Saturday, July 17, 2010

Connecting Entourage 2008 to Exchange 2007

I was doing some training on Mac's and I ran into a very hard one to solve so I am posting the solution on my blog in case someone else runs into the same issue.

Getting Entourage 2008 working with Exchange 2007 (bundled with Small Business Server 2008 in this case) is oddly confusing.
In the end, here is how I got it working:

Just in case your account name is different from your email address you need to use the email address:
Example:
Username:                      bobmarley
Active Directory Domain:  contoso.local
Email address:                bmarley@contoso.com
OWA URL:                       https://mail.contoso.com/owa
The proper format for the "Exchange server" field is in Entourage is:
mail.contoso.com/exchange/bmarley@contoso.com
Note:
What is strange is that is URL doesn't really exist.  You would expect it to be:
mail.contoso.com/owa/bmarley@contoso.com 
But that's not the way it works.


The URL that works is a standard from the Exchange 2003 days.
By default, the OWA URL used in Exchange 2003 is:
"https://mail.contoso.com/exchange" not 
"https://mail.contoso.com/owa"
(In Exchange 2007 the URL changed from "Exchange" to "OWA")


Its just a guess but I assume that the developers were working with Exchange 2003 when they were coding Entourage 2008 so they followed the Exchange 2003 OWA URL Format.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Windows Home Server: How to configure a Mac

These resources are a little tricky to track down so I have created a post that contains links to all the resources you need to connect a MAC to a Windows Home Server:

How to configure a MAC to remotely run the Home Server Console:
http://blogs.technet.com/homeserver/archive/2009/04/29/running-the-windows-home-server-console-on-a-mac.aspx

How to Connect a MAC to a Windows Home Server:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1568

How to configure Time Machine:
http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1427
Note:  If you want to use a network folder to store your Time Machine Backups you'll need to download a program called iTimeMachine for your Mac.

At the time of this writing you could download it from here:
http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/26359/itimemachine
Warning:  
I had problems using a Windows based computer for the network folder for TimeMachine.
I have talked to Mac users that are using TimeCapsule or other Mac based products for the network storage for TimeMachine and they haven't reported any problems.

HP's Guide on Windows Home Server and Mac:
http://www.hp.com/united-states/campaigns/mediasmart-server/hp_mediasmartserver_macosx.pdf

How to Mount a network drive on a Mac:
Connect to the server on your Mac. Now, on your Mac, from Finder's Go menu, choose "Connect to Server." Enter the IP address you just obtained from your PC, preceded by smb://, as shown:


UPDATE: To use your PC's name instead of IP address, replace the number with the name. So if your PC's name is "MyWindowsBox", you'd use smb://mywindowsbox (not case-sensitive).

If it finds your server, you'll get prompted to enter your network credentials - by default, your Windows username and password:

Once you're in, you'll get to choose which shared folder you want to mount on your Mac. In this case, we're going to choose the "PC - My Docs" share:

And you're done! Now the "PC - My Docs" folder will be mounted on your Mac, and accessible from your desktop and in Finder. If you've allowed reading and writing to the shared folder in Windows, you can drag and drop and save files to it as if it were any disk.

This technique comes in very handy for backing up your Mac's data to a PC, too - just set your Mac's backup software destination to the Windows drive. Also, using Hamachi, you can also do this over the internet when you're away from home.

UPDATE: You can automatically mount your Windows drive every time you login to your Mac by adding it to your Login items. In System Preferences, Accounts, choose the "Login Items" tab and add the Volume to the list of apps that automatically start up

Monday, March 8, 2010

How To Sync Evolution Mail (Ubuntu) with an Exchange 2007 Server

If you followed our series Integrating Linux into a Windows Domain you're well on your way to having a successful Windows workstation replacement. However in an enterprise environment there is still one big missing element, Email. So in this video tutorial we are going to show you how to get an Ubuntu 9.1 workstation connected to a Microsoft Exchange 2007 Server using the MAPI protocol. Once this is completed most of the functionality that you would have with a Windows workstation will have been duplicated in your Linux workstation. Click the read more link to watch the HD video.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Integrating Linux into a Windows Domain (Part 3 of 3): How to setup Active Directory (AD) Domain Accounts in Linux

IT Inc Computer Services has created an HD video series about integrating a Linux client into a Windows Domain. This is the last of three video's explaining that process. After the second video you should be able to log in to the Ubuntu machine using your Active Directory credentials. In this video we will show you how to add accounts or user groups from Active Directory to your Sudoers File. This is great as you can add your Active Directory "Administrators Group" to the Sudoers File so they may perform root commands from their account, and any account within that group inherits the permissions without having to set them up on a per user basis. Click the read more link to watch the HD video.

Integrating Linux into a Windows Domain (Part 2 of 3): How to add a Linux workstation to a Windows 2008 Active Directory (AD) Domain


IT Inc Computer Services has created an HD video series about integrating a Linux client into a Windows Domain. This is the second of three video's explaining that process. So after the first video you should have a Ubuntu 9.1 box setup in a Hyper-V virtual machine, although these steps apply all the same if your Linux operating system is running on a physical box. In this tutorial we show how to join the Linux box to the Windows domain and make the accounts work with Active Directory using "Likewise Open." With Active Directory (AD) integration one can use their AD credentials to login to the Linux machine. Click the read more link to watch the HD video.

Integrating Linux into a Windows Domain (Part 1 of 3): How to Setup Ubuntu in Hyper-V

IT Inc Computer Services has created an HD video series about integrating a Linux client into a Windows Domain. This is the first of three video's explaining that process. We will also be adding some additional videos to supplement the experience: including MS Exchange 2007 support, and Remote Web Workplace provided by Microsoft Small Business Server 2008. After this tutorial you will have a working Ubuntu 9.1 virtual machine.  Click the read more link to watch the HD video.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Google Wave


Google Wave is a new piece of Google Software thats going to attempt to shake up the stale digital communications model that is prevalent throughout the world today. It really blurs the lines between Email, Instant Messaging, Document Collaboration, and Note Taking. When one sends a "wave" it only falls into each category depending on how it's used by the participants. While offline it behaves like an email, while online an Instant Message, during a meeting it allows collaboration and group editing, and when a new participant is added like a revision history. By that last bit I mean that one can go to the beginning and "playback" the conversation, show changes and edits so the newest participant gets the full idea of whats going on. To read more about this new Google Project check out this free Complete Wave Guide


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Monday, February 15, 2010

Blog Update: New Look and Feel

Over the past little while we have been trying some different ideas with the blog. These were things for performance, post formatting, and social networking. One area we haven't spent much time on up until now was the aesthetics. Thankfully Blogger uses a nice template system so this change is relatively easy and were still up and running without any down time. So now we can work on continuing to bring more features to our blog, as well as fresh content. We hope you like the new look as we continue to innovate and change our offerings to meet and exceed the market expectations.

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Google Apps Security

The security features employed for Google Apps are top notch. Google uses the same system to protect their users data, as they do their own. Something that goes a long way in saying who trusts this platform. This security is thanks to Cloud computing, which also has the benefit of allowing access from anywhere and avoiding issues of lost media in an attempt to transport files outside of the office, as shown below.
For a broader overview of Google Apps Security check out this youtube video...

Monday, February 1, 2010

Configure Legacy Devices to Run on Windows 7

The Windows 7 driver store includes a small collection of drivers for legacy devices, mostly older printers, modems, scanners, infrared ports, PCMCIA controllers, and other oddball devices that don’t use Plug and Play connections. While this is nice, Windows may not have the drivers. And even if it does, it won't automatically set up such devices
If this legacy device is still a valuable asset then your probably going to want to keep it around. Although you do need to keep in mind it tends to be a little bit more work to set up then something new,it still tends to be easier then if you need to implement an entirely new hardware platform.
Start by downloading the most recent hardware drivers you can find (ideally, for Windows XP or Windows Server 2003), and then use the Add Hardware wizard to complete the hardware setup process listed below...

How to Password Protect USB Flash Drive on Windows 7

USB Flash drives are probably one of the most convenient ways to transfer and backup files. They are low cost, ultra portable, and require no driver installation from the end user. Although this ultra portability brings up an entirely new problem; it's very easy to lose a flash drive. If your carrying sensitive data this can become a big concern. The solution? Windows 7 BitLocker.

Friday, January 29, 2010

IT Inc Computer Services volunteers at the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay

IT Inc was chosen to run the Audio and Visual systems for the Olympic Torch Relay in Peachland.  This opportunity allowed us to get to know members of the local community and the hard working volunteers behind this celebration. It was an excellent time to demonstrate the professional services provided by our company.


Sunday, January 3, 2010

Microsoft Outlook Training

Microsoft Outlook:  



Arguably, the one Microsoft Product that I use the most.
Sadly, also one of the most under-utilized applications in the office world.
That being said, I am often asked for training resources on Outlook so someone can get "up to speed" on it.
So much so, I created an email template that I routinely send out to my customers.

Here is that email in case you're also looking for Outlook training.

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Free Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware from Microsoft

If you are a home user or home office user you will be happy to know that Microsoft has just released it's own free Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware. The best news is that it's a very good product.