But you’d never know it how Microsoft is handling their blogging and facebook pages. Case in point the recent release of update rollup 2 for Windows home server that made the connector deployment work better on Lion. Posted to the blog? Nope. Posted to Facebook by a team member? Nope.

Today’s posting of the two bugs that throw off computer monitoring alerts – http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/7852.computer-monitoring-error-on-dashboard-or-launchpad.aspx, posted to the SBS Blog Yea!  Posted to the Home Server Blog? http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/windowshomeserver/

Nope.  No posts since October. 

And twitter?  Even worse – http://twitter.com/winhomeserver no posts since August.

To be fair Microsoft folks are posting in the forum – http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/is/whs2011/threads

But in this day and age of “social” supposedly being where it’s at to showcase that you still care about a product, Microsoft is sadly lacking here.  If you are going to “do social” then do social.  And Windows Home Server 2011 is still a supported product and will be so until 2016.  http://usingwindowshomeserver.com/2011/04/07/now-we-know-microsoft-lifecycle-support-dates-for-windows-home-server/

So Microsoft?  How about in the year 2012 showcasing that you will still be supporting it in 2016 by blogging about it’s support issues?



Two bugs

Bug one:  Install the sbsbpa on the server and leave it as the defaults and it will throw off errors on every single client.  Remove it, all is well.  Workaround for now is to only install the BPA on an Essentials box when you need to run a scan, remove it for now.

Bug two:  If you have archived computer backups but have removed the computers the UR2 update tries to do an inventory of the network looking for Mac clients to update.  Because these past workstations are in the device XML listing, the inventory process will cause an alert every 1/2 hour to go off.

In 30 minutes that will be green again.  Another 30 minutes more and it will be back to yellow.

If you are seeing this and your network does NOT have any archived backups in the console, please email me at susan-at-msmvps.com as I want to talk with you as to exactly what you are seeing in SBS Essentials.

Both bugs above are being worked on and there will be future fix.  Stay tuned.

Update Rollup 6 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3 (KB2608656)
Update Rollup 6 for Exchange Server 2007 SP3 addresses issues identified within previous versions or updates to Exchange Server 2007.

Syncing up to WSUS tonight is Update rollup 6 for Exchange 2007 sp3 – aka SBS 2008.


Checking the comments on the blog, don’t see any SBSized issues.

How to Clean Up Active Directory after an Unsuccessful Migration:
This article contains steps to clean up the Active Directory when a Small Business Server 2011 Standard migration installation fails. If the setup of SBS 2011 Standard fails and the installation must be performed again, it is advisable to perform a system state restore on the source server and then retry the migration install. Sometimes it is not possible to perform a system state restore. This article contains the steps to clean up active directory so that a second attempt at installation will be successful.

This article should be subtitled:  “You didn’t listen to Susan after she REPEATEDLY said over and over again to make sure you have a system state backup BEFORE you start the migration from SBS 2003 to SBS 2011.  And then your migration barfed and you were stuck”.

Next time, take a backup.  This time, there’s your KB.

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