Tiny Deathstars of Foulness

Got an email today informing me that Gmail will be dropping support for Internet Explorer 6. Nice of them to let us know rather than randomly killing support for it ’cause it’s old as crap like most vendors do. A win for Google there I’d say. Point of this article being, if you use IE 6 just stop. And if you’re an enterprise admin who doesn’t think you can pull off a massive IE 6 upgrade, this is Google’s way of having an intervention for ya’… MSI installer + a GPO = happier users anyway (be that MSI a newer IE 6, Chrome, Firefox or Safari). PS – Over 5% of visitors to this site come here on IE 6 on weekdays, a number cut in half on weekends.

February 1st, 2010

Posted In: cloud, Windows XP

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If you have a web host that supports cPanel (a number do) then moving to Google Apps for Mail couldn’t be simpler. Just log in to your cPanel account and click on the Mail icon in the top left corner. From here, click on the last item in the list, Modify Mail Exchanger (MX Entry). Then click on change an MX Entry. In the Change MX for… drop down list, select the appropriate domain (if you only have one then there should be only the one to change and then enter in the to: field, clicking Change when you are done. According to the TTL value you will then need to wait for DNS replication to occur (it can take up 72 hours in some cases). In the meantime, mail should start to flow into your Google Apps mailboxes. The next step is to actually migrate your mail. Assuming your administrator supports IMAP for your mailboxes this should be a fairly straight forward process. From the Google Apps administrative dashboard click on Advanced Tools in the blue toolbar. Then click on Migrate mail from mail server on the Advanced page and you will see a screen asking you to enter some information about your source IMAP server (the one that currently has all your data). In the Host field, type your domain name. cPanel uses Exim, which can work with the Dovecot setting in the Server software: field. Then enter 143 into the port number field (unless you use a different port) and if you use an IMAP prefix enter it now. You will also need to enter a maximum number of connections (according to how much data you want it to attempt to migrate at once). Now you select the users whose data you will be moving. Click Next, and then choose whether to upload one or many accounts. Assuming one, you would simply enter the originating user name, target user name (in most cases these are the same) and then the password of the mailbox in cPanel. This means you need to know all your passwords, or reset them at the time of migration. Assuming many users, you would do the same thing in a csv file, creating a spreadsheet with username, source username, and source password as the columns and then populating the information from cPanel. Once done, save as csv and then use this screen to upload the file. Whichever option you chose, click on Start Migration to migrate the mail and then wait for the migration to complete. If mail will not migrate using the stock example, searching Google for answers is a start but many may need to script solutions using the Google Apps email migration API. POP mail will stay in the mailbox it was downloaded into. However, once you are done, POP users might end up redownloading mail. Contacts and calendars should be stored on your local devices and if you wish to migrate those you can (although this is going to be a more complicated process). You will also need to change the local settings if you haven’t built a CNAME in DNS to point your old incoming and outgoing server addresses to the incoming addresses that Google uses. Client configuration should be a username of the full email address, the password you entered into your Google Apps domain dashboard and the incoming server name of The outgoing mail server (SMTP) will be and it will require authentication with the same information used for incoming (POP or IMAP) mail.

July 10th, 2009

Posted In: Mac OS X

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Exchange/iPhone users, you’ve finally gotten the Google hookup. ActiveSync has been added to the Google repertoire allowing gmail users to sync their contacts and calendars in the same fashion that Exchange and Kerio users can, although mail will still need to go through IMAP, which is fairly straight forward to configure. This means that Google Mail is finally in serious competition with a few other players in the messaging market. At this point, Google has finally knocked down one of the serious barriers I had with gmail adoption for companies. I am glad to see that they realize (and I’m sure have realized but just got the kinks worked out) that no one cares about just a mail server any more. They also want the anti-spam, which Google already added and the mobility features to go along with it. With Gears for Mac OS X and the ability to take Google Apps offline I’m starting to see a comprehensive strategy coming together and I’m liking what I see. For more information on ActiveSync for the iPhone, click here.

February 9th, 2009

Posted In: Business, Consulting, Kerio

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