AWS Route 53 (DNS): Create Equivalent of URL Forwarding Record

Categories: Cloud Computing, Networking, Tips

Several advanced DNS providers (EasyDNS, DNS Made Easy, etc) provide URL forwarding functionality through the use of a “DNS” record.  It’s not really an official DNS record, but rather provides a “301 Server Redirect” (URL redirect) and abstracts the complexity from end users that are managing this functionality. In order to accomplish the same desired […]

Create Custom Music on Hold for Cisco UCME

Categories: Networking, Tips, Unified Messaging

Here’s one from my personal tip jar.  This is well documented on Cisco’s website, but sometimes it’s just nicer to have this type of info in bite-sized portions. As nice as the canned music on hold files are that come with Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express, sometimes you just want to add that personal touch. […]

Recover from IOS Armageddon

Categories: Networking, Tips

Ok, maybe it’s not that extreme, but losing power to a Cisco router or switch, while performing an IOS upgrade, after you’ve deleted your existing IOS can be a headache.  While not a disaster, you can plan on spending about an extra 45 minutes or so to recover.  Here’s the lowdown: Summary You’ll need to […]

Exchange 2010: Simplify OWA URL

Categories: Microsoft Exchange, Networking, Unified Messaging

Exchange Outlook Web Access is a wonderful feature, but directing users to access it on their own can be a patience testing proposal if you’re not using URL redirection. For example: you’ve installed Exchange 2010, configured all the appropriate roles, including the CAS (Client Access Server; responsible for OWA), and deserve a hero’s welcome, or […]

Easy Entertainment Center WiFi

Categories: Networking, Tips

Recently, I entered into a truce with the pay-for-television industry, gave into the demands of my family, and signed an “exclusive” 2-year deal with DirecTV.  I was perfectly happy the last couple of years not having a monthly bill and besides online entertainment has been coming into its own for a while (Hulu, ABC/NBC/Fox, Joost, […]