Wednesday, July 28, 2010

How to Setup your BlackBerry to Sync with Outlook?

1 - Connect your BlackBerry to the Desktop Manager

While the desktop manager is running, connect your BlackBerry to the PC using the USB. You should see an error message stating "No applications configured for synchronization" if you haven't already set anything to sync.

Desktop Manager Not Configured!

2 - Set up which parts of Outlook to sync

Okay clicking okay (and entering your password if one exists), click Synchronize. Now click synchronization under the configuration tab and then select Synchronization.

Sync Options In BBDM!

If you a password exists on your device, you may be asked to input it once again. For this example, I will choose Contacts only, but you also have the option to the calendar, memo pad and tasks. Keep in mind you can choose to sync with Yahoo! as well. For Google, you would need to use Google Sync.

Check off the radio for Address Book and you will be asked to from the available desktop applications. Highlight Outlook and then select "Next"

Outlook Sync Selection!

The next screen is where you can choose 'Two Way Sync' / 'One Way Sync from the BlackBerry to Outlook' / 'One Way Sync from Outlook to the BlackBerry.' I usually choose Two sync as it will merge data from both your device and Outlook (safest option).

Sync Options For Directional Sync!

After you choose, hit Next. On this screen, you would select the Outlook profile you'd like to sync, majority of us only have Outlook, but some may have business contacts and personal contacts in which they don't mix. After choosing your profile, hit Next and then click Finish after getting to the Congratulations screen. You can choose to sync more items or click OK if you're done.

3- Synchronizing your data

I usually unplug my berry at the main screen in Desktop Manager for five (5) seconds and then plug it back up. You will then be asked for your password if one exists.

Device Password Screen!

You will now see the synchronization screen bring up a new screen if there are any changes to be made with your Address book, Calendar, Memo pad or Tasks. You can choose to Accept or Decline the changes.

Final Options For Sync!

After your synchronization is done, you can check both Outlook and BlackBerry for the changes. Once you see the additions/deletions, you have successfully set your BlackBerry up to Sync.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

New user in AD not showing up in global address list

The user that can't see the new object is running Outlook in cache mode. When running in cache mode, it's the Offline Address Book that is viewed and not the live GAL.

By default the OAB is rebuilt once a day, and is downloaded when you launch Outlook. When you logged in as the user, I'm guessing you either ran in non-cache mode, or when you launched Outlook the rebuild OAB was ready and downloaded.

To see changes immediately, you need to do two things. First, open the System Manager (ESM) and expand Recipients and Offline Address Lists. Right-click on Default Offline Address List and select Rebuild. Second, have the user select Tools-->Download Address Book in Outlook.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

IE7 issue with Integrated Windows Authentication in IIS

Goto Tools >> Internet Options. Select Security Tab. Select the zone in which your app runs ( Internet, Intranet etc ). Click Custom level. Scroll down to User Authentication section ( the last section ). Make sure that Automatic logon with current username/password is selected.

Also, check the Advanced Tab in Tools/Internet Options. There is an option to enable Integrated Windows Authentication under Security section.

Or remove the Authentication:

Monday, July 5, 2010

Outlook 2007: Schedule an in-person meeting

Schedule an in-person meeting

  1. On the File menu, point to New, and then click Meeting Request.

Keyboard shortcut To create a new meeting request, press CTRL+SHIFT+Q.

  1. In the Subject box, type a description.
  2. In the Location box, type a description or click Rooms to choose from rooms available for automatic scheduling by using Microsoft Exchange.
  3. In the Start time and End time lists, select the start and end time for the meeting. If this is an all day event, select the All day event check box.

An all day event is a full 24 hour event lasting from midnight to midnight.

NOTE By default, the current time zone setting on your computer system is used to schedule meetings. If you want to schedule meetings based upon an alternate time zone, on the Meeting tab, in the Options group, click Time Zones.

  1. Type any information that you want to share with the recipients, attach any files, or create a Meeting Workspace.

For more information about Meeting Workspaces, see the See Also section.

  1. On the Meeting tab, in the Show group, click Scheduling Assistant.

The Scheduling Assistant helps to find the best time for your meeting.

  1. Click Add Others, and then click Add from Address Book.
  2. In the Select Attendees and Resources dialog box, in the Search box, enter the name of a person or resource that you want to invite to the meeting. If you are searching with the More Columns option, then click Go.
  3. Select the name from the results list, and click Required, Optional, orResources, and then click OK.

Required and Optional attendees appear in the To box on the Meeting tab, andResources appear in the Location box.

The free/busy grid shows the availability of attendees. A green vertical line represents the start of the meeting. A red vertical line represents the end of the meeting.

Free/Busy grid

The Suggested Times pane locates the best time for your meeting, which is defined as the time when most attendees are available. The best meeting time appears at the top of the pane. To select any of the suggested times, click the time suggestion in the Suggested Times pane. You can also manually pick a time on the free/busy grid.

Suggested Times pane

  1. If you want to make the meeting recur, on the Meeting tab, in the Optionsgroup, click Recurrence, select the recurrence pattern, and then click OK.

When you add a recurrence pattern to a meeting request, the Meeting tab changes to Recurring Meeting.

  1. On the Meeting tab, in the Show group, click Appointment.
  2. Click Send.

Change a meeting

  1. Open the meeting that you want to change.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Change options for a meeting that is not part of a series
      1. Change the options, such as subject, location, and time, that you want to change.
      2. Click Send Update.
    • Change options for all meetings in a series
  1. Click Open the series.
  2. Change any options, such as subject, location, and time, that you want to change.
  3. To change recurrence options, on the Recurring Meeting tab, in the Options group, click Recurrence, change the options, such as time, recurrence pattern, or range of recurrence, and then click OK.
  4. Click Send Update.
  • Change options for one meeting that is part of a series
  1. Click Open this occurrence.
  2. On the Recurring Meeting tab, change the options, such as subject, location, and time, that you want.
  3. Click Send Update.

TIP In Calendar, you can drag the meeting to a different date and you can also edit the subject by clicking the description text, pressing F2, and then typing your changes.

Make a meeting recurring

  1. Open the meeting that you want to make recurring.
  2. On the Meeting tab, in the Options group, click Recurrence.
  3. Click the frequency—Daily, Weekly, Monthly, or Yearly—with which you want the meeting to recur, and then select options for the frequency, and then click OK.
  4. Click Send Update.

Make a meeting private

  1. Create or open the meeting that you want to make private.
  2. On the Meeting tab, in the Options group, click Options, and then clickPrivate.

IMPORTANT You should not rely on the Private feature to prevent access by other people to the details of an meeting, contact, or task. To make sure that other people cannot read the item that you marked as private, do not grant them read permission to your Calendar, Contacts, or Tasks folder. A person with read permission to access your folders could use programmatic methods or other e-mail applications to view details of a private item. Use the Private feature only when you share folders with people who you trust.

Set up or remove a reminder

Do one of the following:

  • For all new meetings that you will create
    1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
    2. To have a reminder automatically turned on or off for new meetings, select or clear the Default reminder check box.
    3. If you selected the check box, enter the amount of time before the meeting that you want the reminder to appear.
  • For existing meetings
  1. Open the meeting or series if the meeting is recurring.
  2. To have a reminder turned on or off, on the Meeting tab, in theOptions group, select None or a listed reminder time.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

How to Synchronize Windows Server 2003 with NTP Server?

It is very Important to Synchronize your Domain with an external NTP server to keep the time up to date. I was actually using My domain controller as a NTP Server for all my network. The network is having windows as well as Linux systems. Some of My servers are Database servers so the time of all the servers should be the same.

I followed the following steps to Synchronize Windows Server 2003 Domain controller With An External Time Source.

1. Open Registry Editor (regedit.exe) on the server .

2. Go to HKEY LOCAL MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\Parameters. In the right pane double click on Type. Change the value to NTP as shown in the following pic.

\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\Config. In the right pane double click on AnnounceFlags. Change the value to 5, as shown in the following pic.

Go to HKEY LOCAL MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\Parameters. In the right pane double click on NtpServer. Enter the IP addresses of any valid ntp time sources you want to sync your server with. Each IP address should be separated by a space. If you use host names for the ntp servers, you must follow the host names with a ,0×1. For example,,0×1as shown in the following pic.

5. Stop and restart the Windows Time Service. At the Windows command prompt type:

net stop w32time

net start w32time

To have the time synchronize with the new ntp time sources immediately type the following at the command prompt:

w32tm /resync /rediscover