2006-07-29 "Never Can Say Goodbye"

First, Bill Gates announces that over the next two years he is stepping down from his day to day role at Microsoft. Then, this past Friday we hear that one of the leading architects for Microsoft security, Jesper Johansson (Dr. J), is leaving in September.

Seems fitting to turn to a song that has been a hit for many artists, from Michael Jackson to Gloria Gaynor, from Sheena Easton to Destiny’s Child – and dedicate it to all the people who work extremely hard — whether employed by Microsoft, or within these NG —

Never Can Take Enough
aka: Never Can Say Goodbye
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Never can take enough
No no no no, I
Never can take enough

Even though the bugs and updates
Seems to follow me wherever I go
Though I try and try to hide my feelings
They always seem to show
Then you try to say there’s one more beta
And I always have to say no…

Tell me why – is it so?

That I
Never can take enough
No no no no, I
Never can take enough

Every time I think I had enough
I start blogging for some more
There’s a very strange vibration
That pierces me right to the core
It says hurry up you fool
You need to download more and more

Tell me why – is it so?
Don’t wanna let you go

I keep thinkin that our patches
Soon are all gonna work out
But there’s that same unhappy feeling,
there’s the event log, there’s that doubt
It’s that same old dizzy hang up
Can’t live with you or without

Tell me why – is it so?
Don’t wanna let you go

Never can take enough
No no no no, I
Never can take enough

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

Adding RDP to the SBS Mgmt Console

This comes from the ‘You can still teach me something new’ department …

First, some background info … On my workstation, I have several shortcut icons to initiate RDP connections to various workstations and servers (via mstsc.exe). When connecting to servers, I often create these shortcut links using the /v option to specificy the server name, and the /console option in order to connect to the actual console session of the server, rather than opening a second session. Something like this:

mstsc.exe /v:sbsserver /console

Recently a post from a fellow MVP suggested that I’m not the only one who may have forgotten that the Windows 2003 Admin Toolkit contains a Remote Desktop MMC addin.

You can download the latest version of the W2003 Admin Tools -SP1 from here: W2003 Admin Tools 

N.B.: if you have the original version of the tool kit installed, you will need to uninstall it first, before installing the SP1 version. Don’t forget that you can also install the W2003 toolkit on your XP workstation, as well as onto your SBS server.

After installing it, go to Start > Programs > Administrative Tools, and look for Remote Desktop MMC link. I think it’s pretty self explanatory from there. What’s really great is that you can instantaneously move from one remote session to the next.

Now … for the really good news.

If you install this on your SBS server, with just a few more clicks, you can add this RDP mmc to your SBS Server Mgmt console. Here’s how to do it (with a tip of the hat to Steven Teiger) for his help):

1. From your SBS server, drill down C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\SmallBusinessServer\Administration, locate the file ‘itprosbsconsole.msc’, go to the properties for this file, and clear (uncheck) the read-only box.

2. Next, click Start > Run, and type ‘mmc’.  From the MMC window, click on File > Open, and drill down and open up the same ‘itprosbsconsole.msc’ file.

3. The Server Mgmt console will open up. When it does, click on File > Add/Remove Snap-in

4. Double click on ‘Home Page’, then click ‘Add…’, then scroll down and add the ‘Remote Desktops’ MMC.

P.S. If you are running ISA 2004, you can go ahead at this time and also add the ISA 2004 Server Mgmt MMC as well.


Magic Jelly Bean alternative

For several years, I have used the small, free utility known as Magic Jelly Bean  to document or determine the Windows and Office product keys installed on a computer. One limitation of this utility was that you had to run this utility at each computer individually.

Recently I discovered a similar utility – ProduKey – that will also scan all the computers in your network and produce a single report of the Windows & Office product keys installed. It also checks on Exchange and SQL product keys, which is great for our SBS environments!

Click on the attachment to see a screensnapshot of the results of running this on my home SBS network.