Saturday, May 22, 2010

Veeam FASTSCP cannot copy to VMWARE ESXi


So you know that I love Veeam FastSCP. Even the free Version is pretty cool. So I had an instance where I could not copy files from my ESXi server datastore1 to datastore2. I know the rights were OK, I mean I was root. Having turned on SSH I could Putty in and create folders at will.

The answer is check your version. I had 3.0, download 3.1 and it worked like a charm.


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Scan port 993 Secure IMAP email with Avast (free)

Here is a cool free feature of Avast Free edition. You can scan the emails you get from an IMAP server, usually port 993 with Avast. What Avast does is to act as the conduit for that port.

Here is what I mean. Usually I use Google for my email through their Google Apps. When I set up email, I have to set it up going over a secure protocol through port 993. See screen shot below:

Now, change the settings in your email client (I am using Mozilla Thunderbird) to use the standard port of 143 and no encryption. See below:

Now open up AVAST, and then go to the Mail Shield, the Expert Settings, and then click on SSL Accounts. You will see that it is doing the 993 port for you and scanning your email for viruses --- Pretty cool and all for free!


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Ubuntu Log - Entry 7

I wanted to wrap up my log entries quick because since version 10.x is out, I want to move on. So I just want to close with some thoughts of what I think about Ubuntu, and how it compares with Windows 7 in my experience.

Over all I find Ubuntu a totally useful Operating System. I mean this from a usability standpoint. It is in my opinion ready for a Desktop, either at home or in the Corporate environment. The only thing that hinders it's adoption is probably in the area of Business Applications, and more specifically "Accounting". Quickbooks has refused to create a version of their OS to port to Linux environment. This is probably the biggest roadblock, but with Cloud computing continuing to increase in popularity, it might become a mute point hopefully.

There really was nothing I normally do in Windows that i was not able to do in Ubuntu. This does not mean that I tested everything thing in comparison, but basically everything I do. I am not a Gamer so I really can't compare that. I also do not do heavy Graphics and I am not a Music composer. I do some Photography and Videos and that seem work Ok for me on Ubuntu, and version 10 promises better in that area.

Really my major complaint in Ubuntu was with external Monitors and Projectors. I found that it was easier for me to boot into my Windows 7 partition if I had to do any kind of presentation or displaying my screen through a projector.

Since most of my work involves Computer, Network, and Virtualization, Ubuntu excelled in all those areas. Right now for example, Ubuntu plays a major role as a Print server, Firewall, Web Sever, Blog Server, etc. (Not Ubuntu, but Linux also does all the Network Authentication using IDM from Novell).

I think Linux is making good inroads, and Unbuntu especially in the Desktop area.


Sunday, May 2, 2010

Ubuntu Log - Entry 6

Man, tech sometimes bytes, and other times it just keeps getting better, or at least it seems to move very quickly. I thought I would have time to write more about my experience with using Ubuntu as my primary platform on my laptop, but time got away from me and before I could finish Ubuntu 10.x was released. Needless to say, I downloaded it already (The live CD) and have tested it from CD briefly.

But before I venture down that road I have to add a few more entries on the current platform 9.10 which I have installed. Last time I wrote about the apps that have crossed over to Linux from the Windows world, i.e., that they have Linux versions. But I had some that I liked that had no crossover. For that I used Wine.

I have not used Wine in probably 10 years. So I did not expect a lot. Yet it all seems to work rather well with one major hiccup for me. First there are applications that when you download and install they are actually wrapped in Wine. These are some of my favorite Google Apps: Picasa and Google Earth. But that left a few that I wanted to see if I could make work.

These are the apps: Goodsync, Notepad++, I_view32, ScreenHunter, and my all time favorite Microsoft Application - One Note.

The first thing that you need to do is download Wine. You do this from Wine HQ. Installing Wine is fairly straight forward, but there are real good tutorials, and also videos on YouTube. Because of this I will not go through the steps; but literally it only took me a minute or two. The main thing is that after you install Wine, any Windows App you want to install, you do so with Wine. You right click on the installer program, and you will see at the top it will say "Install with Wine".

I would have shown some screen shots, but I had a problem with all the screenshot taking mechanisms in Ubuntu. Not that they will not work, but that the system will not let them work with a drop down menu or a right click menu. As soon as I tried the screen shot, the menu would hide. Not so with Windows, so the advantage goes to Windows in that area.

In any case: I was able to successfully install Goodsync, Notepad++, I_view32, and ScreenHunter (ScreenHunter installs, but does not have full functionality, so I will probably not use it). By the way, the Editor that comes with Ubuntu can be configured pretty close like Notepad++, so it was just something I wanted to do. On the other hand I_view32, I do not want to do without. No Linux app comes close, and that goes the same for Goodsync, for that matter. Neither one has rival in Windows world or Linux country (my opinion).

Here was my major disappointment, I could not get One Note to work. I installed it, and that worked, even to the part or Registration with Microsoft, but then it would just blow up. Then the uninstall just whacked to the point that I just deleted the files off the system.

Now, some of the Open Source purist would say, why would you want to run that anyway, and my answer is simple: I love that app. I am not too disappointed though because I can still run it in a Virtual Machine, and there is another, not free, but available application CrossOver from CodeWeavers that should do better. I will try that and report back.

In reality I can work happy without any Windows apps on Ubuntu, but if I can have a couple that I like why not. I think it would be better if the Software vendors would develop them for Linux also. I certainly would pay for them if they did.