January 5 2010

OCS Remote Connectivity Testing Tool

Microsoft have updated their OCS connectivity tool which allows you to test the connectivity to your internet facing OCS systems. The tool provides a good level of detail for troubleshooting issues and is extremely easy to use. The URL is https://www.testocsconnectivity.com/.

The official line from Microsoft is:

The Office Communications Server Remote Connectivity Analyzer is a web site for IT Administrators to validate and diagnose end-to-end Office Communications Server scenarios. The site simulates multiple Office Communications Server client access scenarios from outside the customer’s infrastructure and reports whether the test was successful. If the test fails, we inform the IT Admin exactly where in the process it failed as well as provide troubleshooting tips on resolving the issue.

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January 4 2010

chrome.exe – The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000005)

After installing the Google Chrome browser on a freshly built system, I tried to start it and kept on getting the following error: “chrome.exe – Application Error : The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000005). Click on OK to terminate the application”.

After a bit of research, I found a successful workaround – to turn off the sandboxing feature of Google Chrome. To do this, add the ‘–no-sandbox’ parameter to the shortcut you are using to start Chrome. Eg your new shortcut would be:

"C:Documents and SettingsusernameLocal SettingsApplication DataGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe" --no-sandbox

Note – there are 2 ‘-’ symbols before the no-sandbox above

Before doing this, it is worth considering the security implementations of turning off the sandbox feature. I would recommend reading up on this, a good starting point is http://blog.chromium.org/2008/10/new-approach-to-browser-security-google.html

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