Saturday, April 22, 2006

Tool to use WM5 device as a USB flash drive


Just seen this on Jason Langridge's blog:

It is a piece of software which will let your WM device act as a USB flash card reader and present the storage to a PC like a USB key.

Here is a link:


Friday, April 14, 2006

OWA Redirect to HTTPS


I have often found this to be a nice setup for users who have gotten used to using only the HHTP URL for OWA. It also stops users needing to add the /Exchange at the end of the URL.

So here are the steps needed to Redirect OWA users from a simple URL;, to there OWA:

First open IIS manager

Then create a new website

Give the website a description (OWA Redirect)

Leave the default port 80 and add a host header for the URL that people use to get to your Exchange server.

Create a folder as the home path


Enter the path into the wizard,

Assign only read permissions

Finish the wizard.

Next open the properties of the new website and select the home Directory tab.

Change to "A redirection to a URL" and enter the full path to the exchange virtual server:

Also select the check boxes:

The exact URL entered above
A directory below this one

Next ensure that the default web site requires SSL

Apply the changes and Exit

Test whether things are working by opening a web browser and going to

You should be redirected to the secure /exchange site.

General Notes:
To make sure this works, I ensured that the new website I created only had an HHTP port not an HTTPS one. That way when users type the correct path they automatically go to the default site.

Hope this helps a few people make life simpler for users!


Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Offline Files problems with old shares


This is something which has annoyed me for ages but I think I finally have a fix!

So, the problem was, when you decomission an old server but don't stop the share syncronising on users' machines, you get left with an annoying message saying that the computer is offline!

Well, to get rid of it try a couple of things.


Open up the folder options page and on the offline files tab, press cntrl + shift and click the delete files button. This will wipe out all files so be carefull. Next restart the computer (if not prompted to already!)

The other option is to use a utility called CSCCMD.exe which comes with the 2003 resource kit tools.


csccmd.exe /disconnect:\\server\sharename

Then reboot.

Hope this helps someone!


Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Finally got a digital camera!!

Well, after many years of thinking about getting one, I finally bought a digital camera last week.

I went for the Canon Digital Ixus 55 which a whole load of magazines seem to think is pretty good.

Hopefully I will be able to work out what all the settings do!

I might even be able to get a picture on my profile!!

Anyone with any tips feel free to get in touch!


Monday, April 10, 2006

NTP Time Server


Its been a while, but here is a good source of Time Servers: