How to Reinstall Sharepoint

I have not had to do this myself, but as I routinely see questions about removing and reinstalling Sharepoint , I thought posting instructions provided by Microsoft CSS may be helpful to someone down the road!

Generally speaking, if you want to completely reinstall companyweb on SBS 2003 SP1, you need to follow the article KB829114 below, but it might ask you to insert the SBS SP1 CD3, so you need to extract SBS SP1 installation folders, and then point the SBS Integrated setup program to the folder for the ‘SP1 CD3’ contents.

The extraction process is listed below, please do follow the exact steps or the extracted files will be removed:
1. Start a cmd prompt and change directory to the SP1 download folder (or the SBS03_SP1 folder on PKG_CD2).
2. Then type “<path>\SBS2003-KB885918-SP1-X86-ENU.EXE /x” (with no quotation marks) and press Enter.
3. Specifying a path for the extracted files (such as C:\SBSSP1)
4. Run the SBS Integrated setup, and when the setup program prompts for the CD3, point it to the folder created above.

829114 How to remove and how to install the Windows Small Business Server 2003

As I know, we are able to keep the original SharePoint database and connect it to the new installation. If the original database is not corrupted, you may manually backup the files and then reconnect the database after reinstalling the components:

829113 How to restore a Windows SharePoint Services CompanyWeb database after

827701 How to perform a disaster recovery operation of SharePoint Services

As I know, on SBS 2003 we have a document which can make a full backup and restore for the whole system. It might be useful to you, I suggest you have a look at it:

Backup and restore SBS 2003:

Best regards,
Charles Yang (MSFT)
Microsoft CSS Online Newsgroup Support

Index PDF documents within Sharepoint

Chad Gross, once again, is the Sharepoint man of the day for coming up with this method for indexing and searching through PDF documents within Sharepoint:

To get full text search capability on SBS, the best method is to follow the instructions on the SBS Premium Technologies CD.  Now, to get full-text search of PDFs (including content) will require a few extra steps:

1) Install the PDF iFilter from Adobe on your SBS:

2) Verify the Indexing service is started & set to start automatically.

3) Add the PDF icon to your docicon.xml file so your Document Libraries  show the correct icons for your PDFs:

Another thing to realize is that not all PDFs are created equal, and some require additional handling in order to be able to search their contents.  Basically, if you create a PDF locally from a Windows application (Word, Excel, QuickBooks, etc.) using Adobe’s Acrobat Distiller or PDFWriter, then the PDF will include text that the iFilter will detect when the PDF is uploaded to your Sharepoint site. 

As a result, you’ll be able to search the contents of these files from Sharepoint.  However, if you’re scanning documents to a PDF format – then what you have is an image dumped into a PDF.  As a result, these scanned documents are not able to have their contents searched without extra handling. 

So what’s the extra handling?  If you’re scanning documents, you’ll want to make sure you run your scans through an OCR application and then create a dual-layer PDF (image + OCR text).  Then when you upload this dual-layer PDF to your Sharepoint site, the iFilter detects the OCR text allowing you to search the contents.

For low to medium volume jobs, I would recommend ScanSoft’s OmniPage Pro – it works with most scanners and is one of the most accurate OCR engines I’ve used.  It also allows for workflow creation to help automate the scan / ocr / save process, and natively supports creating dual-layer PDFs.  If you’re looking at medium to large volumes of scanning, I would recommend 
taking a look at leasing a new copier / printer / scanner / fax unit. Gestetner has several newer units that include the ability to scan to a PDF + OCR right at the unit.

ISA 2004 & IHateSpam Exchange Edition

If you are using Sunbelt Software’s IHateSpam Exchange (Server) Edition v1.6, there should be hourly updates in the  micro_updates subdirectory. If you are running ISA, you may discover that you are not getting the updates. Here’s how I fixed the problem:

1.Go to C:.\Program Files\Sunbelt Software\IHateSpam Server Edition directory

2. Edit the file cartridge.cfg with Notepad

3. Go to the end of the file and look for the line that reads:
# http proxy = localhost:8800

4. Edit this line by first by deleting the pound (#) symbol, and then entering the ip address and proxy port as appropriate for your SBS server. In my case, my server’s internal IP address is, so I changed the line to read:

http proxy =

5. After saving this file, go to a command line on your SBS server and enter: iisreset  /restart

Kevin Weilbacher [SBS-MVP]
“The days pass by so quickly now, the nights are seldom long”

2005-06-19 “My Father’s Eyes”

Well, it’s Father’s Day here in the good ole U.S. of A. — so a Happy Father’s Day to all (if it applies to you). One of our SBS MVP’s not only is a father and a grandfather, but just found out that he became a great grandfather on the same day as his own birthday! Congratulations, Frank, and to your first great-grand daughter!

For our song of the week, I will skip my usual parody, and offer the following song lyrics to all of our fathers (and grandfathers, and great grandfathers) — a song that says it all — how we grow up to be and reflect all that is good in our lives. My youngest daughter still loves to sing this song to me. I believe it was the very first hit for Amy Grant way back in 1979, when she was still a teenager — and she also wrote the words and music!

My Father’s Eyes
by Amy Grant


I may not be every mother’s dream for her little girl,

And my face may not grace the mind of everyone in the world.

But that’s all right, as long as I can have one wish I pray:

When people look inside my life, I want to hear them say,

She’s got her father’s eyes, her father’s eyes;

Eyes that find the good in things,

When good is not around;

Eyes that find the source of help,

When help just can’t be found;


Eyes full of compassion,

Seeing every pain;

Knowing what you’re going through

And feeling it the same.

Just like my father’s eyes, my father’s eyes,

my father’s eyes,

Just like my father’s eyes.


And on that day when we will pay for all the deeds we have done,

Good and bad they’ll all be had to see by everyone.

And when you’re called to stand and tell just what you saw in me,

More than anything I know, I want your words to be,


She had her father’s eyes, her father’s eyes;

Eyes that found the good in things,

When good was not around;

Eyes that found the source of help,

When help would not be found;


Eyes full of compassion,

Seeing every pain;

Knowing what you’re going through,

And feeling it the same.

Just like my father’s eyes, my father’s eyes,

My father’s eyes,

Just like my father’s eyes.

Kevin Weilbacher [SBS-MVP]
“The days pass by so quickly now, the nights are seldom long”

2005-06-13 “House of the Rising Sun”

Hurrican season has officialy started, and we wasted no time in kicking things off with Hurricane Arlene. It headed straight for the gulf coast region of the U.S., waving hello to Florida as it passed by us. It got me to thinking and of the good friends and SBS support we have in that area – from Pensacola (Frank) to New Orleans (Jeff). Hope everyone is well!

Speaking of New Orleans, our song of the week was recorded several times by many different artists — the Animals, the Rolling Stones, even Bob Dylan did a version of it. So this is in recognition of all the work that Jeff Middleton has provided to this SBS community, over the years, and most recently with his Swing Migration (


The House of the Rising Sun

aka The House of the Swingin’ King


There is a house in New Orleans

They call the Swingin’ King

And it’s been the start of many migrations

And God I know I’m one


My teacher was an MVP

He taught me all I need

He set up shop in a gamblin’ town

Down in New Orleans

Now the only thing this tech will need

Is his laptop and his scripts

And the only time that he is satisfied

Is when he’s home from a trip

—— organ solo ——

Oh mother tell your children
How we’ve done so many things 
Spent our lives migrating every day

In the House of the Swingin’ King


Well, I got one foot on the server

The other foot on the floor

I’m goin’ back to New Orleans

To learn how to swing some more!

There is a house in New Orleans

They call the Swingin’ King

And it’s been the start of many migrations

And God I know I’m one

Kevin Weilbacher [SBS-MVP]
“The days pass by so quickly now, the nights are seldom long”

2005-06-05 “Yellow Submarine”

According to the birth certificate, today is my birthday. So officially, I’m another year older, and deeper in debt. We had a fun birthday party last night — we invited a houseful of friends to come over with their guitars and we sang Beatle’s songs until we were hoarse, and all the pie and ice cream were long ago devoured.

Lately though, I’ve been staying up late at night working on new servers, old servers, remote connection problems, and the like. That all get’s old real quick. So it’s time like those that breaking into a song really helps me get up and going again. So, if you’re tired, or worn out, or getting older … let’s jump in and starting humming along with a crowd favorite from the Beatles …

Yellow Submarine

aka Dingy Cubicles  (with a tip of the hat to Dilbert!)

In the town where I do work
And my boss can view his ‘Rolls’
And his office is quite huge
While we slave away in cubicles.

So we work both day and night
Hardly time to take a stroll

But we laugh and sing these songs
In our dingy cubicles



We all work in our dingy cubicles
Dingy cubicles, dingy cubicles

We all work in our dingy cubicles
Dingy cubicles, dingy cubicles


And our friends are all on board
Many more of them work next door
As rubber bands begin to fly:

do, do, do do, doot, doot, doot  …



Will we live a life of ease?
Everyone of us, wants to know
Sky of flourescent light bulbs, 

and sea of musty carpets
In our dingy cubicles.


Kevin Weilbacher [SBS-MVP]
“The days pass by so quickly now, the nights are seldom long

2005-05-22 “Bad Moon Rising”

Have you heard the difference between a pessimist and an optimist?


The pessimist says: Good God, it’s morning!

The optimist says: Good morning, God!

SBS 2003 Service Pack 1 became official this past week. And we will have our optimists and our pessimists with this release. In spite of all the internal Microsoft testing, and beta testers who volunteered their time to test and identify bugs and issues, this will be a service pack that you won’t want to just jump into. Every situation will be a little different. I had virtually no problems installing it on my test server at home. But I will wait a bit before installing it at my customer sites.

So what about the song of the week? Well, I’m going back to a song written and performed by CCR — Creedence Clearwater Revival — that talks about the bad omens and signs in the sky – like a pessimist would. But I challenge you to look at life like an optimist!


P.S. These parodies should always be taken in jest. Just remember — if you can’t laugh at yourself, someone else will!

Bad Moon Rising

aka Service Pack A-Comin’


I see service packs a-comin’
I see trouble on the way.
I see workin’ late this evenin’
I see bad times today

Don’t re-boot tonight
Well it’s bound to not go right
There’s a hot fix on the rise.

I hear MVP’s a-talkin
I know the answer’s coming soon.
I hear Microsoft a-callin’
I hear the voice of Yoda’s tune:

Don’t re-load tonight
Well it’s bound to take all night
There’s a hot fix on the rise.

Kevin Weilbacher [SBS-MVP]
“The days pass by so quickly now, the nights are seldom long”

2005-05-14 “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do”

There are lots of posts about migrating from SBS2000 to SBS2003, or simply migrating an SBS server to new hardware. Jeff Middleton has been hitting the road in the last several months touting his ‘Swing Migration’ as one such solution to moving ot new hardware.

It got me to thinking that sometimes we see or think of our servers like our child, and it’s hard to imagine moving on to newer hardware. So our song of the week, which looks at migration from our old server’s point of view, has a special distinction – the only song to hit #1 twice (1962, 1975) by the same artist (Neil Sedaka)



Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

by Neil Sedaka

Don’t take your files away from me
Don’t you leave my disks in misery
If you go then I’ll be blue
‘Cause breaking up is hard to do

Remember when you first bought me
And you installed SBS, oh, what a treat!
Think of all that we’ve been through
And breaking up is hard to do

They say that breaking up is hard to do
Now I know, I know that it’s true
Don’t say that this is the end
Instead of breaking up
Why don’t you use me as a Term Server friend?

I beg of you, don’t say goodbye
Can’t we give our NICs another try
Come on baby, let’s start a new
‘Cause breaking up is hard to do

Kevin Weilbacher [SBS-MVP]
“The days pass by so quickly now, the nights are seldom long”

2005-05-08 “The Rainbow Connection”

Here in the states, it’s Mother’s Day. So Happy Mother’s Day to everyone! BTW, do other countries celebrate something similar? On the radio yesterday, I heard that the originally Mother’s Day was meant to be a day for world peace. Certainly, my mom kept the peace in our family!

Here in SBS land, we are anxiously (?) awaiting the release of SBS2003 Service Pack 1. Once that hits the street, we will be off rockin’ and rollin’ for several weeks, I’m sure. At times like this, I always look for a nice song that will keep me happy and awake at 2am as I am reinstalling SBS.

So our song of the week goes back to the Muppets’ vvery first full length movie … it’s a classic, in my book …


The Rainbow Connection
aka The Windows Connection

Why are there so many bugs when we use Windows
And why can’t the errors subside?
Windows is a vision, and only illusions,
And Windows has nothing to hide.
So we’ve been told and some choose to believe it
I know they’re wrong, wait and see.
Someday we’ll find it, the Windows connection,
The hackers, the scammers and me.

Who said that every bug would be heard and answered
When posted in the newsgroup?
Somebody thought of that, and someone believed it,
And look what it’s done so far.
What’s so amazing that keeps us Gates-gazing
And what do we think we might see?
Someday we’ll find it, the Windows connection,
The patches, the fixes, and me.

All of us under its spell,
We know that it’s probably magic…

Have you been half asleep?
And have you worked all night?
I’ve heard MVP’s calling your name. …
Is this the sweet sound that makes us fell alright?
The voice might be one and the same
I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it
It’s something that I’m s’posed to be…
Someday we’ll find it, the Windows connection,
Bill Gates, the newsgroups, and me.

Laa, da daa dee da daa daa …

Kevin Weilbacher [SBS-MVP]
“The days pass by so quickly now, the nights are seldom long”