Discrepancy with configuring SSL & Sharepoint

Issue: In the midst of religiously following “Publishing a SharePoint Web Site Accessible to External Users” (Microsoft, October 2003), I ran into a conundrum. The instructions state at one point:


103. In the Web Server Certificate Wizard, complete the following: z. On the Server Certificate page, select Assign an existing certificate.


The problem is that there is no choice for “Assign an existing certificate”.


Resolution: According to post by Les Connor, there may be a discrepancy in the KB:
http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&selm=e9qlUtB5DHA.2300%40TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl&rnum=1

Before:


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7. On the “Server Certificate” page, click “Assign an existing certificate”, and then click “Next”.
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Correction:

7. On the “Server Certificate” page, click “Replace the current certificate”, then click “Next”.




Using Ghost to extend C: drive partition

Thanks to Merv for this post:


Yes, Ghost (2003) can be used to do this but you’ll need a spare drive (IDE will do) to hold the image you create.  Do a complete backup of your server first for safety.  Create a set of Ghost boot disks.  Boot into Ghost from them.  Then image all your partitions to the spare drive using the “partition-to-image” procedure.  Verify the image.  Then restore to the original drive using the “disk-from-image” procedure.  During the restore procedure setup, it will allow you to adjust the partition sizes on the
target drive.

You can also restore to a new drive if you need to increase the overall capacity of your system.

Merv  Porter  [SBS MVP]

Tape Backup on SBS2003

Someone asked why the built in Backup is taking up more tape space than what would be expected.


This KB deals with your issue: Backups on Windows Small Business Server 2003 may use more backup media space than expected:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;840754

You should look at using the command line switches specifically designed for Exchange.
HOW TO: Use Command Line Parameters with the Ntbackup Command in Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;814583

How to turn on the Exchange writer for the Volume Shadow Copy service in Windows Small Business Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;838183

Setting up LCS on a 2nd server

This was shared in the SNS NG recently:


The 2 points I would make when undertaking this setup is:
1. Add the new server to the domain using the ConnectComputer function – NOT – during the install
2. Remember to install the Admin Tools from the LCS CD on the SBS box!!  If you do not do this final step, the LCS tab will not show up under a User’s properties, and they will not be able to use any LCS service.

Other than that, it was actually simpler than expected.  And, as a bonus, the CompanyWeb “Members” Shared Web Part now shows if a Member is logged in to LCS/Windows Messenger – without any intervention by me to set this up. Very cool!

Files to exclude from Trend

Revised 1/26/2005


Here’s an ongoing list of directories and files to be excluded from Trend scanning:


C:\Program Files\Exchsrvr
C:\Program Files\Trend
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro
C:\Pagefile.sys
C:\WinNT\System32\Inetsrv


Licensing stuff:
C:\Windows\System32\licstr.cpa
C:\Windows\System32\lls


Also, make sure that any other Antivirus apps quarantine files are not scanned. E.g. Officescan, Interscan etc may all have files that are viruses removed from incoming/outgoing emails etc. There is no need to let Trend give you false positives

Exchange 2003 and antivirus software
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;823166

DELL Raid drives configuration

Some comments and instructions for adding and extending add’l drives in a Raid-5 server


1. DELL Support Forum:
I can’t speak for the Dell tech support dept but the Dell Forums are also a pretty good source of info, including Dell technician answers.  They have a community forum set up specifically for “Poweredge servers – Raid configurations”.   I’ve seen your type of question there a million times. I’ve also seen steps to adding the drive and then extending the partition afterwards with 3rd party or even Dell Ultilities…

While I get most of my help and advice from this fantastic newsgroup, the Dell Raid forum is also pretty helpful when it comes to a such a narrow and specific topic.

http://forums.us.dell.com/supportforums/board?board.id=pes_hardrive

2. Comments from Gavin:
It appears to be as simple as:
1) Backing up the data ; )
2) adding the drives to the bays (hot swappable)
3) opening Dell Array Manager
4) Right clicking on the virtual drive array
5) adding the disks (called members)
6) letting it reconfigure the drives
7) either format or extend the new unallocated space
We’ll see!! ; )


3. Comments from Dave:

Hi Kevin – What I’d do is upgrade the controller firmware to 2.7-1, which is the version immediately prior to the current 2.8x.  I ran into problems with 2.8 and actually had to remove it from one of my servers due to a huge number of controller errors. (The controller appeared to be working normally but it was logging so many problems I was constantly reading event logs).  The easiest and best way to do it is to download the firmware and create the firmware upgrade diskette.  Then install the comparable driver version in Device Manager.  When the server reboots from the driver update, let it boot to the firmware diskette and upgrade the firmware.  I don’t use Open Manage to upgrade this stuff any more after it smoked a motherboard – the diskette method is tried and true.  (A Dell tech told me over the weekend that they’ve had some problems with the 2.8 versions of the drivers and firmware).


 

Dell switched their support site around, which seems like a big PIA.  Anyway, the fix for that ASPI issue is under the Systems Management category and Dell OpenManage Array Manager 3.4.1.  I installed this and I think the installer just removes the unsupported version and installs the right version

 

If you can do the configuration you’re after in the container utility, I don’t know of any reason not to.  It seems like the Dell techs tend to go there rather than Array Manager (annoying since a reboot is required, where array manager can run while the server’s in use).

 

Since you don’t already have array manager, you can get OpenManage Server Assistant, a ~200mb download but it includes array manager.  Server Administrator uses IE as the interface, and it reads all the internal probes (temp, voltage, etc), the ESM logs, etc. – all the on-board diagnostic stuff.  It’ll also let you see driver, bios, and firmware info without rebooting.  You can access it from a workstation, and it logs to the event log if there’s a problem.  I let a Dell support tech talk me into it and I’ve never been sorry.  The driver and firmware requirements apply, and the installation will bomb if the server doesn’t meet the requirements.

 

I’ve had problems with all 3 of my PE’s lately – the 2500 raid controller failed because of a firmware upgrade that was botched by OpenManage Server Administrator (but a hardware guy told me the MB could have been ready to go anyway).  The 2400 got a new backplane yesterday (4.5 year old server), and the 2600 had a drive fail at the age of about 5 months.  I feel like I’m ready to go to work for Dell support.  But having paid all this money for redundancy, hardware raid, and hot spare drives, I’ve got to say that everything worked flawlessly, no data lost, and no down time other than diagnosis and parts repair.  I guess if I had to pay for it, I’m glad it worked.

 

Let me know if you have any questions.  As I said, I’ve been into all this recently so it’s fresh in my mind.  And give Server Administrator a try – I think you’ll like the features and the amount of info you can get from it.  There’s another thing called (I think) IT Assistant – you can set up a box with that, and all the servers’ Server Administrator programs will report to that one location, so you can monitor all the servers from one box.  If I get a chance, I’m going to try setting it up on an old win2k p3 workstation I’ve got in the attic.

 

Talk to you soon,

Dave