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Home Server 2011 is not dead

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 –, posted to the SBS Blog Yea!  Posted to the Home Server Blog?

Nope.  No posts since October. 

And twitter?  Even worse – no posts since August.

To be fair Microsoft folks are posting in the forum –

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.

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?

Computer monitoring errors in SBS 2011 Essentials

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 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.

On WSUS tonight Update rollup 6 for Exchange 2007

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.

Connecting ipads

Spotted this tonight and I’ll have to dig into in detail.  I think any SBS 2011 era server (standard and essential) should be able to pull this off.

Connecting iPads to an Enterprise Wireless 802.1x Network Using Certificates and Network Device Enrollment Services (NDES) – Windows PKI blog – Site Home – TechNet Blogs:

When local isn’t local

Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Connector Software Installation Dialogs not Displayed in Localized Language:

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Cleaning up the mess

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.

Can’t go to Seattle?

Are you an IT Pro seeking a head start with the new Windows 8 technology wave?

(or in my case are you an IT Pro that can’t leave the office this time of year and thusly can’t attend the MVP summit nor the public MVP Nation as usual?)

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  • You will be able to watch all of the sessions via streaming video as they happen. You can ask live questions.
  • You will also receive online versions of the conference materials that you may download and print to follow along.
  • No physical materials will be shipped to you. All access is via a password protected site.
  • After the event, you will continue to have access to this site in order to access the recorded sessions and posted materials.
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  • Dates
    • Webcast: March 2-3, 2012
    • Broadcast Location: Microsoft Conference Center, Redmond, WA
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Hire this person:

They have been posting up on their flckr account some of the best Windows 8 logos … better than what you probably paid gazillions for.

New category in WSUS

At some point in the future, we’ll have a new category in WSUS:

New Category for Windows Small Business Server – WSUS Product Team Blog – Site Home – TechNet Blogs:

But in the meantime check out the updates to the BPA

Update 2 for Windows Server Solutions Best Practices Analyzer 1.0 is available: