Enabling Symantec Enterprise Vault Tab in Outlook 2013 on Windows 8.1 x64

After a lot of searching and testing with different versions of the Symantec Enterprise Vault plugin with Microsoft Office 2013 running on Windows 8.1 x64, I have found a solution to the issue that has been stopping the Enterprise Vault tab not displaying in Office 2013.

The trick was simple. Install the latest version of the Outlook Plug-in (v11 at the time of writing) then Reset the EV Client by the following method.

1. Close Outlook
2. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to \Program Files\Enterprise Vault\EVClient\
3. Double click on “ResetEVClient.exe”

That’s it. Open up Outlook 2013 and you should now see the Enterprise Vault tab.

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Maintaining BSD Ports On Your System Automatically

Well i have been looking around for a good way of keeping my BSD system up to date. Over on the freebsd forums there is a really easy to use scrip that has been developed by one of the Moderators over there. This scrip will check your system, perform some admin tasks and e-mail you the results once a week so you can keep your system up to date.

First things first, head on over to (Click To Visit Link) and have a quick read of how to setup the script and launch the scrip automatically.

Here is a re-cap of what i did to setup the scrip for myself.

1. Took a copy of the scrip from the above URL. Saved it in my home directory as
/home/user/portupdater.sh

2. Changed the permissions on the file using this command:
chmod 700 /home/user/portupdater.sh
This will enable the scrip to be executable.

3. Added in the following line into cron:
## Weekly System Update Check
0 16 * * 0 root /home/user/portupdater.sh | mail -s "Output of Portupdater" user@user.com 2>&1

This will run the command at 4pm on every Sunday afternoon. Once completed it will e-mail the results to a specified e-mail address. This will save you logging in to your system to check the results.

4. Once you receive the e-mail from the above job, you can then action the ports that need upgrading. The command that i use to update the ports is:
portupdater port_name_here
If you would like to rebuild/recompile the ports that have dependencies on the new port you can update the port by using the 0r option.
portupdater -r port_name_here

5. Id you would like to run the scrip from the command line and not through cron, you need to enter this command:
/home/user/portupdater.sh now

I hope this helps out a few people who are new to BSD. A huge thanks goes to DuchDaemon over on the freebsd forums. Without your help this would have been much harder to setup.

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Zpool Status – Nagios Shell Script

While searching around on the net today i have come across this handy little script to check the ZFS volume status on a given machine.

The script has been developed for Nagios, however you can adapt it to run from CRON.

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Working With ZFS Snapshots and Clones

A snapshot is a read-only copy of a file system or volume. Snapshots can be created almost instantly, and initially consume no additional disk space within the pool. However, as data within the active dataset changes, the snapshot consumes disk space by continuing to reference the old data and so prevents the space from being freed.

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How To Deploy Background Images To Cisco IP Phones

I came across thi interesting website today.

The guys over at VOiP Integration have created some great looking software that will help admins to deploy the background image files to all Cisco IP Phones. This is one huge feature that Cisco is missing with thier current Call Manager offering. Currently admins would have to visit every phone and manually set the background on the phone, now there is a way by using this product from VOiP Integration. Using the AXL account to manage the phones, this software can push out commands to load new IP Phone backgrounds. Really this should be a default tool within the Cisco Call Manager. Who knows, maybe Cisco will include this in a later release.

Anyway head on over to their website and check them out.

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Using Windows Previous Versions to access ZFS Snapshots

The Previous Versions tab on the Windows desktop provides a straightforward, intuitive way for users to view or recover files from ZFS snapshots. ZFS snapshots are read-only, point-in-time instances of a ZFS dataset, based on the same copy-on-write transactional model used throughout ZFS. ZFS snapshots can be used to recover deleted files or previous versions of files and they are space efficient because unchanged data is shared between the file system and its snapshots. Snapshots are available locally via the .zfs/snapshot directory and remotely via Previous Versions on the Windows desktop.

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Official Canon 1D MKIV Auto Focus System

Link to the official Canon documentation about how the auto focus works on the new Canon 1D MKIV.

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Configure a system to automount a Samba share with /etc/fstab

Simple setup to auto mount a Samba share with /etc/fstab

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Using Smartmontools To Monitor HDD Temps

Simple setup to monitor your server’s HDD temps via smartmontools.

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Setting Up Smartmontools On Open Solaris

Found a great link on how to setup Smarkmontools on Open Solaris.

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