SNMP Status Enabled.

21Oct/100

Printers and Faxes freezing in Server 2003 SBS

I couldn't print to a network printer shared through Server 2003 SBS.  I tried restarting the Print Spooler on the Server but that ended up freezing the Printers and Faxes window.   I tried clearing out the print queue by emptying the following folder:

%SystemRoot%\System32\Spool\Printers
You will have to stop the Print Spooler to delete the files

To fix this I deleted the TCP/IP port in the registry:

HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Print\Monitors

Look for the corresponding IP address.  Always backup the registry before modifying anything.

17Oct/100

Silverlight in Ubuntu 10.04

Moonlight is an open source implementation of Microsoft Silverlight for Unix systems. Ubuntu 10.04 LTS already has it in the repository.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install libmoon moonlight-plugin-mozilla moonlight-plugin-core

or you can go to their website http://www.go-mono.com/moonlight/ and install the Chrome extension or Firefox plug-in.

You'll need to restart your browser for it to take effect.

Update: Moonlight does NOT support DRM content.  That means no Netflix.

16Oct/100

Converted to WordPress

Just switched to WordPress. Gives me a lot more options and flexibility with the site.

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16Oct/101

TortoiseSVN and Error 403 Forbidden

A client of mine was using TortoiseSVN and was having difficulty committing a change to the repository.   Below is a similar error message to the one he was getting.
svn: Commit failed (details follow):
svn: MKACTIVITY of ‘/foobar/!svn/act/1f177b34-1601-0010-84ad-c180bd3a7ab5′: 403 Forbidden (http:/svn.foobar.com)
The issue is that Windows is case INSENSITIVE but SVN is case SENSITIVE.
In TortoiseSVN right click the checked out folder and 'Relocate' to the case SENSITIVE path.
IE https://contoso.com/repo -> https://contoso.com/REPO
We were using TortoiseSVN and VisualSVN Server.
13Oct/100

Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 BSOD on Resume

I have Windows 7 x64 and a 1.5TB hard drive. Whenever my PC was resuming from standby I would get a BSOD. I initially thought it was a driver issue but I came across this KB article.

"You receive various Stop error messages in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2 when you try to resume a computer that has a large SATA hard disk"

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977178

8Oct/102

Connecting to a Windows PPTP VPN from Ubuntu 10.04

If you'd like to connect to a Windows PPTP VPN here is a howto to make it happen.

You need to have Ubuntu 10.04 if not you need to apt-get some packages that are not installed by default.

  1. Click 'System' -> 'Preferences' -> 'Network Connections'
  2. Click the 'VPN' tab
  3. Leave 'Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP)' selected
  4. 'Click Create...'
  5. Type in a connection name and check the box below it if you'd like the connection to connect automatically
  6. For 'Gateway' enter in the VPN hostname or IP IE vpn.contoso.com or x.x.x.x
  7. For the username type in DOMAINusername where DOMAIN is your Windows domain name and username is.... your username
  8. Type in your password and leave the 'NT Domain:' box empty
  9. Click 'Advanced...'
  10. Check 'Use Point-to-Point encryption (MPPE) and leave 'Security' on 'All Available (Default)'
  11. Check 'Allow BSD data compression'
  12. Check 'Allow Deflate data compression'
  13. Check 'Use TCP header compression'
  14. Leave 'Allow stateful encryption' and 'Send PPP echo packets' unchecked
  15. Click 'OK'

Now this will send all your network traffic over the VPN. If you'd like to still be able to use your local connection you need to click the 'IPv4 Settings' tab, click 'Routes...' and check 'Use this connection only for resources on its network'. Enabling this can be a security risk so you should talk to your IT administrator first before enabling it. That option is called split tunneling.

Click 'Apply'

Now to connect left click your network icon in the panel on the top right and hover over 'VPN Connections' and left click the connection you just created.

I'm not on a connection that allows me to do further testing but when I can I'll update this with more information.

For earlier versions of Ubuntu use the following KB article to help you install the necessary programs.

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/VPN

7Oct/102

Slow iPod / iPhone / iPad sync times

My iPad was taking upwards of 45 - 75 minutes to do a complete sync. I found a utility that disables the backup portion of the sync which speeds it up significantly.

http://www.digidna.net/products/backoff

The utility works for all ios devices.

5Oct/100

Disable Password Lock on Exchange 2007 for iPhone Users

If you have an iPhone with OS 3.0 or greater and Exchange 2007 it will require you to enable a PIN on your device by default. To disable this you need to...

  1. Open the Exchange Management Console
  2. Expand the Organization Configuration
  3. Click on Client Access
  4. Double click your Activesync Mailbox Policy
  5. Click the Password tab
  6. Uncheck Require password and click OK

If your iPhone is already syncing with Exchange you'll need to remove the partnership for the setting to take effect.

  1. In the console tree, navigate to Recipient Configuration > Mailbox.
  2. Select a user, and then select Manage Mobile Device from the action pane. * The Manage Mobile Device dialog box will display a list of all devices that are configured for synchronization.
  3. Choose the device, Select Remove mobile device parternship and click Remove.

Note: The Manage Mobile Device link is only available in the action pane for users who've established a mobile phone partnership with the Exchange server.