Make sure you’ve got a good burn

When downloading SBS Essentials from the eval site you might want to run a Sha1 test to make sure that the download is a good download.

SHA1: 58FE96CD15B46107C0030713CB75A18B5FAFEF69  ISO/CRC: 1345F2EF

Z:\>fciv en-us_sbs_ESS_eval_installdvd.iso -sha1
// File Checksum Integrity Verifier version 2.05.
664d2d01564070f11699bcc219fbe4ad48866d99 en-us_sbs_ess_eval_installdvd.iso Is the Sha1 I received.  The MD5 was d96ad518b35fb02e67b728d988007ea8 en-us_sbs_ess_eval_installdvd.iso

One interesting recent kb that may impact you when to try to install the server is this one:

Who knew that uppercase and lowercase mattered.

And she’s energy efficient too…

Doesn’t everyone have a solar powered Queen that automatically waves her hand in sunlight?

Once you become a Mini cooper owner the british starts rubbing off…

The scones are baked

The scones are baked.  The YouTube channel bookmarked – the Clarence House twitter stream is running!/clarenceHouse and since I’ll be up for the next few hours watching CNN’s coverage of the Royal Wedding, I figure this is a good night to be installing and deploying updates.

So far, knock on wood, .NET is deploying okay.  I don’t have to worry about PowerPoint 2003 since I don’t have that anywhere but if you did, don’t forget to deploy the hotifx to fix the issue with the corrupted background.

Known issues in security update 2464588:

  • When you open presentations that contain layouts with background images in PowerPoint 2003, an error may occur. When the error occurs, you receive a message that states that some contents (text, images, or objects) have corrupted. You can determine what content has been lost by viewing the layout, but not by viewing the slide content. Items that were removed will display a blank box or a box that contains “cleansed.”

    To resolve this issue, install hotfix 2543241. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

    2543241 ( ) Description of the Office PowerPoint 2003 hotfix package

Getting ready for SBS Essentials?

Getting ready for SBS Essentials?  I just worked on a wiki post for router information for SBS 2011 Essentials

Remember it can be headless, it won’t host email or SharePoint so there’s no need to open up ports 25 or 987.

Hyper V and Home Premium

So if you want to play around with HyperV, Small Business Server Essentials and a Home Premium you’ll soon find out that Home premium and hyperV don’t really mix.  You have to use a legacy nic for it to even connect and it doesn’t offer mouse integration, nor allow the integration software to be loaded up.

You end up having to tab tab tab your way around the OS to play with things. 

So while it ultimately will connect.. it’s a bit of a hassle in HyperV to test.

May be unable to modify some users and users may disappear from the SBS Essentials Dashboard:

May be unable to modify some users and users may disappear from the SBS Essentials Dashboard:

Migration related KB articles

SBS 2011 Standard Edition Setup Crashes Unexpectedly:
Completing the SBS 2011 Standard setup after a failure during the promotion to a domain controller:
SBS 2011 Standard Edition Source Tool Scan Fails:
The SBS 2008 or 2011 Standard Migration Wizard may fail to launch due to an incomplete setup:;en-us;2533423

Rule of backup. Don’t do multiple ones at the same time.

Rule of backup.  Don’t do multiple ones at the same time.

I have an SBS 2008 SP2 server that does not run VSS on schedule. In the event logs there is event ID 12310 source VSS and the desciption is – “Volume Shadow Copy Service error: The shadow copy could not be committed – operation timed out. Error context: DeviceIoControl(\\?\Volume{f43780c5-d303-11df-8272-806e6f6e6963}”

I can click on “Create Now” on the Shadow Copies settings and it works.

It turns out this problem is due to Zenith BDR taking a snapshot at the same time. I found this problem existed on most servers that are being backed up with that BDR. I changed the schedule to take a snapshot at 7:05 and they all worked.

Check what time your snapshots and backups are running and move them to better times.

A blog app for that

If you have a Windows phone 7 there’s a new blog app

*PTS Extended Web Seminar: Windows SBS 2011 Essentials*

*PTS Extended Web Seminar: Windows SBS 2011 Essentials*
Click the following link to view the activity details: <>

*Start date:* 4/26/2011 7:00:00 AM PDT
*End date:* 4/26/2011 9:00:00 AM PDT

*Event Location:* Location: United States