Thursday, December 06, 2007

SMTP Server for Orange Mobiles Running Windows Mobile 6

For a while now I have been unable to send my personal email from my mobile phone (running WM6 on the Orange network in the UK). I could download email via IMAP from my server (not hosted by Orange), but never send.

So after doing a bit of research I discoved that the SMTP server is, but that did not work. Further playing around with the settings on my found found me clicking the Advanced link under the SMTP server field in the account options settings. Here I choose Orange World as the network, and emails were instantly sent.

Instructions: From your IMAP account in WM6 click Menu > Tools > Options. Click your IMAP account in the list (or add a new account), click Next (filling in fields correctly if adding a new account) until you get to the Outgoing (SMTP) mail server page. Here enter and click Advanced Server Settings.

Under Advanced Server Settings select Orange World for the value of the Network Connection. Click Done and then Next a few times until Finish.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Blogger Blogs in Outlook - Incorrect Dates

This has been obvious to me for a while - whenever I viewed this blog in Outlook 2007 via the common RSS feed store, the dates were all incorrect and so new posts appeared at random within the list.

I finally found a fix yesterday - the post was based upon ATOM technology and not RSS technology. I have therefore changed the subscribe link on the site to add ?alt=rss to the end of the link.

If you subscribe to this blog please delete it from your feed store in IE 7 and resubscribe at

Friday, October 26, 2007

Exchange Server 2007 Rollup Update 5

The latest version of the Exchange 2007 update is Update Rollup 5 for Exchange Server 2007 - this can be downloaded from here (64 bit and 32 bit versions now available).

Microsoft plan to do these releases rather than issue hotfixes as the method of engineering Exchange has changed since the previous versions, and KB937194 describes why this is. Each update rollup contains all the previous updates, so you only need to deploy this patch and not any earlier patches as well.

If you have not yet installed Exchange 2007 yet, copy this patch to the Update folder on your installation point and it will get slipstreamed into the installation automatically upon running Setup.

Note that unlike updates #1 and #2, a 32bit version of this update is available so this update can be applied to test and virtual computer systems and labs.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Error Code: 500 Internal Server Error. The network logon failed. (1790)

This is an error visible in the web browser when connecting to a HTTPS web site behind an ISA Server.

The problem is that the firewall access rule for this web site in ISA Server is forwarding the requests to an internal server on a port that it is not listening on. For example you connect to and the ISA Server forwards this request to http://internalsrv. On the Bridging tab check that the mentioned port(s) are actually working on the internal server. For example if you are listening in ISA Server on 443 for a SSL connection and the SSL/HTTPS port is ticked make sure that the port is 443, and that the web server internally is listening on 443. If its another number make sure that it is meant to be the other number and not really 443 or not ticked at all. Ditto for the HTTP port, which is 80 by default.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Can't Update Media Player Library on Windows SmartPhone

I have found for a while now that I could not view the Windows Media Player library on my phone, and everytime I viewed the library I got a dialog saying "An unexpected error occured". But now I have fixed it. It must have been a corrupt copy of the libary database on the SDCard in my phone.

To fix:

Delete the MSMETADATA folder in the root of the Storage Card.

If using File Explorer on your device note that it's not visible by default. You have to select the "Show All Files" option in File Explorer. Once deleted rebuild your library using Media Player, and see if that helps.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Fixing Error 1324.The path xxx contains an invalid character.

When installing software I have now seen a number of times the following error "Error 1324.The path My Documents contains an invalid character.". My Documents could be replaced by a number of other special folders, and I have seen this issue on Windows XP and Windows Vista.

The problem seems to stem from having UNC paths for folders (i.e. \\server\share\user\my documents). So, to fix the issue you need to temporarily change the path to a local path and change it back after installation. These steps will help (based on Vista, but XP is similar):

  1. Click Start
  2. Right-click Documents (or Pictures etc.)
  3. Choose Properties
  4. Make a note of the path currently used
  5. Change path to the Default by clicking Restore Default button
  6. Click OK
  7. If prompted about creating folder say Yes
  8. When prompted about moving all your files say no (you are going to move the folder back shortly) and then wait a bit - this might take some time.
  9. Install your application
  10. Repeat above instructions to move the folder back again, but this time do move the files. This will merge changes to the folder back to your actual folder.