Monday, January 25, 2010

Removing password requirement for mobile devices on Exchange 2007 and/or SBS 2008

When you put in a Windows 2008 SBS box, it puts in a password requirement once the mobile device (for example - an iphone) has an active Exchange ActiveSync connection.

You can alter that setting in Exchange Management Console under Oragnization Configuration -> Client Access -> right click on Windows ... Mobile Policy ... and unchecking require password on the password tab.

In my experience, you need to remove and re-add the account on the mobile device after making the settings change (at least on an iphone 3Gs I tested on)

More details here:

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Symantec Endpoint Protection eating up disk space

On two of my servers, I found Symantec Endpoint Protection eating up disk space like crazy. In each case, they had many, many temp folders that amounted to many gigs of data in this folder:

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SymcData\sesmvirdef64

There doesn't seem to be any harm in deleting them. Very strange - very lame.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Syswan router VPN passthrough has reverse setting

I've become a fan of Syswan routers as they are a cheap, functional business class router. There aren't a lot of routers in the sub $300 category that aren't the residential wireless routers that are sub $100.

Today, I was troubleshooting the fact that users at a site with a Syswan router couldn't make outgoing VPN connections. After checking, PPTP passthrough was enabled, so I disabled it. And voila - it worked. So it seems, in some cases (not all) - the PPTP passthrough box has the reverse of the intended effect. Screen shot below of a setting that DOES work for PPTP passthrough. The model of this router is Syswan Duolinks 24 VPN.