Giving Vista & Win7 the ability to access Xserve

I had the need the other day to make a desktop running Windows XP connect to an Apple Server for a user.  I setup a user on the OSX Server and then tried to connect to this machine from my Laptop to make sure that the account was working before I went over and tried to show the user and looked silly when it didn’t work. I found that my Laptop running Windows 7 would not work. Okay so off to Google and see what I can find. It appears that Vista & Win7 both have a different set of rights that stop the ability to set a Mapped drive to the Apple Server, LAN Manager Authentication:  Vista & Win7 defaults to “Send NTLMv2 response only”.

Here is what is needed to make it work:

Run secpol.msc

Go to: Local Policies –> Security Options

Find “Network Security: LAN Manager authentication level”

Change Setting from “Send NTLMv2 response only” to “Send LM & NTLM – use NTLMv2 session security if negotiated”

Needless to say, I got a connection and proved it worked, so was able to head over to the user and show them how to MAP a drive.

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Sync you Google Calendar with your iPhone

So I have an iPhone and have been using it for a while with my GMail account, but had to do my Contacts and Calendar in two separate places.  This was starting to get a bit of a pain. So I looked around for something, there must be a iPhone App that will sort this out. Well they do sell an application called MobileMe that costs money, why can’t this be free.

One day while looking at my Google Calendar I saw a tip that read “Sync Google Calendar with you iPhone. Learn more” so I followed the link.  This is great, you not only get your Email, but all your contacts and calendar functions.  It’s FREE too!!!

You will need to setup your GMail account differently, if you’ve already got it installed on your iPhone, but it’s easy. Follow these instructions: Click Here

You will then need to follow these instructions to get you Calendar & Contacts to sync with you iPhone. Follow these instructions: Click Here