May 22nd…here it comes…

Oh yeah…… May 22nd… get ready because here it comes.. (and remember there’s one scene that was shot in Fresno)

Not quite fixing "a yellow bang"

When a new OS ships it normally takes a few weeks (months?… or in the case of Vista years?) for vendors to jump on the bandwagon.  The firm bought a new server to be a PDF saving beast and I started to put Win2k3 on it and then went…hang on…. let’s put 2k8 on it.  And in fact it found the drives better on 2k8 than when I attempted to install 2k3.  But there are still signs that I’m a bit bleeding edge….take for example the “!” in the drivers section….

See that?  It’s supposed to be fixed by this download..

This component installs a driverless INF file for the management function that is provided by the ACPI\HPI0002 device on the HP ProLiant 100 Series platforms. The INF file prevents the “unknown device” entry (a yellow bang) from displaying for the device, ACPI\HPI0002, in Windows Device Manager. This component is only needed on Generation 5 platforms or later if the unknown device entry is present in Device Manager.

Except the driver doesn’t work even though it’s labelled a 2k8 driver.  Now mind you …inside it’s labelled a 2k8 driver, but on the outside of the HP driver screen, it only lists 2k3.


See that?  No Win2k8 listed even though I just bought the server.  It does have an ILO card that I need to set up.  So now we’re a three server firm.  One SBS 2003 (32bit), one Win2k3 (32bit) running Live Communication Server, one Win2k8 (64bit) being a file sharing beast.  And I may just have to play with a bit of TS remote apps and what not.

SMBNation — Canadian style

Okay you Northerners….. check out what’s right around the corner for you guys up north!!

SATURDAY May 3, 2008

– Keynote Speaker: VoIP for SMB VARs: Opportunities and Pitfalls.

– (Room A) Introduction to Response Point (Schurman)
– (Room B) 70-282 Exam Cram For Small Business Specialists (Mulzer)

Migrating SMB Customers to Managed Services (Dan Thomas)

– Presentation Virtualization solutions and business
opportunities (Michael Yue)

– (Room A) Windows SharePoint Services 3.0: A pratical approach on Windows SBS Server Benedict)
– (Room B) Creating Stickiness on the web (Crawford)

Automate and Optimize your It Services Business (Dave Kalkut)

MarketPlace Expo

Meet up with SMB Nation at Boston Pizza


SUNDAY May 4, 2008

– Keynote Speaker: Partnering for Profitability (Stuart R. Crawford)

– (Room A) How To Sell Managed Services (Makowicz)
– (Room B) First Look at Small Business Server 2008 – Technical (McLennan, et al)

Microsoft Response Point Business Models (Backman)

– (Room A) The Truly Mobile Worker (Garvis)
– (Room B) What’s the SBS 2008 Opportunity for Partners? (Crawford, MVPs, etc.)

-(Room A) It’s Time for a Paradigm Shift ( Robert Cohen)

Have 4 left… act fast..

Xobni just gave me more beta invites and I have a few left…..

Ping me at if you want one


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Unscientific…but Wow….

I’m in the process of moving some documents from a 2k3 based server to a 2k8 based one.

This is an unscientific test of copying files from the 2k3 server to my Vista workstation:

Copy folder from 2k3 to Vista:  5 gigs, about 8 minutes.

Copy folder (same size/data) from 2k8 to Vista:  5 gigs, less than a minute.


Wow.  Both copying files from member servers.  Granted the hardware is not the same but I did a similar test (will get screen shots as well) from an XP box and it was like 9 minutes from the 2k8 box to the XP and 12 minutes from the 2k3 box to the XP.

And mind you this is with the netsh stuff off on the vista and all that…. 

netsh interface tcp set global autotuning=disabled
netsh interface tcp set global chimney=disabled
netsh interface tcp set global rss=disabled


Same folders, copying between 2k3 member server and 2k8 member server and a XP workstation (no sp3, just sp2)

File copying from 2k3 server to XP sp2… about 10 minutes to copy….

File copying from a 2k8 server to XP sp2… about 4 minutes for exactly the same file…..

XP SP3 and MCE

Yes, that’s XP sp3 on a Media Center edition as a test, and yes I didn’t lose domain join, but I’m still not ready to give it the thumbs up at this time on MCE’s.  We still haven’t gotten to the bottom of two MCE’s that didn’t like the install of XP sp3.

Bottom line if you have a MCE and it’s domain joined via the banana hack, make a backup and be prepared to uninstall it if need be.


Per Mary Jo, XP sp3 not out today

 XP SP3 not generally available yet, after all | All about Microsoft |

“Microsoft has decided not to release Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 3 to Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center as planned on April 29. The reason? A last-minute compatibility issue with a Microsoft application — Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System (RMS).”

Vista Enterprise and Virtualization

Hopefully I’m channeling Eric Ligman correctly on this…. If you get a client to sign up for Software Assurance rights …which gets them in to Vista Enterprise (bitlocker and all that), you also get the right to run as virtual pcs under that Vista older OS. 

I realize not everyone can be talked into software assurance/Vista Enterprise and all that, but just letting you know there are ways to get XP licenses in offices.

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Q. What does it mean to have licensing rights to four virtual operating systems?

Customers who deploy Windows Vista Enterprise can install up to four copies of the operating system in a virtual machine for a single user on a single device. When paired with Virtual PC (available as a free download), this benefit provides the most economical way to address application compatibility and other scenarios through virtualization. Customers who do not deploy Windows Vista Enterprise and want to use the operating system in a virtual machine must purchase a license for every copy of Windows Vista that is installed in a virtual machine.

Q. In what business scenarios would it be valuable to have rights for four additional operating systems for each user?

The addition of four virtual operating systems is designed to cover a number of customer scenarios. These include:

Application compatibility. This is valuable if you are migrating to Windows Vista and are running critical older applications that are not compatible with the new operating system.

Development and testing. Running several operating systems in virtual machines improves efficiency and reduces costs when you are testing and developing applications that run on various operating systems.

Training. You can set training scenarios on a variety of operating systems.

Help Desk support. Support technicians can use just one computer to solve problems for multiple operating systems and applications.

Downgrades. You can exercise your downgrade rights to run several different operating systems within virtual machines with Windows Vista Enterprise as the host.

So what exactly do downgrade rights mean?

In my Microsoft Volume licesning window I have the rights for the following software…. Windows Vista, or Windows XP.  I also have downgrade rights for Office 2007 to 2003 to XP.  So what exactly does downgrade rights mean?  Does it mean that once I roll myself back to Office XP that I can’t upgrade to Office 2007?  Does it mean that once I use a license of Windows XP that I’m stuck with that license on that machine forever?  Nope to both.

Which 2007 Microsoft Office system suites are eligible to downgrade to Office 2003 suites?

Customers who have licensed Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2007 are eligible to downgrade to Office Professional Enterprise 2003 and all previous versions as described above. Customers who have licensed Microsoft Office Standard 2007 are eligible to downgrade to Office Standard Edition 2003 and all previous versions of Office Standard Edition. 


If I have Windows Vista Enterprise, what can I downgrade to?Downgrade rights in the Volume Licensing programs provide customers with the right to downgrade to any prior version of the same product. Windows Vista Enterprise is a new type of product and does not have a prior version. However, customers licensed for use of Windows Vista Enterprise are licensed for Windows Vista Business, and it can be downgraded to the Windows XP Professional, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows NT® 4.0, Windows NT 3.51, Windows 98, or Windows 95 operating system. You would not, however, be able to downgrade to Windows Vista Home Basic or Windows Vista Home Premium, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, or Microsoft Windows Millennium as those are different products and not considered previous versions of Windows Vista Business

If I wanted to I could run Windows 95 with Office XP is I wanted to really knock myself out.  On those HP machines I bought that had “Vista Business with XP downgrade rights”, they shipped with XP.  That means I could stay with them at XP if I really wanted to and in say 6 months THEN upgrade them to Vista.  Or I could install them with Vista and say 6 months later roll back down to XP (the only caveat being that the XP images were like OEM XP Home machines, they shipped without media and you needed to build your own recovery/repair media to take them back to that XP factory shipped image.

Buying those HPs or Lenovo’s for Dells that offer the Vista with XP downgrade rights means that I can run either one, install either one, upgrade or roll back to either one, I just can’t run both at the exact same time.

How to play at work (or get fired, which ever comes first)

Social Tools for the Office Worker: How to Subvert I.T. and Play at Work – ReadWriteWeb:


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