Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 8

Earlier on this month Microsoft released Update Rollup 8 for Exchange 2010 SP3. Unfortunately this update has caused issues with Outlook syncing with Exchange. (This does not affect Activesync, OWA, POP etc) If you are receiving the “Cannot Open Item” error message and you have this update installed, uninstall it…

Monitoring Website Availability

There are various tools out there which can be used to monitor website availability. My favourite being the defacto standard – Nagios. Not only is it open source, it is very flexible and powerful. The only downside with Nagios is the config and Linux skills (I’m not scared of Linux…

Taskcentre Alert Notifications

Taskcentre is a software product created by Orbis Software. Taskcentre is “middleware” software which integrates between various software products, ranging from high end ERP solutions such as Microsoft Dynamics Nav, to other pieces of software such as Magento. This is not really a marketing blog post, so for further information,…

Microsoft Azure – Redis

Microsoft have implemented the open-sourced Redis key-cache and store in Azure. Similar to have there are “Basic” and “Standard” levels of Virtual Machines, with associated redundancy, with Redis there are the same options available: Basic – Single node Standard – 2 node (in a primary/secondary setup), with built in replication…

Server 2012 UNC Network Share One Way 0x80004005

Recently I’ve had a strange issue with Microsoft Azure. For some reason on some of the Virtual Machines could not access UNC network shares, throwing a 0x80004005 error. However strangely, worked the other way. The virtual machines run Server 2012 Datacentre edition. For example: From Machine A Ping Machine B…

WordPress 4.0.1 Security Update

Today WordPress has released a security update, fixing several security holes plus 23 bugs. These include: Three cross-site scripting issues that a contributor or author could use to compromise a site. A cross-site request forgery that could be used to trick a user into changing their password. An issue that…

.NET Framework and Visual Studio

Microsoft’s recent announcement regarding the .NET Framework is quite an interesting one, especially for those who are interested in the open source community. The idea of making the CLR cross platform across Linux and Mac (on top of Windows of course) will make it easier for developers and users alike…

Microsoft Dynamics Nav 2015

Microsoft has now released Microsoft Dynamics Nav 2015 earlier on this month. There’s a handful of new features above and beyond the features added in 2013. The tablet client looks pretty cool, removing the need to use the web client whilst out in the field. It’s optimised for touch use…

Live Chat

Live chat is all the rage now with websites. These allow you to instantly chat live with a real human being via the website. Being an IT Geek (or Professional as we like to be called), I could write one, but with the prices so low, I don’t really see…

Selective Reindexing of Indexes in SQL Server

I’ve wrote many scripts over the years to selectively reindex indexes and update statistics on Microsoft SQL Server. However more recently I’ve been using Hallengren’s SQL reindex script as it’s very powerful and pretty easy to use and schedule via SQL Agent. Hallengren’s SQL Reindex Script I currently use the…