Small Business Susan

Signing up for the SBS 2008 newsgroups

So you want to join the 2k8 newsgroup but you want nntp access.


https://connect.microsoft.com/sbs08/community/discussion/richui/default.aspx


No problem.


First step click on the NNTP Instructions tab:



Click on NNT setup instructions


We first need to SET a newsgroup password to access the groups



This is a password specifically set BY YOU.  It is not the same as your Windows Live password, if you’ve never set this before, it’s one you need to do now.


https://connect.microsoft.com/cougar/messageboards/nntpauth.aspx



That Newsgroup user ID is unique to me.  So enter your password and click “Create password”



Now select your newsreader.  You can use OE or Windows Mail or Thunderbird.


To access the Microsoft Connect newsgroups, you need a newsreader program, such as Outlook Express and Windows Mail that supports multiple news servers. Other newsreaders are also available.

To add a news server to Outlook Express:


  • Start Outlook Express.
  • On the Tools menu, click Accounts.
  • Click Add, and then click News.
  • In the Internet Connection Wizard, follow the instructions until you reach the Internet News Server Name page.
  • Enter “connectnews.microsoft.com” for the News (NNTP) server, select “My news server requires me to log on,” and then click Next.
  • Enter your newsgroup ID and password, and then click Next.
  • Click Finish, and then click Close.



To add a news server to Windows Mail:


  • Start Windows Mail.

If it wants to set up an email account and you only want to use this for nntp, hit cancel at this point.



  • On the Tools menu, click Accounts.

 


  • Click Add and then click Newsgroup Account.

 


  • In the Internet Connection Wizard, follow the instructions until you reach the Internet News Server Name page.

 



  • Enter “connectnews.microsoft.com” for the News (NNTP) server, select “My news server requires me to log on,” and then click Next.

 


  • Enter your newsgroup ID and password, and then click Next.

 


(Get this from the Password setup you did earlier)


  • Click Finish, and then click Close.

 



 


Ensure that you do not enable the “communities” feature in Windows Mail



 


click on Show newsgroups, don’t turn on communities.


You should then see the 2k8 newsgroups:



 


Click to subscribe and voila



And there ya go