It’s About Time – Blog Roundup…

Blackberry Releases Desktop 6 Software

Blackberry has finally released a new version of their Blackberry Desktop Software.  This program is used for syncing the Blackberry device with your PC or Laptop.  It’s about time they got around to this as the previous version of Blackberry Desktop didn’t work with Office 2010.

Dell 21in MultiTouch Monitor

Dell has announced a 21.5 inch multi-touch HD monitor for $319 on  I would love to have one of these in my future home office.  I wonder how touch would change the Real-Time-Strategy game experience.

Looking for CCNA Study Resources

One of my long-time personal goals has been to complete my CCNA.  I took the first half of the exam in May of 2009.  I’m about halfway through the book for the 2nd half of the exam, and that puts me knee-deep in IP Routing and routing protocols.
Getting hands-on experience with the switching section (includes VLANs and Trunking) isn’t too difficult as I have a Cisco 2950 sitting in my basement as part of my home network.  It’s the routing part that I worry about as I would like to have a little more hands-on experience as the exam includes questions where you troubleshoot simulated networks using actual device commands.

I found a tool that emulates router IOS images, provided that I can acquire them.  However, most of the labs I have seen seem to cover CCNP or CCIE topics like MPLS and BGP.

Does anyone know of any resources that I can use for studying?

Today’s Blog Roundup – (Another) Free Trip to VMWorld

Matt over at Standalone Sysadmin is reporting that Gestalt IT is sponsoring a contest to win a free trip to VMworld in San Franscisco.

Unlike most normal contests, you need to describe how you’re going to use the trip to benefit the community.

This is very similar to a contest that Jason from ran about two months ago.

I’m half-tempted to enter the contest.  Live-blogging from VMWorld would be a great experience.

Challenges of Building A Mail Gateway on Linux When You’re Not a Linux Person…

I’m a Microsoft guy through and through.  I started on Windows 95 as a teenager, learned the Microsoft Server stack in college, and every professional environment I have worked in was Active Directory-based.

One of the goals that I want to accomplish before my son’s first birthday is completing my Exchange 2007 certification.  To accomplish that, I’ve started building an Exchange 2007 VM on my home server.  I aim to have it running as a live, Internet-connected email system.
That means dealing with spam.  And viruses.  I think you know where I’m going with this, and what better way to filter spam than to build your own mail gateway.
One thing I’m not is a Linux/Unix person, but I’d like to learn it so I can expand my skill set.  This would be the perfect project as it should be well documented, and it would use far fewer system resources than an Exchange Edge Server.

After a few Google searches for information, I have 10 different sets of instructions for setting up Amavis-New, ClamAV, and SpamAssassin (with or without pyzor, razor, and dcc) on a CentOS box.

Unfortunately, none of the instructions match up or work properly.  Some want to edit files that don’t exist.  Some try to install items that aren’t in the base repositories (that can be found elsewhere, but that isn’t included in the instructions).  Almost all of them are two-three years old.
Not that there is anything wrong with this.  The benefit of using a VM means that I can quickly revert to a snapshot of a clean install and try again.  I know it’s a very Windows-like way of solving the problem, but if it makes me more comfortable with the Linux command line, I don’t see there being any harm in doing it that way for now.
And maybe…hopefully…I’ll have an updated set of instructions by the time I’m done.