Announcing the CAS Computing Services blog

CAS Computing Services has a new blog! Check it regularly for news and timely information regarding computers and Information Technology within the College of Arts and Sciences.
Search the archives by tag, keyword or category for how-to postings and other information.
You can view the blog either on the Computing Services web page.
Directly via the blog page, or as an RSS/Atom feed in your email program.
Click here if you don’t know what an RSS feed is (no shame here, I didn’t know until very recently).
As a rule, we will only send out email notifications of the most important postings, so please check the blog often.

Running over your Inbox quota?

Are you getting notices that you’re approaching the limit of your 50 MB Inbox quota?
Are you involved in a collaborative project that is generating lots of big email attachments?
Aside from the usual recommendations that you delete email you don’t need, file it in IMAP mailboxes other than Inbox and don’t forget to make sure that whatever email client you are using is set to purge at some point (verify this by logging into your account via webmail)
One easy way of handling this is to divert “big” email messages out of your inbox and into another IMAP folder as they arrive.
You can do this in the UVM filtering website:
Log in using your UVM netID and password
Click on Email Filtering
Click Add New Filter
Under “Filter Big Messages” choose the minimum size message that you want filtered and then either select an IMAP mailbox to have the messages moved to, or select New and enter a new folder name.
The messages will be filtered into that folder with no other intervention from you. You can read the mail from that folder via webmail or any other IMAP capable

Vista activation issues

Pretty much every Optiplex GX755 desktop purchased and deployed by the College during January 2008 has had Vista activation issues. We believe that this issue was triggered by the recent deployment of Vista Service Pack 1 through Active Directory.
The version of Vista that we use here at UVM is Vista Enterprise. Vista Enterprise uses a centralized license server, called a KMS server, to provide authentication information back to Vista, “authenticating” Vista for another time period after which the computer will again look for the KMS server.
If the computer cannot find the KMS server, the original version of Vista would go into Reduced Functionality Mode (RFM) which is another way of saying that it becomes useless. As of Service Pack 1, Microsoft has eliminated RFM. Instead Vista Enterprise will become nagware, posting endless notices that you may be running pirated software and asking you for a product key. The product key on the sticker on your computer is, of course, for the OEM version of Vista which is NOT what’s currently installed on your computer
The fix for this is to simply provide the generic product key (VKK3X-68KWM-X2YGT-QR4M6-4BWMV), which tells Vista Enterprise to look for the server again and all is well.
Geoff Duke has more information on this on his Blog