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So I’m reading Channel 9…..


And realizing that there’s a SBS question in there…. http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=5559#5559   and realize that it’s only us true geeks that “get” newsgroups and NNTP.


We need to do something better to get information to people.  NNTP is not cutting it, IMHO.


 

Webcast on IIS – I know enough about IIS to know I don’t know enough about IIS

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032251865&Culture=en-US
This session reviews the evolution of Internet Information Services (IIS) to its current iteration — version 6.0 — and how IIS 6.0 has measured up to customer expectations since its release in April 2003. IIS 6.0 built on a new architecture, but this architecture has a few areas where improvements can be built-in. The system administration capabilities include a new Edit-While-Running feature but the metabase has a difficult to read XML schema. The scalability lacks a clear path above 8 processors and IIS needs to optimize performance in this area. Up to, and including all of these, IIS 6.0 is a new and revolutionary product. This session will cover the delta between what was delivered and what has been learned and help you our customer know the areas where Microsoft needs to build for future IIS versions.

Small Business Server KB articles

837369 – “The list of users and computers could not be found” during client network configuration on Windows Small Business Server 2003 [Bug 16533]:
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=837369
[psssst  I wouldn’t exactly call this a bug]


838432 – Access Violation in the Docsredir.exe process when you redirect the My Documents folder to a computer that is running Windows Small Business Server 2003:
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=838432


837370 – The Small Business Server 2003 Secure Attachments Tool fails with Event ID 5120:
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=837370

Moving SBS 2003 Data Folders

Moving SBS 2003 Data Folders – These folders include: Users Shared Folders,
the Windows SharePointT Services and Monitoring databases, Exchange
databases and log files, Sent Faxes folder, and ClientApps shared folder.

This document provides step-by-step instructions for moving each of the
data folders for Windows Small Business Server 2003. You can choose to move
one or all of the data folders. For example, you can choose to move only
the Users Shared Folders and no other data folders. Additionally, it is not
necessary to move the data folders in the order presented in this document.
For example, you can choose to move the Exchange databases and log files on
one day and then the Users Shared Folders on another. However, it is
strongly recommended that you always complete and verify a full backup
before moving any data folders.

Download it here:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/1/6/11671e4d-fb21-489c-870f-db36fd21a7d2/SBS_MoveDataFolders.DOC
[Thanks Marie for that info!]
 

And now for something completely different……

Want to meet a few members of the SBS development team?  First up, SBS Release Manager and Volleyball ref Charles Anthe starts a blog   http://blogs.msdn.com/canthe/   A bit of SBS and smidge of Volleyball expertise.  And given that when I think of Volleyball, I personally think of beaches and sunshine certainly an interesting mix of topics thus far.  While Washington has been having a lot of that lately, that’s not always the case.  Therefore that leads me to beleive that some of that must be inside on indoor Volleyball courts.   :-)


Next up is “Mr. Backup and Mobility“ [that’s geek speak for “Sean’s the guy you want to talk to if you have an issue with “fill in the blank _pocket PC, Smart phone, you name it“ talking with SBS], Sean Daniel.  Sean doesn’t have a blog, but he has a web site http://www.seandaniel.com.  [Running on SBS 2003 we should note] and if you surf around a bit you’ll find out that a bit of congrats to Sean and Kendra are in order too ;-) 


You’ll find Sean and Charlie also in the Yahoogroups every now and then checking out what’s going on with SBS.


So here’s just a bit about two members of the team that bring you a little server that can do a lot.

Small Business Server 2003 resources on Tech Net

Microsoft TechNet: Windows Small Business Server 2003 Resources:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sbs/2003/default.mspx


Just a reminder to check out the area on TechNet devoted to SBS 2003.  Especially the release notes.  Many times a quick pre-read before installation would solve a lot of our problems.


 

Is your server’s DHCP being renamed to “mshome.net” and getting Event ID: 30013 in your log files?

I had something unusual happen on my server.  I would receive error messages in my log files indicating that my DHCP server was shutting down and when I would go in and look at the DHCP scope, it would suddenly rename my domain name “mshome.net”.  I’ve put screen shots up on my website to show you want it looked like:  http://www.sbslinks.com/mshome.htm   A couple of other people in the newsgroups were having the same issues. 


Looks like we’ve tracked it down to the RRAS NAT/Firewall’s internal DHCP firing up and interfering with the Windows/SBS DHCP.  What I think occurred is that because I DID NOT run the “Configure remote access wizard”.  Combine that with throwing a lot of beta’s on this box and rebooting on a daily basis because I don’t treat this test system like a “real” server and it runs more like a workstation and the RRAS’s NAT firewall’s “Address assignment” got checked and because it’s a DHCP allocator as well, the SBS box naturally shuts off it’s own DHCP.


To fix this, and with the expert guidance of Wes from SBS PSS support out of Charlotte, I disabled the RRAS firewall, stopped the DHCP services, renamed the DHCP folder underneath the windows/system32 folder, restarted the DHCP services, went to the DHCP snap in and using the DHCP wizard rebuilt the scope.  Then I reran the Internet connection wizard, ensuring that I chose to “enable the firewall” to allow the RRAS NAT firewall to be “rewizardized”.  I then this time ran the “Configure remote access wizard” to ensure that both wizards affecting the RRAS Nat firewall would be run. 


RRAS is now not setting up a DHCP server and the SBS server is being the DHCP.


Big thanks to Wes for his expert assistance.  Moral of this story?  Always ask for SBS support when you call PSS.  :-)

Small Biz Server Knowledge base articles

827603 – Remote users cannot see a Windows Small Business Server 2003 computer in My Network Places:
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=827603
840415 – How to install Office Live Communications Server 2003 in Windows Small Business Server 2003:
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=840415
838176 – “Setup failed while installing sub-component Base DAV protocol” error message when you install Windows Small Business Server 2003 or Exchange Server 2003:
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=838176

Collaboration thoughts …. and other stuff

“The best leaders are very often the best listeners.  They have an open mind.  They are not interested in having their own way but in finding the best way“ – Wilfred Peterson


I saw this on an email and like the saying.  It reminds me of the true story my Sister told me the other day.  She was in a leadership class and two groups were organized to perform a task.  One was a group with traditional leadership style…. Managers at the top with clear definition of authority,  and the person at the top was a traditonal manager.  The other group was made up of a non-traditional leadership style and the person in charge normally was the public relations person for a department.  One the Chief, One a People person.  One group very obviously the “traditional” pyramid style, the other the “non-traditional” collaboration style.


Their job?  To put together two matching lego toys.  The instructor gave this lego toy to each group and timed how long it took for each group to put together the toy.  My sister was in the collaboration group and she said that the Leader in her group put the box on the middle of the table and instructed the group that they had to put the toy together and they were being timed on it.  Her group immediately started opening the box, one person looking at the instructions, another sorting the blocks.  One person said “My kids do this all the time and you just follow the pictures”.  Every now and then her group’s leader would pipe up and provide a bit of guidance or  advice.  They soon put the Lego toy together and announced to the Instructor that they were done.


They looked across to the “traditional leadership” group.  And there across the room, their Lego box was barely opened, the leader still reading the instructions.  The toy was a long way from being complete.


My Sister’s leader “empowered” her members to take an active role and to collaborate on the project.  They identified the areas that they were able to excel in and quickly and without issues divided up duties.  The traditional leader controlled the project.  Duties were not divided.  Individuals did not identify their strengths and take part in the project.  They were waiting for their leader to hand them a role and nothing happened.


The moral to this story?  Empower people.  You might be surprised what can happen!

..yes this should be installed on a SBS 2003 box

A recent rollup patch just came out for Exchange server 2003.  The first question that comes up is “Is this for SBS 2003“?  The answer is anything that is for “normal“ Exchange 2003 is for us. 


838236 – How to obtain the Exchange Server 2003 post-RTM Store rollup:
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=838236
This includes the fix for the Titanium error [event 8331] as well.


Also the EHLO blog has a “customized Mailbox limit – quota messages” for Exchange post today!  Check it out here http://blogs.msdn.com/exchange/archive/2004/04/20/117024.aspx


KC Lemson also talks about it on her blog here:  http://blogs.msdn.com/kclemson/archive/2004/04/20/117027.aspx


[update] These are also included in Exchange 2003 sp1