So Jeff is on IM telling me about the latest updates on the New Orleans IT Pro conference….and I think I’m going to start an extra hour of sleep each night in preparation starting now.  I’m pooped just hearing about the entertainment he has planned let alone the sessions.

First off the room rate of $119 a night is guaranteed until the end of this week (which, as a conference hotel person and high maintenance female that I am is a STEAL btw) but the hotel will honor that rate until the hotel runs out of space…good for us slow pokes who haven’t booked yet… and then he’s telling me that he’s going to need to let people know about the live performances that will be the Entertainers for the weekend…. Friday night is a Jazz trio led by a 12 time NOLA Jazz Festival performer, Tim Laughlin, Sunday night is a band led by the rhythm guitarist who did the studio and tour for Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint together with his 4 piece rhythm section and two female vocalists on the riverboat dinner cruise ship that is sponsored by the Microsoft Small Business Server product team.

Mind you this is the same weekend that Pirates of the Caribbean comes out in the cinemas, so skip the long lines for Johnny Depp’s latest flick and instead come to the real home of the Caribbean.  I think we’ll have lots more fun.  (Besides … Dean Paron is planning to be there… and he is way more interesting than Johnny Depp and cuter too don’t you think?)

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Ive kum 2 teh konkluzion that komputers r makin me spel badlee

Seriously, do you find that you are more and more reliant on Word’s spellchecker instead of remembering how to spell?  Get me on IM and you’ll see how badly I’m spelling these days (note to Microsoft, can I have a non-leet enabled spell checker for IM?)  As we use IM in business, you can see how badly grammar is when it’s ‘as is’ and ‘unfiltered’.  Even in  my blog posting, it’s pretty raw and needs work down here as I dump out my brain dumps and what not.

So…you seeing that you can’t spell like you used to anymore?

Or….. write cursive or print either for that matter?  My handwriting is getting worse all the time….


Looking for resources? – this is the tech listserve for the sbs community – this is the official Microsoft sponsored SBS yahoogroup and is the best place for licensing issues – want to start a practice, chat about succession planning, marketing or anything on the “business side” of business? – considering or doing managed services?  If considering, lurk, if doing, chat. – got a question about CRM in the SMB space?  That’s the group for you

Newsgroups for SBS: – main granddaddy of the SBS newsgroups.  Can be searched via google groups using advanced search of as the group target.

I’m going to do more blogs in future posts but here’s a sample of some of the best:

Must have SBS blogs:
THE BLOG YOU MUST HAVE OR I WILL COME AND HUNT YOU DOWN IF YOU DON’T: – if you have no other blog in your RSS reader/favorites, you MUST HAVE THAT ONE.
Second best SBS blog you must have or I will get Chico to chew on your legs –
Eric Ligman’s Partner blog –
The TS2 gang have a blog portal –
Windows server community lead has a ton of SBS blogs linked on his blog –
Look for the blog of your local community lead – mine’s at

I posted this in the smallbizit group and thought I’d blog this here as well.  Most small IT shops are family shops.  And when you begin to add employees, you need to think about their futures in your firm as well.

Given the recent interest in this topic …here are some resources from my CPA industry to get folks thinking Nothing Succeeds Like Succession:  Succession-Planning Dos and Donts:  Securing the Future: Building a Succession Plan for Your Firm:  Passing on the Crown – Family Businesses and How a Family Firm can Avoid a Succession Crisis — Mid  Family owned firm study
 CareerJournal | Should You Accept a Job At a Family-Owned Firm?:  For those that hire employees, consider this… if you want too much control, those employees wanting a piece of the pie will begin to look for greener pastures. You owe it to yourself and your employees to plan

for your future…that is….one without you.

WSUS 3.0 delivers updates to corporate environments from Microsoft Update.

This readme file describes known issues affecting Microsoft® Windows® Server Update Services 3.0 (WSUS 3.0) and includes recommendations and requirements for installing WSUS 3.0.

The documentation for WSUS 3.0 on SBS 2003 R2 will be out soon, but the key thing to remember is that when you install it on top of R2, you don’t run the wizard. Just install it over the top and don’t change any of the settings.  WSUS 3.0 will be controlled by R2 just fine.

Today my sister and I went to a VW show and swap meet at the Madera Fairgrounds and while we entered her vintage 1961, painted to look like Herbie the love bug Volkswagon in the show, we opted not to enter the tattoo contest.  Yeah…. we just didn’t have the necessary stuff to enter that one.  But it pointed out to me that people have passions of every shape and size.  (More photos on the event this year here as soon as the files get transferred up) Some of us are passionate about technology, some of us are passionate about Cars.  But lately (or maybe it’s just that I’m getting old) the “passion” around operating systems has gone to the extreme.  There are people (also known in the usenet world as trolls) in the Vista General newsgroup that …well…. need to join a VW group or get a tattoo or something.  It’s an operating system, and quite frankly we need to pick the best one for the job.

There was a good email on a listserve that talked about this balance for the job at hand. That there was no such thing as a “right” answer.  Linux, Macintosh, Windows, all had a role depending on the needs of the customer.  It’s the whole TCO and how cheap and easy support is to come by.  Any Operating system without attention, care and TLC is a security nightmare.

When it comes to making decisions regarding the operating systems we use to run our businesses, we need to be unemotional and leave the religious arguments at the door.

Tattoos are for things like the love of Volkswagons and what not…. it’s not for software

(P.S. there are two Herbies in the slide deck, one is my Sister’s, the other is actually a “Herbie” that was shipped over to France to be used in one of the movies)
P.S.S. fixed the link to the slide deck

When you are doing a search in Vista, you might want to click on advanced and click on that “include non indexed, hidden and system files”.

In my case that was the only way I found where the .nk2 files were (so my Sister would have her autocomplete addresses back)… now I’m off to find her .ost file on the old system (yeah… I should have exported to pst files first but we saved the hard drive contents from her laptop, ghosting it to a small laptop drive that’s now in a small case and I can get to any of her old data this way.

So one thing I forgot to do when moving sister from her old XP to her new vista was to grab the .nk2 files

Copy the names in AutoComplete to another computer

Important  You must exit Outlook before starting the following procedure. The names will be included in AutoComplete when you restart Outlook.

  1. On the computer with the saved AutoComplete names, go to drive:\Documents and Settings\user name\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook.

    Note  Depending on your file settings, this folder might be hidden. To view the files in this folder, do one of the following:

    ShowMicrosoft Windows XP

    1. Click Start, and then click My Computer.
    2. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
    3. Click the View tab, and then, under Advanced settings, under Hidden files and folders, click Show hidden files and folders.

    ShowMicrosoft Windows 2000

    1. Double-click My Computer on your desktop.
    2. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
    3. Click the View tab, and then click Show hidden files and folders.

  2. Right-click profile name.nk2, and then click Copy.

    Tip  You can copy the file to removable media, such as a floppy disk or a CD, and then copy the file to the correct location on the other computer. Or you can attach the file to an e-mail message and send the message to yourself. On the new computer, open the attachment in Outlook, and then save it to the correct location.


  3. On the computer where you want to populate the AutoComplete feature, copy the file to drive:\Documents and Settings\user name\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook.
  4. If the Outlook user profile name is different on the computer where you are moving the .nk2 file, you must rename the file with the same Outlook user profile name after you copy it to the correct folder. For example, if you move Kim Akers.nk2 from the original computer with an Outlook user profile name of Kim Akers, and you copy the Kim Akers.nk2 file to the new computer, you must rename it with the Outlook profile name being used on the new computer.
  5. When prompted about replacing the existing file, click Yes.
  6. Open Outlook to view changes.

The trick of it was I needed to rename that old .nk2 file to “default.nk2” on the new system and place it under c:\Users\Username.domain\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft.  And now her autocomplete is autocompleting.

If you hit this and perhaps installed Win2k3 sp2 and then removed it, you aren’t alone.  Nick (the naked mvp) just hit this on a box that he installed SP2 and then had to remove SP2 because of networking issues.

Somehow in the uninstall of Sp2 the Microsoft Integration key gets mangled/missing, and the weird error with the wizards can be a result of that.  If you have (or the system has) enabled shadow file copies on the C:\ drive you probably will have a shadow copy of that registry setting you need.

Bottom line it probably would be wise to call Product Support Services as it could get a tad messy.