Wish: New Exchange 12 Feature – Original Posted Jul 7, 2005

I want to make this clear, this is just a wish that I have. There is nothing, that I am aware of, in the works to make my silly dream come true.   Scenario: Company has Exchange Server running with Outlook 2003 cached mode clients. The Exchange Server database becomes corrupted (yes, this does happen in the real world) and needs to be restored.   My dream solution: You delete the existing .stm and .edb files. You right-click the properties of the storage group, you can then select the previous store name and select the option “Rebuild Store from Cached … Continue reading Wish: New Exchange 12 Feature – Original Posted Jul 7, 2005

MOM 2005 and Firewalls – Original Posted Jun 30, 2005

I had to laugh at myself yesterday. It just kills me how a simple search will save you tons of effort and reading…   I am installing MOM 2005 as part of my testing. I ran the discovery and tried to deploy agents to all the computers on my network. Most of the agents installed perfectly. However, I notice that all of the ones that didn’t install are Windows XP computers with Service Pack 2 (no, I am not really going to try to manage them, but I thought it would be interesting to see their data as I get … Continue reading MOM 2005 and Firewalls – Original Posted Jun 30, 2005

MOM 2005 and SQL Server 2000 SP4 – Original Posted Jun 27, 2005

What in the world was Microsoft thinking?   I was installing MOM 2005 and found out that it is not possible to install the MOM 2005 Database on a SQL Server 2000 server with SP4. WTF? That just doesn’t make sense.   Supposedly this will be fully supported with MOM 2005 SP1. Umm, that just doesn’t work for me. So, time to research. Thanks to Neil Hobson, a MOM MVP, a workaround has been published in the MOM 2005 public newsgroup. It is a registry hack, but at least it is a supported registry hack. What needs to be done is … Continue reading MOM 2005 and SQL Server 2000 SP4 – Original Posted Jun 27, 2005

Ethernet MAC for Virtual PC and Virtual Server – Original Posted Jun 17, 2005

Since the issue keeps coming up, I have decided to add it to my blog. Many people like to create a basic VPC or VS image and then copy the vhd and vmc files and rename them to build a new virtual machine. Sysprep is often used so the copied image isn’t exactly like the original. It sure works nice, except, the ethernet address is not changed by sysprep and TCP/IP has lots of problems when there are multiple systems with the exact same MAC. Paul Adare has discussed this about 8 bazillion times (he is getting tired of it, … Continue reading Ethernet MAC for Virtual PC and Virtual Server – Original Posted Jun 17, 2005

Exchange Server SP2 – Original Posted Jun 14, 2005

I can’t believe this, but I was incredibly psyched last week while in Orlando. No, it wasn’t golf, and the damn rain really ruined by chick watching. SP2 for Exchange got me all wound up. Microsoft announced some of the improvements coming forth in SP2. I was really happy to see the improvements to managing mobile devices. In particular, I love the ability to wipe a mobile device. “What? Joe got a better job than me and quit?” No problem, I can wipe the email from his mobile device before he gets home. http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/downloads/2003/sp2/overview.mspx http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2005/Jun05/06-06SFPWindowsMobilePR.mspx The one item that I … Continue reading Exchange Server SP2 – Original Posted Jun 14, 2005

SharePoint Portal Server – 500 Error – Original Posted Jun 1, 2005

I have been using SPS for a good while at work. Yesterday, it started to act up on me. Our SPS site is in a different domain (no trust between them) than our desktops. Normally, a separate set of credentials is required to access the portal or any of the team sites. The symptoms were: Anytime I tried to access the portal or any team sites from my desktop, I would get a 500 error If I tried from another desktop, it worked fine If anyone tried from my desktop, it worked fine It sounded like a profile problem to … Continue reading SharePoint Portal Server – 500 Error – Original Posted Jun 1, 2005

Exchange Cluster Support KBs – Original Posted May 25, 2005

I am not sure what I would do without Evan Dodd being around. If his blog isn’t in your list, you need to add it. Anyways, I decided that Evan saves me at least a few hours a month by him finding and reporting on issues before I run into them in my life (which seems to be more of a sit-com than a drama lately). Thanks Evan. Anyway, the reason for this entry is that Evan reported some changes to a very important KB for Exchange server clustering. KB 810986 was recently re-written with a narrower focus on Microsofts support for 3rd … Continue reading Exchange Cluster Support KBs – Original Posted May 25, 2005

SharePoint Training – Original Posted May 19, 2005

I installed SPS and got it up and running properly. The SQL connection was a major problem as I was trying to connect it to a SQL cluster with multiple SQL instances installed. When I tried to configure SPS to connect, I used the cluster name but kept forgetting to put the instance name along with it so it kept failing. Anyways, I finally figured it out and SPS was up in a few minutes after that. SPS is new to the company, and I really had no desire to teach everyone how to use it. So, I downloaded the … Continue reading SharePoint Training – Original Posted May 19, 2005

Exchange 2000 Cluster to 2003 Upgrade – Original Posted May 11, 2005

Rod Fournier and I were talking the other day about how much we hate the idea of upgrading servers, especially clusters. Upgrading any server bothers me on several levels. First, I can never be certain that all of the old operating system and all of the old application are gone (they linger in small corners just waiting to screw with my day). Second, I worry about the supportability of the environment and worry about it doing its job. Upgrading clustered applications bothers me even more because it just doesn’t lend itself to providing High Availability (HA) for vital services. It goes deeper, but … Continue reading Exchange 2000 Cluster to 2003 Upgrade – Original Posted May 11, 2005

SIDF DNS Record – Original Posted May 3, 2005

I finally ran into my first email failure because of Sender ID Frameword (SIDF) DNS records. I was wondering if anyone had implemented SIDF because I haven’t had any problems before. At least, I have not had problems that I was aware of at the time. SIDF is a combination of Microsoft Caller ID and Sender Policy Framework (SPF). SIDF is implemented on both the sending and receiving sides of email. The sender is responsible for maintaining DNS records. The DNS records for SIDF are a txt type of record. The receiver side must have an email server that checks … Continue reading SIDF DNS Record – Original Posted May 3, 2005