Update Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2007 (KB940006)

I must have been day dreaming again to miss this … Yet another update


Nice and small too:

Exchange2007-KB940006-x64-EN.msp (33.6 MB)
Exchange2007-KB940006-x86-EN.msp (30.1 MB )

Brett had listed out the fixes in it too , but you can see them in the kb too: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=940006

Interesting, Brett only show 8 fixes (the last one is missing):

  • 930463 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/930463/) You receive NDR messages for some recipients when you send e-mail messages on an Exchange 2007-based server
  • 937656 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/937656/) You experience problems in Outlook Web Access for Exchange 2007 after daylight saving time (DST) starts in New Zealand in 2007
  • 936300 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/936300/) A mailbox move operation stops responding when you move a mailbox from an Exchange 2003 mailbox store or from an Exchange 2007 mailbox store to another Exchange 2007 mailbox store
  • 932561 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932561/) Appointments that are sent from one Exchange organization to another by using Exchange 2007 may be incorrect by one hour if one organization is in the Western Australia time zone
  • 937861 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/937861/) You receive a non-delivery report (NDR) message when you try to send an e-mail message to a third-party connector address by using a third-party connector on an Exchange 2007-based computer
  • 938359 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938359/) The Microsoft Exchange Information Store service stops responding in Exchange 2007 after you enable the Standard Response option on a moderated public folder
  • 940052 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940052/) Error message when you use the Exchange Management Console to try to reconnect a mailbox to a user account: “The specified mailbox is not unique on database”
  • 933314 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/933314/) Mobile devices cannot send e-mail by using the AirSync feature in an Exchange Server 2007 organization that has more than one thousand accepted domains
  • 939560 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/939560/) Users cannot download offline address books in Exchange 2007 when you use Microsoft Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration version 4.0

Windows Live Writer: Update

Just wanted to give you a small update.

I just LOVE the changes they have made.  Like a table menu and just the speed at which it works.

Being able to paste pictures in to live writer is just the best thing .. all you need to be able to do now is paste in a video :-|

It is by far the best blogging tool I have used over the years.

The boys and girls working on this have done an excellent job and I can’t until it is released.

Forefront for Exchange

Hey might have found out my problem with the Exchange Transport service. Many thanks to Paul @ Microsoft and his Escalation Engineer who saw some secure ldap traffic in my netmon.

It looks like it could be caused by something trying to access crl.microsoft.com

Why, I dunno, but if I put an entry for it in my hosts file ( crl.microsoft.com) or follow the steps below it seems to go away and the services starts. How weird is that, especially as the servers will not have access to the internet :-|

Right click Internet Explorer, then Advanced tab and uncheck “Check for publishers certificate revocation” in Security settings.

It would seem that if an application has a high percentage of managed code, all of this code is signed when shipped. At start up (if this setting is checked) the .Net Runtime tries to contact crl.microsoft.com to ensure that the cert is valid. If there is no internet connection or there is a problem contacting the certificate revocation list server then this will delay startup, and by the looks of things the delay prevents the MsExchange Transport Service starting.

What I can’t work out is the service is randomly affected?

People Rage

I like to think that I am a reasonable human being and easy to get on with. I try to be helpful when I can, and I respect people views and opinions.

I have experienced many different cultures and I have worked in a few countries around the world, but one thing that I really HATE is people being rude and disrespectful.

I just need to rant about a few examples. First off I arranged a meeting to talk about Exchange. It was my meeting and I had points to cover. 10 mins in this guy obviously decided it was his turn, stuck his hand in my face and said “yeah right that enough about that..”

Next I was all nice and calm while a storm was brewing around me. This guy asks me a question, I don’t give him the answer he wanted (but I was right and being level headed). He then explodes in an open plan office for no obvious reason, turns his back on me and leaves me standing there like a plonker.

My favorite is when your in a meeting and have an opinion, then someone either talks over your or dismisses what you have to say before you have finished.

In all three examples I wanted to take the people outside and beat some respect in to them. But hey, I am better than that! I walked away

I have been a team leader before and know what comes with the job. I have been on the end of the phone and been shouted at (the poor guy just needed to get if things off this chest. One he was done everything was fine).  One thing I am quite good at is listening to people and understanding the issues they have.

I have personal standards and I like to think that I treat people the same way I would expect them to treat me.

But sometimes people just go too far.  What good is it to say “sorry” a couple of days later.  It makes YOU feel good, as you know it was your fault in the first place, but the damage is already done.

Anyway that is enough of this.  Let me know what you think and if I am right or wrong.  Debate is always good.  I am open to different opinions and I will listen ;-)

But it’s the weekend.  Take a deep breath sit back and enjoy a couple of days off. 

Remember, life is too short this sh1t.  Treat people how you want them to treat you and all will be fine.  If you are stressed, talk, don’t bottle it up and take it out on an innocent bystander.

Heavy losses sweep world markets

You can’t miss all this stuff in the news at the moment.  My dad tried to explain what sub-prime lending was .. anyway, the BBC has a description that explains it too.  Check it out: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/5144662.stm

What is sub-prime lending?

Put simply, it is loans to people who have patchy credit histories or cannot prove their incomes.

Sub-prime lending, which has become increasingly popular in the US and UK, takes several different forms.

In its simplest form, it involves doorstep lending – small amounts of cash loaned to people usually on low incomes and then collected from their own homes.

But there are also sub-prime mortgages.

This is when people borrow against the increased value of their homes, often to pay off other borrowings.

The term can also apply to mortgages taken out by people who are not attractive to mainstream lenders because of their credit history or employment status.


Salford Curry Contest

Shawn send me this, and I just had to share it:

If you can read this whole story without laughing then there’s no Hope for you. I was crying by the end.

Note: Please take time to read this slowly.

For those of you who have lived in Salford , you know how typical this is. They actually have a Curry Cook-off about June/July. It takes up a major portion of a parking lot at the Albert Park Show in Salford.

Judge #3 was an inexperienced food critic named Frank, who was visiting From America.

Frank: “Recently, I was honoured to be selected as a judge at a Curry Cook-off. The original person called in sick at the last moment and I happened to be standing there at the judge’s table asking for directions to the Beer Garden when the call came in. I was assured by the other two judges (Oldham Indians) that the curry wouldn’t be all that spicy and, besides, they told me I could have free beer during the tasting, so I accepted”.

Here are the scorecard notes from the event:
Judge # 1 — A little too heavy on the tomato. Amusing kick.
Judge # 2 — Nice smooth tomato flavour. Very mild.
Judge # 3(Frank) — Holy ****, what the hell is this stuff? You could remove dried paint from your driveway. Took me two beers to put the flames out. I hope that’s the worst one. These people are crazy.

Judge # 1 — Smoky, with a hint of chicken. Slight chilli tang.
Judge # 2 — Exciting BBQ flavour, needs more peppers to be taken seriously.
Judge # 3 — Keep this out of the reach of children. I’m not sure what I’m supposed to taste besides pain. I had to wave off two people who wanted to give me the Heimlich manoeuvre! They had to rush in more beer when they saw the look on my face.

Judge # 1 — Excellent firehouse curry. Great kick.
Judge # 2 — A bit salty, good use of chilli peppers.
Judge # 3 — Call 999. I’ve located a uranium pill. My nose feels like I have been snorting Drain Cleaner. Everyone knows the routine by now. Get me more beer before I ignite. Barmaid pounded me on the back, now my backbone is in the front part of my chest. I’m getting pissed from all the beer.

Judge # 1 — Black bean curry with almost no spice. Disappointing.
Judge # 2 — Hint of lime in the black beans. Good side dish for fish or other mild foods, not much of a curry.
Judge # 3 — I felt something scraping across my tongue, but was unable to taste it. Is it possible to burn out taste buds? Shareen, the beer maid, was standing behind me with fresh refills. That 200kg woman is starting to look HOT…just like this nuclear waste I’m eating! Is chilli an aphrodisiac?

Judge # 1– Meaty, strong curry. Cayenne peppers freshly ground, adding considerable kick. Very impressive.
Judge # 2– Average beef curry, could use more tomato. Must admit the chilli peppers make a strong statement.
Judge # 3 — My ears are ringing, sweat is pouring off my forehead and I can no longer focus my eyes. I farted and four people behind me needed paramedics. The contestant seemed offended when I told her that her chili had given me brain damage. Shareen saved my tongue from bleeding by pouring beer directly on it from the pitcher. I wonder if I’m burning my lips off. It really pisses me off that the other judges asked me to stop screaming. Screw them.

Judge # 1 — Thin yet bold vegetarian variety curry. Good balance of spices and peppers.
Judge # 2 — The best yet. Aggressive use of peppers, onions, and garlic. Superb.
Judge # 3 — My intestines are now a straight pipe filled with gaseous, sulphuric flames. I am definitely going to **** myself if I fart and I’m worried it will eat through the chair. No one seems inclined to stand behind me except that Shareen. Can’t feel my lips anymore. I need to wipe my ass with a snow cone ice-cream.

Judge # 1 — A mediocre curry with too much reliance on canned peppers.
Judge # 2 — Ho hum, tastes as if the chef literally threw in a can of chilli peppers at the last moment. (I should take note at this stage that I am worried about Judge # 3. He appears to be in a bit of distress as he is cursing uncontrollably).
Judge # 3 — You could put a grenade in my mouth, pull the pin, and I wouldn’t feel a thing. I’ve lost sight in one eye, and the world sounds like it is made of rushing water. My shirt is covered with curry which slid unnoticed out of my mouth. My pants are full of lava to match my shirt. At least, during the autopsy, they’ll know what killed me. I’ve decided to stop breathing- it’s too painful. Screw it; I’m not getting any oxygen anyway. If I need air I’ll just suck it in through the 4-inch hole in my stomach.

Judge # 1– The perfect ending. This is a nice blend curry. Not too bold but spicy enough to declare its existence.
Judge # 2– This final entry is a good, balanced curry. Neither mild nor hot. Sorry to see that most of it was lost when Judge #3 farted, passed out, fell over and pulled the curry pot down on top of himself. Not sure if he’s going to make it. Poor man, wonder how he’d have reacted to really hot curry?
Judge # 3 – No Report.


T-Mobile Ameo

I have seen a few recent blogs about this now it’s been release in the US and thought I should speak up.

When I first saw the Ameo (aka HTC Advantage) I wanted one .. really wanted one.  It looked like it would do everything I wanted.


I want to blog on the run, read rss, do email and surf.  I have had a few windows mobile devices and this looked good especially with 3g.  At the time T-Mobile was the mobile firm to go with and so I did.  I have now been using it since April 2007.

Here is the spec:

Operating System Microsoft Windows Mobile 5 Pocket PC Phone Edition
HSDPA/UMTS Tri-band 2100 MHz and 850/1900 MHz
GSM/GPRS Quad band 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Processor Intel PXA270 624 MHz with ATU Graphic Chip W2284
Dimensions 133.5 (L) x 98 (W) x 16 (T)mm, (with keyboard- 20mm)395g
Memory ROM:256 MB, RAM:128MB, HDD:8GB, MiniSD card slot

The 8gn micro drive is very nice, as it the 5” 640×480 resolution screen.  The two cameras are quite fun and the main camera takes some good picture even with the flash.


Oh the other thing is it has but in GPS which works well with Co-Pilot (but Co-Pilot is pants, use Tom Tom Instead!)

The keyboard is magnetic which is another nice thing, but I you can’t use the Ameo as a phone with out a headset (I must admit you would look stupid talking into something this big!) . Actually have a nokia as my phone (I used it to take the pictures) 


So what do I think.  I do like my Ameo, but the battery life is pant, and to be quite honest, Windows Mobile 5 is just not good for this device.  It badly need a WM6 upgrade, which is due sometime but T-Mobile will not tell me when. The US versions already have WM6 so it can’t be that hard!?

Something that is really annoying is that when the battery dies and the charge it up again, it comes up in flight mode. it take a few minutes of messing around to get it out of flight mode

To be honest as soon as the HTC Shift comes out my Ameo will be on ebay as I am really going off portable devices with  only Windows Mobile on as they make things very restrictive.


I checked out Exchange 2007 Edge Transport server and it wasn’t able to inspect a message header and smart host a message to another server.  As a result I am now using MailMarshal.

I found something interesting yesterday.  After my friendly AD guy (Matt) created me a system account that I could use in SQL to permission MailMarshal, I discovered some lazy programming :-|

Basically with MailMarshal 2006 you can’t use Windows Authentication mode in SQL, you need to use SQL Server and  Windows Authentication mode

Tube Rage II

Okay so todays moan is for the earphone wearing guy to my right on my Train.

If I wanted to like to the tinny cr@p coming out of you earphones I will by the CD. I don’t want to hear “tish, tish, thump, thump, thump” I can even hear it when I have my earphones in. Just think if I can hear it, how loud is it for him?

Why are they called earphones or headphones anyway? you can’t call anyone on them :-)

Maybe its just me, but when I listen to music on the train, I am respectful of the people around me as I am sure they don’t want to listen to my choice of music.

You know sometimes I wish I had a pair of scissors to cut the headphone cable to free us all from tinny music hell.

Thank god, Mr Tinny music got off at Kings Cross … ahhh can you hear that? Just the sound of the train …