Monthly Archives: August 2006

Puget Sound Small Business Server User Group

The valid URLs for reaching the Puget Sound Small Business Server User Group (PSSBS) are now and (which is where the redirects to.  If you were using in the past that will no longer redirect.  We have allowed that to lapse and it has been picked up by another party.


Pdfmaker dot dot was causing hassles for me this morning.

Found this interesting.  I have been working all night on a Windows 2000 Pro accounting PC that is also the main machine for the MICR check printing at this client's.  As I was wrapping up the parallel install of Win 2k on the computer Office 2000 SP3 kept failing from the Office Updates site.  In an attempt to work around it I installed Office 2000 SR1-a, SP2 and SP3 from my TechNet Premium DVD (copied the files to the clientapps directory on the SBS box).  Strange thing was the Office Updates site still showed 2k SP3 needing to be installed and still failing.

I then opened a new document in Word and received "Compile error in hidden module: AutoExec" each time I attempted to create the new doc.  Deleted the to no avail.

Googled it and came up with and the answer to my dilema!  The file was right where the KB said and as soon as I moved it both the error cleared up and SP3 installed from the Office Updates site and actually showed it was installed!  After working on this machine all night gettting it back online for the accounting team to use today, this makes my morning!

Below is the section that worked for me today.  Now I'm thinking back to all the failed Office Service Packs I have had happen over the years and am wondering if Adobe was behind the frustration all along.  Either way, I am glad I get to leave here this morning!  :-)

Method 2: Move the Files

loadTOCNode(2, ‘resolution’);Move the file and, if present, the Pdfmaker.xla file from the Office or Excel Startup folder to a different folder on your hard disk. For example, you can move the files to the My Documents folder. To do this, follow these steps:
Note Because there are several versions of Microsoft Windows, the following steps may be different on your computer. If they are, see your product documentation to complete these steps.

1. Click Start, point to Search, and then click For Files or Folders.
2. In the Search for file or folders named box, type pdfmaker.xla.
3. In the Look In box, click the disk drive where Windows is installed, such as C:, and then click Search Now.

The file is located in one of the following folders:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Startup (Word 2000)
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office10\Startup (Word 2002)
C:\Documents and Settings\User Name\Application Data\Microsoft\Word\Startup

The Pdfmaker.xla file in located in one of the following folders:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Xlstart (Excel 2000)
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office10\Xlstart (Excel 2002)
C:\Documents and Settings\User Name\Application Data\Microsoft\Excel\Xlstart
4. In the Search Results window, right-click the file for each file that is found, and then click Cut.
5. On your desktop, right-click the My Documents folder, and then click Paste.

MS06-040 Exploit made it out last week – Make sure you are patched!

Thanks to Stuart Crawford for bringing this up in the group this morning!


Small Business Server (SBS) 2003 Partner Group Tour kicks off in Redmond September 6th!

Registration is now open for the SBS 2003 Partner Group Tour and it is coming to the Microsoft Campus, Building 34, Quinault (same room as last year’s) in Redmond, WA.

Register for this free event (compliments of Microsoft and the Puget Sound Small Business Server User Group) and get it in your calendar!  It is Wednesday, September 06, 2006 from 5:00 PM-9:00 PM (the Wednesday before SMB Nation).

Registration is limited to 125 seats, so sign up now to ensure you get in and to help us with the food logistics.  Dinner will be provided.

This is THE KICK-OFF EVENT for the 2nd Annual tour! And the 2nd time PSSBS has been chosen to be the launch host group!

Note: To register, you will need an account at (which is controlled by – if you are a Microsoft Partner, this is not your normal Microsoft Partner account used at  If you’ve forgotten your password, then request it and start over.

Details and registration can be found at: 

While you are at it, check out the video Tim Barrett put together to promote the event:

If you have further questions related to the event or registration, please e-mail me at

steve @ banksnw . com.


Hey Kevin and Susan, this blog thing isn’t so bad after all.

Thanks to a conversation with Kevin Beares over at the Microsoft Small Business Summit in Bellevue earlier this year I decided to start up on a blog.  Something I told Charlie Anthe was sure to be a fad two or three years ago when we were discussing it at an MVP Summit.  Later that month he jumped in with his blog.  So I’m not an early adaptor of this by any means and I’ve given in to the idea that blogs are going to be around for awhile so I may as well add my two cents.

A quick “technology” introduction.  I own and run a consulting firm, Banks Consulting Northwest, out here in Western Washington.  I founded and run the Puget Sound Small Business Server User Group (currently meet the third Thursday of the month in the SBS building over at Microsoft’s Redmond campus).  I am one of the Microsoft Small Business Server Most Valuable Professionals – Windows Server System, Small Business Server, or something like that (SBS MVP for short) and I like run-on sentences.  :-)

As I was traveling across Puget Sound on my way back to the office from Seattle on a pleasant August evening last night I was reading up on Susan Bradley’s trip to Chicago and her comments about the CPAs and their notebooks.  Got me thinking about us consultants too and how we need to educate our end users across the entire small business space, not just CPA firms.

I picked up a new HP tc4400 Tablet last month when my tc1100 died and have had a new awakening with security on a notebook.  I have been using SplashID on my Pocket PC (and Palms before that) for years.  Used to run it on my Apple PowerBook before I switched over to the Tablet PCs.  It is great for keeping track of confidential information like Website credentials and customer credit card information.  But that still wasn’t covering the entire hard drive on my portable.

Tried the encryption in OS X a few years back and it brought my Titanium PowerBook to a crawl as the OS would chew on the data.  That lasted about 30 minutes before I changed it back.

To date I have kept all critical data in the 256-bit Blowfish encrypted SplashID database and accounting information locked down on the server at our office.  But still been thinking about that hard drive with each passing news story.

To the rescue came the tc4400.  To be honest, I wasn’t looking for it, but the Tablet came with a built in integrated Security TPM 1.2 Embedded Security Chip and a HP Fingerprint Sensor.  The security chip has been very cool.  I’ve set up the single sign on for what I consider non-critical sites (various SharePoint sites for example with their annoying logins) and had it generate a key for Windows XP to use to encrypt the drive.  I’m still leery to have my financial Websites attached to a single sign on in the chance I walk away from the computer and someone decides to go browsing, but the encryption on the drive, and again, the single sign on to the sites I do have activated, has been fantastic.  So start looking into this for your own PCs when you are replacing and/or upgrading.  And use SplashID or a similar product on your PDA and don’t put your soc and credit cards in your contacts or notes section of Outlook or Palm Desktop!