How to buy SBS 4.x/2000 CALs

This question is coming up a lot in the SBS newsgroups. Basically if you have an SBS 4.x or 2000 server and need to buy CALs for it you will soon find out that they have been discontinued. You need to buy SBS2k3 CALs and use your “downgrade rights“ to install them on the older SBS version.


Sounds simple? Yes… well… not quite. When was the last time you saw something simple regarding licensing? :-)


The problem is that SBS2k (and prior) used a floppy disk to install the CALs (which is no longer needed in 2k3). To obtain this disk you need to call MS Fulfilment Center and ask them to send the media (small fee). For your convinience, the phone number (in the US) is (800) 360-7561 and the sku of the disk is 807-00144.


By the way… this info is (in part) on the Licensing Faq.

New SBS Usergroup Forming in St. Louis

Cris Hanna (a fellow SBS MVP and one of the SBS grandfathers) has started a new Usergroup in the St. Loius area. As I have mentioned before I truly love usergroups, it is great to be able to talk geek and share “war” stories. Kudos to Cris on getting this going!


So, if you use, support or sell SBS in the St. Louis area… make sure you join this group by sending an email to:
stlsbsusers-subscribe@yahoogroups.com


By the way, if you live in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, DC or Northern Virginia… make sure you contact me (use the form in the left corner) so I can direct you to the appropiate usergroup in your area. You will not regret it!

LimitLogin – Tool to limit and monitor concurrent logins in a domain

A couple of people in the past have asked how to prevent users from logging more than 1 time (or x number of times) on different devices across the network. I stumbled accross this tool which seems like it does exactly that better than the old CConnect.exe (also some other nice features):


LimitLogin v1.0


 LimitLogin is an application that adds the ability to limit concurrent user logins in an Active Directory domain. It can also keep track of all logins information in Active Directory domains.


 LimitLogin capabilities include:


·         Limiting the number of logins per user from any machine in the domain, including Terminal Server sessions.


·         Displaying the logins information of any user in the domain according to a specific criterion (e.g. all the logged-on sessions to a specific client machine or Domain Controller, or all the machines a certain user is currently logged on to).


·         Easy management and configuration by integrating to the Active Directory MMC snap-ins.


·         Ability to delete and log off user session remotely straight from the Active Directory Users and Computers MMC snap-in.


·         Generating Login information reports in CSV (Excel) and XML formats.


LimitLogin grants System Administrators, Help Desk staff or any other IT-related personnel the ability to quickly query for any user logged on to the domain and view the machines they’re currently logged on to, while enabling the above list of features and management tasks to be performed on those user sessions.


Note: As far as I can tell this only works with Win2k3 domains and the clients must be running Win2k or XP. You can download the tool here.


 

StarWars Episode III – Revenge of the Sith


Ok… so this is not exactly SBS material, but it is interesting nevertheless:


As you may know StarWars Episode III is only 71 days away (release date May 19, 2005). Last November the first teaser trailer was released, which was totally awesome (specially that “Lord Vader…. RISE!” part). You can watch the teaser here:


http://www.starwars.com/episode-iii/release/trailer/teaser.html


Now, the important news is that you can watch the full trailer on Thursday, March 10th at 8 pm, during the broadcast of FOX’s “The O.C.”. If you miss it, don’t worry… you will probably have tons of other opportunities to watch the trailer (more specifically on the movie Robots and in the StarWars fan site) plus these trailers are all over the net as soon as they are released.


Sorry for the interuption… and now we return to our regularly scheduled programming.