Thursday
May232013

Running the Exchange 2010 Eseutil on a Non-exchange Server

So I had kind of a crappy disaster recovery situation this week. My Exchange 2010 server at work kind of blew up on me. And I had to build a new one.

 

Discovered the Recover Server install option. Where a new exchange server can essentially inherit it's dead predecessor’s role and name, and not confuse Active Directory:

Recover an Exchange Server:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd876880(v=exchg.141).aspx

 

But when it comes to repairing those pesky Exchange databases, it's really nice to not have the repair work going on your production Exchange Server.

 

Microsoft has this article about to copy the Eseutil to another PC,

How to run Eseutil on a computer without Exchange Server: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/244525

 

That's nice and all, but anyone notice the lack of Exchange 2010 instructions??? WTH?

 

Well here's how I got around it.

I used the Exchange 2010 install disc (in my case the Exchange 2010 sp1 disc)

 

I copied the entire disc to a folder on a hard drive, and found the Eseutil.exe in the following sub directory: SETUP\SERVERROLES\COMMON

Hope this helps anyone who was stuck like me.

 

 Minor add: If you have to do a hard repair (eseutil /p) I strongly recommend having a lot of RAM. The utility likes to chew up as much as it can, and I don't think it releases it until it's done. I maxed out a Sandy-Bridge i5 with 32 gbs. I hope it's enough.

Thursday
Mar072013

Video Tour inside and out of AsusVivobook X202E

 

CoWorker of mine picked this up at the Microsoft Store.

There are actually 3 models of the VivoBook 11.6" TouchScreen Notebook

The X202E, Q200, and S200

The S200 is the Staples version of  X202E, comes with a USB External DVD-RW Drive, but lacks Bluetooth

The Q200 is the older Sandy Bridge version, and I've heard various reports that the RAM is upgradeable on this Verison. So you trade CPU and Better Integrated Graphics for the option to have more RAM.

The model in the Video is the X202E, Ivy Bridge i3 CPU, 4GB RAM Solder on Mainboard, and a 500 GB HDD.

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/pd/ASUS-VivoBook-X202E-Touchscreen-Notebook/productID.257339400/vip.true

 

All 3 of the models range in price, you can find them on sale for as low as $400, but on average the sit between $450 and $550.  It's probably the cheapest Touch Screen Ultrabook you can buy today.

 

 

Thursday
Mar072013

Video Review of the Evoko Touch Screen Room Manager

 

I got to take a look at a Demo Unit of the Evoko Room Manager. Pretty Neat, but it's high cost my be prohibitive to some, and given that high price, I wish it would do more, and have a nicer screen.

Thursday
Jan242013

Slight Problem with the Monoprice Monitor Arms...

 

I usually really like to reccomend Monoprice.com. They have great prices on cables. I've purchased alot from them in the past. But something I'm not in love with is their Desk Claimp Monitor Arms. (Monprice title: 3 Way Adjustable Tilting Desk Mount Bracket for LCD LED )

 

 

 

In the Past I've purchased Ergotron Monitor Arms, but that can be pricey. So I wanted to try something a little cheaper. And while these Arms aren't the worst I've seen, they have a lot of flaws... First off... They don't work with my desk. An Ikea Galant Series Table. Similar to this one.

The problem (which hopefully you can see in the below pic) is that the clamp doesn't compress far enough to grip the table, This can be fixed with a longer bolt, but that requires some dissabemply of the clamp.

 

 

Also I didn't like how the tilt on the VESA mount would loosen if I ever adjusted the monitor, then I would have to go behind the monitor have to retighten it.

 

All and all, I rate this as: Don't Buy.

 

Sunday
Oct282012

Hands on (Video) with the Thinkpad X1 Carbon and the IdeaPad Yoga 13"

Here's a Video of the X1 Carbon and some comparisons to the other Laptops in my basement:

 

 

 

Also, I got a chance to play with the IdeaPad Yoga 13" at a Best Buy.