Monthly Archives: January 2010

PSSBS Monthly Meeting, January 21, 2010

The focus of this month’s meeting is the running of your SMB consulting practice. To start off the conversation, join us for a presentation by PSSBS member, Brenda Luper, with the Washington Branch of Franklin Computer Services.

franklinmovesforsmallbusinessThe Franklin Moves division of Franklin Computer Services was started in 2001 when several of their clients were looking for project help during their move process.  Franklin’s services helped facilitate the needed communication and tasks between IT, General Contractors, Facilities, and Employees and enabled their clients to achieve a well executed move.

Franklin Moves For Small Business is a service that Franklin Moves can provide to your client with the tools and services necessary to execute a successful, organized, cost-effective move, resulting in minimal downtime, enabling your clients employees to return to their primary tasks as quickly as possible.  Franklin’s process involves your input to the plan so you remain the clients trusted advisor before, during and after the move.

Following Brenda’s presentation, we will be continuing the conversation in a roundtable between all members of the group, so bring your business questions and we’ll do the best to answer them for each other.

Meeting will be at our normal location in Microsoft’s Lincoln Square offices in Bellevue, WA. Pizza and beverages will be sponsored by the Microsoft SBS team thanks to Jim H., so be sure to thank him when you see him at the meeting!


Our meetings are the third Thursday of the month and are held at Microsoft’s Lincoln Square offices in downtown Bellevue (700 Bellevue Way NE – Lincoln Square, Bellevue, WA 98004).

Park in the Lincoln Square garage and meet at the elevators on the first floor by 6 PM to head up to the meeting (take a ticket when you enter the garage, but parking will be free for the evening).

Meeting times are 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

For information about the group, email Steve Banks.  Address is steve @

Hyper-V 2008 R2 Partner Day Hosted by Microsoft – February 6th – Redmond

On Saturday, February 6th, Microsoft & the Puget Sound Small Business Server User Group is holding its Hyper-V 2008 R2 Partner Day: Practical Knowledge for Successful Deployments at Microsoft’s Corporate Headquarters, register now, space is limited.


This is day of Live Builds; Instruction; Demonstration; and, Tips & Tricks on Hyper-V for fellow Microsoft partners who want to use Hyper-V within their practice.  You will see deployment, optimization and management of Hyper-V, all with a focus for how to use Hyper-V within a Microsoft focused IT practice from a fellow practicing Microsoft partner. Watch & Learn as the Hyper-V Role is deployed on a Windows Server 2008 R2 and while Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 is installed.


This is not a Hyper-V versus VMware day.
This is not a hands-on day.
This is not a test preparation day.

This is an “I can do ‘that’” day.
This is a Partners sharing with Partners day.



9:00 AM


9:30 AM


9:30 AM


11:30 AM

Morning Session

11:30 AM


12:20 PM

Lunch Break

12:20 PM


1:50 PM

1st Afternoon Session

1:50 PM


2:10 PM


2:10 PM


3:30 PM

2nd Afternoon Session

3:30 PM


4:00 PM

Wrap Up


Here is a list of the topics we will be covering:


Deploying Hyper-V Role via:

·         Windows Server 2008 R2 (Full Installation) with Hyper-V ß Live Build

·         Windows Server 2008 R2 (Core Installation) with Hyper-V

·         Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 ß Live Build


Managing Virtual Machines:

·         Hyper-V Manager ß Live Demonstration

o   Virtual Network Manager

o   New Virtual Machine Wizard

o   New Virtual Hard Disk Wizard

·         System Center Virtual Machine Manager


Practical Tips & Tricks:

·         Virtualizing Windows Small Business Server 2008 ß Live Demonstration

·         Virtualizing Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Services)

·         Performance Optimization ß Live Demonstration

·         Backups


Overview of Advanced Topics:

·         Power Shell Hyper-V

·         Managing Virtual Machine Storage

·         Quick Migration

·         Live Migration, Failover Cluster & Cluster Shared Volumes

·         System Center Essentials and how it integrates into the System Center Virtual Machine Manager

·         Hyper-V and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure


The primary person in front for this event is Tim Carney. Tim a MCP and Small Business Specialist is President of EBT Solutions / SFBay-Link Network Services, Inc. Since 2002, Tim has been providing technology consulting services to emerging San Francisco Bay Area businesses and assisting other IT Professionals in designing Secure Infrastructure. During the 15 years prior to establishing his consulting business, he was the CFO and CTO for a 45 person Copier Sales and Services Business in Silicon Valley. Tim was the technical force in changing its sales focus from Telex to Facsimile, Fax to Copiers, Analog to Digital, and Stand-Alone to Connected. Tim’s areas of expertise include Small Business Server, Secure Infrastructure, Virtualization and Mobility Enablement. Tim is an Eagle Scout and has a B.S. degree in Business Management. As a leader in the local community, Tim has co-founded a San Francisco Bay Area users’ group for Small Business Information Technology Specialists. Follow Tim on his blog at and on Twitter as TechmoTim.


When:                  Saturday, February 6th  

                                Registration starts at 9:00 am

                                Main Event is from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

                                Wrap-Up Event by 4:00 pm


Where:                 Microsoft Corporate Headquarters

                                3350 157th Ave N.E., Building 9, Room 1001 – Tahoma

Redmond, WA 98052


You Give:       $20 per person


You Get:          Relevant & Useful Information

             Food & Drinks provided


RSVP:                    Register for the event by clicking:



See you all there!


Microsoft Product Support Lifecycle for SBS 2003

Having a hard time figuring out the Microsoft Product Support Lifecycle (also referred to as the end of life date) for SBS 2003? Selecting one of the Windows Small Business Server 2003 options from makes me feel like I need a flowchart to decipher the notes.

For the easy one, SBS 2003 WITHOUT SBS SP1 went end of life on 7/10/2007. If you still haven’t installed SBS 2003 SP1, do it now!

SBS 2003 SP1 falls under the following rules:

Support ends 24 months after the next service pack releases or at the end of the product’s support lifecycle, whichever comes first. For more information, please see the service pack policy at .

SBS 2003 R2 Premium and Standard fall under these rules:

The support date for this product package is determined by its individual component product’s respective support lifecycles. Please review the individual component product’s support lifecycle to determine its length of support.


Are you wondering when you are going to have time to look all the products up and check ‘em out for their individual dates? I was. Thankfully, Lennart Wistrand with the SBS team has done some of the back-end work for us to make it simpler. Use Lennart’s notes below (valid as of 1/11/2009) to help you figure out the end date for your version of SBS03:

Important dates to keep in mind for SBS 2003 when reading its lifecycle.

• Exchange Server 2003’s EOL date is April 8, 2014.
• Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 is July 9, 2013.
• SQL Server 2000 goes out of support on April 9, 2013.

Customers would need to be on ISA Server 2004 and WSUS 3.0 for the server to be supported up until these dates. For SBS2K3 R2 customers, the SQL date is later than the Exchange date.

Thank you Lennart!!

12/30/2013 -> New addition to the Microsoft SBS Official Blog! They’ve broken out the products individually for us to keep it very easy to understand:

[This post comes to us courtesy of Rituraj Choudhary from Commercial Technical Support]

This blogs post underlines the Product Support Lifecycle of the Windows Small Business Server 2003 and its individual components.

We are publishing this information as SBS 2003 is nearing its end of support. Here are the individual products included with Windows Small Business Server 2003 and their support lifecycle timelines.

The Extended Support End Date for the following products is as follows:

Products Released

Extended Support End Date

Exchange Server 2003 Standard Edition      


Windows SharePoint Services 2.0


Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2004 Standard Edition


SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition


Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)


Windows Server Update Services 3.0


For more details please browse to and search for individual products.

Exchange 2007 Rollups and how they behave

Had an Exchange Rollup questions on Twitter over the past week, so asked around for some clarification. The question was “…downloaded rollup 1 and 4 and they both say rollup 9 when I launch them, can’t install old rollups over new ones?” Here are responses from Dave Shackelford, Exchange MVP, and Scott Roberts, Test Lead for the Exchange CXP team.

From Dave Shackelford:

FWIW–Every new rollup includes all updates to date:
So if there is a worry that an update hasn’t taken effect, best to just rerun latest rollup, unless there is a suspected issue with it. But some rollups fix issues introduced by earlier rollups, so generally best to just run the latest.

Scott Roberts offered the following explanation of how the current rollups are working in Exchange 2007.

If you have Rollup 9 installed with a build version of 8.1.2345.003 and you try to install Rollup 6 with a build version of 8.1.1321.000, the UI experience that the customer will see is a combination of the RTM UI + the Rollup 6 UI + the Rollup 9 UI combined. The Rollup 9 UI will always win and be displayed since it is the latest version. It sucks and we tried to work around this but it is a MSI limitation. If you install Rollup 6 in the manner described, Rollup 6 will be installed correctly but it mostly is sitting in the MSI Cache and the newer Rollup 9 files will be what is on the box. If you uninstall Rollup 9, The MSI Service will take the RTM MSI and the Rollup 6 MSP and perform the reinstall action since rollup 9 (not 6) will no longer be on the box.

Rollup 9 contains all fixes that are in Rollup 6/7/8

Hope that helps.