Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Create .cab file to install your OWA certificate on Windows Mobile device

If your company uses exchange Activesync to allow users to synchronize their email boxes with Windows Mobile or Activesync enabled OSs.

Some companies might use its own SSL certificate that is signed by internal CA so when mobile device user tries to configure his mobile to sync, he will need to install the root cert for his server to be able to establish the SSL channel.

In this article I have shown the instruction on how to create cab file(Windows mobile setup file) so users can download prior to configure their mobiles.

This steps requires two tools

sslchainsaver mail.company.com

It will also create one folder contain the certificates named mail.company.com and two files called

MAIL.Company.COM.wm5.xml

MAIL.Company.COM.wm6.xml

you can view the contents of the file by typing

type MAIL.Company.COM.wm6.xml

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to create the cab file rename the mail.company.com.wm6.xml to _setup.xml

use the command makecab to create the cab file

makecab _setup.xml companycert.cab

then copy companycert.cab file to your Windows Mobile device and run the file.

To download makecab click on this link http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310618

To download Windows Mobile SSLChainSaver http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6123EB55-6590-4643-8E7F-11C177104DE2&displaylang=en

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Installing SQL Cluster in Windows 2008

Installation of Cluster service consists of certain stages

1- Configure Hardware(shared Storage, Heartbeat NIC)

2- Install Failover Cluster feature

3- Create Cluster Group

 

4- Add shared Hardware

5- Install SQL 2005

6- Install SQL 2005 SP2

Here below some details.

 

Install Failover Cluster through Add features

 

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Create Cluster Group

Add shared disk to the cluster group

Add more cluster nodes

Start Installing SQL Server 2005 on one of the cluster nodes.

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The installation of SQL server 2005 is now completed.

if you look at the Failover Cluster Management Snap-in, you will find that the Cluster resources( Name of the cluster and IP and the SQL services) one of these services is failed to start, this  is because compatibility issues with Windows Server 2008; the minimum supported version is SQL Server 2005 SP2, once it get installed everything will work fine.

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