Wednesday, August 26, 2009

MSN update problems

I have a customer that runs MSN on windows 2003 TS server and suddenly MSN is requiring update and guess what? It will not sign in until update is done. Well that is not all. The new MSN update is not supported on win 2003 box.

Hehehe, am I surprised. Off course not. After all it is Microsoft. Well below is the more in detail screenshot of what pop ups I get and solution to this nuisance.


error update:

Ok, so what do you do?
There is two solutions:
1. Install patch so that MSN continues running without updating
2. Install update regardless incompatibility

Follow the link to more complete solution:!E3785B1281BBDA1!3406.entry

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Outlook freezing?

Have you ever had outlook 2000/2003 freeze on you when you try to reply to a message? Well I seem to see this issue quite often. Very quick solution is to not use word as your message composer. You will loose some features such as auto spell checker but at least you will be able to reply.
Unfortunatelly I did not get a chance to dwell into why this happenes which I will do one of these days. My educated guess is that interface between two applications gets corrupt. Reinstalling office might be a permanent solution.
In order to uncheck microsft word as editor, go to tools-->options-->mail format. You will find a check box under that option.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

VMware virtual machine console error

I just had this issue very recently happen to me where I was not able to connect to VM console on 2 out of 3 ESX hosts in same cluster.
Remote console port used by VM's is 903. I came to find out that all of my ESX hosts do not have that port open but do have 902 open. Weird thing was that one of the hosts works just fine.

Adding vmauthd.server.alwaysProxy = "TRUE"" into /etc/vmware/config on problem ESX hosts resolved the issue. What that line does essentially is allows consol traffic on port 902 instead of 903. I guess I could have opened 903 port on ESX hosts as a different solution but above mentioned line worked just fine.

You can see more info on VMware site if you follow the link

Monday, August 17, 2009

Blackberry Services

I always find myself asking the same question. In which order should BB services start? And the answer is: Router --> Dispatcher --> Controller --> all else. :)