Month: November 2004

flushing dns

Had a weird client problem trying to connect to our servers this morning. She switched her machine on and was unable to lookup the address’s of our unix servers, pings came back with host unknown.
Doing a ipconfig /flushdns and a ipconfig /registerdns and it all worked again – I can tell its going to be one of those days again.


We went to see The Incredibles tonight. Kristen purchased her ticket and I got in free as I was doing a cinecheck. The film was excellent – very well drawn, funny and a good plot line too. The only down side is that there wasn’t any funny bits/blooper reel at the end of the credits, much to the disappointment of the 30 or so of us who had stayed to watch all of the credits.

Outlook profile changes.

I’ve been changing some more user profiles in outlook this week as we’ve moved users across to a new server. On almost every machine I’ve had to blow away the user profile in outlook and recreate a new one.
The latest error message I got was on a client machine connecting to the lan via a VPN connection and getting a message “The Microsoft Exchange Server computer is not available. Either there are network problems or the Microsoft Exchange Server computer is down for maintenance.” The weird thing is that I could telnet to the server, ping it, resolve names – just not open the mailbox on the server. After checking various things such as firewall configs,rpc ports I created a new profile – and it worked. Deleted the old one, tried to recreate it as best as I could and now the user is happy.

Pop access to gmail.

Cool – I now have pop3 access to gmail AND I can have my email forwarded to another account. Not really sure why I’d want to do that though with all this 1gb of space to play with. (jk). The pop3 access will be really handy though as it is much easier to check with a pop3 client than use the web browser or gmail notifier. The pop3 access will also make it easier to check multiple gmail accounts as the various gmail notifier programs that previously existed didn’t seem to like swapping between accounts very often.
Oh – and if you haven’t got access to pop then don’t moan at me, its a phased implementation.