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Okay so twitter is good for one thing

It’s at these times when I’m HERE and a fair amount of people are THERE and I’m not going THERE but am interested in what is happening THERE that …. okay… I’ll admit it that I break down and start following Tim’s Twitter feeds to see what people are up to ….


Twitter / timbarrett:
http://twitter.com/timbarrett


Yeah I know… sad….


So okay Twitter works when you want to follow an event and you aren’t going to be there. 

Thank you for saying I look fine….but….

So on my Windows Live wall I got a private message the other day from someone I had no idea who it was.  And that’s when I found out that the new facebooky Live page does not default to privacy.



Yeah I’m clicking on that one for sure….


Concerned about privacy and what you’re sharing with who? As you get familiar with your new Windows Live profile, here are a few tips:

When you visit your Profile, you see your view of your Profile – which will always include all of the information you’ve entered about yourself, and all of your activities.


You decide who is allowed to see each piece of information on your Profile (and when they visit it, they’ll only see what you’ve given them permission to see).


To manage permissions, see all of the links below:


So once I did that I found the settings that were concerning:



Yeah we’re going to make that one just be people on my network.  Honestly that should be the default anyway in my opinion.  I think we are growing a generation of folks that are a little too open and loosey goosey with sharing information if you ask me.

It ain’t Fresno, folks.


http://www.google.com/alerts?ned=us&hl=en&q=Windows+Foundation+Server&t=1

Trust me.  You might want to sign up for that and keep any eye on it.  So far here’s all I personally know about Windows Foundation Server.  It appears, it ain’t Fresno.  You know and remember Fresno?  The base of SBS 2003, and for that matter SBS 2008, that we nicknamed “For Really Small Networks”?  From all the links that I’ve seen it doesn’t appear that this is what it will be at all.  It doesn’t sound like it will be limited to be a DC, minimal users, etc.

http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=2131

In fact the biggest hint about what it might be comes from Paul Thurrott’s site — http://community.winsupersite.com/blogs/paul/archive/2009/02/24/windows-foundation-server.aspx

Windows Server 2008 R2 is a pretty impressive product, but then I’ve discussed that at length already in my Windows Server 2008 R2 Preview. But here’s some news you probably haven’t heard yet: Microsoft will be selling a new R2 version, called Windows Foundation Server, that it will target at emerging markets and, if it’s smart, small businesses and enthusiasts. Foundation Server will support all the key Windows Server roles except for Hyper-V virtualization, and it will reportedly sell for just $200. Now that’s what I call power to the people.

Hmm sounds like something we should all keep an eye on, doesn’t it?  But as Mick says, until we’re asked to kick the tires on the beta, one should reserve judgment and not rely on Mary Jo and Paul reports.

We’ll have to see what unfolds and how accurate Mary Jo and Paul are.  IF they are, that could be a nice little side server box in a SBS network, don’t you think?  Branch office Server?  Read only DC?  Cheap terminal server box?  If Paul is right, that could be a nice addition to an existing SBS network (even one that has Premium) for all of those networks that Amy calls “Strawberry plants” where it ends up that someone needs a local file sharing platform in the remote office.

http://www.google.com/alerts?ned=us&hl=en&q=Windows+Foundation+Server&t=1 So sign up for that, stay tuned, and we’ll see if Mary Jo and Paul are right, shall we?

So where did shared folders go?

I’m n Windows Live Messenger 9 here at home and a friend said “oh stick the file up in the shared folder and it will sync up overnight”.  So I went into Live Messenger to move the file and found that in version 2009 of Live Messenger the Sharing Folders feature is gone.


The Sharing Folder feature has been discontinued in the latest version of Windows Live Messenger (2009), and replaced with access to Windows Live SkyDrive instead.


The big problem with the Skydrive is the upload file size cap. 



50 MB is the file transfer cap.  Try transfering a large image file with that cap.


This is another reason that I’m not sold on cloud solutions.  I am a little people.  A vendor can yank a feature and I have no say whatsoever.  I had no idea that they yanked shared folders and didn’t tell me.


They even are a bit cagey about how it’s been removed as a feature.



I had to go to wikipedia to confirm that they were gone.

Thank you Frank, you were a diamond


Frank McCallister – February 27, 2009


http://msmvps.com/blogs/kwsupport/archive/2009/02/27/frank-mccallister-in-memoriam.aspx
http://blog.sbsfaq.com/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?List=269e4081%2Dac58%2D42a6%2D9a54%2D383a6a3fb0d8&ID=301


At a time in one’s life that everyone else would be slowing down, Frank was always the one speeding up.  I don’t remember when I first saw Frank post in the newsgroups, but I’ll probably not forget how I found out about his passing. His daughter let his friends know through a post in Facebook and we all started checking with each other on IM and email to confirm what we hoped wasn’t true.  Unfortunately it was true.  That big heart of his finally wore out. 


I’d always get these IM messages from him that would start out “Hi, Susan!”.  Sometimes it was a quick ping to clarify something, sometimes it was a “are you seeing this” kind of question.  He’d start out with a “don’t want to bother” comment and a ping from Frank was never a bother.  He just helped people. 


So when I went to go searching in google groups to see if I could figure out when the first time I met Frank in the newsgroups, I wasn’t at all surprised to find out that he had a Novell family that cared about him just as much as a Microsoft one.  It showcases how much he’s been in community all of these years and how long he’s been in technology.  Yet he wasn’t a kind of guy that stayed in the past.  He did more on Facebook that I do.  He was always one to ask if a Service pack could be tested on real boxes, if we could get access to some beta to better help out, he was always the quiet voice on the conference call asking if he could do more.  And he usually did.



Yes indeed.  Thank you Frank, you were a diamond to us all.  Set Saint Peter up on Facebook while you are up there will you?

Online Banking 2009 Updates

- Intuit Community:
http://community.intuit.com/wikis?cid=a7fadd6a3f7a23fffb5e37109a5785dd83b95fa7


Check out the announcement about Online Banking updates for the 2009 QB.

Online Banking 2009 Updates

Background

In redesigning the online banking feature in QuickBooks 2009 we were hoping to provide an easy to use experience for new users to the feature. We are dedicated to listening to your feedback and updating the feature so that it is as easy and efficient to use as previous versions. Please continue to check this page for announcements.

We will be posting announcements on this page. If you any have questions or feedback you would like to share please go to our
Online Banking Community Forum or Email Us.

Latest Information

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to improve the online banking experience in QuickBooks 2009. We are happy announce that the following updates will become available in late March for QuickBooks Pro, Premier, and Enterprise 2009 solutions:


  • You will be able to access other areas of QuickBooks while you have the online banking “Add transactions to QuickBooks” window open. For example:

  •  
    • You can go to other QuickBooks forms to create matching transactions. Then when you return to online banking, the downloaded transaction will be matched.
    • If you need to use Items you can go to Write Checks or Record Credit Card Charges to create a matching transaction.
    • You can also refer to your register while you have the online banking window open.

  • Performance Improvements

  •  
    • For customers with larger files, Online Banking will run faster.

  • Other minor changes relating to customer feedback:

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    • Full downloaded amount will automatically appear when opening splits and deposits for you to edit.
    • Adjusted screen layouts to correct problems with scroll bars and buttons.

These updates will be available in an automatic update or manual download in late March. For more information on how to turn on automatic updates or manually download this update please see below.


We are continuing to work on updates to the online banking feature in QuickBooks 2009 and will provide more specifics on timing closer to the release date.

How to Get the Updates


  • Here’s how you can get the updates (automatically):
    1. 1. From the QuickBooks Help menu, choose Update QuickBooks.
    2. 2. Click the Overview tab and click Update Now.
    3. 3. Select the desired downloads in the Update Now window.
    4. 4. Click Get Updates to download your selected updates.
    5. 5. When the Update Complete message appears, click Close.
    6. 6. From the File menu, choose Exit.
    7. 7. Start QuickBooks and click Yes to the message to install the update.
  • When the updates are available in late March, you can manually download the updates you can visit our QuickBooks Support Site and selecting the “Updates & Downloads” tab for QuickBooks 2009.

Solve the Quickbooks 2009 Invoice Sending Problem

Solve the Quickbooks 2009 Invoice Sending Problem | The OSM Blog:
http://theosmblog.com/2009/02/24/solve-quickbooks-2009-invoice-sending-problem/

The players:


64bit Vista (or Windows 2008)


Quickbooks 2009


And a certain PDF printer that can drive you insane.


Check out that post and bookmark it.


(and a special thanks to Alison Ball of Intuit for the heads up!)


 

Old 8.3 file names are still kicking in the 2008 era

A note from Tony:



Some information for your after using yor blogs for years for help and assistnace...

If you happen to have old DOS / Netware applications that use data off  a network share... yes they are still out there.... and work in vista....

By defualt SBS 2008 has 8dot3 filenames turned off and these old applications will not work..

run cmd as Administrator

fsutil behavior query disable8dot3   ( result of 1 is on  o is off )

fsutil behsvior set disable8dot3 0

REboot required.... but to reset the filenames the data has to be copied off the server, deleted and copied back...file by file...

robocopy to the rescue again...

Thanks for your Help
Regards
Tony

A little migration tip from Shane

Shout out tonight (this morning) to Shane Scanlon from Comcity Technology in Melbourne Australia. He apparently tortures his staff by making them read my blog.


He passed this along:


 


Thought Id share this one with you as its a nice tip for the young players: 

If you shutdown the SBS2003 before the demote and remove exchange part. Then restart the SBS2008 server the Exchange Store 
will not mount and the following errors are seen in the Event Logs: (Note name has been changed of the server:domain below
for security reasons)


Note once you demote and remove exchange on the SBS2003 server as per migration guide these errors no longer occur. 

Log Name:      Application
Source:        MSExchange ADAccess
Date:          24/02/2009 7:44:42 PM
Event ID:      2114
Task Category: Topology
Level:         Error
Keywords:      Classic
User:          N/A
Computer:      OCS.Our.local
Description:
Process MSEXCHANGEADTOPOLOGYSERVICE.EXE (PID=2556). Topology discovery failed, error 0x80040952 (LDAP_LOCAL_ERROR (Client-side internal error or bad LDAP message)). 
Look up the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) error code specified in the event description. To do this, use Microsoft Knowledge Base article 218185, "Microsoft LDAP Error Codes."
Use the information in that article to learn more about the cause and resolution to this error. Use the Ping or PathPing command-line tools to test network connectivity to local domain controllers. Event Xml: <Event xmlns=
"http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event"> <System> <Provider Name="MSExchange ADAccess" /> <EventID Qualifiers="49156">2114</EventID> <Level>2</Level> <Task>3</Task> <Keywords>0x80000000000000</Keywords> <TimeCreated SystemTime="2009-02-24T08:44:42.000Z" /> <EventRecordID>16873</EventRecordID> <Channel>Application</Channel> <Computer>OCS.Our.local</Computer> <Security /> </System> <EventData> <Data>MSEXCHANGEADTOPOLOGYSERVICE.EXE</Data> <Data>2556</Data> <Data>80040952</Data> <Data>LDAP_LOCAL_ERROR (Client-side internal error or bad LDAP message)</Data> </EventData> </Event> Log Name: Application Source: MSExchange ADAccess Date: 24/02/2009 7:45:29 PM Event ID: 2501 Task Category: General Level: Error Keywords: Classic User: N/A Computer: OCS.Our.local Description: Process MSEXCHANGEADTOPOLOGY (PID=2556). The site monitor API was unable to verify the site name for this Exchange computer - Call=HrSearch Error code=80040a01.
Make sure that Exchange server is correctly registered on the DNS server. Event Xml: <Event xmlns=
"http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event"> <System> <Provider Name="MSExchange ADAccess" /> <EventID Qualifiers="49156">2501</EventID> <Level>2</Level> <Task>1</Task> <Keywords>0x80000000000000</Keywords> <TimeCreated SystemTime="2009-02-24T08:45:29.000Z" /> <EventRecordID>16998</EventRecordID> <Channel>Application</Channel> <Computer>OCS.Our.local</Computer> <Security /> </System> <EventData> <Data>MSEXCHANGEADTOPOLOGY</Data> <Data>2556</Data> <Data>HrSearch</Data> <Data>80040a01</Data> </EventData> </Event> Log Name: Application Source: MSExchange ADAccess Date: 24/02/2009 7:45:29 PM Event ID: 2601 Task Category: General Level: Warning Keywords: Classic User: N/A Computer: OCS.Our.local Description: Process MSEXCHANGEADTOPOLOGY (PID=2556). When initializing a remote procedure call (RPC) to the Microsoft Exchange Active Directory Topology service,
Exchange could not retrieve the SID for account <WKGUID=DC1301662F547445B9C490A52961F8FC,CN=Microsoft Exchange,CN=Services,CN=Configuration,...> - Error code=80040a01.
The Microsoft Exchange Active Directory Topology service will continue starting with limited permissions. Event Xml: <Event xmlns=
"http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event"> <System> <Provider Name="MSExchange ADAccess" /> <EventID Qualifiers="32772">2601</EventID> <Level>3</Level> <Task>1</Task> <Keywords>0x80000000000000</Keywords> <TimeCreated SystemTime="2009-02-24T08:45:29.000Z" /> <EventRecordID>16999</EventRecordID> <Channel>Application</Channel> <Computer>OCS.Our.local</Computer> <Security /> </System> <EventData> <Data>MSEXCHANGEADTOPOLOGY</Data> <Data>2556</Data> <Data>&lt;WKGUID=DC1301662F547445B9C490A52961F8FC,CN=Microsoft Exchange,CN=Services,CN=Configuration,...&gt;</Data> <Data>80040a01</Data> </EventData> </Event> Log Name: Application Source: MSExchangeIMAP4 Date: 24/02/2009 7:46:33 PM Event ID: 2011 Task Category: (1) Level: Error Keywords: Classic User: N/A Computer: OCS.Our.local Description: ServicePrincipalName.RegisterServiceClass returned error code -2146892976. The process will exit. Event Xml: <Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event"> <System> <Provider Name="MSExchangeIMAP4" /> <EventID Qualifiers="49156">2011</EventID> <Level>2</Level> <Task>1</Task> <Keywords>0x80000000000000</Keywords> <TimeCreated SystemTime="2009-02-24T08:46:33.000Z" /> <EventRecordID>17013</EventRecordID> <Channel>Application</Channel> <Computer>OCS.Our.local</Computer> <Security /> </System> <EventData> <Data>-2146892976</Data> </EventData> </Event> Shane Scanlon Comcity Technology Melbourne Australia

Biden does twitter right?

Okay so our elected leaders don’t have to live in Facebook, or in Linked in, nor do they have to twitter.  But when you hear that they asked for the web site’s “number” one does wonder exactly how often they use the computer.


Biden Asks for Web Site’s ‘Number’ – First 100 Days of Presidency – Politics FOXNews.com:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100days/2009/02/25/biden-slips-asks-websites-number/

I do find that people don’t know exactly what a blog is.  Lately due to the word ‘twitter’ being so thrown about I’m having to explain what it is. 


“Uh well, you do a very short blog post”


“Do these people have nothing better to do?”


“Uh, well, sometimes I do wonder.”


One of my coworkers went to twiitter search and found that while he wasn’t listed as being ‘twiittered” by anyone, my name was.


Something about Mountain Dew and Susan Bradley.  Imagine that coming up in a search.