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Remember: you must run psconfig after SharePoint sp1 is installed:

If you have SBS 2011 and you or your client installed SharePoint sp1

Backups will fail

Backup unsuccessful.  A volume shadow copy service operation failed.  Unknown error (0x800423f0)

see Backup has started to fail and will not work SBS 2011:
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/smallbusinessserver/thread/b9a8a1a8-0aa1-4a71-b660-3a9ab41ec287

RESOLUTION:  Run the psconfig command

You need to fix SharePoint before your backup will work.

1. Open an Administrative command prompt.
2. Change directory to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\BIN
3. Run PSConfig.exe -cmd upgrade -inplace b2b -force -cmd applicationcontent -install -cmd installfeatures

 

You may love him, you may hate him

You may love him, you may hate him, but the hype over Office 365 is the reality.


Vlad Mazek – Vladville Blog » Blog Archive » The End of You; The Start of YOU:
http://www.vladville.com/2011/06/the-end-of-you-the-start-of-you.html


The reality of all of this cloud stuff is that it’s never as easy as they say, it’s not a no brainer to go all in the cloud, you need smarts and determining what works and what doesn’t.

Are you a SMB User group leader?

Are you a SMB User group leader?
http://blogs.msmvps.com/smbmvptour/2011/06/30/are-you-a-smb-user-group-leader/


If you are check out the blog post from the SMBMVPtour Gnome.  He wants to come to your venue!

Can you really clean a compromised system?

POINT:
Don’t write it, read it instead! – Microsoft Malware Protection Center – Site Home – TechNet Blogs:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/archive/2011/06/22/don-t-write-it-read-it-instead.aspx?wa=wsignin1.0
“If your system is infected with Trojan:Win32/Popureb.E, we advise fixing the MBR using the Windows Recovery Console to return the MBR to a clean state. “


 


COUNTERPOINT:


http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc512587.aspx
“You can’t clean a compromised system by removing the back doors. You can never guarantee that you found all the back doors the attacker put in. The fact that you can’t find any more may only mean you don’t know where to look, or that the system is so compromised that what you are seeing is not actually what is there.”

The good news, the bad news.

First the good news:


We didn’t get the OTHER .net 4 update I thought we’d get today.


http://support.microsoft.com/kb/894199


Tuesday, June 28, 2011



New non-security Content:



  • Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 on Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP (KB2468871)

    Locale: All
    Deployment: Windows Update, Microsoft Update, Recommended/Automatic Updates, WSUS, and Catalog
    Classification: Updates, Non-Security
    Target platforms: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP
    Approximate file sizes:
    • Microsoft .NET Framework 4 on Windows 7/Windows Server 2008/Windows Vista/Windows Server 2003/Windows XP x86 update: ~ 19668KB
    • Microsoft .NET Framework 4 on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems update: ~ 28772KB
    • Microsoft .NET Framework 4 on Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 IA-64/Windows Server 2008 IA-64/Windows Server 2003 IA-64 update: ~ 30761KB
    Description:
    Install this update to resolve issues in Microsoft .NET Framework 4. For a complete listing of the issues that are included in this update, see the associated Microsoft Knowledge Base article for more information. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

That did not get released today.


I guess they heard me huffing and puffing from Fresno and didn’t release it.


The bad news is Office 2010 sp1 and SharePoint 2010 sp1 did.  Two service packs I honestly was not expecting on MU, and certainly was not expecting on WSUS.


I do not understand why there is this need to not inform patchers in advance of when things will be on WSUS.  I don’t get it.

RDPing via a Viewsonic G-tablet device.



 


And there you have it.  A remote desktop connection via RDgateway that works on a Viewsonic G-tablet device.


http://www.mobihand.com/product.asp?id=55161&n=Xtralogic-Remote-Desktop-Client

The poor man’s ipad.

The poor man’s ipad.


Take one Viewsonic Gtablet – $290 via Office depot. http://www.officedepot.com/a/browse/tablets/N=5+518425/


Decide you don’t want to root the device so you have to install some software directly rather than going through the android marketplace (which only works on Honeycomb devices).


First off connect it to wireless so it will get it’s first updates.


Install Touchdown from Nitrodesk –  Download the app from the site http://nitrodesk.com/tddownloads/nitroid-droid.apk and then use the usb cable to move the apk across.   Install. Set up email just like you do on any other activesync device. 


Install Quickoffice – so you can do spreadsheets on the fly.


Install Xtralogic as it supports RDgateway http://www.mobihand.com/product.asp?id=55161&n=Xtralogic-Remote-Desktop-Client  (mind you as the resident license nazi I must officially remind you that should you decide to opt for direct remote desktop via the RDgateway you need TS/RDS cals for each person doing this.


To set up the Xtralogic apps to support rdgateway here’s the trick.


In the Remote Desktop settings in the general tab in the address box put in the netbios name of the computer you are intending to connect to.


In the Username put in DOMAIN\User.  Decide if you want to leave the password on the device (OKAY NOT).


On the right hand side of the screen click on the Advanced tab. Scroll down to where it says Gateway.  Ensure that the “Use server credentials for gateway” is not selected.  Click the button to Create a gateway.


In the Gateway settings enter in the url or IP address of the server.


Enter the username as JUST username (no DOMAIN\ this time)


Hit save.  Test the connection.  It should connect to your desktop… unless of course you have been a good paranoid person and have installed Authanvil to protect the fact that if someone knows your server address they can rdp straight to their workstation if they have RWW rights.



But I agree with this blog: The failing of Android as a tablet platform | ZDNet:
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/mobile-news/the-failing-of-android-as-a-tablet-platform/3003?tag=mantle_skin;content

It’s really geeky to set this up.  It’s not polished as it should be. 


http://www.viewsonic.com/gtablet/favorite.htm


And figure out after the fact that the Amazon Android store is much easier to buy from and you should have gone there first.


 

SharePoint 2010 sp1 out today

SBS 2011 has a problem with SharePoint updates.  Like it doesn’t apply them automatically. Thus when you roll out a Service pack, stick it on MU and WSUS and …..

a. you do not have public betas of these Service packs
b.  do not blog/post/tweet/announce ahead of time that it’s coming so that the SBS team can get their communication ready to go to give guidance since we have to MANUALLY run the psconfig command.  (for a reminder see this link)


This is a service pack.  The fact that you are tying these suckers to Steve Ballmer office cloud launches and are not properly informing admins …. I don’t get it.  I do not understand why the company that built Exchange cannot communicate that you plan to put these service packs on the first day they are released.

People say I sound angry on the blog at times.  Today this makes me angry.  I do not get why an organzation with public relations, with people paid to tweet and social media cannot alert people appropriately ahead of time when it comes to mundane things like Service packs.  This isn’t a public relations event, this is something that should be communicated to appropriately to administrators.

Office 2010 Service Pack 1 coming this week – Microsoft:

Office 2010 Service Pack 1 coming this week – Microsoft:
http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2011/06/27/office-2010-service-pack-1-coming-this-week/?awesm=tnw.to_19dFN&utm_campaign=&utm_medium=tnw.to-other&utm_source=direct-tnw.to&utm_content=spreadus_master


Note that does not mean it will be on Microsoft update.  Edit:  It not only meant it was on Microsoft update but on WSUS as well.


But that probably means there’s a And SharePoint 2010 foundation sp1 included in the WSUS release as well.

So what’s the news this week?

So what’s the news this week?


Cloud.


Or rather Office 365 variety of cloud.


Webcast details for Tuesday’s Microsoft Office Division event are available here: http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2011/jun11/06-20MSMOD365MA.mspx