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Online SBSummit – with Dana Epp

I thought you might be interested in the 2nd annual Microsoft Small Business Summit – a FREE online event designed to support the efforts and goals of small business. You’ll find more information about the Summit at http://www.sbsummit.com.


Actually more like I thought you’d be interested to know that Dana Epp is speaking at the online sbsummit….  :-)

Dr. Eileen’s tonic for what ails you

http://blogs.technet.com/eileen_brown/archive/2007/01/31/old-to-new-reference-guides.aspx


Exchange Goddess Blogger Eileen Brown blogs the links to the old to new stuff… you know …the ribbon bar learning curve guidance.


search terms that I’ll use in the future to find this…


Eileen   Ribbon   Office 2007

GAAP does not set Patch Price policy

In addition to my SBSism, I’m also a Patchaholic and write on Patching issues for Brian Livingston’s WindowsSecrets newsletter… as such I always keep an eye out for Patching issues… which is why there’s a lot of patch related stuff in the blog as well… yeah …yeah….I know I used a flaming headline and cheap shot the other day but I’m still ticked off at Apple for forcing John Q Public into going through an insane patch installer for Quicktime to get the update (as that’s the only way that software installer will do it’s magic).


Patches from vendors should have two basic tenants….


1.  Don’t hurt.
2.  Be easy to install.


But that’s not the point of this post about Apple’s latest patch offering…. This one caught my eye on Donna’s blog


The Apple Store (U.S.) – AirPort Extreme 802.11n* Enabler for Mac:
http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wa/RSLID?mco=9BFE4FC5&nplm=D4141ZM%2FA


BetaNews | Apple Offers $1.99 802.11n Upgrade:
http://www.betanews.com/article/Apple_Offers_199_80211n_Upgrade/1170176139

“The Cupertino company claims that it had to offer the capabilities in this manner due to finance laws, commonly referred to as GAAP, which they say require a charge for significant feature enhancements. But many Wall Street analysts have said that is not the case.”

To the Corporate folks at Apple…. Please state the FASB number that you are using for this guidance?  If it is not a FASB, then perhaps an Emerging Issues Task force resolution?  Because, quite frankly I’ve gone through the gambit of FASBs, EITF,  Pronouncements, Abstracts, Publications… and I don’t see a one that “requires” you to charge for significant feature enhancements.  Perhaps I missed a recent pronouncement that came out?


To the best of my recollection, there is no such rule that GAAP …and that’s generally accepted accounting principles folks.. not ” finance laws”….. that requires a firm to charge for anything. GAAP is historic in nature… it follows the transaction, the recording of it, not the pricing decisions around it.  While basic fundaments of cost and business savvy may lead a firm to making a business decision to charge for a feature update like this…. and it’s quite novel in that…. the Financial Accounting Standards Board is not the reason this patch has a fee.


To the PR folks at Apple.. and to the more insanely stupid folks at this Ad agency…. knock it off.

If you want to charge for it… then do it… but don’t blame it on GAAP. 

Do you encrypt?

http://www.beginningtoseethelight.org/efsrecovery/


Okay so you set up EFS… and then you moved a computer …say you joined a domain or something… are you totally and utterly …well… screwed now that the EFS certificate has gotten messed up…. not exactly… there’s a tool from PSS called “Reccerts” and you can check out the tools at www.elcomsoft.com 


But read that document… you may have options… but bottom line before you detach a computer or join it.. ASK the person .. “do you have any encrypted documents or folders on this computer”… just to be on the safe side…. 

The ribbon the change the …. the yuck!

Ken… you are a definitely a geek.


http://azsmbitthoughts.blogspot.com/2007/01/why-oh-why-did-i-stay-up-to-get-vista.html


Mary Jo Foley proclaimed that us beancounters could care less about new technology… and to a certain extent she’s right.  But as was pointed out by the better half of this gentlemen…. Vista right now is more for the home user and enthusiast…. because once the boss has it at home…. he’ll then push to get it in the office. 


Businesses DO NOT upgrade lightly.  Nor should they. 


Enthusiasts – Ken.. this is you.. the person who would get up at midnight for a piece of software that you probably already downloaded from TechNet. 


People are reporting that there aren’t the hundreds of folks in the stores but I think what this really showcases is how the distribution of content is vastly changing.  Why should I get up, get dressed, for a midnight anything if I can just download the thing?  And I’m not talking about an illegal bittorrent either… when’s the last time you got your software in a box with a huge manual?  Just today in fact I purchased software and it was totally online and downloadable.  Who gets cdroms anymore… I burn in so many iso’s on dvds and cdroms these days it’s unreal…..there’s more buzz about when the Action pack will show up than there is about Vista in Best Buy.


http://www.microsoft-watch.com/content/vista/the_ultimate_question_answered.html


To Joe Wilcox?  Yeah I’m concerned that when those key partners of Microsoft talked about ‘versions’ all they talked about was “Consumer” because Home Premium WILL NOT join a domain …and SBS works the best when they are.  I bought Ultimate because I have a Tablet PC and need those features.  Last year I insanely signed up for (not all mind you but some) of Windows XP with SA to get Vista Enterprise with Bitlocker and some of the other SA goodies that were hinted at.  We should surf over to the Dell Small Business site and see what is being offered there.


When you get to the business side…. we’ll see if Bitlocker pushes the Vista sales… it’s too bad it’s not in that Vista Business edition.  Some argue that they are glad it’s not as not enough of us know how to de-crypt anything (more on that in the next blog post).  Some argue that it should be in all versions.  I think it will be a key business tool in the future… or should be anyway….


But yeah… ribbon bars… new stuff… change is hard… we don’t like it….. do we?  And I think this also showcases we ‘upgrade’ when we ‘upgrade’ the hardware for the vast majority of us normal folks.


Signed version of Vista, ‘eh Ken? Okay so that’s a tad bit on the cool side….  ;-) 


…and from the Dell Web site……




….<sigh>

NOD32 Database 2022 BIG ISSUE

Hilton reports in the SBS2k listserve…. 


If you are running NOD32 with XMON enabled (the Exchange Server plugin)
and have the 2022 update downloaded and running, then Exchange
Information Store will fail. Disable XMON, restart Exchange, and wait
for an updated database. This issue has been reported to ESET.


http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;823166
The fix is to ensure that you exclude additional log files such as the Exchsrvr\server_name.log directory.
….while you are at it.. review this one too….
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;822158

Vista on SBS – time to read

As of this writing… which is .. I think… at 5:30 pacific time assuming my time zone and what not is correct…..the KB926505 that is the ‘patch’ to help Vista’s join the domain of SBS 2003 better isn’t yet live… http://support.microsoft.com/kb/926505/en-us …but parts are now being released… the first is the patch needed for ISA (and in particular 64 bit machines)….the next is the companion document….I’d print it out and read that one first….


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=25bb5f65-4734-4268-b2b1-1606dceac06f&displaylang=en&tm
This update addresses issues described in Microsoft Knowledge Base article 930414: Update Rollup for Small Business Server 2003 Running on ISA Server 2004 (
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/930414).

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=46e95c56-1a4c-45bd-8d69-5f41ff8f1f22&displaylang=en&tm
This document describes the “Update for Windows Small Business Server 2003: Windows Vista and Outlook 2007 compatibility (KB 926505)” for the Microsoft® Windows® Small Business Server 2003 server software with Service Pack 1 and Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2. The update enables you to join client computers that are running Windows Vista to your Windows SBS network
.


UPDATE – as of 6:39 looks like they pulled it back…well it was there… I’m getting this from my “raw feed” from the RSS download site so sometimes we get things a bit “live since the bits aren’t yet ready …they are probably getting then sync’d up….hang loose…. it may be back up there…but looks like no ‘fix up patch’… but just be a bit patient… it will be there….


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(still MIA as of 1/31/2007… I’ll post when they are truly released)

Yeah yeah not another DST post… I know…

I got an email in my alternative address that hardly ever gets spammed by Microsoft…. that kinda tells me that they are sending smoke signals out on this issue to the far corners on this one ….

 

Now some folks I’ve talked to are just doing a “don’t bother me” about this issue… but I’m not convinced that Outlook 2003 is not going to freak out over this.  Outlook 2007 (which sorry .. not deploying yet) has a time zone fix built in, but 2003 doesn’t. 

 

We may be all wise to move to England to GMT time zone and be done with this.

 

The sharepoint patch that came down on WSUS last night will ‘drop’ your RWW connection during patching but did not appear to need a reboot (didn’t kick one on my server anyway)

 

….now if I could just figure out what that Outlook tool does…

 

 

 

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The Master Browser thingy…

http://blogs.technet.com/netmon/archive/2006/11/22/network-monitor-3-0-has-released.aspx


First off if you haven’t downloaded this and played with it… go… do …now.


Follow the blog… http://blogs.technet.com/netmon/ Okay?


In remoting in to check something in the office I learned a few things…


1.  Doing a netmon while RWW or VPNing means you get a “chatty” connection.  Not exactly the wisest thing to do when you are looking for a very specific traffic you are wanting to trace.


2.  Installing it remotely on the server means that you break the VPN connection for a moment as it slides into the NIC stack (or whatever magic it does)…and the minute you do it you go.. duh.. should have thought of that one….


3.  Hmmmm.. for whatever reason I have an old netbios query request going out for the name of the old server… hmmmm…I’ll have to investigate why that’s happening…



4.  And last but not least: 



oh… looks like a new computer is doing that Master Browser thingy… you know… this: http://www.eventid.net/display.asp?eventid=8003&eventno=680&source=MRxSmb&phase=1 


Where it’s best if your server is the “head cheese” ..but not your workstations.. http://www.pmg.com/tip_archive/99_1.htm In a server, this “head cheese” value is set to “YES” already…



This value is at:


Type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
Locate, and then click the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Browser\Parameters


But if your workstations are throwing off that setting.. especially something new coming into the firm… whereas the server should ALWAYS be yes, the workstation…well we’re going to change that to be a no or “false”


We’ll reboot and see if that does the trick…


hmmm.. though I’ll have to see why my workstation is still looking for the old SBS 2000 era server….

An interesting view

If MiniMicrosoft wrote a Security blog…. this would be it:


http://infosecsellout.blogspot.com/