Monthly Archives: September 2008

Blogging pause

Well, sort of…ok, here”s the deal: I”ve been having problems on my leg for several months now. After spending some time siting, I have lots of problems getting up…It”s as if the muscle won”t stretch….Initially, fibrosis was the most viable option, but it seems like that is not the problem…

It seems like it may be caused by some sort of back problem, so I was advised to avoid being sited at all costs (at least, until I get my next appointment with a specialist, which should only happen in a month or so). What this means is that until I have a definitive answer on what”s wrong with my leg (or should I say back?), I”ll have to take the advice and that means that this blog will suffer a bit. I will still be writing, but with much less frequency. I do want to finish my MVC series, bu,,t I guess it”ll take a little more time than I had though. Sorry about that :(

The business value of SBS 2008

One of the questions I get a lot these days is what do I see the business value of SBS 2008 is. And I’ll be dead honest with you that if you wanted me to point out the wizzy bangy thingy that made SBS 2008 an absolute must have over a SBS 2003 that had a few years left on that hardware, was running nicely and had  in front to protect it (like all SBS 2003 boxes should) I’d be hard pressed to argue that you should be ripping out that SBS 2003 box today.

If one already has RWW, one has Outlook over http, it’s honestly a hard sell.  What the whizzy bangy stuff comes from is Windows Server 2008.  It’s the TS remote apps that is really cool.  (Of course Dana might argue with me over the coolness of the resource mailboxes in Exchange 2007).  It’s the replication stuff that’s under the hood.  It’s the full license of Windows that is included in Premium.  It’s the fact that it’s supported in Virtualization whereas SBS 2003 is not. 

Migration is an easy job and there will be some that look at some items and go… hmmmm if the mailboxes are under 2 gigs, and the network is small, how about exporting out those pst’s and importing them back in. 

The reality is that there HAD to be a refresh of SBS 2003.  One HAS to build a new integrated SMB solution.  If there isn’t that “oh I must have that now” reaction to it, and you want it on new hardware only, more power to ya.  That’s the way it should be.

At the end of the day it needs to make sense for the business.  And if it doesn’t make sense, that’s okay.  Servers will still need maintenance, no matter what.

OCSCM – OCS Contact Manager v1 Beta

SBS 2003 – and SA

Philip clarified the Software Assurance story.

Copenhagen talk on C# – what do you want to hear about?

I’ve created a Google moderator page for the C# talk I’ll be giving in Copenhagen. I don’t know whether there will be internet access at the event itself (for people to create and vote up/down questions during the talk) but at least as there’s a month before the event, people can ask questions now and I’ll do my best to make sure I answer them.

If you haven’t looked at Google moderator yet, it’s a very handy way of keeping track of questions during lectures etc. It’s almost a shame that people don’t tend to have laptops and internet access in church – it would be very handy to be able to add questions for the preacher during the sermon :)

News on Software Assurance

Word is that as of 10/1 that SBS 2008 will be in the pricing lists.  Thus if you want to purchase SBS 2003 with software assurance you will need to purchase retail or OEM copies of SBS 2003 and THEN add Software asurance.

I had heard before that SA would be there until October 31, but it may be that with the October price list that that SBS 2003 is not available under volume license.

If you hear any more info, fell free to ping me at


PowerShell in Practice

Chapter 5 – user accounts (local and AD) is now available on MEAP –


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W2KSG: Service Pack

Continuing our look at Operating Systems – what about Service Pack information

Listing 8.8

Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_OperatingSystem | Format-List ServicePackMajorVersion, ServicePackMinorVersion

In this one I’m using Format-List to perform the selection as well as the display.  We could make it simpler if we used the -property parameter on get-wmiobject but that also displays the WMI info such as class, genus etc, etc


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PSSUG: Peter Ward presents on Business Continuity with Backup and Restore

We’re running again and this time around we have Peter Ward (again, yay) delivering a business orientated presentation.

There’s more news – indeed big news, which will be announced at the event, so be certain that you come along.
We have changed venue (yes i know, again) and this time it’s with bells and whistles with food as well.

As you know, we’ve had Peter present on a number of occasions, so that it’s almost fair to say that he’s one of our biggest numbers. For you that’s been attending a presentation with Peter, you know already that it’s going to be great!!

A little bit about Peter:
Peter Ward is WARDY IT Solutions Chief Technical Architect. Peter is an active member in the Australian SQL Server community and President of the Queensland SQL Server User Group. Peter is a highly regarded speaker at SQL Server events throughout Australia and is a sought after SQL Server consultant and trainer, providing solutions for some of the largest SQL Server sites in Australia. Peter also writes the editorial for the daily newsletter. In the last year Peter was selected as a speaker for Tech-Ed Australia and America, SQL Server Open World in and as a Spotlight speaker for the PASS Community Summit, the largest SQL Server event in the world. Peter has been awarded as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for his technical excellence and commitment to the SQL Server Community.

Business Continuity with Backup and Restore

The Backup and Restore commands are the most important SQL Server commands in a Database Administrators arsenal. In the event of a system failure or user error, the Backup and Restore commands provide the ability to recover from what otherwise could be a catastrophe. With the release of SQL server 2005 and 2008 these commands have been enhanced significantly. For example, the ability to take an adhoc backup without affecting the restore sequence and the ability to revert a database from a snapshot. In this session, Peter Ward from WARDY IT Solutions ( will explain how to utilise many of the new recovery features as part of your SQL Server business continuity strategy.

Venue: Level 15, 191 St Georges Terrace (that’s Fujitsu’s main offices at the Parmelia House, Corner of Mills St and St Georges Terrace).
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Date: 16th of October, 2008

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me (brian.madsen[at]

Be mindful, that this is a new venue (right across from where we used to hang out!).

To register for this session, click here:

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Exchange 2007 Mailbox Server Role Storage Requirements Calculator updated to v 16.0

A new version of Mailbox Server Role Storage Requirements was released.

Updates Tracking page:

How to use the calculator:

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