Thursday, October 16, 2008

Backup Exec 12 - Exchange 2007 Email Notification

Backup Exec 12 Not Sending Email Notification through Exchange 2007
#550 5.7.1 RESOLVER.RST.AuthRequired; authentication required

Diagnostic information for administrators:
Generating server: exchange.yourdomain.local
#550 5.7.1 RESOLVER.RST.AuthRequired; authentication required ##
Original message headers:


When you're encountering a problem sending Backup Exec 12 email notification alerts through an Exchange 2007 server, check the following

Test that you can access port 25 (SMTP port number) on the Exchange server by using telnet.

telnet ip-address-of-exchange-server 25
ehlo domainname.gr
mail from:backup@domainname.gr
rcpt to:administrator@domainname.gr

data
backup exec
.

Your will then get a confirmation the mail has been queued for delivery

If the mail gets delivered you know port 25 in not blocked or restricted in any way you have permission to send e-mail.

If you do not connect, check to see if there is any software blocking the connection like software or hardware firewalls. Antivirus programs now come with firewall features to stop worms from sending out email from the computer they are infecting. Stop the services and try again. Once you have successfully telneted and sent the test email but backup exec still does not send email notifications then check the following.

The Backup Exec software might not be authenticating properly so be sure you have used an actual real email address with an active domain account as the sender address. The name is a description and can be anything but the email address has to an account in the domain - Exchange wants it that way. If you already have an active domain account as the sender address in backup exec, like administrator@domainname.gr, check the account's inbox and look for NDR (non-delivery reports as they may provide an important clue to why your email not being delivered.

Other tools that are handy to utilize when troubleshooting this problem is the the transport receive logs in exchange, they will determine if the email has even been received by the exchange server. When email is accepted into the Exchange email organization by the transport server (it could be the same server as the mailbox server), it will be logged. A simple log generated by exchange is very useful for problems such as this one.

Another tool I often used for determining if a program is trying to communicate information to another system over the network is a simple little program call Active Ports. This is a free program hat show you the running processes and what they are doing in terms of sending or receiving data. It has a very small foot print and installs in seconds so it is worth a look at. You can accomplish the same thing with a command line command but this GUI based tool gives you nearly realtime information which is important for something like SMTP send that could take only less than a second to occur.

The NDR information shown at the top of this email is an example of what someone was getting when they called for assistance. After going through the regular trouble shooting options as discussed above for determining the problem. If you are reading this you most likely have Symantec Backup Exec 12 and Exchange 2007. The way Backup Exec sends their email notifications has not changed in years and version 12 or 12.5 has also not changed. the new culprit is Exchange 2007. There are some additional security options included in the groups and users that are implemented through the domain schema update that has to be run in order to install Exchange 2007. One of those new options is in the domain group properties especially if you are using a distribution list to send the notification to. Uncheck the option to authenticate all users in group. That was the cure for the problem described in the NDR report shown at the beginning of this blog.
Microsoft Exchange email delivery issues as well as issues on the client side can be resolved using online remote support software.  Online remote support accounts for a majority of help-desk solutions. Microsoft Exchange can be repaired remotely as well as email clients like Micrsooft Outlook.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Server Error in '/owa/auth' Application - Outlook Web Access




Server Error in '/owa/auth' Application.
Runtime Error

Among other error messages received while trying to get Outlok Web Access working on IIS6/Exchange 2007 , this one was the worste:
Server Error in '/owa/auth' Application. Runtime Error

The reason it was one of the worst ones was because I knew I was close. Close to getting the thing working and after already trying so many things to make Outlook Web Access work from the Internet or an external computer and on the internal LAN network, this was the final hurrah to the trouble.
I checked the web for answers and hit so many forums with guru after guru after wan-be guru. Even the forums that charge to allow you to see the answers. You know the ones. They want you to pay a yearly subscription to see answers to questions. Yes they have answers to a lot of things but so many times you can tell the guys answering are giving the quickest cheesiest answers they can and hope they score the points for the answer.
They didn't have the answer. The usual spay of links to Microsoft technet and other places were there but no one had the answer. I found it myself. Trial and error and yes this server was hot - there were people waiting to use it.
Outlook web access for Exchange 2007. IIS6 running the front end OWA. This is a recipe for trouble don't you think? Things don't change and people who've been around know that the more complex the OS and services get, the more complex the problem. There are times you can throw some old fashioned techniques into the problem and score a win.

Trouble shooting this OWA Exchange 2003 problem was a brute force attack. I knew that at some point the right combination of security and permissions settings would hit and they did. Struggling to get outlook web access to work from external or the Internet but see it working on the LAN or internal network then try this. Don't be scared. Exchange has some new features that will put things right as Exchange 2007 actually manages Outlook web Access directory security from the web browser. Also, it isn't working anyway that's why your reading this. IIS manages the web site but exchange is looking out on the Outlook web access folder and everything else structure underneath.
All the folders under OWA need to not have the cog look. They should look like folders. If your have the cogs, get rid of them. How? Right click them one at a time and then at the bottom of the default property page it should read OWA but greyed out. the next field should read script and executables not greyed out and the last field, application pool, should be greyed out too. Now each of the fields should have in them Application Name: OWA , Execute Permissions : Scripts and Executables and the last, Execute Permissions: MSExchageDefualtAppPool.

All the folders underneath OWA should say the same thing in these three fields. You may be asking, what about directory security? What do I put there? Put anything you like. Exchange is managing that portion of it and will change whatever you do there anyway.

This solution also fixed these errors too:

  • Outlook Web Access encountered an unexpected error and was unable to handle your request.
  • Page canot be displayed Internal server error .
  • Url: http://exchange.yourdomain.com/owa/auth/error.aspx?aspxerrorpath=/owa/auth/logon.aspx










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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Information Technology Support - Adventure (Rated PG): NetGear PS121 USB to Ethernet Network

Information Technology Support - Adventure (Rated PG): NetGear PS121 USB to Ethernet Network


Make any standard USB printer a network printer with this inexpensive USB to network converter. Share your desktop printer with all computers on your home or small office network without having to buy more printers. With this PS, you can stop having to leave computers on just so other desktop computers on the network can acces the USB attached shared printers. Share them and keep your computer off and save power without even needing a dedicated server to do it.

Source blog home - Information Technology Support - Adventure (Rated PG)

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Information Technology Support - Adventure (Rated PG): Computer Desktop and Server Management




The list is short for companies and software that could offer the managed service software that kaseya can offer. At an affordable price, you could offer support services beyond that of the break/fix business model.

Offer them more at a steady contract price without having to even be onsite to implement and also reduce onsite visits and panic calls. With Kaseya computer desktop, server, and all network device management software, you could know about problems even before your customers do. In addition, you could offer backup solutions through imaging software built right into Kaseya and also get a robust ticketing system and remote control appication to remotely access your clients computers and provide real time support.

Kaseya is capable of automating and remotely manage the following key IT services:



  • PC Remote Control/Remote Support

  • Patch Management

  • Kaseya Computer Audit and Discovery

  • Remote Desktop Management

  • LAN and Windows Monitoring

  • Help Desk and Trouble Ticketing

  • Software Deployment & Systems Management

  • Network Policy Management

  • Backup and Disaster Recovery

  • Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware Detection

  • Cross Platform Support (PC and MAC)

  • User State Management

  • Power Management


Kaseya - Minimum system requirements

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Sunday, February 10, 2008

LiveMeeting Conferencing also for Tech Support.


Demo: Microsoft Office Live Meeting

The best I've found to get to the numerous support calls that can inundate the day is to access computers remotely through the web. The number of clients that you or your organization may have will increase not decrease. So the number of small and large computer problems increases along with the customer base. Computer remote support software gives technicians and support specialists the opportunity to get to more problems quicker and easier. Computer remote support software has enabled my company to grow their customer base without having to add additional technicians to support them.

Since we access their computers remotely, we are able to get to more of the computer desktop and server support tickets within the same amount of time or less. Software for desktop remote support has enabled our company to grow faster than before. We can access clients computers to get to their problems without them waiting for a technician to arrive on-site to address the location.

Microsoft LiveMeeting is one of the best tools available for both conferencing and for remote computer access to allow meeting online and for supporting our computer products with having to accrue the charges associated with actually going to a customer or prospective clients office to demonstrate a new product or solution.


Demo: Microsoft Office Live Meeting

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

SupperAntiSpyware - Desktop support at work.




SUPERAntiSpyware - AntiAdware, AntiSpyware,AntiMalware


My Review And Opinion:
Highly recommend it for removing malware and viruses from desktop systems.


The name of this product and their icons for the box image and the application once installed look and feel like the badware programs they are trying to remove from desktops. When I first encoutnered this products, I was in desperate need of a tool that would remove some programs (trojans, browser hi-jackers, root-kits like QoolAid) from a desktop that was so badly poluted that the normal programs that I used as part of a set of tools for removing such said programs were not doing the job.

After searching our to find other solutions, I came a cross a forum that recomended this program to remove really engrained and harmfull stuff. Thjose of you who have chased viruses and bad ware in the past have come to realize that one tool is not enough, and the baguys are always improving their means and effecientcy at which they can inject their garbagee onto another computer.

I was a big fan of AdAware SE before I met this little program called SUPERAntiSpyware. Ad- Aware just didn't remove everything and after each and every reboot, the pop-ups wopuld occur again. If the reboot didn't re-infect it again, the starting of IE would (I had no choice but to use IE on this and other desktops in this clients office - NO FireFox option).

There are hundreds of thousands of viruses and Trojans just waiting to infect an unsuspecting visitor to a website. Many times these are just people who are looking to find music or other harmful things online. A simple search for kids cloths could land an unsuspecting visitors to a web site that within an instant, has infected their computer desktop and in no time at all, the computer becomes unusable. I've seen it over and over again.

When I first tried this program I actually thought from the name and look, it was going to be malware itself and I'd be looking to remove it too. After trying several programs (suggested by the wizards on various computer support forums), I found that there are indeed too many bogus programs that say they're going to clean up your computer and then turn out to actually infect it further.



This program works great and it works fast. Their are options to the type of scan to perform but even an average user can install and have it running in minutes. Their free version doesn't due real-time scanning but for a quick clean and fix, it works great. I do recommend purchasing the real time scanner to provide constant protection. I carry it on my USB drive so I'm ready to use this little gem of a program to clean computer when needed.




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