Who wants a free BlackBerry PlayBook?

October 31, 2011 Leave a comment

It has been entirely too long since we last posted something here, but I do have something worthy of removing the cobwebs today (and it’s got nothing to do with Halloween).  If you’re in the market for a tablet, you may want to consider the BlackBerry PlayBook.  The QNX-based tablet performs very well multitasking and browsing the web, but if you have a BlackBerry smartphone, it just gets better.  The BlackBerry PlayBook can tether to your BlackBerry smartphone to securely extend your data connection as well as email and BBM functionality.  Provided your phone is within bluetooth range and has a data plan, there is no need for a separate data plan for your new tablet!

So let’s get back to the title (let’s face it, you’ve only read this far to find out how to get your hands on that free PlayBook, right?).  The free PlayBook offer is a buy two, get one free deal, with an additional kicker: all 3 tablets will include a free premium accessory!  You have your choice of an HDMI cable, leather sleeve, or quick charging stand.

Description MSRP Our price You save
3 16GB PlayBooks and HDMI Cables $1,616.97 $1,099.97 $517
3 32GB PlayBooks and HDMI Cables $1,916.97 $1,299.97 $617
3 64GB Playbooks and HDMI Cables $2,216.97 $1,519.97 $697
3 16GB PlayBooks and Charging Pods $1,706.97 $1,099.97 $607
3 32GB PlayBooks and Charging Pods $2,006.97 $1,299.97 $707
3 64GB PlayBooks and Charging Pods $2,306.97 $1,519.97 $787
3 16GB PlayBooks and Leather Sleeves $1,646.97 $1,099.97 $547
3 32GB PlayBooks and Leather Sleeves $1,946.97 $1,299.97 $647
3 64GB PlayBooks and Leather Sleeves $2,246.97 $1,519.97 $727

I will throw out a few disclaimers now:

  • These prices are limited in both time and quantity and subject to change without notice
  • We typically only deal with local businesses in the Cincinnati, OH metro area and certain eligibility requirements may apply

If you are interested, please call our office at 513-892-0027 and mention this blog post.  Depending on the quantity you are interested in, we may be able to provide an even better deal, but I can’t stress enough that this is a limited time and quantity offer.

Synchronizing OneNote over SSL with integrated Windows authentication

February 4, 2011 4 comments

I started using OneNote about a year ago, and I’m still very much an amateur when it comes to what OneNote can really do.  I’m constantly finding new neat features in the program, but that has nothing to do with this post.  We have a server running Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007, which is built on Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0.  I placed two OneNote notebooks in separate Document Libraries on separate SharePoint sites, and configured the sites to use Integrated Windows authentication.  Everything seems to work great via Internet Explorer, but other applications, such as OneNote and Windows Explorer, don’t work so well.  I thought this was due to the fact that my WSS sites only accepted SSL connections with an internal domain certificate, but as it turns out, it has nothing to do with SSL!

Does this look familiar at all?  If you are running Windows Vista or Windows 7, you will get this error when trying to connect to a WSS 2.0/3.0 site using WebDAV.  In case you didn’t know, if you have a OneNote notebook stored on a SharePoint site, it connects via WebDAV to sync changes.  Also, if you access a SharePoint site via the UNC path, it also uses WebDAV.  For the last few months, when I opened OneNote, it would tell me OneNote needs a password to sync some of your notebooks.  Click here to see the list of sections and notebooks that require passwords.  When I clicked the message, I was prompted for credentials, and although I was already logged into my laptop with my domain credentials, I would simply put the same user/pass that I was logged in with, and it would sync.  I also found that I could not browse to the Document Library with the UNC path (\\example.v1corp.com@SSL\mysharepointsite).  When I tried this, I got the message The operation being requested was not performed because the user has not been authenticated.  The site uses Integrated Windows Authentication and was already in my Intranet zone in Internet Explorer, but it would not authenticate me.

Then I found this.  This is a known issue in Windows Vista, and KB941050 details how to fix it either with hotfix 943280 or with a registry hack.  As I am running Windows 7 and the hotfix did not seem to work for me, I tried the latter.  All you need to do to make Windows Explorer and OneNote happy is to create a new Multi-String Value called AuthForwardServerList in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WebClient\Parameters, add your site’s URL in the form of https://example.v1corp.com/mysharepointsite (obviously replace the FQDN and site with your own information, and drop the s if you are not using SSL), and restart the WebClient service.  No reboot necessary :).  The error goes away and you can access WSS Document Libraries over the Internet and sync OneNote notebooks via Integrated Windows Authentication (a strong word of caution though, if you are using Integrated Windows Authentication over the Internet, you really should use SSL to encrypt the information).

We have a new office!

January 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Some of you may know this and some of you don’t, but we recently moved into a new office.  It’s not too far down the road from our old office, but it’s a different city and zip so it looks further away on paper ;).  If you need directions to our new office, check out our Google Maps listing here.  Although the sign has not been installed, here is a mockup of what will be coming shortly, along with a picture of our conference room (the rest of our office is very office-like with some small offices and cubicles, so I won’t bore you with those pictures).

We now have a decent sized warehouse and are doing some renovations to convert an unused closet and adjacent room to a nice service area with a workbench for customer PC builds and repairs.  We’re all pretty happy with our new diggs, and if you want to see where we call home, stop out and see us.  We’re always looking for new customers and like to show off our headquarters to existing customers just the same!

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RIM is literally giving away free PlayBooks!…or are they?

October 28, 2010 Leave a comment

I read an interesting article on BerryReview indicating that RIM would give PlayBooks to early developers.  Supposedly, this is a quote from Mike Lazaridis himself: “All you need to do is create an Adobe AIR application for the BlackBerry PlayBook and get it accepted to BlackBerry App World and you’ll get a free one.”  There is some speculation on whether every PlayBook app will earn the developer a PlayBook, and RIM is not being very forthcoming with clarification.  At first I was pretty excited, but after thinking about it, I’m guessing they will give PlayBooks to developers whose apps meet an undisclosed criteria.  While they might accept and approve basic applications that might get a few downloads, the free PlayBooks are likely reserved for those who submit apps that will be downloaded by the thousands.

Regardless, it can’t hurt to try, right?  You know who has two thumbs and is going to shoot for a free PlayBook?  This guy right here, that’s who.  Head on over to the Tablet OS Application Development page on BlackBerry.com to get your SDK and get started 🙂

IIS errors when running 32-bit application pools on SBS 2008

August 17, 2010 13 comments

I have run into this problem a few times with customer migrations, and again recently when installing some service packs and updates.  Consider the following scenario:

You are running one or more 3rd-party web applications on a machine running Small Business Server 2003.  You decide it is time to upgrade to Small Business Server 2008 only to find that your web applications no longer function, and the application pool is crashing. 

This is because SBS 2008 is a 64-bit operating system, and the web application you are trying to run has 32-bit components.  If you look in the Event Viewer, you will likely see the following in the Application log as well:

A listener channel for protocol ‘http’ in worker process ‘####’ serving
application pool ‘DefaultAppPool’ reported a listener channel failure. The
data field contains the error number.

Application pool ‘DefaultAppPool’ is being automatically disabled due to a
series of failures in the process(es) serving that application pool.

If you edit the Advanced Settings for the Application Pool and set Enable 32-Bit Applications to True (see above), you will be met with a new problem: 500.19.

This can be remedied by editing a few lines the applicationhost.config file (C:\Windows\System32\inetsrv\config) like thus:

<add name=”PasswordExpiryModule” image=”C:\Windows\system32\RpcProxy\RpcProxy.dll” />

becomes

<add name=”PasswordExpiryModule” image=”C:\Windows\system32\RpcProxy\RpcProxy.dll” preCondition=”bitness64″ />

This, along with an IISRESET, will fix the IIS errors and let your 32-bit ASP web application play nice on SBS 2008.  Should you later install Exchange 2007 SP3, you will need to repeat the process for exppw.dll (it is listed twice – once in GlobalModules and once in Modules).

Just for the record, this problem is not limited to SBS 2008.  It’s the rpcproxy.dll that has the incompability with 32-bit application pools that causes this, and that DLL is needed for Outlook Anywhere and the Terminal Services Gateway role.  You may see this on any 64-bit Exchange 2007 server or Terminal Server Gateway server, depending on your configuration.

Microsoft announces Small Business Server 7!

We’ve had some people take vacations at Vision One recently, so the rest of us have been spread pretty thin, and I completely missed the fact that Microsoft revealed some of the details on the much-anticipated successor to Small Business Server 2008.  This announcement was made at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference early this past Monday, July 12th, 2010.  According to The Official SBS Blog, there will be public preview releases for the next version of SBS within the next month or two.  And yes, you read that right; there will be TWO releases:

  • Windows Small Business Server “7”:  This next version of SBS will include a richer remote access experience, replaces Windows Server 2008 with Windows Server 2008 R2, replaces Exchange Server 2007 with Exchange Server 2010, and will also replace Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 with SharePoint 2010 Foundation.  SBS 7 will still have the 75 user limit.
  • Windows Small Business Server Code Name “Aurora”: This is a whole new type of SBS.  Aurora, as it is being called right now, will offer a mix of traditional and cloud capabilities.  Some of the features it boasts is automated backup and restore capabilities, organizing/accessing business information from almost anywhere, and will be limited to 25 users.

If you are familiar with the SBS platform, then there isn’t much I can tell you about SBS 7 that you didn’t already get from the above, so I won’t go into that.  Instead, I will elaborate on Aurora a little.  Aurora is meant only for new customers since it cannot be joined to an existing Active Directory domain, and must be the first server in a new domain.  Based on some of the screenshots and management features, a lot of the code base is likely shared with Microsoft Home Server “Vail”, which only makes sense as this is meant for customers with 5-25 PCs.  One big difference between SBS 7 and SBS Aurora is the lack of e-mail and collaboration on the box.  Instead, Aurora customers will leverage Microsoft’s hosted services for Exchange and SharePoint.  My feelings are torn on this idea until I see pricing, since SBS Aurora will mean a monthly fee for the hosted components, whereas SBS 7 has no monthly costs.  One nice perk with Aurora is that in addition to Windows Server Backup there will be a PC image backup tool for customers who need to backup client machines.

For those of you interested in beta-testing the new SBS line, head on over to this link to be notified on updates from Microsoft 🙂

Follow us on Twitter!

June 29, 2010 1 comment

In today’s age, just about everyone is into social networking, from blogs to Facebook/MySpace to Twitter and the like.  Considering Vision One is in the IT industry, it was only a matter of time before we got involved with some of these social networks, and it started with out Facebook page.  That was pretty successful, and this blog was born shortly after.  More recently, we really took the plunge and *dramatic drumroll* created a Twitter account.  None of us have really used Twitter much in the past, so bear with us as we get familiar with it, and if you see fit, follow us to see what we’re up to!

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