1 Day left for Windows 2000 Support…

With official support for Windows 2000 ending June 30th, 2005 Microsoft is cramming to make the most of it’s final days, or so it seems. Just released:

 


Microsoft Security Advisory (891861) (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/891861.mspx)


Release of Update Rollup 1 for Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4)


 


Just in time. Here is the link to the KB http://support.microsoft.com/kb/891861 which will allow you to download the rollup.


 


Notice that this is a rollup; service packs for Windows 2000 are a thing of the past.


 


Do you think Microsoft is trying to get everyone on Windows Server 2003 or what?

Dell Open Manage 4.4 and Windows Server 2003 SP1 – Help and Support is uninstalled

Dell only supports Open Manage 4.4 (http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/type.aspx?c=us&cs=555&l=en&s=biz&SystemID=PWE_PNT_P3C_2850&category=0&os=WNET&osl=en&deviceid=2331&devlib=36) BEFORE you install Windows Server 2003 SP1. Read the FAQ first – http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/kb/en/document?dn=1092292&c=us&l=en&s=biz&cs=555


Time to test this out on a Dell 2650. Dell says to upgrade to 4.4 before you install SP1, when I tired to upgrade, Open Manage wanted a full uninstall of 4.3 (this includes Broadcom & Intel support if installed), reboot, installed Dell Open Manage 4.4, rebooted, tested Open Manager – everything is working so far.


Dell also says that you may get an error – http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/kb/en/document?dn=TT1092326. Though I have thankfully not seen this error – YET!


Too bad the really cool Server Update Utility (SUU) is only at version 4.3 (see update below)http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/format.aspx?releaseid=R96734&c=us&l=en&s=biz&cs=555, because it would help uninstall and reinstall Open Manage 4.4. DOH!



So, I ran SUU 4.3 on my test Dell 2650. I only needed a NIC driver update. J This first machine is running Exchange Server 2003 (I know, I have guts don’t I?)



Time to install SP1. Installed Windows Server 2003 SP1. Rebooted.



Ok, time to kick the tires. First I stop off in the event log. Help and Support gives an error, it could not be deleted. Strange, I use it, why would I delete it? The Application log shows Event ID 16387 but I can’t launch the URL, cause Help and Support is has not been started. In fact, it’s gone now from Services. Bummer! I can’t find anything on the Internet about 16387 or help and support under SP1. This sucks, ok time to see if installing Security Configuration Wizard will help get Help and Support back. Now that it’s installed, I run it and add back in Help and Support. I apply the new security policy and reboot. The rebooted took forever, but did finally complete. Great now all the NIC’s have a firewall turned on. Crap, Help and Support is still gone. Crap, crap, crap. Ok, time to re-run SCW. This time I look for Uninstalled Options and find Help and Support, interesting since last time around I said to install it. So I add it back in and check the changed services page, nothing listed for Help and Support. Crap. Back up the truck. I double check, it’s not under uninstalled options, but it’s also not under install options, so I check that. Ok after double backing several times Help and Support if firmly checked, though the system thinks it does not have to make any changes – this worries me to no end. I apply the new SCW template and reboot. No change, so I stopped using the firewall and uninstalled SCW. No change. Ok, so I will uninstall SP1 and see if Help and Support comes back. You have to love testing! Argh!



Notice, that at no time did Exchange have an issue with SP1. Everything worked, with SCW and the firewall turned on or off. I have other test machines that everything works on Exchange and Windows with SP1 (these are not Dell machines, yes Help and Support is installed and working nicely).



Ok, SP1 is finally uninstalled. No issues after the uninstall and Help and Support is now magically back. Let’s go for take 2 and this time it better work or I am calling India, er Dell support!



Take 2 – I install Windows Server 2003 SP1 on a Dell 2650. Before the install everything is looking good. J After the install…CRAP! You guessed it, Help and Support is gone.


Ok, I am calling Dell Support to get to the bottom of this. Texas support answered, cool, it’s good to be in America. It appears I am the first to call in with this issue. Not surprising since 4.4 has only been out a few days, though it’s not great of news for me. They ask me to run a Dell System Extraction Tool (DSET) and MSPREPORTs for Exchange. I do and send the files off to Dell. Ok, blew past that level of support, I am being escalated.


Dell has had me try several things, though none of them seem to be working…


Dell support fixed it with these steps:


Remove the .cab files from the Packagestore folder, and then rebuild the original Help and Support Center:

a. Click Start, click Run, type  “cmd” (without the quotation marks), and then click OK to open a command prompt.
    Type “net stop helpsvc” (without the quotation marks), and then press ENTER.
b. Type “cd /d windir\pchealth\helpctr” (without the quotation marks), where windir is the Windows folder, and then press ENTER.
c. Type “rd packagestore /s /q” (without the quotation marks), and then press ENTER.
d. Type “cd binaries” (without the quotation marks), and then press ENTER.
e. Type “start /w helpsvc /svchost netsvcs /regserver /install” (without the quotation marks), and then press ENTER.
f.  If any of the following processes are running, stop them: helpsvc.exe helphost.exe helpctr.exe

To stop a process, right-click the taskbar, and then click Task Manager. Click the Processes tab, click the process you want to stop,
and then click End Process.

g. At the command prompt, type “net start helpsvc” (without the quotation marks), and then press ENTER.


Bam! It was just that simple… Now to test a second Dell computer… Wish me luck…


8/1/2004 Update:


SUU 4.4 is out and acts even better then 4.3 SUU did. Download it here – http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&cs=555&l=en&s=biz&releaseid=R104511&formatcnt=1&fileid=134910


Even with 4.4, Dell does not provide a seamless update to OM 4.4, you still have to uninstall any previous version before you install Open Manager 4.4

Rant, Windows, Exchange, LCS, XP, VS

Rant:


Is Google trying to be the next Microsoft? Have you seen http://video.google.com/video_download.html yet? Google has an ever growing number of tools and services. When is the desktop OS due out? I know several of the Google products/services are in beta, but still. Gmail (https://www.google.com/accounts/ServiceLogin?service=mail&passive=true&rm=false&continue=http%3A%2F%2Fmail.google.com%2Fmail%2F%3Fui%3Dhtml%26zy%3Dl) is way better then Hotmail will ever be. Google Groups is a must have (http://groups-beta.google.com/grphp). Froogle is gaining momentum (http://froogle.google.com/frghp?hl=en&tab=gf&q=). And who could live without the latest Google Toolbar (http://toolbar.google.com).


 


Windows:


Windows 2000’s Demise: Greatly Exaggerated? – Say what you will, extended support is still not the same level. You have 48 hours to get rid of your 2000 machines!


http://www.pcworld.com/resource/article/0,aid,121608,pg,1,RSS,RSS,00.asp


 


Exchange:


Demystifying The Exchange Dial-tone Restore Method (Part 3)


http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Exchange-Dial-tone-Restore-Method-Part3.html


 


Messaging Hygiene at Microsoft


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=17dc35ad-8ba1-48b1-91f3-563313ee878a&displaylang=en


 


LCS:


Live Communications Server 2005 with Service Pack 1 Resource Kit


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=d21c38e5-5d8f-44c7-ba17-2cc4f85d8b51&displaylang=en


 


Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 with Service Pack 1 Capacity Planning Toolkit


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=f249a48a-fc42-4d30-b60b-cb91bf8f2191&displaylang=en


 


XP:


Microsoft Shared Computer Toolkit for Windows XP (Beta) – Very interesting idea.


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=7256d456-e3da-42ea-857d-92b716077a84&displaylang=en


 


Improving the Wireless Network Infrastructure at Microsoft


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=4fae2f2a-6844-4924-8ec7-ecd6b2b5e7cd&displaylang=en


 


Virtual Server 2005:


Improving IT Efficiency at Microsoft using Virtual Server 2005


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=25dcb14a-03f5-434d-83f7-4d46c1675b87&displaylang=en

Clustering webcasts you may have missed…

Support WebCast: Windows Server 2003 Clustering: New Features


http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;810220


Good stuff :) They are not new anymore, but they still might be new to you!


 


TechNet Webcast: A Sneak Peak at the Future of Server Clustering (Level 300)


http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032271683%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ProviderID%22+Value%3d%22A6B43178-497C-4225-BA42-DF595171F04C%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22lang%22+Value%3d%22en%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22cr%22+Value%3d%22US%22%2f%5e%7esParams%5e%7e%2fsParams%5e%7e%2fCMTYDataSvcParams%5e


I know the URL is long and mighty, but this session is by someone mighty – Elden Christensen, Program Manager, Windows Server Clustering , Microsoft Corporation. Elden is the man at Microsoft when you want to talk clustering. Don’t miss this session.


 


Support WebCast: Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Clustering


http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;325106


So nice they have updated this one 5 times already :)


 


Support Webcast: Microsoft SQL Server: Troubleshooting SQL 2000 Virtual Server and Service Pack Setups for Failover Clustering


http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;814522


Now that you have the clustering running, how do you update it?


 


TNT1-134: A Technical Overview of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 High Availability Features


http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/events/sql2005/tnt1-134.mspx


SQL 2005 will be here before we know it. Why not get a jump on HA :)


 


TNT1-150: Clustering Windows Server 2003 and SQL Server 2000/2005


http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/events/windows2003srv/tnt1-150.mspx


This session combines two of my favorites :)


 


Support WebCast: Clustering Microsoft Exchange Server 2003


http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=823894


This session is powerful, give by the man for Exchange – Evan Dodds now resides in Redmond, the mothership of Exchange. This session is a must if you are new to Exchange clustering.


 


TechNet Support WebCast: An overview of Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 1


http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=839816


Another session by Evan Dodds – he is Exchange folks! Trust me on this one. Very few do it better.

Exchange, Security, Windows, LCS, Live Meeting, SMS, SPS, Misc.

Exchange:


ExBPA v2.1 Released – The latest update is cluster aware now J YES!


http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/archive/2005/06/24/406846.aspx


 


Lookout v1.2 – I use this and love it!


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=09b835ee-16e5-4961-91b8-2200ba31ea37&displaylang=en


 


SQL Server 2000 Report Pack for Microsoft Exchange


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=108c2b01-2cc9-4a84-a669-eb22533fa5e2&displaylang=en


 


Scripting Exchange Using VBScript and ADSI (Part 3)


http://www.msexchange.org/articles/Scripting-Exchange-VBScript-ADSI-Part3.html


 


Configuring Exchange SMTP Gateways at Microsoft


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=85dc356f-301b-4e61-b239-870047251997&displaylang=en


 


Security:


Deploying PKI Inside Microsoft


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=46ca7043-0433-4140-853a-05f01430a30d&displaylang=en


 


Microsoft Begs To Be Hacked


http://www.newsfactor.com/story.xhtml?story_title=Microsoft_Begs_To_Be_Hacked&story_id=36563


 


Microsoft® Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) – Update which makes it good until Dec 31, 2005.


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=321cd7a2-6a57-4c57-a8bd-dbf62eda9671&displaylang=en


 


Overview of Information Security at Microsoft


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=b0de3b24-46ca-49f4-bead-6e9fbd82b8e9&displaylang=en


 


Windows:


Service Pack 1 for 2003 continues to be a huge problem child for Microsoft. Toolkit to Temporarily Block Delivery of Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 – http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=FC145B0B-C148-445A-82BA-9B2F3AEF6E60&displaylang=en. Just like what you could do with XP SP2 for a short time, now you can do with SP1. Interesting.


 


Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 Performance Advisor


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=09115420-8c9d-46b9-a9a5-9bffcd237da2&displaylang=en


 


Improving Backup Services at Microsoft using Data Protection Manager


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=d12a577e-162d-4dbd-a546-d4362fe1f9c6&displaylang=en


 


Overview of the Distributed File System Solution in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=5e547c69-d224-4423-8eac-18d5883e7bc2&displaylang=en


 


Microsoft Windows Server 2003 TCP/IP Implementation Details


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=06c60bfe-4d37-4f50-8587-8b68d32fa6ee&displaylang=en


 


Improving Backup Service at Microsoft using Data Protection Manager


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=7be3f153-7ad7-48a2-bfc9-853c779c5c4f&displaylang=en


 


Managing Active Directory at Microsoft


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=229d34aa-6d9e-45d9-8a2f-04ad1a143e6e&displaylang=en


 


LCS:


Deploying Office Live Communications Server 2005 at Microsoft


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=61e90c28-3840-4c89-9b19-2814a6a62aaf&displaylang=en


 


Live Meeting:


Live Meeting 2005 Document: Live Meeting 2005 Deployment Guide


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=b46977d2-1d2c-40ea-8c83-793b85413859&displaylang=en


 


SMS:


Systems Management Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Hotfix: SMS Management Point Can Return Uncompressed Data (894604)


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=38f85eda-b7b3-43b9-b307-06969bba529e&displaylang=en


 


Desktop Patch Management


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=428d8ba0-f2b6-4991-b5ab-2e79591123fe&displaylang=en


 


SPS:


Managing SharePoint Products and Technologies Performance at Microsoft


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=8acf3b81-2db5-4079-b904-589d2d49bedd&displaylang=en


 


Windows SharePoint Services Administrator’s Guide


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=a637eff6-8224-4b19-a6a4-3e33fa13d230&displaylang=en


 


Single Portal Serves Personalized Content to a Global Audience


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=2d4c74e1-df04-4b7b-b39d-61823b54bc45&displaylang=en


 


Miscellaneous:


Microsoft Solution for Windows-based Hosting Version 3.5


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=f4d690eb-4a9b-4b3b-951a-0d2eb93927ac&displaylang=en


 


Desktop Deployment—Office 2003


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=1e1c8af1-3c17-419f-a12d-fcd59c64bfb6&displaylang=en


 


Introduction to Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) Fundamentals


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=fa3ed1f8-bd3a-41a1-a468-43d21c64da62&displaylang=en


 


Manageability Services at Microsoft


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=45dc1d14-a54b-443d-89c0-ca442683f397&displaylang=en


 


MSN Search Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search – No, I have not played with this.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=b5c7cb3c-672b-4af1-841a-ae210ba5df16&displaylang=en

The State of Microsoft Clustering Today…

Merriam-Webster defines a cluster as (http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary):


“a number of similar individuals that occur together: as a : two or more consecutive consonants or vowels in a segment of speech b : a group of buildings and especially houses built close together on a sizable tract in order to preserve open spaces larger than the individual yard for common recreation c : an aggregation of stars or galaxies that appear close together in the sky and are gravitationally associated”


 


Microsoft defines a cluster with one of 4 different definitions:


*       High Performance Computing (HPC)


*       Component Load Balancing


*       Network Load Balancing


*       Server Clustering


 


High Performance Computing (HPC or Super Computing) is currently getting a lot of press ( http://www.redmondmag.com/news/article.asp?EditorialsID=6746). You need 64-bit hardware, but according Microsoft that will be all the rage in very short order. Microsoft has an array of 64-bit production and Operating Systems. Windows XP 64-bit has been out for quite sometime now (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/evaluate/xp64ovw.mspx). Windows Server 2003 has a large number of 64-bit editions (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/64bit/default.mspx). When Windows Server 2003, Compute Cluster Edition (CCE) comes out, the HPC part of clustering will take a giant leap.


 


Component Load Balancing (CLB) came out with Application Server 2000, while not that popular; it’s still a valid form of clustering components (http://www.microsoft.com/applicationcenter/techinfo/deployment/2000/wp_clboverview.asp). This middle-ware clustering allows distributed solutions to be easily monitored through events, performance counters, and monitors that reflect the current cluster state.


 


Network Load Balancing is defined as “a distributed algorithm to load balance network traffic across a number of hosts, helping to enhance the scalability and availability of mission critical, IP-based services, such as Web, Virtual Private Networking, Streaming Media, Terminal Services, Proxy, etc. It also provides high availability by detecting host failures and automatically redistributing traffic to operational hosts.” (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/technologies/clustering/nlbfaq.mspx). This form of clustering is becoming popular with the growth of web server farms.


 


Server Clustering is by far the most prevalent form of clustering today with Microsoft technologies. This is the technology that most think of when they hear the term “clustering”. Applications and Services can be clustered to provide High Availability. (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/techinfo/overview/clustering.mspx) SQL Server 2000 (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sql/2000/maintain/failclus.mspx) and Exchange 2003 (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/2003/library/highavailgde.mspx) are the most popular. WINS, DHCP, File Shares, Printers, Message Queuing, Generic Script, Generic Services, and Generic Applications call be clustered out of the box.


 


So the question to Microsoft is what is a cluster? We have defined exactly what Merriam-Webster thinks a cluster is. We have defined four distinct ways that Microsoft defines clustering. You can argue the case for each being called a cluster; and I would agree. Maybe when Longhorn is released we will have four types of clusters that are actually called four different things? How about HPC, CLB, NLB, and Clustering? I mean, we do live in an acronym heavy world don’t we?

Exchange, SQL, Windows, Security, SBS, RMS, News

Exchange:


Business Contact Manager Update for Outlook 2003


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=3aec8b42-6dc5-4922-9dfb-1c82237d6b62&displaylang=en


Multi-site Data Replication For Exchange Server 2003 – interesting read.


http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/archive/2005/06/15/406437.aspx


How to Set Size Limits for Messages – Pretty simple stuff…


http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Set-Size-Limits-Messages.html


Baseline BIS TCO Assessment – v3 – For Windows & Exchange migrations


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=ba662d64-0f48-4122-b974-9d9103300641&displaylang=en


SQL:


SQL Server 2005 CTP June 2005: Books Online


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=f0d182c1-c3aa-4cac-b45c-bd15d9b072b7&displaylang=en


Windows:


Deploying Microsoft Windows Server Update Services


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=e99c9d13-63e0-41ce-a646-eb36f1d3e987&displaylang=en


Windows 2000 Still Dominates Enterprises – DOH! Support runs out in 14 days folks, its time to move on…


http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=164303033


Interesting information about SP1 for 2003


http://www.tokeshi.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=3941


Security:


The Services and Service Accounts Security Planning Guide – Way cool and about time! 35 pages and part of a 5 part series (hint, read the readme). It’s in a PDF format. Chapter 3 has some excellent advice.


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=f4069a30-01d7-43e8-8b30-3799db2d9c2f&displaylang=en


Incident Response—Managing Security at Microsoft


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=36e889be-4fb0-447a-943a-7484cba0e7c1&displaylang=en


Identity and Access Management Series


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=794571e9-0926-4c59-bfa9-b4bfe54d8dd8&displaylang=en


RMS:


Operating a Rights Management Services (RMS) Server


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=7bb12fc5-936e-4b15-8b68-9bfbb8de3a7e&displaylang=en


Troubleshooting Rights Management Services (RMS) Service Pack 1 (SP1)


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=c479832e-0d8d-454c-8894-9892c02d2c4f&displaylang=en


Rights Management Services (RMS) Service Pack 1 (SP1) Technical Reference


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=3b2fc0cb-0983-4695-8d1f-db65ad2bce92&displaylang=en


SBS:


Documentation for Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 with SP1 Transition Pack


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=bbcf7319-4947-4fd2-a2ea-145588765e68&displaylang=en


News:


Trend Micro to Acquire InterMute – Trend Micro augments award-winning solutions with addition of innovative anti-spyware experts to provide data privacy protection – Cool, cause I love Trend products.


http://www.intermute.com/press_releases/news_detail_051105.html

Exchange, Windows, Security, ISA, SQL, LCS, XP, Virtual PC/Server, Office, SMS, SBS, Misc, News

I know it’s been a few weeks, but my travel schedule, vacation and TechEd all got in the way…


 


Exchange:


The Cliff Notes on System Attendant (MAD.EXE) – Great explanation.


http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/archive/2005/06/09/406137.aspx


 


Demystifying The Exchange Dial-tone Restore Method (Part 1) – Cool.


http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Exchange-Dial-tone-Restore-Method-Part1.html


 


Demystifying The Exchange Dial-tone Restore Method (Part 2) – Cool, part 2.


http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Exchange-Dial-tone-Restore-Method-Part2.html


 


Optimizing your Exchange Server 2003 Deployment using Exchange Best Practice Analyzer 2.0 – I simply the concept of this tool, and I can’t wait until every Microsoft product has one just like it! Way to go!


http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Optimizing-Exchange-Server-2003-Deployment-Best-Practice-Analyzer-2.html


 


Disk Geometry – Everyone should read this one


http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Disk-Geometry.html


 


A 10 Step Migration Survival Guide and Poster – requires free one time registration, but should be worth it J


http://mcpmag.com/techlibrary/resources.asp?id=85


 


Windows:


New SP1 features for AD – http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/ServerHelp/bb99fdd4-f8e0-490f-adae-6814cf081ff7.mspx


 


Detection, Analysis, and Corrective Actions for Low Page Table Entry Issues – Made for SP1 machines.


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=ed0e8084-abf7-4c00-ba6a-7d658cdb052a&displaylang=en


 


Windows Small Business Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 SP1 Known Issues


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=244af252-2cf3-4a84-bc79-57ec3db2dea9&displaylang=en


 


Step-by-Step Guide to Deploying Active Directory Federation Services for Windows Server 2003 R2 Beta 2


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=062f7382-a82f-4428-9bbd-a103b9f27654&displaylang=en


 


Step-by-Step Guide to Migrating from Software Update Services to Windows Server Update Services


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=150e795e-ae32-4d47-a6b8-e01f918aae93&displaylang=en


 


Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator Version 2.0 (build 1653)


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=12cb3c1a-15d6-4585-b385-befd1319f825&displaylang=en


 


Security:


Patch Tuesday is here 10 news ones – get the webcast here http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032275405&EventCategory=4


 


ISA:


Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 Enterprise Edition RPC Filter Blocks Outlook Traffic from Computers Running Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1)


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=d8d433fb-3e2f-4223-8935-a76b18ef84cd&displaylang=en


 


Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 Standard Edition RPC Filter Blocks Outlook Traffic from Computers Running Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1)


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=0b3b8b50-9a7a-43ca-8e30-ccfcd8ad5fa3&displaylang=en


 


SQL:


MSDN TV: Beyond ETL – Using SQL Server 2005 Integration Services to Integrate Non-Standard Data Sources and Destinations


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=c09e251f-f8df-46f0-b4ac-fbe567277722&displaylang=en


 


263968 – FIX: Service pack installation may save standard security password in file


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=7bda4ae4-e287-4a6b-86e4-9afdb3ea26c9&displaylang=en


 


Live Communication Server:


Live Communications Server 2005 Document: Updating to Service Pack 1 and Enabling Public IM Connectivity


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=b257340c-2420-40d3-9b1e-f46c718574cc&displaylang=en


 


XP:


Microsoft: SP2 makes Windows 15 times safer – Really? Glad I am running it then.


http://news.cnet.co.uk/software/0,39029694,39189520,00.htm


 


Step-by-Step Guide for Setting Up Network Quarantine and Remote Access Certificate Provisioning in a Test Lab


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=fe902704-52dd-4bbe-8a75-f8fbb76cd28a&displaylang=en


 


Security Enhancements for Remote Access at Microsoft


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=5dac8310-29b8-4e38-a987-6983ff7acc6c&displaylang=en


 


Virtual PC/Server:


.NET Rocks! – Brian Randell on Microsoft Virtual PC


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=a76f6db5-f4d4-4ae1-af9e-64893e3e93c9&displaylang=en


 


Virtual PC vs. Virtual Server: Comparison of Features and Uses


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=8ed0a6cb-0f24-408e-af8f-51edf508d361&displaylang=en


 


Office:


Microsoft Office XP to Microsoft Office 2003 Migration Issues


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=3b12295e-6f12-416e-8a58-043010169efe&displaylang=en


 


SMS:


Troubleshooting Management Points for Systems Management Server 2003


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=9a19d3cf-fd39-4473-bf06-eaa0f38c0cda&displaylang=en


 


SBS:


Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1)


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=b6f8a4c0-b707-4161-adeb-44f1b756119f&displaylang=en


 


Miscellaneous:


Microsoft Solution for Windows-based Hosting Version 3.5


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=f4d690eb-4a9b-4b3b-951a-0d2eb93927ac&displaylang=en


 


News:


Microsoft Certified Architect – http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2005/jun05/06-06MSLearning.mspx


 


Xbox High-Definition Videos – Hmmm…

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=abde1e02-b529-469e-ae6a-7417fcde9e12&displaylang=en

TechEd 2005 Recap

If you have not been to a Microsoft conference or event, here is what you missed at last weeks TechEd 2005 – Orlando, Florida…


 


June 5, 2005 Day 0


I first registered to get my badge for the event. Doing this during the week can take as long as 2 hours, so getting in early is a great idea.


 


I also get the layout of the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), which is huge:


3 million square feet for the North and South building which was 100% occupied by TechEd.


950,282 square feet of Exhibition Space.


94 break out rooms


13,000 people attended and needed –


  • 117,000 bottles of water
  • 14,300 lattes
  • 15,600 ice cream bars
  • 4,000 pounds of chips and snack mix
  • 2,300 dozen eggs
  • 8,000 pounds of chicken
  • 52,000 servings of juice

All day instructor lead pre-conference hands on labs, security summit, and MVP all day event. I got lots of great information from these events. I had the opportunity to meet and greet MVPs from around the world and find out what they do and are like.


 


Next up was the chance to meet some of my favorite authors in the Author’s Reception and Book Signing. While I did not bring a book to have signed, I did chat up a few authors.


 


Lastly, the MCT welcome reception at night. Having already met MVP’s from around the world during the day, meeting MCT’s from around the world at night rounded off the day nicely.


 


June 6, 2005 Day 1


Steve Ballmer Keynote – http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=3232961 It is always nice to hear what he thinks the future will hold.


 


Exchange Service Pack 2 was announced and it has a quite a few cool features http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/downloads/2003/sp2/overview.mspx:


 


  • Increases the size limit for the mailbox database in Exchange Server 2003 Standard Edition from 16 GB to 75 GB. This includes 75 GB for both stores, Mailbox and Public Folder J 
  • Includes a new version of the Offline Address Book that significantly improves performance. 
  • Lots of controls for public folder management – thank you Microsoft. 
  • Allows enforcement of Cached Exchange Mode for Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 clients. 
  • Mobility features – Direct Push and Remote Wipe http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/_assets/video/TechEd/Final-MobilityV7-5Mbps.wvx 
    • Lock devices after 5 minutes
    • Delete all content if the unit is lost or stolen
    • Configure devices over the air 
  • Anti-Spam filtering, Microsoft has added Sender-ID support, anti-phishing filtering, and increased the frequency of updates to SP2.

I found out today from the Exchange group that the /PAE switch will be supported by Exchange from here on out. Paul Bowden announced it Sunday and Microsoft will update existing knowledge base articles very soon, more when I hear more. This is a very interesting turn of events.


 


June 7, 2005 Day 2


Paul Flessner’s Keynote – http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/misc/06-07flessner-teched05.mspx.


Paul had a few good demos, jokes, and stories. He announced that Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 would be released November 7, 2005. SQL Server 2005 has a ton of new and exciting features.


 


One of his demos was with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), they gave each attendee a sticker that contained an RFID tag embedded in it. I kept mine in case anyone wants to see what it looks like. It only weighs as much as a sticky note – very interesting stuff. He (Paul) demoed how RFID and Visual Studio 2005 could be used to track people or objects. The demo was kind of scary but still an interesting insight into the possible future.


 


Lastly, Microsoft gave everyone a free copy (via a code) of SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition.


 


June 8, 2005 Day 3


Monday (during the Keynote) Windows Server Update Service was officially released and I picked up a CD of it today. http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/updateservices/downloads/wsus.mspx has all the details. It’s about a 127 MB download.


 


June 9, 2005 Day 4


I spent sometime today learning about SQL Server 2005 (http://www.microsoft.com/sql/2005/default.mspx) and how we can move to it when it’s released. The Microsoft SQL booth had free SQL Server 2005 Upgrade Advisor beta CD’s. If you have used either of the Best Practices Analyzer’s then you know the interface. It walks you through your current SQL installs and tells you upgrade paths to 2005.


 


With 2005 you can even move from Oracle without all the hassle. I had a nice long talk the Microsoft Product Manager for that product today. http://www.microsoft.com/sql/migration/default.mspx.


 


June 10, 2005 Day 5


The Windows Server Clustering Group held a Cabana session today that was excellent. A Cabana session is an open forum, open room, open format for one-on-many direct question and answers. Elden Christensen talked about the many benefits of Windows Server 2003 SP1 to clustering and some of the exciting futures of Longhorn and beyond. GPT (http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/storage/GPT_FAQ.mspx) GUID Partition Table (GPT) is really going to take off an allow servers many benefits. 64-bit Operating Systems and Applications are being discussed in almost every session. One presenter this week went so far as saying that you won’t be able to buy a 32-bit machine within the next 24 months, I really doubt that, but it is very interesting information or vision from Microsoft. http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/storage/GPT-on-x64.mspx has what you can do with GPT on 64-bit technology and today with the 32-bit SP1 install; you get some of the exact same features.


 


June 11, 2005 Day 6


All week I have been attending sessions on Security, Windows Server 2003 R2, Exchange, SQL, and Clustering. Lots of great information, way too much to recap in full, hence the highlights listed here. Overall an excellent week that feed my brain with lots of information.


 


TechEd features:


  • Cabana’s/Communities – were you can sit and talk to the Microsoft Experts for a given field, though Virtual Server was not at the show. This is by far the most popular thing at the show.
  • 400 Break out sessions – you name a topic, it was covered.
  • Hand on Labs – Excellent idea, all lead and manned by MCTs.
  • Instructor lead labs – A great way to learn new technologies.
  • Discounted MCP Exams – 50%, a very nice chunk of change.
  • MCP Study Hall – with practice tests.
  • Exhibition area – with lots of vendor information and freebies for the kids.
  • Communication Network – were attendees can send email to others (though the Global Address List is sorted by first name and nothing other then name is populated), post information in TechEd Public Folders, and learn about event changes.
  • Free shuttles – to/from local hotels and to the airport after the event is over.
  • Company store – to buy books, gadgets, and clothes.
  • Free Expresso’s, Smoothies, Donuts, Pepsi, and lots of healthy and unhealthy snacks – Plus my personal favorite bottled water.
  • Birds of Feather – nightly group gathers of your peers, no matter what peers you have       .
  • Jam Sessions – only held a few nights this year, but basically a free for all music session with fellow attendees.
  • Tech Ed Bloggers – blogging about the event.
  • Wireless network access – which I never use, it’s unsecured, had numerous complaints as to it availability and speed, and a pen and paper work nicely so taking a tablet PC/laptop/wireless device is simply not needed.
  • Xbox gaming center – when I tried it, 50% of the boxes were frozen or dead, the rest were full.

 Miscellaneous TechEd Information:


Steve’s Keynote:


http://www.microsoft.com/events/executives/webcasts.mspx


 


TechEd 2005 Webcasts:


http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/teched2005.mspx


 


Podcasts:


http://strategery.geekswithblogs.net/TechEdPodcast.aspx


 


I will post some pictures later…