Migrating from ISA 2006 to Forefront TMG 2010

Unfortunately this isn’t one of those success stores. But then again if I wrote about those I’d be hitting a few thousand posts a year, and plus they’re really boring to write about. We began the project by powering up some virtual machines and test importing the configuration from ISA 2006 to Forefront TMG 2010, and all appeared fine. The ruleset was there, the VPN configurations were there, and so on.
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Slow Relaying with Microsoft Exchange 2010

If you’ve got an application that sends messages via your Exchange 2010 server, using SMTP, you might’ve noticed that things have slowed down a bit. The reason for this is because the Exchange 2010 receive connectors have a “MaxAcknowledgementDelay” setting, that will inform you if the delivery is successful, within a certain time frame. If the timelimit is hit, it then acks the submission. To disable this you can set your receive connector not to use this feature:
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Dear Bloglines

I’m sorry that I couldn’t do this to your face, but I’m writing to tell you that it’s over. You might not have seen it, but I’ve tried to be loyal, but the temptations were just too much in the face of your problems, which I’ll admit seem quite small and petty to begin with - but they build and they build. I loved using your beta interface, but it’s been in beta for quite sometime, and getting less reliable; the SSL issues that happened during June/July/August and the endless “Server Communication Error”s.
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Against better judgement

I’ve been playing around with CouchDB for a few nights, inspired by the work of Stuart Langridge and others at Ubuntu, and also J Chris Anderson. To break myself into the CouchDB world I started poking around at the capabilities, and mostly trying to not think of SQL-isms. Understanding map/reduce and getting your brain out of the SQL world is worth it, if for no other reason than to get a different perspective on data storage.
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Windows DFS shares, junctions and permissions

Here’s another one that caught me out today, but I’ve never come across before. Under a DFS share, any linked shares are created as junctions. It appears that the permissions on these junctions do affect the permissions of the data within the linked share. Whilst this is logical, given how junction points work, what really threw me was that the wonderful, wonderful GUI didn’t reflect this and the permissions on the junction point had been inadvertently changed.
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In Bath? Not disabling your Bluetooth when you don’t need it? You may have been under surveillance..

I was going to go with “technologically raped”, but that’s a bit sensationalist. Granted I’m probably going a bit over the top, but it looks like some researchers from the University of Bath, my home town, were let loose with various bluetooth tools and equipment. The aim of their research was to do some basic modelling and proof of concept work - mapping interactions, using bluetooth. Astonishingly they captured 10,000 unique devices (supposedly) over 6 months, from various locations.
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Never doubt yourself

One of the users for the client that I mentioned in my last post works from home a fair bit, using a site-to-site IPSec tunnel that was setup a number of weeks ago, and a MacBook Pro running Leopard. As the rest of this client’s network is Windows based we hadn’t really considered restricting the Mac at all. After all this user is relatively clued up.. Or so I thought.
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Goodbye IBM?

Thanks to Chris and Dave, whom I’ve worked with for almost 4 years, I’ve sung the praises of IBM’s server kit. It was well built, full of features, well supported, not too expensive (although they are more expensive), and they have the “prestige”. In the last 1 or so years things in IBM have changed, from my point of view. They don’t seem to care as much in the very rare occasions when we need to get parts replaced, the replacements come back faulty and calls get closed in clearing with poor quality and unsatisfactory answers in a few instances.
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Dear Microsoft (Alert: rant)

Why is csccmd 1.1 still not publically available for download (yes, it is massively different from version 1.0)? I first required this excellent facility a little over 2 years ago now - having used it multiple times to extract files from the CSC since, without having any problems, I can only assume its because its been forgotten. This is a bit of a shame, especially given the amount of trouble I had to get that file officially then, apparently it’s even worse now - unless you have no qualms with “other” resources.
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Community spirit

Regardless of who you are, or what you do, you’re a member of some sort of community. Most people invest time, money and more, often to simply give back. As a result of this some members come to expect a certain level of mutual respect from their peers and possibly even the creators / developers of said project. When this respect is broken it can often lead to ill feeling within the community.
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