Month: February 2007

I’m on the WHS Beta.

I received notification that I’m on the beta last night so started the download off. Interestingly enough there didn’t seem to be a NDA attached to the beta so my first feedback was to ask if permission was granted to talk about the beta (or even mention that I was included) and I am happy to say that permission was granted. I must say this is good news as the more people who blog about problems, the more answers are generated (and fixes provided too I would hope).


Not only has work been incredibly busy recently, but tomorrow night we are hosting a games night at our house to play various board games – apples to apples and cranium are typical favourites.
I’ve also got a nice reason to get a nice shiny hard disk to put in one of the machines at home – partly because I want to play around with features in Microsoft Office 2007 such as Groove but also to do some more work with System Center Essentials and other beta products 😉

Mobile Admin for sbs2003

One of our users lost their mobile phone in the snow and I needed to initiate remote wipe of the device. I downloaded and installed the MobileAdmin pack but whenever I went into the Wipe page I would get a 403 error as below

he remote server returned an error: (403) Forbidden.
Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.

Exception Details: System.Net.WebException: The remote server returned an error: (403) Forbidden.

Source Error:

An unhandled exception was generated during the execution of the current web request. Information regarding the origin and location of the exception can be identified using the exception stack trace below.

Stack Trace:

[WebException: The remote server returned an error: (403) Forbidden.]
System.Net.HttpWebRequest.CheckFinalStatus() +680
System.Net.HttpWebRequest.EndGetRequestStream(IAsyncResult asyncResult) +74
System.Net.HttpWebRequest.GetRequestStream() +234
Microsoft.Exchange.AirSync.Admin.Mailbox.propFindRequest(String deviceUri) +240
Microsoft.Exchange.AirSync.Admin.Mailbox.getDevices() +194
Microsoft.Exchange.AirSync.Admin.Devices.refreshDevicesTable() +135
Microsoft.Exchange.AirSync.Admin.Devices.Page_Load(Object sender, EventArgs e) +190
System.Web.UI.Control.OnLoad(EventArgs e) +67
System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive() +35
System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequestMain() +750

The advice at Experts Exchange mentioned that you need to remove require ssl to the exadmin directory in sbs, a fact backed up at Vladville. Shortly afterwards the phone was wiped.

Forms in Word 2007

I’ve spent ages trying to work out how to modify a form in Word2007. This is because the bits that you need in the ribbon bar are not displayed by default. In order to fix this, Click the Microsoft Office Button , and then click Word Options. Click Popular and then select the Show Developer tab in the Ribbon check box, and then click OK.
You can get more help on form creation and design by going to Help / Creating Specific Documents / Forms

Busy woodpecker


This little beast has been busy in the tree for the past couple of days – he can get really loud sometimes. Unfortunately he’s quite a way up, well camouflaged, its freezing cold yet bright outside and I’m at the extreme end of the zoom on the camera so the picture isn’t brilliant.

Lotus Notes Productivity

I’ve been doing a lot of research,reading and studying in improving my productivity and time management recently. This morning I came across the Getting Things Done with Lotus Notes document which really strikes me as an oxymoron. Notes seems to be the most counterproductive piece of software out there and it is not helping me in my productivity. So maybe I’ll get this document to see how it should be done.
One of the things that I picked up from one of the books was to use 1 calendar for everything which is ok if you are single and don’t have a spouse that also needs to see your calendar but they don’t work for your company and have access. As we both have google accounts, I thought that syncing the Notes calendar to google calendar would work as then my wife can see the google calendar and we could both use the calendars to ensure we didn’t doublebook events. I did find the Companion Link for Google Calendar software but it doesn’t work very well.
The synchronization takes forever (when it does work) and I’ve ended up with duplicate entries in google but with different times – 1 hour apart I could understand due to some funky dst issues, but these are a couple of hours apart. Recurring appointments are not supported (although recurring appointments that have been canceled appeared in gmail but active recurring appointments didn’t)
Still, at least I now have a base copy in Google calendar which I will hopefully be able to keep up to date.

Superbowl thoughts so far

It’s the “big game” tonight (what a stupid idea to not allow people to refer to it as the SuperBowl) and I was really looking forward to going round to some friends from church for a party. We actually got on the road and drove a couple of miles before turning around to go back home as the snow was starting to settle a bit too much on the road and we really didn’t fancy the drive back home afterwards in the snow. So I’ve still yet to actually go to a SuperBowl party.
So we got home and watched the first half. Most of the commercials were pretty good but I thought it was a bit crazy that there have been coca-cola adverts at every break, but it was the Pepsi half time show, with Prince (who seems to be no longer referred to as the artist formerly known as Prince). Although I don’t like Prince’s music I did prefer it to the Rolling Stones from last year.