Monday, 6 October 2014

Cisco AnyConnect VPN and Windows 10 Preview

Windows 10 Preview has just been released and the official advice is to not use it for anything critical just yet, however it is stable and almost everything I've installed so far works as expected.  The standard casualties of beta operating systems are VPN clients and this time is not an exception ... well almost.

The Cisco AnyConnect client (version 3.1.05160) installed first time and connected straight away but after a reboot the "failed to initialize connection subsystem" message appeared.

There are two suggestions to fix this, firstly disabling "Work Offline" in Internet Explorer:

 HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings

Create a new REG DWORD called GlobalUserOffline with a value of 1

In my case this didn't make and difference.

The other suggestion which was successful in my case was to enable Windows 8 compatibility for the launcher:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Cisco\Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client\vpnui.exe

Friday, 7 February 2014

Windows 2012 R2 Edition Comparison

There are 7 different editions of Windows Server 2012 R2 all designed for different end user requirements.   The features and options can be tricky to keep straight so this link is here for my reference as much as anything else:

Edition Comparison Chart

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Important Update for Exchange 2013 RTM CU2!

If you have already applied Exchange 2013 RTM CU2 (build 712.22) then you should read this post from Ross Smith.  Basically you need to upgrade to new version of CU2 (build 712.24).

An issue was identified in public folder permissions being lost if the public folder mailbox is moved between databases on servers running build 712.22 so a new build has been released to include a fix for this.

Unfortunately any security updates for CU2 will depend on build 712.24 so you will need to apply this update even if you are not using public folders.

Direct link to the update: KB2859928

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

OWA for iOS Now Available!

The Exchange Team have just announced the release of an OWA app for iPhone and iPad.  I guess it is the app that you didn't know you needed brining a Windows Phone and  Exchange 2013 experience to iOS-based gadgets.

If you like the Exchange 2013 OWA experience then this will probably be a good replacement for the built-in mail client - the only catch is that it currently only supports Office 365 mailboxes but on-premise support is promised.

Available for free from the Apple App Store: iPhone iPad

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Exchange 2010 SP3 RU1 Released

Microsoft has just released the first update rollup for Exchange 2010 SP3.

Direct link to download: Update Rollup 1 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3 (KB2803727)

The list of fixes in this update is available from this link (KB2803727).

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Quest Resource Update Manager: A security package specific error occurred

When using Quest Resource Update Manager (RUM) to perform a Discovery task, the task fails with: "A security package specific error occurred"

The article from Quest indicates a couple of possible solutions:

A better solution would be remove the computer from the RUM collection and re-add it using its FQDN instead.  Failing that use the computers IP address.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Exchange 2013 Deployment Assistant Updated

The excellent tool that is the Exchange 2013 Deployment Assistant has just been updated to include details for coexistence with Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010 organisations.

If you haven't used the deployment assistant previously it is a web based tool that provides checklist based step-by-step instructions for Exchange installation, coexistence and migration scenarios for on premises organisations and hybrid configuration steps for working with Office 365.

The tool in its previous guise also provided this information for coexisting with and migrating to Exchange 2010 from Exchange 2003/2007 and the landing page with links to both tools can be found here: Microsoft Exchange Server Deployment Assistant