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Month: June 2005

Redecorating a bit…

So, with the new tablet, I thought I might as well shake things up a bit and look at trying out a few new apps.  Previously, I had been using Sharp Reader to track all of my RSS Feeds.  Well, it has been acting kinda funny lately (which admittedly could have just been my laptop as much as the app), but I decided to try something new.  I downloaded and installed FeedReader, and so far I really like it – clean, light & simple, but it still has a few nice features such as Smart Views, which ave like Search Folders in Outlook 2003.

Tablet PCs Rock!!!

Ok-so it was time to finally retire my old laptop.  After 3 years of daily use and travel with me everywhere I went, my poor Dell Inspiron 8200 had lived a good life, and was starting to show its age.  So out with the old and in with the new… 

So, what exactly is the ‘new’? 

Acer Travel Mate C314XMi Tablet PC
2.0 GHz Intel Pentium M
100 GB HD
14.1″ Display
4 in 1 Card Reader
 Integrated WLAN and Bluetooth

I’ve realized just how much junk I had on my old laptop now that I’ve got to reinstall all of my apps and move all way data.  So far there are 3 bigthings that I’ve noticed moving from my old laptop to this new one:  It is considerably thinner and lighter, it has almost double the battery life, and it’s so nice finally having USB 2.0

Now its just a matter of making sure that I’m getting the most out of the Tablet functionality.  So-all you tablet users out there-what are your favorite tips, tricks and/or add-ons for working with your tablet PC?

SBS SP1 + ISA 2004 = No DHCP?

Last week, we were installing SBS SP1 for one of our SBS Premium customers.  Naturally, we upgraded their ISA 2000 to ISA 2004, which went very smoothly.  The only problem was that after the upgrade to ISA 2004 was complete, none of their workstations could pull an IP via DHCP.  We verified that the DHCP Server service was running, and tried restarting the DHCP Server service, as well as rebooting the server – both to no avail.

Well, it turns out that this is at least partially my fault.  You see, when I set up ISA 2000, I never let ISA build the LAT table for me – I always manually specified the internal address range I wanted.  So for an SBS using the default IP of, I would specify a LAT of to

ISA 2004 varies from ISA 2000 in that it firewalls all network interfaces, including the internal interface.  My DHCP problem was that DHCP requests happen via the broadcast address of .255 – since my LAT entry ended at .254 – ISA blocked the traffic, so the DHCP Server never received the client request, and the client thus was unable to pull an IP via DHCP.

SO – if you encounter this problem, open your ISA Management console, and expand <servername> | Configuration | Network.  Select the Internal network, and edit it to include .255 

SMB Technology Network

Susan has already blogged about this – but I wanted to make a point of mentioning it as well.  In just about a month, I’ll be in sunny southern California for the first ever SMB Technology Network Summer Conference!  I’m still preparing for it, but I think it’s a safe bet that I’ll be talking a lot about Sharepoint that weekend.  So, if you’re interested – go ahead and register, and I’ll see you there!

The SMB Technology Network® has opened registration for its Summer Conference 2005 to be held July 14-16, 2005 at Embassy Suites in Buena Park, CA. The goal of the event is to expose attendees to knowledge, products, and services that can either make them money or reduce their costs on Monday morning.

To register, go to http://www.clicktoattend.com/?id=103185.
We have a number of terrific speakers lined up, including

    • Harry Brelsford, noted author on SBS and SMB Consulting, presenting his 4-hour workshop on “Building the SMB Franchise” (a $99 value).
    • Susan Bradley, SBS-MVP
    • Chad Gross, SBS-MVP

We will also have a number of sponsors presenting and exhibiting, including:

    • Veritas
    • SonicWALL
    • Level Platforms
    • AutoTask
    • more to come…

The Embassy Suites in Buena Park is located within walking distance of Knott’s Berry Farm, Movieland Wax Museum, and Medieval Times. Disneyland is just a 15 minute drive. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to both Knotts Berry Farm and Disneyland. Embassy Suites is offering us their spacious, two room suites on a first-come, first-serve basis at a price of $129 per night. There are also many other hotels in the area, if you prefer to stay elsewhere. For reservations, call 1-800-EMBASSY and ask for the “SMB Tech” rate.

The cost for this three-day event which includes admission to all events, including Harry Brelsford’s 4-hour “Building the SMB Franchise” workshop on Thursday evening (valued at $99), presentations by Susan Bradley, Chad Gross and a host of SMB vendors, admission to the exhibitor area, complimentary breakfast and lunch on July 15th, as well as, breakfast on July 16th, is $179 for SMBTN members and $199 for non-members.

Members         $179
Non-members     $199

To register, go to
You will be billed by PayPal within 48 hours of registration.

Jim Locke
SMB Technology Network®

Finding the Balance . . .

Technology rocks . . .   just think about what we do with technology every day:  If you’re like me and running SBS both at home & the office, you’re never out of touch.  Remote desktop access from anywhere to anything I need, and access to almost all of my clients.  Health alerts delivered to my email and cell phone.  Sharepoint sites to streamline internal processes, communicate with customers and even share photos, files and recipies with the extended family.

But the problem with the wonders of technology is that it can get a little overwhelming.  As a matter of fact, it can gradually sneak up on you and start to suck the very life out of you :^)  And this can happen to anyone, including yours truly.

About six weeks ago, I started noticing a few tell-tale signs that I had been over-extending myself a little too much – primarily mood swings and that caffeine was actually putting me to sleep.  So it was time to take drastic measures and bring everything back into balance.  So I unsubscribed from each and every mailing list I was on and instantly dropped my daily email count from several hundred messages to a couple dozen.  I stopped blogging and posting to the newsgroups.  And believe it or not – I’ve forced myself to keep a 40hr work week, and even went several weeks where I left my laptop in my bag in the car – yep, I abstained from technology when I wasn’t in the office.  Ok, ok – so that isn’t 100% true . . .  I’ve made extensive use of my ReplayTV – and bonded with my recliner in the process :^)

So yes – technology rocks, and we have a lot of exciting stuff going on with SBS SP1, WSUS finally here, etc.  But in the end, remember to unplug every now and then and take care of yourselves . . . .  ya hear?   ;^)