Windows

Metro on a server?

Here’s a gem. The overall point of this blog post is: Metro UI is not intuitive and it’s so bad that they have to blog about how to use it. Bonus: Why the hell do we have a touch interface on a server product? Are data centers planning to replace all of those KVMs with touch screens? 12 Routines of Windows Server 2012 Using a Non-Touch Device (1 of 3) – Yung Chou on Hybrid Cloud – Site Home – TechNet Blogs

Lion L2TP VPN Service With Windows 7

If you have a Lion server behind a NAT router (for example, an Airport Extreme or Time Capsule) that is running a VPN service you may have difficulties connecting to it with Windows 7 using L2TP despite the correct setup. I won’t go into the deep dive on this now, but just a total quick tip. You need to change the encapsulation parameters on Windows 7. Do that by setting a registry key:

Exchange Server 2007 SP3 RU4

Description of Update Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3 It looks like Exchange 2007 SP3 RU4 has a lot of goodies in it. At least 5 of the items in this list are impacting the environment at my day job. While it’s good to see progress, I’m always wary of these updates because of the regression bugs they often introduce. Test and patch carefully, gang.

Yammer’s Bad Form

Have you heard of Yammer? If not, you will. You will likely hear about Yammer after your corporation or business signs a deal with them. Your users will start to flock toward the service and sign up. Lo and behold you will discover that they will be offered a piece of software to install. During the software install they will have the option to invite other users in your organization.

Microsoft’s EC Complaint About Google

I was reading the blog post over at Microsoft from the fellow… Oh, I forget his name already. Anyway, he was explaining why Microsoft is filing a complaint with the European Commission about Google’s unfair business advantages and whatnot. At first, this whole thing comes off as a company entering legacy mode. Microsoft reminds me of the RIAA, MPAA and the newspaper industry. They clearly feel the edge is blunted and their technology is dying.

Drobo Still Takes Forever to Rebuild?

I’m guessing from the amount of hits on the Drobo article from 2009 that people are still having problems with Drobos rebuilding the array in a decent amount of time. Ever since I got a DS4600 using standard RAID-5 I’ve been quite happy. Rebuild times on a 6TB volume are about 2.5 hours. Note: the volume is only about 1/3rd full, but it’s still way more data than what was on the Drobo in 2009.

A brand new NO CARRIER

For those of you who follow my adventures here, but not necessarily my adventures over there, you should be aware that we’ve posted NO CARRIER Episode #11. This episode is very special to my heart because it’s the first show we did in our new studio (Whitey is still over Skype though). I think the audio quality is MUCH better. Of course, we’ll be tweaking as things move on, but the new studio and the new processes we’re using to lay down the audio sound damn fine if I do say so myself.

Industy buzzword that needs to die: the “experience”

<dd class="wp-caption-dd zemanta-img-attribution" style="font-size: 0.8em;"> Image by <a href="http://www.daylife.com/source/Getty_Images">Getty Images</a> via <a href="http://www.daylife.com">Daylife</a> </dd> </dl> One of the industry buzzwords that needs to go to the grave is the user “experience.” Don’t quote me here, but I recall this buzzwordbeing developed by Microsoftas part of the marketing campaignbehind Windows XP. XP was supposed to be “experience” or “expert” or “XtrastuPid marketing,” I’m not sure. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not an XP hater.

Count the messages on your Exchange 2007 environment

Are you curious about the hard stats of messages running around your organization? Try this one in powershellon your hub transport server: get-messagetrackinglog -start “mm/dd/yyyy hh:mm:ss” -end “mm/dd/yyyy hh:mm:ss” -eventid “send” -resultsize 9999999 | measure-object This will pull stats for messages that were “sent”. To pull the number of messages received, change the “eventid” parameter to “receive.”