If you've ever tried setting up an exchange server at your home, small business, or on any server that doesn't have a 100% reliable 100% always-on connection, you've probably needed a tool like PopRoute. PopRoute lets you "pop" your external POP3 accounts and route the mail from them into an Exchange Inbox. It's perfect for servers that aren't always connected (i.e. dial-up), have a rather shakey connection (making forwarding to the user's exchange email address unfeasible, or for otherwise fine exchange servers with user who stubbornly want their "other" email in their exchange account.
The problem with PopRoute is that, while the price is right, the configuration interface leaves lots to be desired. Manually editing an INI file is a bit annoying, and since PopRoute requires that mailboxes be numbered sequentially in it's configuration, removing mailbox 2 requires on to manually rename atleast adjoining mailboxes.
With that in mind, I coded together PopGUI. PopGUI lets you administer your poproute.dat file without needing to actually open the thing in notepad and play with it. The nice thing about PopGUI + PopRoute is that, for an extremely low price, you get the same ease of administration that tools costing $100+ provide.
To start using PopRoute + PopGUI on your exchange server, follow these steps
1. Make sure that the Microsoft.NET Framework 2.0 is installed on your system, PopGUI uses it, and it's a free download available here
2. Download PopRoute here and extract the files to wherever you like (c:\program files\poproute is the default)
3. Download PopGUI and run the installer
4. Open PopGUI and configure your email accounts & General server settings (I recommend disabling the Archive Directory)
5. Create a scheduled task to run poproute.exe regularly (Whenever you want to download mail). I've done 5 minutes and 2 minutes before without issue.
PopGUI is Free, however I do request that you register with me. This way I can keep track of who is using the program (for my own ego's sake) and keep people aprised of any updates. Rest assured that I have no need, want, or desire to spam you to death, I simply want to know how my program is doing, and have a way to contact users.
To get a registration key, drop me an email with your name & company. I'll be happy to send you one ASAP!
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In my PPCT post on the windows mobile traning, I mentioned that the PDF certificates would look nice in your office. I thing this met with some skepticism, so I went ahead and printed and posted mine next to my Launch Day T-shirt. They may not be framed, but they do look nice 😉
The web is full of free software – you just have to look for it! As someone who saw the dot com bubble grow, and burst, I can assure you – not all free software or service is created the same! However, the stuff below is fairly good, and what I use on a daily basis. Check it out and see what you think!
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Well, I’ve only been writing, reviewing, and using Windows Mobile devices for 4 years now, and I’m finally recognized as a specialist! The Windows Mobile Training website is actually quite a nice resource for those who want to become evangelists or WM sales people in the near future. I decided to test-drive it before posting on it at PPCT, which will be happening soon. Just need to finish it up before I collect my final thoughts and write up the post!
Personal Digital Assistants, and web-enabled Cell Phones, are everywhere it seems. Yet most of us create elaborate websites that look painfully awful on the small screens of our computer’s little brothers and sisters. Wouldn’t it be great to simply flip a switch and have your CMS instantly create a PDA-ready version of itself? Well, it may require a bit more than 1 switch, but the solution I’ve found for this website has made me extremely happy! Read on for more information!
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LifeHacker has a great write-up on Yahoo! Pipes, a great new service that lets you take multiple RSS feeds and integrate, filter, truncate, and do other neat things to create a customized “pipe” or channel. I use it to take multiple RSS feeds and make them into one. Quite Cool Stuff!
Daniel Petri has published a great write-up on forcily removing AD from a DC using dcpromo. If I had had this informtion about 2 weeks ago, I would have gotten more sleep during the migration! I was forced to use ntdsutil to transfer all AD roles to the DC in question, then delete out all other DCs in the domain. Ugh. Any AD techies out there, enjoy.
As a Cleveland sports fan, I’m shocked. This just doesn’t happen to Cleveland – we always lose. How we won this time is beyond me, but I’m not unhappy with it. Now on to the Spurs, who (again) are supposed to kill us. I’m happy with the conference, but I’d be even more happy if the Spurs and Cavs go to game 5 and beyond!