Sitecore SMTP messages throw “device not ready” error

This was an odd one that came up during a recent project. My colleague Kevin had activated our standard Keystone workflow email notifications and configured the SMTP settings for the Sitecore application.

A short workflow test later and not only were emails not going out but an error was occurring with the message: “The device is not ready”. What is going on? Why is an IO error being thrown?

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Twelfth day of Christmas… Sitecore memes!

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true blog gave to me:

Twelve memes of Sitecore,
Eleven lips a-syncing,
Ten WTFs,
Nine giphy’s dancing,
Eight Scrums a-scaling
,
Seven most-heard retrospective comments,
Six Keystone config tips
,
Five Golden Rules!
Four CI tools
,
Three powershell scripts,
Two Keystone merge tips,
…and a placeholder rule in the content tree.

MEMES. MEMES EVERYWHERE.

To finish up our countdown to Christmas, here are some great Sitecore memes, mostly provided via Martina’s thread in the Sitecore community forums. Merry Christmas everybody!
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Eleventh Day of Christmas… Lip Syncing!

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true blog gave to me:

Eleven lips a-syncing,
Ten WTFs,
Nine giphy’s dancing,
Eight Scrums a-scaling
,
Seven most-heard retrospective comments,
Six Keystone config tips
,
Five Golden Rules!
Four CI tools
,
Three powershell scripts,
Two Keystone merge tips,
…and a placeholder rule in the content tree.

The sillyness continues as we edge closer to Christmas! As part of this year’s inaugural North American SUGCON in New Orleans, organizers Akshay Sura and Mike Reynolds got some of the speakers to film themselves doing some lip syncing. Most of these are available from a single montage, but I’ve provided the quick links for specific songs if you want to jump to a point in the montage.

Enjoy!
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Tenth day of Christmas… Ten WTFs!

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true blog gave to me:

Ten WTFs,
Nine giphy’s dancing,
Eight Scrums a-scaling
,
Seven most-heard retrospective comments,
Six Keystone config tips
,
Five Golden Rules!
Four CI tools
,
Three powershell scripts,
Two Keystone merge tips,
…and a placeholder rule in the content tree.

For years, I’ve read The Daily WTF for humourous stories from the field. As a gift to you, here are 10 of the ones from over the years that I personally enjoyed!
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Ninth day of Christmas… Nine Giphy’s Dancing!

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true blog gave to me:

Nine giphy’s dancing,
Eight Scrums a-scaling
,
Seven most-heard retrospective comments,
Six Keystone config tips
,
Five Golden Rules!
Four CI tools
,
Three powershell scripts,
Two Keystone merge tips,
…and a placeholder rule in the content tree.

Time for a little fun with giphy! Thanks to the Sitecore SlackChat community I’ve been able to play around with that nice giphy integration they have. Share and annoy your family and friends this holiday with these Slack giphy commands!
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Eighth day of Christmas… Scaling agile!

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true blog gave to me:

Eight Scrums a-scaling,
Seven most-heard retrospective comments,
Six Keystone config tips
,
Five Golden Rules!
Four CI tools
,
Three powershell scripts,
Two Keystone merge tips,
…and a placeholder rule in the content tree.

You may have found that a lot of the traditional agile frameworks  are missing guidance on how to operate within larger organizations. Over the last few years a series of ‘scaled’ frameworks have appeared, with varying levels of adoption/training/certifications. Let’s take a look at some of what is out there for scaling agile!
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Seventh day of Christmas… most-heard retrospective comments

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true blog gave to me:

Seven most-heard retrospective comments,
Six Keystone config tips
,
Five Golden Rules!
Four CI tools
,
Three powershell scripts,
Two Keystone merge tips,
…and a placeholder rule in the content tree.

Over the years, I’ve sat in a lot of sprint retrospectives. Below are some of the most-heard comments that might help you optimize your flow before you even see the problems!
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