Archive for November, 2007

Dallas Stars Vs. San Jose Sharks (Nov 14, 2007)

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007



I was lucky enough to be invited to an ice hockey game and even luckier to get VIP tickets, thanks Gerald!

More pictures (more…)

Dallas trip 2007

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

I just arrived at the hotel in Dallas its 23:30 local time but 6:30 DK time, Im tired and Im heading to bed…

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Quick video playing with the timelaps feature on my camera

If you ever find yourself in Dallas, Texas head to the Galleria and go eat at The Grill and ask if they have the $50 12 ounce bone-in steak.

MS Exchange have problems resending to MTAs using greylisting

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

Today when restarting my Small Business Server 2003 SP2 (SBS2003SP2) I suddenly recieved about 40 DNRs and they were related to GreyListing

Examples:
You do not have permission to send to this recipient. For assistance, contact your system administrator.
mail .*****.com #4.7.1 smtp;450 4.7.1 user@*****.dk: Recipient address rejected: Greylisted, see http://isg.ee.ethz.ch/tools/postgrey/help/*****.dk.html/mail

The e-mail system was unable to deliver the message, but did not report a specific reason. Check the address and try again. If it still fails, contact your system administrator.
mail .*****.com #4.0.0 smtp;451 user@*****.com: MTA says no./mail

You do not have permission to send to this recipient. For assistance, contact your system administrator.
mail .*****.com #4.7.1 smtp;451 4.7.1 Greylisting in action, please come back in 00:01:00/mail
mail .*****.com #4.7.1 smtp;451 4.7.1 message delayed, see http://www.greylisting.org ; Please try again later/mail
mail .*****.com #4.7.1 smtp;450 4.7.1 user@*****.dk: Recipient address rejected: Greylisted for 300 seconds/mail

I did some googleling and found that:
“On a Microsoft Windows Server 2003-based SMTP gateway server, some messages may unexpectedly remain in the queue folder until the SMTP service is restarted. After the SMTP service is restarted, all idle messages in the queue folder are processed correctly. Specifically, the idle messages are delivered, or non-delivery report (NDR) messages are sent to the mail sender. Therefore, the mail sender may receive an NDR message several days or even several weeks after the sender sends a message.”

To Fix this problem you can either:

Solution A: Apply Microsoft hotfix
On a Windows Server 2003-based SMTP gateway server, some messages may remain in the queue folder until the SMTP service is restarted

or

Solution B: Restart the Exchange service
Put these two lines into a .cmd file and run it as a “Scheduled Task” every 24hrs
net stop smtpsvc
net start smtpsvc

net stop smtpsvc - net start smtpsvc

or

Solution C: Use your ISPs Smart Host
Configure Exchange 2003 SMTP connector with ISP SMTP server information.

or

Solution D: Edit the registry
Create the key (looks like a folder though ;) ) “Queuing” under
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SMTPSVC\
Then create the DWORD value “GlitchRetrySeconds” and set it to 60

Exchange GlitchRetrySeconds Key

Other links talking about the problem:
microsoft.public.exchange.admin

Update
It also might be a good idea to install Microsoft Updates
Microsoft Updates to recieve all the Exchange updates available!

Hey Symantec – Wht th hll s wrng wth vowels?

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

Your “Licensing portal” and “File Connect” is worthless!

Symantec Licensing Portal of DOOM!
Your request can not be processed now. Please contact Customer Care Center.

For example I bought, among other things, 36 months worth of antispam protection, do I get one license that will work for 3 years? NOOO!!! I get 3 licenses each worth 12 months so I have to access the Licensing Portal and File Connect every 12 months. But then they also send you upgrade notifications so you have to go to the PORTAL and upgrade your licenses and now I dont know what everything is because Symantec cant use vowels:

SYMC MULTI-TIER PROTECTION 11.0 BNDL STD LIC EXPRESS BAND C ESSENTIAL
SYMC BACKUP EXEC AWS 11D WIN AGENT FOR WINDOWS SYSTEMS INCLUDES AGENT FOR WINDOWS SERVERS AND CPA STD LIC EXPRESS BAND S

BESROpt701_AllWin_Multilingual_Prod
BESR701_AllWin_Multilingual_SrdOnly
BESR701_AllWin_English_SrdOnly
BEWS_11D.7170_32BIT_VERSION
BEWS_11D_MANAGEMENT_PACK_MSFT_OPERATIONS_MGR

and thats just 1/6 of what theres in my portal of doom!
Thanks Symantec for making it so much easier to use your products…

Wow someone else is having problems

…to buy and use Backup Exec we need a license number, serial number, certificate number, activation code, and have inspiration from heavens above to navigate through a minefield of searches that don’t work and hidden links that you must know about…

…at one point you need to hold down Shift when you click on a link, or you’ll just circle around to where you were…

…First you have to stuggle to buy the product. Then they e-mail you a cryptic PDF. Then you login to The Portal and tediously enter the info from the PDF. Hopefully, a few days later The Portal will e-mail you with yet another number. You then go back to The Portal and interact some more. Finally, yet another e-mail arrives telling you that the key is ready. Log back in again and get the key. Then hope it actually unlocks the software — which it won’t if the version is not exact…

The whole article: Symantec Owns Veritas Licensing Mess

And another article:
Licensing Logjam Holds Back Veritas Customer