Archive for August, 2010

Local Access Only

August 31, 2010

Ok So I built a new Server 2008 virtual server configured it to use DHCP and set the router to reserve the IP based on MAC address.

It worked just fine until I wanted to connect to the Internet on that machine. It wouldn’t connect. Wierd. I checked the IP settings and all seemed to be OK. I looked at the Icon in the system tray and it said the network connection was “LOCAL ONLY”. What? I didn’t configure that!

OK so how do I make it “LOCAL and INTERNET”? I searched high and low but didn’t really find an answer. The answer is, that you don’t change it. It’s Microsofts way of telling you that the Gateway has a problem.

Now this was wierd for me because I could ping yahoo, I just couldn’t get a browser to connect to it.

In the end I found that there was an additional gateway set to 0.0.0.0 – another very wierd thing (the router did not have this setup!).

To remove that 0.0.0.0 setting just drop to a DOS prompt (probably with admin rights – right click and choose run as admin) and then type in this;

route detele 0.0.0.0

That will remove the weird gateway problem.

Now I still had a problem so in the end I set the NIc to static (which I probably should have done in the first place) and it worked.

So to sum up, if you get that “LOCAL ONLY” status on your NIC it’s because theres a problem with the Gateway (whether you see a problem or not) and if you DO have the wierd gateway of 0.0.0.0 then simply remove it by the command above.

Outlook Temp folder

August 24, 2010

OK, so you have a client who opens an attachment in Outlook. They work on the document all day and are diligent in clicking save all through the day. They close Outlook and the next day they go to find the document they worked on, only to find that their document has no changes! At this point they scream and curse and kick things.

This is also where you can charge in with your heroic solution to their problem!

The files are kept in c:\Documents and Settings\username goes here\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\ in a folder something like OLK12 and in there are all the versions you could want.

Now is the time to bring up the topic of a raise 🙂

EDIT: Found this page that might let you narrow down exactly what the folder is called for your version of Outlook…

http://www.groovypost.com/howto/microsoft/outlook/find-the-microsoft-outlook-temporary-olk-folder/