An imporant message for SBSers (and admins running SBS!)

The following message was posted this mornng by the Small Business Server group at Microsoft.  A few of you have been asking me about joining Windows Vista clients to their SBS networks, as well as accessing Outlook Web Access, ISA Clients, and other features of SBS.  This message should help you all out.  Thanks Kevin B for it!


SBS 2003 R2: Vista and Office 2007 compatibility update 

An update will be sent through the Microsoft Update to Windows SBS 2003 with SP1 and Windows SBS 2003 R2 customers in the March timeframe.  If you need the update before then, it can also be downloaded. For more information on how to download, please read the Vista and Office 2007 FAQs.


The download will be available as of February 9th in the English, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Dutch, French,German,Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Czech, Hungarian, Portuguese, Turkish, and Greek.


For additional details, please see the following resources:

Vista and Office 2007 FAQs

Related Knowledge Base Articles

  • KB 926505 Update for Windows Small Business Server 2003: Windows Vista and Outlook 2007 compatibility

  • KB 911829 Outlook Web Access (OWA) update

  • KB 929556 Firewall Client for ISA Server

  • KB 930414 – ISA Server 2004 update package for Vista 64-bit editions

  • KB 930955Vista User Profile WMI Provider

  • KB 931095 – Regarding Outlook users; note: this is a catch all KB for someone who has XP with Outlook 2007 – a separate update is not required, it is the same update as mentioned in KB 926505 Microsoft Download Center – Using Windows Vista and Outlook 2007 in a Windows Small Business Server 2003 Network:


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BitLocker bewares :)

A funny thing happenned on the way to truly secure portable computing…

A couple of months ago I made the decision to use the new Windows Vista BitLocker feature.  For those of you who don’t know, BitLocker is a new feature in Windows Vista (Enterprise and Ultimate editions) that allows you to encrypt your volume rather than original files.  It is the best way to ensure that your data will not be compromised, even if your computer is.

In order to use BitLocker your computer needs to have a TPM (Trusted Platform Module) chip that would make BitLocker an easy install.  In the absence of this chip you can use a USB thumb drive which should work nearly as well.

Well my laptop is a little over a year old and does not have a TPM chip so I decided to go the USB way, but every time I tried Vista told me that my hard drive partition configuration was not compatible with BitLocker, despite all indicators pointing to it being right.  I tried all sorts of tricks, including converting my Basic Disk into a Dynamic Disk (DO NOT DO THIS!).  Eventually I gave up and figured I would get around to it.

The other night I was at the Calgary IT Professional Community’s 3-2-1-Launch Event and met a gentleman who had BitLocker working without the TPM chip.  I asked him how and he told me that Microsoft released a patch the previous day that allowed it to work.

The next day I downloaded the patch and got much further than I ever had with any previous attempt… until I saw the dreaded words ‘BitLocker is not compatible with Dynamic Disks.’

This was not a good thing, since the conversion from Basic to Dynamic is basically a one-way street.  There are ways around this (the most promising of which I found on but none of them work with Windows Vista.  I was stuck.

I had a choice: forget about BitLocker, or reformat my computer.

Fortunately backing up and restoring your system in Vista is a snap, and I am currently working on restoring my system… onto a BASIC Disk!