2006-06-09 "Blowin’ In The Wind"

As Arnold Schwarzenegger said in Terminator 3 … “I’m back!!!”

After a four month self-imposed hiatus from these public newsgroups, hopefully I can quickly jump back into the “swing” of things in SBS land. If you are interested in reading about my last four months, click on this link:
http://msmvps.com/blogs/kwsupport/default.aspx


Of course, first things first — and in this case, it’s the Song of the Week. I watched an interesting TV biography on Bob Dylan the other week, so we will go with a true oldie but goodie. So get your guitar and tambourine and flower power out as wecome together to sing:

Blowin’ in the Wind
aka: Patchin’in the Wind

WAV: http://www.sonymusic.com/artists/UltimateGrammyBox/Disk4/blowininthewind.wav

How many times must our ‘puter break down
Before we call in the geeks?
Yes, ‘n’ how many spams must we see every day
Before we scan them away?
Yes, ‘n’ how many times must we test beta code
Before they’re forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is patchin’ in the wind,
The answer is patchin’ in the wind.

How many times must Bill Gates look up
Before he see penguins fly?
Yes, ‘n’ how many disks must one man have
Before he can get a larger drive?
Yes, ‘n’ how many bugs will it take till he knows
That too many programs have died?
The answer, my friend, is patchin’ in the wind,
The answer is patchin’ in the wind.

How many years can a tape drive exist
Before it’s replaced with something new?
Yes, ‘n’ how many years can some servers exist
Before they’re no longer used?
Yes, ‘n’ how many times can we patch IE six,
Before we say thatit can’t be fixed?
The answer, my friend, is patchin’ in the wind,
The answer is patchin’ in the wind.


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

2006-01-28 "Here Comes The Sun"

It’s the last weekend of January, and here in Florida we actually have the air conditioner running in the house. It was a beautiful day to be outside. Annually, in Tampa, we celebrate Gasparilla Day, which is when the pirate Jose Gaspar sails up into Tampa Bay, takes over the city, and then they throw a big parade.

http://tbo.com/entertainment/gasparilla/


Being outside and enjoying the sun, reminded me of a fun song to play on the guitar, George Harrison’s (Beatles) “Here Comes The Sun”

Here Comes The Sun
aka Here Comes More Work

WAV: http://www.delta.ro/beatles/beatles/herecome.wav

Here comes more work, do do do do
Here comes more work, and I say
It’s all right

Building servers
It’s been a long cold lonely winter
Fixing servers
It feels like that’s all I have done

Here comes more work, do do do do
Here comes more work, and I say
It’s all wrong

Loading software
The smiles returning to their faces
Sending emails
It seems like all the spam is gone

Here comes more work, do do do do
Here comes more work, and I say
It’s all done

Work work, work, here it comes
(repeat several times)

One more phone call
I feel that trouble slowly melting
One more download
It seems like years since it’s been fixed

Here comes more work, do do do do
Here comes more work, and I say
Let’s get rich
Do do do do do


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

2006-01-21 "Lady Madonna"

Better late than never to ramp up the songmobile for 2006!

 

I’ve been mostly out of commission the last few weeks as the coughing / sneezing / sore throat bug has been going around at home, with friends and at the office. I think I will survive, so let’s move on!

 

My signature line that I’ve used for years with my posts (“The days pass by so quickly now…”) come from an old John Denver song, ‘Poems, Prayers & Promises’. After working wiith computers for over 30 years, the line seems to some it all up very nicely. There’s never enough hours in the day to get everything done. We all put a lot of work and effort into our jobs, our hobbies and our families.

 

For this week’s song of the week, we turn to a Beatles’ tune that reminds us about the working world

:-)

Lady Madonna
aka: Fixing Your Server

WAV: http://www.delta.ro/beatles/beatles/ladymado.wav


Fixing your server, CD’s ’round your feet
Wonder how you manage to make ends meet.
Who takes the money, when you download files?
Did you think that money was Bill Gate’s child?

Friday night arrives with network problems.
Sunday morning, emails are all gone.
Monday finds the server won’t reboot now.
See how they run.

Fixing your server, newsgroups on the line
Wonder how you manage to find the time.
Repairing those disk drives, lying on the bed.
Listen to the music playing in your head.

Tuesday afternoon is never ending.
Wednesday morning updates didn’t load
Thursday night your Anti-Virus needed mending.
See how it goes?

Fixing your server, backups are so neat
Wonder how you manage to make ends meet.


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

2005-12-31 "Auld Lang Syne"

The year 2005 is nearly over, and what a year it has been. We’ve endured Mother Nature’s powerful strength this year. In January we were stil reeling from the tsunami disaster. We battled hurricanes this fall, and the hurricanes usually won (especially in New Orleans). And right now we’re watching heavy damages due to fires in Oklahoma, and extreme cold and freezing in parts of Europe.

On the SBS front, the big news was the rollout of SBS Service Pack 1. Our hats are off to all those who live on the “bleeding edge” and were part of the beta testing of this product. We also had a tremendous turnout for SMB Nation 2005 in September. So many people came up to me and had (mostly) kind words to the ‘song of the week’. It was great putting faces to the names!

As we bring this year to a close, I would say one of the highlights was listening to Jeff Middleton’s passionate tale of the New Orleans disaster at SMB Nation, and his immediate session after that on a “real” disaster recovery experience which will not be forgotten by those in attendance.

Through tsuanmis and hurricanes, hot fixes and service packs … all I can say is to make sure you tell someone you love them. We all have been empowered by our Creator to make this world a better place. So do something about it in 2006!

Peace, love and joy to each and everyone of you. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for this coming year.

Oh yes … the song of the week … I would highly suggest buying James Taylor’s (2004) Christmas Album :(http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00078V7AW/103-8709472-5338234?v=glance) and listen to his version of ….

Auld Lang Syne

(aka: All of these Songs)

 

Here’s a link to the words and translation:



Should old these verse be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should all my singing be for naught, 
Or written down in rhyme?

Chorus:

For all of these songs, my dear
For all of these songs,
We’ll sing the words of kindness yet,
For all of these songs!

And here’s a hand to all my friends,
Who made this year so bright
And we’ll share a drink that’ll never end,
For all of these songs!


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

2005-12-23 "O Holy Night"

I was not able to get a Song of the Week posted the last couple of weeks as I have been either traveling out of town or just having too many good Christmas parties! But with Christmas upon us, let’s make sure this week closes on a good note, with probably my number one Christmas carol of all time:

O Holy Night!
aka O What a Waste!

O what a waste,
the files are loading slowly
It is the night when our system goes live
Long did we wait, to swing our server o-ver
Because we thought that R2 would soon be here

A thrill of hope: we worked out all the problems
But then we found a new and devious bug;
(… start screaming …)
This isn’t fair
Let’s search the web sites quickly
O why did it fail?
O why, we were almost done
O why, O why!
O why, did it go wrong?

Surely we knew, we better have a backup
‘Cause things go wrong and we shall be prepared
Finding the patch, the newsgroup is our brother,
And in those posts all our answers we’ll find.
Sweet words of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
We find the fix, and raise a holy cheer:
Yes, it’s now up;

Our server’s running smoothly
O yes, it’s all done
O yes, we can go home
O yes, O yes.
O yes, we can go home!



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

2005-12-04 "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer"

The holiday season is officially upon us. So, let’s kick it in gear with a new version of a holiday classic:

 

Rudolph, the red-nosed Reindeer

aka Windows, the oft-cursed Platform

 

Windows, the oft-cursed platform

Had a very shiny start

And if you ever used it

You would even say it’s smart

 

All of the other platforms

Used to laugh and call it names

They never though that Windows

Could live up to all it’s claims

 

Then one dreary, winter day

Bill Gates came to say

Windows, listen, I’m your boss,

Got to make you run like DOS

 

Then how the world will love you

As they’ll shout aloud with glee

Windows, the oft-cursed platform,

You’ll go down in history!



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

 

Driver Update Challenge

For years, I have recommended people to only use WU/MU/WSUS to install critical updates, and to avoid at all cost installing or updating any drivers that these tools may report. But, I have also talked to many Microsoft people who tell me that updating drivers via WU/MU/WSUS do (or should) work.


I would love to hear from anyone who regularly uses WU/MU/WSUS to perform driver updates on production workstations and/or servers. If I can get more than ten positive stories, I’d be willing to put my own home production server and one workstation on the line and try it.


So, you have one week to share your stories or experiences!

I’m Back!!!

Well, as Arnold Schwarzeger said  in Terminator 3: “I’m back!”


Back in February I had to put myself on a self imposed hiatur from posting in the public newsgroup, because oif a variety of personal and business related issues. Every person needs to learn when to say ‘No’, even to those things that he or she dearly loves. I recall a pastor once saying that every good thing is not God’s thing for your life.


So here’s the short version of my life the last 4 months:


1) At the beginning of 2006 I had a 3 day physical at the Mayo clinic in Minnesota, where an MRI scan showed some clump of cell/tissues on the right side of the head. Doctors are going to observe and measure it every 6 months. As long as it does not grow, there’s no other concerns. There’s a good chance that it is just dead tissue. But, as you can guess … this led to some increased concerns for my health


2) Meanwhile, for the last two years we have been trying to build a new house. One year into the project, we had to totally throw out the old plan and come up with a new plan, as the surveyors did not do their job right, and the house plan we had designed would literally not fit on the property!!!


3) Last fall, probably due to the steess of redoing house plans for the umpteenth time, my wife had a relapse of her Lyme disease. She has been going to a specialist for several years, and it had been under control. By the beginning of the year, it was getting the best of her.


4) We finally set a date of March 3rd to move into to our new house.So what does my boss do? He decides we need to move into new facilities. But since the new facilities will not be done in time, and the lease on our old office space was up – we were going to have to move twice – once in February, and again in April or May. Yup, we had to break down servers and workstations, relocate phone and data and Internet services twice in an 8 week time span. And inthe interim location, we had phone and data cable just strung all over on the floor.in every office and the hallway. What a sight!


5) Meanwhile, way back in November we had a contract  to sell our old house. Sure enough, in February, the people pulled out. We got a second offer, but they couldn’t get financing. I went with a realtor to sell the house, and we were suppose to close last Monday (June 5th, which is my birthday). You guess it … no closing. So here it is Friday, June 9th and my realtor tells me tonight we “may” close next Monday at 2pm. You just got to love double mortgage payments and double utility bills!


6) Meanwhile, back on the family front, our younger daughter, Jenny, who is turning 28 next week and has Downs Syndrome, and lives with us, had a severe bronchial problem which caused her to miss two months of work. My wife was fighting migraines due to the medication she was taking for the Lyme disease.


This barely scratches the surface, but as you can see .. this left very little room for all of our “extra curricular” activities.


I am happy to report that (1) my wife is doing better, but not out of the woods, (2) my daughter has been working at McDonalds again, and hasn’t missed a work day in the last two months, (3) we are loving our new house, (4) we are moved into our final office space in downtown Tampa, and (5) we are booked for a cruise in July — and I better not see a hurricane!!!!


Through it all, people have been great, and the strength of our faith in God has kept us singing, in good times and in bad! Here’s a cheer to many more good times in the days and years ahead for each if us!