Windows, SMS, MOF, News


Are you still running Windows 2000 anything? Really? Why? With XP & 2003 out for a so long, what are you waiting for? Maybe this will change your mind, support for Windows 2000 ends June 30, 2005.;%5Bln%5D;LifeWin


What is Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and what should I know about its deployment? – What DELL says you should do before SP1


Using Windows Server 2003 in a Managed Environment: Controlling Communication with the Internet and Using Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 in a Managed Environment: Controlling Communication with the Internet


Microsoft Password Change Notification Service


Windows Server System Reference Architecture (WSSRA)



Microsoft SMS 2003 Inventory Tool for Dell Update



Mapping International Security Standards to MOF – How Security Management and Service Management Intersect


Microsoft Operations Framework Service Management Functions



Microsoft surrenders?  – What is world coming to? Running Linux under Windows? What is next?


SP1 materializes for Microsoft’s Virtual Server 2005


Hmmmm, this could be very interesting. Time will tell.

Exchange, Windows, SQL, Misc.


Protecting Exchange 2003 Using the Windows Firewall


Recipient Policies and pure Exchange 2000/2003 sites



Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 application compatibility



SQL Server Express Utility



Microsoft patents 911


Log Parser 2.2


Data Protection Manager 2006 Beta


Office 2003 Update: Redistributable Primary Interop Assemblies


Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices


Gesture-Enabled Shopping List – For Tablet PC’s

Do not upgrade Exchange – at least not in my world

I hate the word upgrade. Always have. Always will. Nothing good ever comes about when a customer uses that word. Which will you trust more, an upgraded machine or a freshly installed one? Why? Probably for some of the same reasons that I have. The upgrades always have bloat, old .dlls, system files, program files, REGISTRY entries, etc. Have you ever uninstalled ANY program from Windows (from any Vendor) and then checked the registry for remnants? What did you find? 99.999% of the time, little hints of the old, now removed, program still exists. When you upgrade, guess what remains 99.999% of the time. Which do you think is faster – a fresh install or an upgraded machine? You did not have to think long about that one did you? After an upgrade, what is the size of the Windows directory, or the registry. I will lay good money that the upgrade is a lot larger then the fresh install.


Ok, enough about the reasons why I hate that dreadful word. You say you are on a very tight budget, you can’t afford the new software purchase you just made, let alone new hardware to run it on. You are forced into doing an upgrade. Forced? By who? We always have choices, let me outline a few:


Now don’t laugh, I am serious here. Depending on how many mailboxes and the total size you maybe able to move to a temporary Windows 2003, Exchange 2003 server. I just recently did this for a client upgrade. Why? Because I refuse to do upgrades. Period. I built a temporary 2003/2003 and joined the org. Moved all the mailboxes over. Killed the current environment. Built from scratch the old server(s). Joined the org. Moved mailbox back. It all depends on the size(s) of the store(s) and number of users. It also helps if you have control of the total environment, like DNS (for MX record moves) and AD. Is this perfect? No. Its not HA, but neither is only having one node. It also exposes you to 2003/2003 before you cluster it. Just something to think about.


Don’t have a spare server or high end desktop machine? Have you purchased any new machines lately? Or you just about to? Desktops are getting faster everyday and so are in the internal disk drives. You can even work with a local hardware reseller to demo a machine for a weekend. Believe me, many would jump at the chance to “prove” that their hardware can cut the mustard. I am always honest on what I will be doing with the hardware and when the demo will be over. It’s a great no-cost solution.


In the world today, we have lots choices. In my little world, I never choose to upgrade. Never. If your world is different, comment. If you still go the upgrade route, good luck with that.


Update: Edited to fix typos, thanks to Russ Kaufmann for pointing them out. I really need to either post when fully awake or pay an editor 🙂

I am speaking at TechEd 2005 – USA

MCT’s worldwide had 12 sessions to choose from and 5 were choosen. If you are an MCT, and attending TechEd, here is my session information:

TE02: What Every MCT Needs to Know about Clustering and High Availability Cluster


High availability. Fault Tolerant. What do these terms mean to you? Do you cringe when a student asks about them? Do you know the difference between Component Load Balancing, Network Balancing, and Application/Service Clustering? Can you cluster DNS? WINS? DHCP? IIS? DCs? If you get these question in every class you teach, come to this session to learn the answers that your student seek. Learn about these from a MCT that lives and breathes this stuff.

Three key things attendees will learn during this presentation

  • You will learn to define clustering, high availability, and dozens of terms

  • You will learn to understand which high availability solution is correct for any student question

  • You will learn what you need to teach any course that covers anything remotely concerning clustering.

Thank you to all the MCTs that voted for my session.

Exchange, SQL, Rights Management, News


Mailbox Manager FAQ – Part III



Introducing SQL Server 2005 Packaging and Pricing.


Rights Management Services

Microsoft Windows Rights Management Services with Service Pack 1


Rights Management Services Administration Toolkit for SP1


Microsoft Windows Rights Management Services Client with Service Pack 1


RMS Technical Reference


Operating a Rights Management Services (RMS) Server


Updating Your Deployment with Rights Management Services (RMS) Service Pack 1 (SP1)



Microsoft to Launch Biggest Ad Campaign

TechEd 2005 – USA – SOLD OUT

As you can see by the picture on this blog, I am going to TechEd. I really hope you already booked your ticket, because its now sold out. You can join a wait list, but good luck with that!

Update: Rumor has it Microsoft will be releasing some spots to the wait list people. Hurry and get on the wait list, it will be first come, first server.

Good luck and I hope to met everyone there.

Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1

Notes from my field testing:


I have it on 5 machines at this point.

All 5 are behaving perfectly.

On all 5 I ran the new Security Configuration Wizard (SCW) which locks the machine down. Disables unneeded services. 

When you run the SCW, it turns on and configures the firewall. This is the same product that comes with XP – SP2. In fact, a lot of SP1 looks and acts like XP – SP2, which should not surprise you.


When you run the SCW on a DC, be careful, our test environment got messed up by it. If you select:


If you check – Computers that have not been configured to use NTLMv2 authentication – then no one can long in. Not even a Windows Server 2003 – SP1 machine, unless you have set that PREVIOUSLY via a Group Policy Object (which I had not in my test network). So, make sure to uncheck it when you hit this screen. DOH. That one had me for 10-15 minutes J


You can always roll back and undo the SCW, it’s an XML file. Very user friendly.


SSL is supposed to be faster, though I have not tested that yet.

Windows Server 2003 SP1 SSL Improvements – I have been playing with it on our test boxes, so far so good. This article tells about a way to gain faster SSL!!!!

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I only have it on one Exchange 2003 server, I applied the Hotfix and I was good to go.


I have also started testing SQL 2000 – SP3a, MIIS, IIS, DNS, WINS, etc.


Remember you can install SP1 with little or no trouble. I see problems when you run SCW and don’t fully understand the machine you configuring. Turing the firewall on and making sure it right is not an easy task (if the wizard is wrong).


I did notice a minor pain in the butt. Go link from event message no longer work or link back to MS properly: (only if you run the SCW, and oddly this is even with the Help and Support service still active).



Clicking the link above does nothing. That sucks, because I am seeing different things in the logs now. Like the above DCOM errors. I know why I am getting this error, the SCW turned off DCOM J

DOH! I guess SCW needs to tell the event log not log an error on something it turned off.


In case anyone is wondering, all of the above have been properly reported to Microsoft J

Exchange, SQL, LCS, Security, Windows, XP, ISA, VPS/VS, Live Meeting, Misc.

I don’t know about you, but things around here have been hopping. That is always good, because my 4 children love to eat and walk with shoes on…


MSN Messenger 7.0 for Windows – run and install this, I am loving it!!!!



Exchange Server MSSearch Administration Tool


Exchange Server 2003 Jetstress Tool


Exchange Server Load Simulator 2003 (LoadSim)


Exchange Server AUTD Binding Cleanup


Exchange Server MSSearch Administration Tool


Exchange Server Load Simulator 2003 (LoadSim)


Microsoft System Center DPM Beta – I have signed up for the beta of this. I ordered the beta on CD, when I get it and test it, I will post more.


Introducing the Microsoft Exchange User Monitor (Exmon) tool – Way cool!

Microsoft Exchange Server User Monitor –


Understanding how Outlook, CDO, MAPI, and Providers work together


How Mailbox Manager processes recipients


IBM In Denial Over Lotus Notes – Looky, looky who is number one now 🙂


Tape Backup Alternatives


Customizing Mailbox Limit Warnings with the Quota Message Service for Exchange


Implementing Exchange 2003 Message Journaling


MS05-021 – update your Exchange servers. See below for a link or Security Update for Exchange Server 2003 (KB894549) –


Xbox Theme for Microsoft Outlook Web Access – I have written about this below, but now its really official.



High Availability Technologies in SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005 – .ppt presentation


Performance, Scalability, and Availability – .ppt presentation


SQL Server 2005 Internals – .ppt presentation


SQL Server Security Today and Tomorrow – .ppt presentation


SQL Server Integration Services For Developers – .ppt presentation


SQL Server 2005 Service Broker – .ppt presentation


Introducing SQL Server 2005 Express Edition – .ppt presentation



Windows Messenger 5.1: Windows Messenger vs MSN Messenger: What’s the Difference?


Windows Messenger 5.1: How to Sign In and Manage Contacts – Perfect for those LCS users


Live Communications Server 2005 Document: Feature Guide



Extended Security Update Inventory Tool


Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-016

Vulnerability in Windows Shell that Could Allow Remote Code Execution (893086)


Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-017

Vulnerability in Message Queuing Could Allow Code Execution (892944)


Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-018

Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel Could Allow Elevation of Privilege and Denial of Service (890859)


Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-019

Vulnerabilities in TCP/IP Could Allow Remote Code Execution and Denial of Service (893066)


Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-020

Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (890923)


Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-021

Vulnerability in Exchange Server Could Allow Remote Code Execution (894549)


Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-022

Vulnerability in MSN Messenger Could Lead to Remote Code Execution (896597)


Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-023

Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Word May Lead to Remote Code Execution (890169)



Deploying Windows Firewall Settings for Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2



Microsoft IT SP1 Deployment Case Study


Microsoft Windows Server 2003 TCP/IP Implementation Details


Updates to “Deploying Secure 802.11 Wireless Networks with Microsoft Windows”


Step-by-Step Guide for Setting Up Secure Wireless Access in a Test Lab


Updates to Understanding IPv6


Step-by-Step Guide for Setting Up IPv6 in a Test Lab


Improving Security with Domain Isolation: Microsoft IT Implements IP Security (IPsec)



Firewall Client Tool for ISA Server 2004


VPC/Virtual Server

Channel 9 MSDN Virtual PC and Virtual Server demos – Great stuff. I must see if you have not work with either product.


Virtual Server Deployment Manager 1.3.0 (VSDM) – for documentation on this check very soon J


Live Meeting:

Live Meeting 2005: Microsoft Office Live Meeting Intranet Portal


Live Meeting 2005 Windows-based Meeting Console Standalone Installer


Live Meeting 2005 Add-in: Live Meeting Add-in for PowerPoint



Microsoft USB Flash Drive Manager (Standard) – This is really pretty neat


Microsoft Time Zone (Standard) – I use this and love it!


Introduction to Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003



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Exchange, Server, LCS, News


Implementing NNTP using Microsoft Exchange Server 2003


Explaining the Mysterious SMTP Advanced Queuing Engine



Windows Server 2003 SP1 SSL Improvements – I have been playing with it on our test boxes, so far so good. This articles tells about a way to gain faster SSL!!!!


What’s New in Terminal Services for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1


In praise of Windows 2003 SP1 – Good stuff.


SQLIO Disk Subsystem Benchmark Tool



Windows Messenger 5.1 Posters: Connect, Respond, and Communicate with Customers in a Flash – these are fun.


Live Meeting 2005 Document: Microsoft Office Live Meeting Quick Reference


Live Meeting 2005 Document: Live Meeting Adoption Guide



Microsoft sells TV shows for portable viewing


Join Microsoft. Save the world – too funny


Windows Server System Reference Architecture (WSSRA)