Category Archives: Macs In Sbsland

iPhone iOS4 Devices Required to Install iOS 4.0.1

iPhone iOS4 Devices Required to Install iOS 4.0.1 – Microsoft Online Services Team Blog – Site Home – TechNet Blogs:

There’s one thing I hate about iPhones… no not what you think.. it’s updating them.  They take forrrever to update.  About 30 minutes to download, backup, install, reboot yadda yadda.

It’s worse than patching a SBS box I tell ya.

iPhone sync to SBS 2003

So I got asked about how to set up an iPhone to an ActiveSync Exchange on SBS 2003.  We’re not talking imap but 443 to Active sync.

Author of the SBS 2008 administrator companion book Charlie Russel gives us the quick step by step:

So, settings are as follows:

1.) Email:
2.) Server:   <- or whatever the front page of your
exchange account is. (see * below for comments)
3.) DOMAIN: WHEREVER  <- NetBIOS name of domain
4.) Username: whomever <- Your logon account name
5.) Password: whatever you use to log on to the domain
6.) Description: Your Exchange Mailbox Name!!!! <- See ** below
7.) Use SSL: on

* To log on to OWA, I use Therefore,
my server name in the Server: field is: 

** Description: This is the gotcha. You need to use your Exchange
Mailbox name here. For me, that's Charlie Russel. Not Charlie. You can
get this from Outlook, looking at "Mailbox - MailboxName" at the top the
left hand tree view pane. 

It should ‘just work’.  If it doesn’t try out the Exchange connectivity analyzer.

And check out this troubleshooting thread from the Partner managed newsgroups:

Hello Partner,

Thank you for posting here! My name is Dorothy. We will work together on
this issue.

From your post, I understand that some issues are encountered when trying
to use ActiveSync to synchronize to the Exchange server on the iPhone; and
the Event ID 3005 and 1503 were found in the application log. If there has
been any misunderstanding, please let me know.

According to my experience, the issue can be caused by one of the following

1. The Virtual Directories which is require for ActiveSync is corrupted.
2. The folders related Virtual Directories have insufficient permission or
the Virtual Directory settings are improper. 
3. The mailbox for the specific user is corrupted.
4. The settings on the iPhone set improperly.

At this point, I will first assist in narrowing down the root cause of this
issue. If it is caused by the improper setting on the iPhone, it is
recommend contacting Apple for more detailed information. Please understand
that as we are not familiar with iPhone, you really need someone of expert
at it to help with this issue.

First, please refer to the following article to check if the SBS 2003
server has deployed properly for ActiveSync setting.

Deploying Windows Mobile 5.0 with Windows Small Business Server 2003

After that, please refer to the following steps to check the settings on
the Exchange server

Check Default Web site setting
1. Open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager, expand server.
2. Right click on the Default Web site, click properties. 
3. Check Enable HTTP Keep -Alives

Check ActiveSync Virtual Directory setting
1.  Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Internet
Information Services (IIS) Manager.
2.  Expand Web Sites, and then expand Default Web Site.
3.  Right-click Microsoft-Server-ActiveSync, and then click Properties.
4.  Click the Directory Security tab, and then click Edit under
Authentication and access control.

5.  Make sure that the Basic Authentication check box is checked.
6.  Click to unselect the Enable anonymous access check box if it is
already selected; click to unselect the Integrated Windows authentication
check box if it is already selected.
7.  Click OK twice.

If the above setting is correctly, please provide me with the following
information so that we can narrow down the root cause of the issue:

1. Do all users who use ActiveSync encounter this issue?

2. What Support Code is received when the mobile device fail to connect to
the Exchange Server?

3. If the affected users configure ActiveSync on a Windows Mobile device,
will the same issue occur?

The update "Mac OS X Update" can’t be installed

So for the past week I’ve been unable to update my Mac to 10.5.6 version.  I guess I should look at the bright side that it doesn’t tell me to contact my System administrator (ME) to fix it and I wouldn’t have a clue.,2817,2337151,00.asp

PCMag and the Apple discussion boards are a bit messy and looks like maybe this is one update to be glad that it’s not working

Apple – Support – Discussions – Installation and Setup:

However based on this looks like a reinstall of the OS is in my future.  Ugh.

Apple – Support – Discussions – 10.5.6 unknown installer error …:

Iphone to a SBS box

With the activesync technology in the iPhone, that entire blog post is obsolete. 

SBS 2008 it should just automagically work .. with the exception if you have a self signed cert there’s a click in there to say “just accept the cert” or something like that.

SBS 2003 you’ll need to put the server name in.

How To Set Up iPhone Exchange ActiveSync – Stephen Foskett, Pack Rat:

Walkthrough: Exchange ActiveSync On Your iPhone 2.0 | The iPhone Blog:

But the days of hacking into imap are over.

Small Biz and Mac’s revisited

I remember reading in a Mac online journal about this firm that went to Mac’s after their 25 person firm got a proposal for $100,000 to roll out a Windows network.

 When I read it the last time the ONLY thing that $100,000 price tag could be would be a fully licensed external MOSS/SharePoint portal with unlimited SQL per processor and Cals up the wazoo.

The conclusion we came to at the time was that someone hadn’t a clue and that they should have been quoted a SBS 2003 + an external SharePoint hosted collaboration environment.  Heck even if they’d gone a “normal” Windows server setup, there’s no way a 25 person firm could get a bid that high.

Ah yes, there’s my “there’s no way it would cost $100,000” post from before.

I would love it if this firm posted the actually bid they got.  I’ll bet there’s a fully publicly exposed MOSS/SharePoint 2007/SQL server licensed up the wazoo in there.

Windows network impact on Apple updates

About the Mac OS X 10.5.3 Update:

  • Improves Safari reliability when connecting to the Internet through a Microsoft ISA proxy.

  • Improves Active Directory binding and login.

  • Eliminates a delay when logging in as an Active Directory user in a .local domain.

RDP for Mac Beta 3 now out

Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2 lets you connect from your Macintosh computer to a Windows-based computer and then work with applications and files on the Windows-based computer.

Connect Across Platforms with Remote Desktop Connection | Mactopia:

The myth of no support

I see a fair amount of articles targeted to small businesses that have to do with this “myth” of no techs support needed for Macintosh.  Apparently small business people hate Tech support so much that they want to get rid of it?  Or perhaps, and more likely, that they aren’t getting the right support they need?  Maybe it’s because they aren’t getting proper training on the technology they have that they think there’s greener pastures somewhere else.

From needing to outfit an office with minimal IT assistance to realizing that your network problems aren’t inevitable to just wanting a nicer d├ęcor, there are lots of reasons to Go Mac. But now you need to know how to get your Mac office up and running. We’ve filtered through Apple’s, and other Mac vendors’, products to take you on a visual tour of your future infrastructure.

Only on slide 12 does the reality of running a small business on an alternative platform is hinted at..  I’m not talking about “legacy applications you don’t want to replace”, how about we talk about applications we can’t find a Macintosh equivalent?  When you start to investigate alternative platforms, solutions, systems, you need to do a “Y2k” analysis.  What exactly is it that you depend on that if you couldn’t find an EXACT replacement on the alternative platform you are using that you could not function.  Most small businesses I come across do not build databases, we buy programs. 

Even cloud based databases have operating system requirements.

Technology is an investement.  And hardware is many times the less costly piece of the puzzle.  Go into a migration project with your eyes wide open.  It’s never as easy as the salesmen, or the Tech journals say it is.  Do your homework and then make the investments.

Iphone for the Enteprise  

Enterprise features in iPhone 2.0 software beta.

Upcoming iPhone support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and industry-standard corporate security standards will allow IT professionals to seamlessly integrate iPhone into their enterprise environments.

Eriq Neale (The SBS/Mac guru at reports that there’s an Exchange/Iphone beta soon)

Mac OS X 10.5.2: Problems starting up; ACL messages in Disk Utility; more – MacFixIt:

Mac OS X 10.5.2: Problems starting up; ACL messages in Disk Utility; more – MacFixIt:

My MacMini got stuck rebooting just like Yoda did this month (must be a month for stuck reboots).  But if you are managing Macs, just a FYI regarding some issues being seen.