Connected with limited access

On November 21, 2010, in Infrastructure, by Chris

So as things typically go when I need to do something important for work something is bound to go wrong. Now in this case I may be to blame because the other week I was messing around with VPN clients in an attempt to connect to the office. Who knows what settings I may have touched. At the time everything seemed to work fine, so it may have been a setting that required a restart. Since I rarely restart my laptop it was not noticed until I came home this evening and was forced to restart. Once my laptop had rebooted I soon found that I could not connect to the internet. My wireless connection read “Connected with limited access”.

I researched this for a little while, I came across several posts that pointed to updating drivers or my router’s firmware. If you haven’t messed with any settings that might be a good place to start.

What I found that helped was to:

  1. Go to device manager and remove the wireless network card, when you reboot it will find it and reinstall the drivers. Do not delete the drivers.
  2. From an elevated command prompt (run as administrator) type “netsh int ip reset resetlog.txt
  3. Restart your computer

Once I did this I was good to go.

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Over the past few weeks there seems to have been a buzz going around about BPOS, for those of you that aren’t exactly sure what it is I have put together a quick write-up based on information I have combined from multiple sources throughout the internet. The gist is, Business Productivity Online Suite is a set of Microsoft hosted solutions including Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Office Live Meeting, and Microsoft Office Communications Online. These online services are designed to give your business streamlined communication with high availability, comprehensive security, and simplified IT management. When your company subscribes to one or more of the services, it connects to the rich interactivity of on-premises client and server applications with the flexibility and scalability of Web-based services. Because Microsoft hosts the services, it reduces your company’s need to maintain IT services on site. Many organizations today are moving to this “software-plus-services” model, because it decreases the need to manage hardware and software.

So, what does this mean for your IT staff? Ultimately, it may mean a reduction in staff, or simply freeing up time for your staff to work on more important projects to grow your business. Personally I know of many companies that could highly benefit from this, and many more if they ever add CRM to the mix.

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