It’s official! SBS 2008 has been RTM’d today by Microsoft. Check out the Official SBS Blog for Dean Paron’s announcement.
Congratulations to the SBS Dev team! You should all head over to the Puget Sound Small Business Server User Group meeting tonight at the Microsoft Offices in Lincoln Square to celebrate. We’re meeting at 6 PM!
Way to go Susan on having Dilbert join you for a guest appearance this week. Did you commission it (I wouldn’t put it past you)? When are the shirts going to press?
Added note: In the heat of frustration the evening I first posted this I neglected to mention the initial issue was CEICW failing EVERY time I would run it on the initial installation of the HP ML370. I even did a repair install since I had a Eula.txt error I told it to ignore during setup. When if failed after that repair installation I started digging for answers and came across the issue below:
HP, I really like your products, but this time you’ve blown it. Why in the world are you removing the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains registry key in SmartStart? Doesn’t make it so smart! Here I was rolling on the install of SBS 2003 onto an ML 370 G5 and you have blown the evening for me and cost me a couple hours of troubleshooting and taken away time I could be home with my family on a Friday evening. Not good guys and gals.
Tonight is one of those nights when I am so thankful for the awesome community we have out there around Small Business Server. All of you who participate in the SBS newsgroups and forums rock! Have I told you that lately?
Thank you to Mariette Knap for your work and passion. Smallbizserver is a tremendous part of the SBS Community and I thank you for all you and Marina do.
Thank you Cory for your contribution in the Microsoft Public Newsgroups (and thank you Google for putting them out there and doing such an awesome job of indexing and allowing us to search them).
Thank you Microsoft for KB259493. Although you still are missing the boat. Without Cory and Mariette around, we’d have to be thinking outside the box a bit as they were to get the solution. If you update the KB or do one similar to KB875421 then you’ll be back on track. If I’ve missed it (hard to though, I did Google site:microsoft.com for the error and didn’t find it) you can comment with the KB number and I’ll be happy to stand corrected.
Thank you to all whose posts I’m sure I’ve missed with the answer to this solution. You are all Rock Stars in my book. Greg Starks, please get on the Proliant team and get them away from playing Guitar Hero and back to work on cleaning up that SmartStart hassle, or at least modify those rock stickers you showed us at WPC on the side of the servers telling us you are going to mess with our boxes like that!
And if any of you get the error Error 0x80070057 returned from call to Adding routers IP address to the intranet zone(). and didn’t check out the links above, add the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains back in that HP pulled out and you’ll be on track to make it home before the family goes to bed.
If you haven’t heard of or tried OpenDNS yet then you need to check it out. They have a great solution and for those of us who were leery of the recent DNS patch that helps secure your networks while also providing some filtering which has become a larger request lately with the advent of social networking and torrent usage on the rise. And for those of us who are mobile most of the time, OpenDNS is a great solution for your notebook, Tablet PC, or Pocket PC. That is, if you are not on Sprint Wireless Broadband.
I am extremely happy with the embedded HP ev2210 1xEVDO-A Sprint Broadband card in my HP 2710p, but very unhappy to hear that Sprint is running a transparent proxy and not allowing us to use alternative DNS servers.
I dumped our company’s Nextels after being a customer for seven years with them after Sprint killed the customer service I had raved about for years as a Nextel business customer. Went over to AT&T for a couple 8525’s (and now a Tilt) with data plans, all because Sprint telephone support agents were not supporting the customer (too long of story to bore you with). Now I’m finding that the broadband card I can’t live without is proxying my connection and not allowing me to use OpenDNS and that people have been asking Sprint to change their policy and they are refusing. Please at least give us an explanation as to why Sprint. If it is a security or control feature you have in place, fine, tell us. Otherwise turn this on or give the customer the option of turning OpenDNS on. Better yet, make it a marketing campaign for safety and security on the Internet with your Sprint Wireless device. Turn this into a positive for you, OpenDNS, and your shrinking client base. Maybe it will turn heads and increase subscriptions for you! Then the guys over at BoyGenius might cut you some slack and praise you instead of tearing into you.