From Bink today comes the word that SUS 1.0 is going to be turned off soon, so if you are running SUS… this US Holiday weekend is probably a good time to start testing out WSUS.  Step by step instructions on migrating from SUS to WSUS are here and given that we never READ [including myself] use this weekend to start reading.

And bookmark this KB article to keep you alerted as to what comes down on WSUS/AU, etc.

In fact, patching will be the topic I discuss at the SMB Technology Network.  To be specific WSUS, Shavlik and Patching in general.

Then in September at SMB nation it will be on Security and Hardening with Dana.

Hope to see you in both places!

Update — okay I should have read more than the headline…

in the WSUS and SUS section:

Q. How long will Software Update Services (SUS) be supported by
A. SUS will be supported through June 6, 2006. The documentation for SUS
will remain available on the web here.

Q. How long will SUS continue to receive new content from Windows
A. SUS will no longer receive new update content after June 6, 2006.

Q. Will I still be able to download SUS?

A. No. SUS will no longer be available after June 30, 2005.

I was checking the Microsoft update here at the office and when I went to MU I kept getting Error 0x80072EE2.  Hmmmmm….so I googled and found:  You receive an “Error 0x80072EE2” or an “Error 0x80072EFD” error message if you try to use the Microsoft Windows Update Web site, the solution for which is in KB 836941: Making the MU site a trusted zone in IE fixed the issue and I can now use Microsoft Update [and for that matter auto updates was apparently broken as well and just now started working again after I put the link into the Trusted Zone.]

Check and make sure that check box indicating it’s a trusted site is in place.

 Crazed woman arrested in Fresno after she disrupted a United flight from Las Vegas to Fresno.  Passengers say that the woman unbuckled her seat belt during take off and crawled over the seats and began strangling a passenger two rows behind her.  When questioning the surrounding passengers they said “I really don’t know what happened.”  “One minute the guy was just discussing to the passenger next to him, how he downloads stuff through Morpheus and how it loads up pop ups and gunk on is machine and every so many weeks he uninstalls Morpheas and then uses Microsoft Anti Spyware to clean up his PC and then reloads Morpheous and starts over again”.  “He said that he didn’t want to pay for Morpheous so he just put up with the pop ups and ads until it got really bad and then used the free Microsoft Anti spyware”  Passengers said “the next thing we know she’s screaming at the top of her lungs and got her hands around his throat”.  They said that the female passenger calmed down a bit when the gentlemen praised the Microsoft product for being so good [and free] in cleaning up his machine on a regular basis. and the fact that he was urging a fellow passenger to search on the Microsoft site to download it and  install it on his machine.

The woman was carted away muttering….. “risk… he’s actually ACCEPTING spyware as a reasonable computing experience because he’s so cheap and sees this as perfectly fine”

Family members and a group of folks called MVPs were not available for comment….


Okay …so I didn’t climb over the seats, strangle him, nor get hosipitalized…but everything else is the truth.

The first five I met in the plane over from Fresno, the next glob was in the line for a cab, the next view was in the window of a shop at the Bellagio hotel, and even now, sitting as I typically do, on the airport floor next to the power plug in, they are here…what are they?  The ladies in the red hats and wearing purple.

And to these ladies over the age of 50 that decide to ‘brand themselves’ as someone who wants to live their life a certain way also remind me of the SBS Community.  We don’t wear red hats, but we bond and share info.

Here at a CPA Tech Conference, Anne Stanton [who amazes me with the amount of business cards she accumulates] found two firms from Alabama that specialize in SBS. She tells the soon to be community members about all thatt they are missing out on.  Sometimes we work in a silo and don’t realize that ‘we’re normal’ and that ‘we belong’.  Sometimes you need a Red Hat kind of belonging.  

Sept 9 – 11th, SMBNation is our SBS equivalent of the “Red Hat” Conference.  If you haven’t booked by now, it”s not too late.  

Have it be your “red hat event”  



Just a heads up to everyone…. the Windows Update/Microsoft Update that may be offering up to your servers right now that will have the v6 in it’s address, it is offering up to you the Windows 2003 sp1…that is NOT SBS 2003 sp1. It is merely the first part of what you need for a fully complete service pack.

Remember that SBS 2003 sp1 is

  • Windows 2003 sp1

  • Sharepoint sp1

  • Exchange sp1

  • XP sp2

  • and finally..the SBS specific parts of the patches

You can’t get ISA server or SQL server sp4 any other way than ordering the cdrom.

So if you’ve downloaded and installed it…just go to the SBS page and finish the SP installation


In the Indentiy Management presentation by Roger Grimes at Tech 2005 and he’s talking about

  • Identification – who I am

  • Authentication – prove it

  • Authorization – can I access that object?

  • Accountability – who did what?

So many times in SBSland we don’t take the time to worry about the last two.  We don’t set specific permissions to files, parts etc.  Yesterday I was asked by a CPA on the best way to allow a client to have access to their own financial reporting and nothing else and it’s a matter of permissions isn’t it?

Do we take the time to set permissions appropriately to shared files..heck no, we open up the whole thing.

And accountability?  Do we make sure that everyone logs in individually so that you can track who does what?

Last day of the AICPA Tech Conf in Vegas…

And of course, the LAST thing I’m putting in the suitcase is the DLink wireless access point.  We’re using the TV checkout system.

Things we didn’t do.

  • Sleep

  • Anne didn’t audio blog

  • I didn’t go to the pool

  • Anne didn’t go to the hot tub

  • Convince Mark Minasi that SBS isn’t evil just because it doesn’t natively have a secondary domain controller

Things we did do

  • Didn’t sleep

  • Talked with good friends

  • Made sure we introduced people that we knew….that we wanted to make sure knew each other [Alan Brill from Kroll on track…meet Roger Grimes]

And with that… I’ll packing up the wireless… I’ll be on the Cellular air card next for the next round…

In the AICPA Tech 2005 presentation with Roger Grimes [fellow MVP] and he’s talking about Open Source.  And one of the points he makes is that Migration is hard. from any platform to another platform..AND he’s making the point that in most firms you will have both Windows and Linux based operating systems and thus you’ll need to people with both skill sets in your firm.


Gave a presentation today with Clint Krintner from the Center for Internet Security on Security benchmarks and we drove it home that we ….the users…the buyers… the consumers have the power.  We have the ability to ask…to make the vendors do a better job in Security.  The topic was on security benchmarks and how we can raise the bar.

Disable unneeded services.  Ensure you are fully patched.  Ensure you enforce password policies [passphases]

I’ll have blog a bit more  on this tomorrow… off to bed….