Spiceworks 1.6 and SBS

I’ve recently been taking a look at Spiceworks, which is a free network administration tool. I am not either promoting or recommending this tool. But other people I have talked with have looked at it, so I wanted to see for myself.

I installed Spiceworks on my workstation (not on the server). An issue you may run into is that when Spiceworks does a scan of your network, it may not be able to identify either your workstations or your SBS server.

If your SBS server is running ISA 2004:
Within the ISA Server Management console, right click on the SBS Protected Networks Access Rule and choose Configure RPC Protocol and clear out the check box for the Enforce strict RPC compliance option.

For your workstations, you will need to enable Remote Admin for the workstations in your network. You can do this in one of two ways, either via GPO or by visiting each computer and running a NETSH command

Method 1: GPO (Note: there is a general Microsoft Technet article on the subject)
1. Open up Group Policy from your SBS Mgmt Console
2. Go to the SBS Firewall GPO and right click and select Edit
3. Open Computer Configuration, open Administrative Templates, open Network, open Network Connections, open Windows Firewall, and then open Domain Profile
4. In the details pane, double-click Windows Firewall: Allow remote administration exception.
5. In the Windows Firewall: Allow remote administration exception properties dialog box, on the Settings tab, click Enabled

Method 2: NETSH Command line
– Click Start > Run > cmd
– Type: netsh firewall set service remoteadmin enable

Hope this helps!

No Scroll Lock key? What should I do?

I’m sure we have all been asked by someone in the last 20 years – “what is the Scroll Lock key used for?”.

The only time I ever use it is with Excel, as enabling or disabling Scroll Lock determines how your cursor keys work within Excel.

So, earlier this year I got a new Logitect EX110 wireless keyboard. I’ve been using it without any problems, until today. I opened up an Excel file and my cursor keys aren’t working correctly. No problem, I thought … just press the Scroll Lock key. But wait — there is no scroll lock key! I pressed every key combination I could think of without success. Now what do I do?

My workaround was to remember that Windows has an On-Screen Keyboard (OSK). I clicked Start > Run, and typed in ‘osk’ and there’s my Scroll Lock key on my screen for me to disable.

IMF & Perf Counters

I have blogged previously on using IMF to filter out unwanted emails. The question then comes up: how do I know that it’s working? The answer is: learn to use Performance counters.

Here’s a quick how to do it (with thanks to Les Connors!):

1. Click Start > Administrative Tools > Performance from your SBS server.

2. Above the graph that displays on the right frame, click the left most icon to clear out the current counters (if you hover your mouse over it, it will read ‘Clear Counter Set’

3. Click on the ‘+’ icon to add new counters

4. A new window opens up to Add Counters. Under Performance object, click the drop down arrow. By default, it’s set to ‘Processor’. Locate the object ‘MSExchange Intelligent Message Filter’

5. Click to enable ‘All Counters’, and then click ‘Add’, then click ‘Close’

6. Click on the ‘View Report’ icon (the paper icon just to the left of the ‘+’ icon) and there’s your detail report.

7. To save this Performance report to pull it up and refresh the data, right click in the gray area and select ‘Save As’ and save it to your console desktop.

8. You can now close the Performance MMC. To view and update of the report, click on the desktop shortcut icon you just created, then click on the ‘Update Data’ icon, which is between the Red X icon and the Yellow Question mark icon.

Here’s a sample result: