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So do I need .net 4?

Do you need .net 4 on SBS 2003?

Probably not.  And if you install it on that platform be prepared for a new error message – an indication that a service is not running:

SBS 2003 Performance Report indicates an automatic service is not running:

I’d recommend not installing .net 4 on SBS 2003 as I see no need for it.  Unless some application demands it, skip it.  It’s an optional update on this platform and I’d recommend not installing it from the get go.  If it’s installed, uninstall it.


Do you need .net 4 on SBS 2008?

Probably not.  Only worry about patching it if you have an application that installs it.  Just because it’s offered up as an optional update, doesn’t mean that it’s needed.  If you decide to remove it, you’ll find that it doesn’t cleanly uninstall.  This is actually documented in the .net 4 readme so it’s actually an expected known issue.



Do you need .net 4 on SBS 2011?

It actually ships with .net 4 so DO NOT remove it on the SBS 2011 platform.  I haven’t seen .net 4 have issues with patching, but if you do, don’t use the Aaron Stebner .net tool, merely go into programs and features, click on .net 4 and choose the repair option.

So far I’ve seen doing this fixes up .net 4 to allow for any security updates.

SBS essentials KB

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

Two vendors – only one great access at a time

Over on the coast of California tonight getting out of the heat of the Valley and I’m finding that it’s a good thing I have both an AT&T aircard and a verizon mifi when I travel.  I find that there are locations where one is good and the other one gives lousy access, and visa versa.

I personally don’t find one vendor gives consistently great Internet access.

Sometimes you just have to pack a lot of geek gear.

Looking for a book on SBS Essentials?

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New book: Working with Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials - Microsoft Press - Site Home - MSDN Blogs:

Chicago tomorrow, Fort Lauderdale next


Are you aware of the SMBMVPtour that is going around the world this year?  Tomorrow it will be in Chicago.  Up next Fort Lauderdale.  And keep an eye on that page as your city might be next!

Do I or don’t I?

[GUIDE] Install ClockworkMod, a ROM, Flash Player, and the Market Fix – xda-developers:
So I’m debating about hacking one of my two viewsonic tablets … but I’ll admit this feels very much going down the jailbreaking route or hacking up something.

Not to mention… I’m really not a developer.  So.. do I want to hack up a gtablet or not?

So why is it?

So here’s a rant.

Why is it that the usb to micro usb cables are sometimes just a smidge different so that you can’t interchange them with another micro usb cable?

They are just enough off that you can’t use a single cable for all things, but instead must have a specific cable for this and a specific cable for that.  Case in point my mifi device that I didn’t realize has a unique micro usb cable and wouldn’t fit the gtablet’s micro usb cable?

And why is it that the new usb3 cables are different than the usb2’s?  Why can’t there be A cable that fits EVERYTHING?

Released: Update Rollup 5 for Exchange 2010 SP1

Released: Update Rollup 5 for Exchange 2010 SP1 – Exchange Team Blog – Site Home – TechNet Blogs:

In the comments of that blog post…  For those keeping track.. the bug introduced in v4 is not fixed in v5

“With regard to the ability to recover a deleted public folder, this fix was not included in RU5 as further testing revealed a problem with the identified fix. We are still working on a resolution to this issue and it will be included in a future Rollup or Service Pack when it resolves the issue satisfactorily and has been fully validated.”

Announcing the re-release of Exchange 2010 SP1 Rollup 4 – Exchange Team Blog – Site Home – TechNet Blogs:

Strike that.  If you install the update rollup 4 v2 (the one on WSUS and MU) you don’t get the bug introduced into your Exchange environment.  This is only of importance if you installed rollup 4 v1 manually.  If you did not do that, you don’t need to worry about any bug introduced behavior.

SQL Server 2008 R2 sp1 also out today on WSUS/MU

Missed another one

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (KB2528583)
SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 upgrades SQL Server 2008 R2 and the components installed by SQL Server 2008 R2 setup. The service pack may be applied to all editions of SQL Server 2008 R2 and can upgrade all instances of SQL Server 2008 R2 resident in your local system. If additional installation options are needed, please download Service Pack 1 from the Microsoft Download Center. For more information about the SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 Package please visit the Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 2528583.

In the optional updates section is SQL 2008 r2 sp1 also on our servers.

Mind you these are still in what I call the “optional” updates…. you don’t HAVE to install these today or even this week.