April 2005 - Posts
Today, my phone has been ringing constantly with different customers reporting that some websites are not working, pings are failing nslookup is failing etc.
This is happening (confirmed) with Eircom and BT Ireland (Formally EsatBT). So far, setting the local DNS servers to use the root hosts has fixed the problem.
I have yet to find out why this is happening... I wonder if this is DNS poisoning? I better go off and read some more on that :)
Last night, the phone rang... it was my sister in law, in fits of laughter.....
Rachel (my better half) recently got our nephew Stephen a Disney diving kit. Snorkel, full nose covering mask, swimming shorts etc. He has had much fun apparently running around with this on, in the shower, on the street... much like young kids do...
Last night, with my Niece Aoife, he put on the mask, but no snorkel. He refused to take off the mask...
Aoife, in a panic... ran to her mother in the other room....
"Mum, mum! I need the snorkel for Stephen... he wont take off the mask"
"Why do you need the snorkel Aoife?", asked Fiona...
Still in a panic, Aoife explained "Well... How is he supposed to breathe without it!"
This has made my week :)
A while back I posted about Lansweeper. A free utility that will audit your network.
Geert, the developer, contacted me this evening to let me know about a new version on the website.
He says "Just to inform you that there is a new download on the site which enables the web interface to query for computers based on almost every criteria."
Sounds good to me... I am off to download it :)
Be warned... this is a rant :)
I have a client, which for the past 6 years has been happily running Crystal Reports 8.x and Crystal Enterprise server 8 to deliver custom reports internally. Recently, I upgraded this client to Windows 2003 server, which also required an upgrade to Crystal XI.
The client was in two minds as to if they would continue along this route, so asked me to download the trial software for XI and install it. I did this, but the installation failed (most likely due to Windows 2003 SP1 incompatibilities with Crystal XI - DEP errors etc).
So, I call the local BusinessObjects support centre and am told that I cannot get pre-sales technical support for free to help me get the trial software up and running. I am amazed, but the support engineer tells me to contact the sales team. I do this...
The sales team, to my amazement, tell me that "My client has to be large enough to warrant free technical support on trial software". I explain that I am dealing with lots of small companies, and ask as to why they "do not count". After much argument, I gave up. Then, I contacted BusinessObjects in the USA... same story... Grrrrr.....
I am looking for a web based product that will allow me to deliver, simply, the custom Crystal reports via a website... If anyone out there can help, please post here.
I would also ask that those who also find this "no pre-sales technical support" policy from BusinessObjects a farce, to email them / call them to complain. In the mean time, I will go out of my way to find another product.
More and more, I am installing multiple site SBS boxes. By that I mean I have a client, that has 3 or 4 companies that work together, but have separate domains with no AD link.
One request I get constantly is how to synchronise the Exchange GAL between sites. I thought I had found the answer in the free IIFP (Identity Integration Feature Pack) - the little brother of MIIS.
My excitement soon dwindled when I realised that it must install on Windows 2003 Server Enterprise edition :( Agh! Why? All I want to do is synchronise some email addresses!
So.. Please Redmond... can I have a new toy?
You put an Irish MVP, which has been travelling since 4am the previous morning, in a free bar?
Well…. This…. (Gawd, I am gorgeous)
(Whoever you are in the background…. I will hunt you down)
The UK MVP Summit was fantastic; it was great to meet up with all the great folks at MS as well as other MVP’s in Europe. A personal thanks to the following people who made the day for me:
Lorna Williamson – for being a GREAT organiser and Fairy God Mother…
Katie Chappell – for just being a lovely person and pretending to be interested in the geeky Flight Simulator stuff I was talking to her about ;)
Karen Young – Who has taught me that actually I am not the best drinker in the MVP program ;)
Ahhh…. I LOVE this program…. Suffice to say, I actually missed my flight the next day mainly because I went to bed after my wake up call.