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All threads in the partner forum "locked"?

http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/partnerwinserversbs/threads


If you are trying to get into any partner forums right now, all of the threads are “locked”



Their forums have been having a bit of issues the last few weeks.  fissues@microsoft.com has been alerted.  Bottom line, it’s not just you.

Office 365 on Open Volume….

Announcing Office 365 through Open and the New Office availability! Info and resources for you. – Microsoft Sales Excellence Program Manager – Eric Ligman – Site Home – MSDN Blogs:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mssmallbiz/archive/2013/01/30/announcing-office-365-through-open-and-the-new-office-availability-info-and-resources-for-you.aspx


In addition to the announcement above, we also shared that Office 365 will be available for business to purchase starting on February 27th and that Office 365 will be available to transact in our Open Volume Licensing programs and Full Package Product (Retail Box) channels beginning on March 1st.


Further down the blog post…


 * Midsize Business Open is not available in Australia, China and Thailand
 * Small Business Premium FPP is not available in Australia, China,
   Thailand and Japan

Windows Intune for IT Professionals Jump Start

From 9 to 5 pacific tomorrow and yes it will be recorded


http://msl-events.cloudapp.net/EventProfile.aspx?eid=dcc17e2d-2b1f-4833-b113-347a3f4938c5&mva=true  Register there

Microsoft Certified Community Connection:
http://msl-events.cloudapp.net/EventRegistration.aspx?eid=dcc17e2d-2b1f-4833-b113-347a3f4938c5


The Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) team is excited to announce a new course in the popular “Jump Start” series of live online training events! This one-day event will feature Technical Evangelist David Tesar and IT Security and Infrastructure Architect Richard Harrison delivering an engaging, demo-rich, live learning experience aimed at IT organizations interested in embracing the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) movement. Learn why Windows Intune is the perfect choice for IT organizations exploring the best ways to manage and secure PCs, tablets (Surface, iPad, etc.) and mobile devices (Windows Phone, Android, iPhone) in the cloud.



Windows Intune for IT Professionals Jump Start


  • Perform key security and management tasks remotely from a web-based console
  • Secure PCs from malware and virus threats with endpoint protection
  • Deploy most updates and line of business applications through the cloud
  • Optimally configure Windows Intune, utilize best practices, and avoid common mistakes
  • Understand how to have a unified on-premise SCCM 2012 SP1 infrastructure with Windows Intune to manage mobile devices.




COURSE OUTLINE

(01) Big Picture with Windows Intune
(02) Architecture Design Considerations
(03) Extending Identity to Windows Azure Active Directory
(04) Administrator Roles, Users and Groups
(05) Windows Intune Policies
(06) Cloud-only PC Setup
**Meal Break**
(07) MDM Prerequisites and Cloud-only MDM Setup
(08) Cloud-only Software Publishing and Deployment
(09) Setting Up & Configuring Unified Infrastructure (+ MDM Setup)
(10) Unified MDM Settings and Compliance
(11) Unified MDM Software Deployment
(12) End User Enrollment

You experience issues when you add Kerio or iCloud email accounts

So Kerio must be getting enough marketshare to get it’s own KB:


You experience issues when you add Kerio or iCloud email accounts:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2810495/en-us?sd=rss&spid=16796

Office 365 biz upgrade still MIA

Microsoft Office 2013, Office 365 Home Premium available now; 365 for 
business coming later (updated):
http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/29/microsoft-office-2013-office-365-home-premium-available-now/
To be clear, while every version of the boxed software is now out, 365
is only being offered to consumers; the business version will arrive
later, on February 27th.

Are we Luddites?

Watching Lucy Worsley’s Elegance and Decadence episode http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b014jbyr/Elegance_and_Decadence_The_Age_of_the_Regency_The_Many_and_the_Few_A_Divided_Decade/ where they are talking about the textile workers that violently protested against the technology. – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luddite


Luddite is often used as a term describing people who don’t want to change.  At all.


I personally think we, those of us used to on premise deployments – aren’t Luddites as much as we’re not liking how much it feels like we’re being shoved to cloud deployments that ensure that vendors will get constant revenues and us small businesses won’t get a fair price for technology.  Take for example this blog post – http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2012/12/12/using-windows-server-2012-essentials-with-more-than-25-users.aspx  On first blush the ability to grow past 25 users easily is a huge win for small businesses.  On the other hand this senttence:  “Keep in mind that the ability to run downgrade bits does not change the licensing or support terms in which you can use the product you purchased. So if you purchase Windows Server 2012 Standard, you will need Windows Server 2012 CALs even if you choose to downgrade an instance to run Windows Server 2012 Essentials.”  Means that if you wanted to standardize on HyperV wrapped deployments of Essentials you’ll either need to try to get the free HyperV 2012 working (I gave up as it needs Windows 8 to manage it and trying to deploy it in a workgroup leads one to pull your hair out), or you’ll have to fork out for Server 2012 cals in order to properly license if all you do is deploy Essentials – and nothing else – in a HyperV deployment.


Why would you want to do such a thing?  Because virtualization gives you options.  And this Luddite thinks that Microsoft is being a Luddite to not let small businesses have options like HyperV available with the downgrade right option of Essentials.


To counter, I’d recommend that you look at the free Vmware ESX instead with their more GUI/WEB client to manage a virtual server.  As other Luddites have said, it’s what Microsoft should do with their HyperV deployments instead of recommending System Center (which does not have smb friendly licensing at all).


Bottom line, I don’t think I’m a luddite.  I think I’m trying to keep Microsoft thinking about how small businesses are price sensitive and all of these price increases lately are making us feel like we’re being nickel and dime’d a lot.


I want a fair price for change.  That’s my ask.  Right now all of these changes and monthly fees are adding up.

Reinstalling WSUS on SBS 2008 (and 2011 too)

Post courtesy of David Moen of  Computerprofs.com on the sbs2k@yahoogroups.com list.  Thanks David for letting me share this!


Here’s the process for removing/reinstalling it correctly in SBS2008.  Sorry about the formatting of the instructions, cut and past into notepad or word or something and it will be more legible.

First Attempt to Uninstall WSUS 3.0 through Programs and Features
 
1.    Attempt to uninstall “Windows Server Update Service 3.0 Sp2″ from Programs and Features in control panel.
If you don’t see WSUS sp1 or sp2 in Programs and Features run WSUSSetup.exe from the SBS 2008 Recovery CD #2
Cdrom<drive>: \CMPNENTS\WSUS\WSUSSetup.exe and select the three check boxes to remove WSUS.
 
2.    If you get errors look at the WSUSSetup.log file.
C:\User\Username\AppData\Local\Temp\WSUSSetup.log and  WSUSCa_100719_1452.log
 
3.    After removing the Wsus within Program and Features you may want to still verify that the below directories and registry keys are removed successfully.
 
If you’re unable to uninstall with the setup then manually remove  the installation with the following Steps:

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756  How to back up and restore the registry in Windows


(Susan Comment:  Standard section that if you blow up the registry you probably blow up Cleveland)
 
Delete the following Directories and Registry keys:
 
4.    HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server\WSUS
5.    HKLM\Software\Microsoft\UpdateServices  
6.    HKLM\software\Microsoft\windows\currentversion\installer\userdata\s-1-5-18\products
Look under Each GUID > InstallProperties  
On the right side look for a <DisplayName> with Microsoft Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP<x>
Delete the GUID
 
7.    HKLM\Software\Classes\installer\Products\25B648799C414CF4EB36EF60FA054124
(Look through each GUID.  The default GUID for WSUS is 25B648799C414CF4EB36EF60FA054124)
 On the right side look for a <ProductName> with Microsoft Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP<x>
 
8.    HKLM\System\CCS\Services\WSUS:  and others
9.    HKLM\System \CCS\Services\WSusCertServer
10.    HKLM\System \CCS\Services\WsusService
11.    HKCRoot\wsuscertserver.certmanager
12.    HKCRoot\wsuscertserver.certmanager.1
13.    HKCRoot\wsuscertserver.Utilites
14.    HKCRoot\wsuscertserver.Utilites.1
15.    HKCR\wsuscertserver.certmanager
 
Delete the following from IIS:
16.    WSUS Administration Virtual Directory
17.    Application Pool > WsusPool
 
18.    Reboot the server
 
Rename the following folders:
19.    Stop the “Update Services”  service
20.    C:\Program files\Update services
(Delete everything in the Update Services folder but leave the “Common” Folder)
21.    C:\WSUS  (Be sure to rename on all drives)
 
Reinstall WSUS from CD or Download WSUS 3.0 Sp2
 
22.    Option 1
Download of Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP2 site:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=a206ae20-2695-436c-9578-3403a7d46e40&displaylang=en
 
Option 2
Get the SBS2008 CD2 navigate and run Cdrom<drive>:\Cmpnents\Wsus\WSUSSetup.exe
 
23.    Select radio button for “Full Server Installation Including Administration Console”
24.    Choose the drive that you would like for the installation to be Installed.  <drive>:\WSUS
25.    Choose the drive for the Database option of <drive>:\WSUS
26.    Select Next until you get to the Database usage.  Choose the “Create new database”
27.    Select Next all the way to the End of the installation.
 
Custom Configuration Wizard
28.    Walk thru Windows Server Update Services Configuration Wizard
29.    On the Language Page leave the Default check for English.
30.    Select “All Products” check box.
31.    On the Classifications page select the following check boxes
•    Critical Updates
•    Definition Updates
•    Security Updates
•    Service Packs
•    Update Rollups
 
32.    Set the Synchronization to Automatic
33.    Uncheck the “Begin initial Synchronization” checkbox.
34.     Select Finish.  
 
Open WSUS Native Console
35.    Expand your Servername > Computers > All Computers
36.    Right click on “All Computers” and select “Add Computer Groups
Here you’ll create three groups with the following name:
•    Update Service Excluded Computers
•    Update Services Client Computers
•    Update Services Server Computers
 
 
Open SBS Console
•    Look at the Updates and you should have a green Check.


 

Be aware of this needed hotfix for HyperV

Poor performance when you enable RemoteFX in Hyper-V on a Windows Server 2012-based computer that uses AMD processors:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;2770440

MultiPoint 2012 – what’s new

What’s New in MultiPoint Server 2012 Dashboard – Windows MultiPoint Server Team Blog – Site Home – TechNet Blogs:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/multipointserver/archive/2013/01/24/what-s-new-in-multipoint-server-2012-dashboard.aspx

If you slide away all of that marketing stuff about schools and teachers, you’ll find that MultiPoint is a very easy way to deploy Terminal Services. 


MultiPoint 2012 is on Technet as well as on Action pack for your testing and playing with.

Hey let’s all migrate to Exchange 2013, right?

So why aren’t we all migrating to Exchange 2013 already?


Migration Challenges Related to Exchange 2013 and Windows 2012 | IT Pro Experts:
http://itproexperts.com/blog/migration-challenges-related-to-exchange-2013-and-windows-2012/

More on the why and why not there.