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Don’t install update rollup one yet. Investigating.

Auto-start Services Not Running : Windows Server Office 365 Integration
Service:
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserveressentials/thread/6a299107-9724-439f-9862-3a910660d2c0

Don’t install update rollup one yet. Investigating.

Essentials updates out today

Out today:


Update Rollup 1 for Windows Server 2012 Essentials is available:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;2781267



You cannot enable the Windows Server Update Services role in Windows 
Server 2012 Essentials:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2762663
(or rather, now you can with this hotfix installed)

First update rollup out tomorrow

Update Rollup for Windows Server 2012 Essentials (KB2781267)

Locale: All
Deployment: Important/Automatic Updates, WSUS, and Catalog
Classification: High Priority, Non-Security, Update Rollups
Target platforms: Windows Server 2012
Approximate file sizes:


  • Update Rollup for Windows Server 2012 Essentials update: ~ 56593KB


Description:
Install this update to resolve issues in Windows. For a complete listing of the issues that are included in this cumulative update, see the associated Microsoft Knowledge Base article for more information. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

Waiting on migration

From the mailbag today…


“I am planning to migrate from SBS2008 to 2012 Essentials and running Exchange 2013 on a separate 2012 Server, all VM’s. I just ordered the new server hardware for these two VM’s.

I have found a Microsoft document that walks you through SBS2008 to 2012 Essentials. However, I have found nothing on how to migrate the Exchange part of this.

Searching for Exchange 2007 to 2013 Migration has told me that there is no way to do this yet. 2007 needs some rollup that is not available yet to do the migration.

So what am I to do? If I start the migration, then the SBS2008 will have to shut down and then I am without Exchange.

Is my only option to wait to migrate until the rollup is released? That would really throw off my plans!”


You have to wait.  We are still waiting for Exchange 2013 CU1 before anyone can migrate from any other platform to Exchange 2013.  The last update rollup for Exchange 2007 has what you need for 2007, you are waiting for 2013.


But I think you need to understand that there are some serious concerns about Exchange 2013:


Read http://theessentialexchange.com/blogs/michael/archive/2013/01/06/exchange-server-2013-gotchas.aspx  and http://blog.mpecsinc.ca/2013/02/exchange-2013-full-stop.html


Exchange 2013 has some needed fixings before it’s business ready.

Check those dates

By now you’ve read the headlines of the expired SSL http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsazuredata/thread/751c85c5-b3b5-43ba-9d5b-770472ad79e1 and it just reminds us that a single point of failure is still a single point of failure.  So learn from their mistake.  Check your SSL certs and put the expiration date on your calendar.


 


 

Pick up the phone and check

DDoS Attack on Bank Hid $900,000 Cyberheist — Krebs on Security:
http://krebsonsecurity.com/2013/02/ddos-attack-on-bank-hid-900000-cyberheist/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+KrebsOnSecurity+%28Krebs+on+Security%29


“A few thoughts about this attack. If you run a business and suddenly find yourself unable to log in to your commercial account, pick up the phone and call your bank to inquire about any recent money transfer activity. Very often, malware that thieves use to steal banking passwords in these cyberheists will also redirect the victim to an error page that says the bank’s site is down for maintenance. If this happens to you, call your bank and ask them to check your accounts (don’t trust a customer service phone number offered on a “down for maintenance” page; call the number on your bank card or search online for the institution’s customer service number).


Also, get educated about the risks of banking online with a business account, and then take steps to make sure your organization isn’t the next victim. Regulation E limits the liability for consumers who lose money due to unauthorized account activity online (provided they notify their financial institution of the fraudulent activity within 60 days of a statement). Businesses do not enjoy such protections, although a couple of recent court cases brought by cyberheist victims against their banks have gone in favor of the businesses, suggesting that banks may find it increasingly difficult to disavow financial liability in the wake of these attacks going forward.


Finally, consider banking online with a dedicated system. This among several recommendations I include in a short list of other tips that small businesses should consider when banking online.”


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I’m installing EMET and Trusteer rapport here at the office.


EMET install info is included in the SMBKitchen tips.  PCI Compliance tips up next.

Remote FX ….finally!

RemoteFX – Virtualization – HomeServerShow Forums:
http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/3229-remotefx/
Unable to connect to Windows 7 SP1 client on a SBS 2011 Standard or SBS 2011 Essentials domain after it has been updated with RDP 8 update – The Windows Server Essentials and Small Business Server Blog – Site Home – TechNet Blogs:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2012/11/03/unable-to-connect-to-windows-7-sp1-client-on-a-sbs-2011-standard-or-sbs-2011-essentials-domain-after-it-has-been-updated-with-rdp-8-update.aspx


Dear Microsoft.  If you want us to use all this newfangled technology, it would help if you put all the steps together in one place.  There’s no place I can find RemoteFX for 2012 in it’s entirety explained.


I had got a video card.  I had installed the remote desktop role in order to fully support the RemoteFX stuff (2008 r2 is documented, 2012 is not).  I had set up the Windows 7 (Multipoint can’t support RemoteFX).  But I kept hitting the wall where when I’d go to remote into the box it would fail and I couldn’t figure out why.

And when you get to this part — where there’s a special firewall rule that has to be enabled – it took me finding a Home server forum where the poor guy disabled the firewall to hit the eureka moment of remembering that there’s a very specific remotefx rdp in rule in the firewalls.



Enable that…. and there we go, I can now have a Virtual Win8 or Win7 with RemoteFX enabled.

SBS 2011 Essentials BPA error

A resource record points to an incorrect IP address:
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/smallbusinessserver2011essentials/thread/10150b3b-bb4b-4aaa-bc7e-f546db7477d9

So you install SBS 2011 BPA, and you update to the latest version that recently came out.


The error says “The host (A) record points to an incorrect IP address”  without suggesting what the wrong address or which record.


The resolution says “Remove the host (A) record for active directory domain of the server in the forward lookup zone.”


And you think it’s wrong and you are right?


Bottom line you are right.


“Thank you very much for reporting this issue.


It is a false alert and a known issue. You can safely ignore the error”

Using Windows Server 2012 Essentials – Step by Step Is Here!

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  • Introduction
    • Who is This Book For?
    • Just Who Am I to be Talking About Windows Server 2012 Essentials?
  • Installation Requirements
    • Hardware Requirements
    • Additional Requirements
    • Networking Configuration
    • Supported Client Operating Systems
  • Install Windows Server 2012 Essentials
  • Use the Dashboard to Configure and Customize Windows Server 2012 Essentials
    • Get Updates for Other Microsoft Products
    • Adding User Accounts
    • Adding Server Folders
    • Set up Server Backup
    • Set up Anywhere Access
    • Set up Email Alerts
    • Set up Media Server
    • Connect Client Computers to the Server
  • Add Client PCs to the Server Network
    • Connecting a PC to the Server Domain
    • Migrating Local Account Files and Applications With Windows Easy Transfer
  • Connect Additional Client Computers to the Server Network
    • Add Windows “Home” PCs to the Network
    • Install Windows RT Tablets on an Essentials Network
    • Install Windows Phone Smartphones and Tablets on an Essentials Network
    • Adding an Apple Mac to an Essentials Network
  • The Launchpad
  • A Trip Around the Dashboard
    • The HOME Section
    • The USERS Section
    • The DEVICES Section
    • The STORAGE Section
    • The APPLICATIONS Section
    • The Dashboard Home Tab
    • The HELP Tab
    • The ADD-INS Tab
    • The EMAIL Tab
  • Managing Users and Accounts
  • Managing Computers and Group Policy in the Dashboard
    • Server Tasks
    • Client Tasks
    • Device Tasks
  • Managing Hard Drives, Storage and Storage Spaces
    • Server Folders
    • Adding Hard Drives to the Server
    • Storage Spaces
  • Extending Windows Server 2012 Essentials With Add-ins
    • Installing an add-in
  • Remote Access
    • Remote Web Access
    • VPN
  • Protecting and Restoring Your Data
    • Data Redundancy
    • File History
    • Shadow Copies
    • Folder Redirection
    • Client Backup and Restore
    • Server Backup and Restore
    • Cloud Backup
  • Supporting Applications
    • Malware Protection
    • Software Update Applications
    • Disk Defragmentation Programs
    • Other Software
  • An Introduction to Advanced Server Management
    • Windows PowerShell
    • Administrative Tools
    • Active Directory
    • Certificate Authority
    • DNS Manager
    • Group Policy Management
    • Health Registration Authority
    • Internet Information Services (IIS)
    • Network Policy Server
    • Server Manager
    • Windows Server Backup
  • What Happens Next?
  • Glossary
  • Index

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Turn off that Windows SBS manager service

In writing up the “how to do SP3 for Exchange 2010″ for the SMB kitchen project for www.thirdtier.net I am reminded that you need to manually shut off the SBSManager service as it may keep the datacollector process open.