Windows, SMS, MOF, News

Windows: Are you still running Windows 2000 anything? Really? Why? With XP & 2003 out for a so long, what are you waiting for? Maybe this will change your mind, support for Windows 2000 ends June 30, 2005. http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=fh;%5Bln%5D;LifeWin   What is Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and what should I know about its deployment? – What DELL says you should do before SP1 http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/kb/en/document?c=us&DN=1092292&l=en&s=gen   Using Windows Server 2003 in a Managed Environment: Controlling Communication with the Internet and Using Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 in a Managed Environment: Controlling Communication with the Internet … Continue reading Windows, SMS, MOF, News

Exchange, Windows, SQL, Misc.

Exchange: Protecting Exchange 2003 Using the Windows Firewall http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Protecting-Exchange-2003-Windows-Firewall.html   Recipient Policies and pure Exchange 2000/2003 sites http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/archive/2005/04/20/403953.aspx   Windows: Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 application compatibility http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/896367   SQL: SQL Server Express Utility http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=fa87e828-173f-472e-a85c-27ed01cf6b02&displaylang=en   Miscellaneous: Microsoft patents 911 http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/04/20/ms_emergency_patent/   Log Parser 2.2 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=890cd06b-abf8-4c25-91b2-f8d975cf8c07&displaylang=en   Data Protection Manager 2006 Beta http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=45ccb79e-b701-46d4-848a-f83119f9b222&displaylang=en   Office 2003 Update: Redistributable Primary Interop Assemblies http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=3c9a983a-ac14-4125-8ba0-d36d67e0f4ad&displaylang=en   Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=89ee677b-0ff6-4558-a54b-6070e2c8cd65&displaylang=en   Gesture-Enabled Shopping List – For Tablet PC’shttp://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=12e12e10-3ff8-42d4-906a-ae30316895d9&displaylang=en

Do not upgrade Exchange – at least not in my world

I hate the word upgrade. Always have. Always will. Nothing good ever comes about when a customer uses that word. Which will you trust more, an upgraded machine or a freshly installed one? Why? Probably for some of the same reasons that I have. The upgrades always have bloat, old .dlls, system files, program files, REGISTRY entries, etc. Have you ever uninstalled ANY program from Windows (from any Vendor) and then checked the registry for remnants? What did you find? 99.999% of the time, little hints of the old, now removed, program still exists. When you upgrade, guess what remains … Continue reading Do not upgrade Exchange – at least not in my world

I am speaking at TechEd 2005 – USA

MCT’s worldwide had 12 sessions to choose from and 5 were choosen. If you are an MCT, and attending TechEd, here is my session information: TE02: What Every MCT Needs to Know about Clustering and High Availability Cluster Abstract High availability. Fault Tolerant. What do these terms mean to you? Do you cringe when a student asks about them? Do you know the difference between Component Load Balancing, Network Balancing, and Application/Service Clustering? Can you cluster DNS? WINS? DHCP? IIS? DCs? If you get these question in every class you teach, come to this session to learn the answers that … Continue reading I am speaking at TechEd 2005 – USA

Exchange, SQL, Rights Management, News

Exchange: Mailbox Manager FAQ – Part III http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/archive/2005/04/18/403819.aspx   SQL: Introducing SQL Server 2005 Packaging and Pricing. http://www.microsoft.com/sql/spotlight/images/expand_550x420.gif   Rights Management Services Microsoft Windows Rights Management Services with Service Pack 1 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=8ef6d80a-6a9c-4fb9-ab51-790980816ffe&displaylang=en   Rights Management Services Administration Toolkit for SP1 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=b287cec3-b6ca-4c0b-a9f5-11428092cc3f&displaylang=en   Microsoft Windows Rights Management Services Client with Service Pack 1 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=a154648c-881a-41da-8455-042d7033372b&displaylang=en   RMS Technical Reference http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=3b2fc0cb-0983-4695-8d1f-db65ad2bce92&displaylang=en   Operating a Rights Management Services (RMS) Server http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=7bb12fc5-936e-4b15-8b68-9bfbb8de3a7e&displaylang=en   Updating Your Deployment with Rights Management Services (RMS) Service Pack 1 (SP1) http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=fd5e8074-33a9-4ebc-968d-4ee02ee96e8f&displaylang=en   News: Microsoft to Launch Biggest Ad Campaign http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A61900-2005Apr18.html

TechEd 2005 – USA – SOLD OUT

As you can see by the picture on this blog, I am going to TechEd. I really hope you already booked your ticket, because its now sold out. http://www.microsoft.com/events/teched2005/default.mspx You can join a wait list, but good luck with that! Update: Rumor has it Microsoft will be releasing some spots to the wait list people. Hurry and get on the wait list, it will be first come, first server. Good luck and I hope to met everyone there.

Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1

Notes from my field testing:   I have it on 5 machines at this point. All 5 are behaving perfectly. On all 5 I ran the new Security Configuration Wizard (SCW) which locks the machine down. Disables unneeded services.  When you run the SCW, it turns on and configures the firewall. This is the same product that comes with XP – SP2. In fact, a lot of SP1 looks and acts like XP – SP2, which should not surprise you.   When you run the SCW on a DC, be careful, our test environment got messed up by it. If … Continue reading Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1

Exchange, SQL, LCS, Security, Windows, XP, ISA, VPS/VS, Live Meeting, Misc.

I don’t know about you, but things around here have been hopping. That is always good, because my 4 children love to eat and walk with shoes on…   MSN Messenger 7.0 for Windows – run and install this, I am loving it!!!! http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=e1fcdfbd-bdb1-44e9-b6ee-bf0ec49f393a&displaylang=en   Exchange: Exchange Server MSSearch Administration Tool http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=46fd5644-bd0d-4cfa-95f8-64ba34bde6a7&displaylang=en   Exchange Server 2003 Jetstress Tool http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=94b9810b-670e-433a-b5ef-b47054595e9c&displaylang=en   Exchange Server Load Simulator 2003 (LoadSim) http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=92eb2edc-3433-47ca-a5f8-0483c7ddea85&displaylang=en   Exchange Server AUTD Binding Cleanup http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=7fce5d4d-5d92-4210-9b96-a7fedca38325&displaylang=en   Exchange Server MSSearch Administration Tool http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=46fd5644-bd0d-4cfa-95f8-64ba34bde6a7&displaylang=en   Exchange Server Load Simulator 2003 (LoadSim) http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=92eb2edc-3433-47ca-a5f8-0483c7ddea85&displaylang=en   Microsoft System Center DPM Beta – I have signed up … Continue reading Exchange, SQL, LCS, Security, Windows, XP, ISA, VPS/VS, Live Meeting, Misc.

Disclaimer

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Exchange, Server, LCS, News

Exchange: Implementing NNTP using Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Implementing-NNTP-Microsoft-Exchange-Server-2003.html   Explaining the Mysterious SMTP Advanced Queuing Engine http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/archive/2005/04/04/403297.aspx   Server: Windows Server 2003 SP1 SSL Improvements – I have been playing with it on our test boxes, so far so good. This articles tells about a way to gain faster SSL!!!! http://blogs.technet.com/windowsserver/archive/2005/04/04/403303.aspx   What’s New in Terminal Services for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=449e9005-adf3-40af-a179-d1ab2597aee2&displaylang=en   In praise of Windows 2003 SP1 – Good stuff. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/04/05/review_of_windows_2003_sp1/   SQLIO Disk Subsystem Benchmark Tool http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=9a8b005b-84e4-4f24-8d65-cb53442d9e19&displaylang=en   LCS: Windows Messenger 5.1 Posters: Connect, Respond, and Communicate with Customers in a Flash – … Continue reading Exchange, Server, LCS, News