1 Day left for Windows 2000 Support…

With official support for Windows 2000 ending June 30th, 2005 Microsoft is cramming to make the most of it’s final days, or so it seems. Just released:   Microsoft Security Advisory (891861) (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/891861.mspx) Release of Update Rollup 1 for Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4)   Just in time. Here is the link to the KB http://support.microsoft.com/kb/891861 which will allow you to download the rollup.   Notice that this is a rollup; service packs for Windows 2000 are a thing of the past.   Do you think Microsoft is trying to get everyone on Windows Server 2003 or what?

Dell Open Manage 4.4 and Windows Server 2003 SP1 – Help and Support is uninstalled

Dell only supports Open Manage 4.4 (http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/type.aspx?c=us&cs=555&l=en&s=biz&SystemID=PWE_PNT_P3C_2850&category=0&os=WNET&osl=en&deviceid=2331&devlib=36) BEFORE you install Windows Server 2003 SP1. Read the FAQ first – http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/kb/en/document?dn=1092292&c=us&l=en&s=biz&cs=555 Time to test this out on a Dell 2650. Dell says to upgrade to 4.4 before you install SP1, when I tired to upgrade, Open Manage wanted a full uninstall of 4.3 (this includes Broadcom & Intel support if installed), reboot, installed Dell Open Manage 4.4, rebooted, tested Open Manager – everything is working so far. Dell also says that you may get an error – http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/kb/en/document?dn=TT1092326. Though I have thankfully not seen this error – YET! Too bad the … Continue reading Dell Open Manage 4.4 and Windows Server 2003 SP1 – Help and Support is uninstalled

Rant, Windows, Exchange, LCS, XP, VS

Rant: Is Google trying to be the next Microsoft? Have you seen http://video.google.com/video_download.html yet? Google has an ever growing number of tools and services. When is the desktop OS due out? I know several of the Google products/services are in beta, but still. Gmail (https://www.google.com/accounts/ServiceLogin?service=mail&passive=true&rm=false&continue=http%3A%2F%2Fmail.google.com%2Fmail%2F%3Fui%3Dhtml%26zy%3Dl) is way better then Hotmail will ever be. Google Groups is a must have (http://groups-beta.google.com/grphp). Froogle is gaining momentum (http://froogle.google.com/frghp?hl=en&tab=gf&q=). And who could live without the latest Google Toolbar (http://toolbar.google.com).   Windows: Windows 2000’s Demise: Greatly Exaggerated? – Say what you will, extended support is still not the same level. You have 48 hours to … Continue reading Rant, Windows, Exchange, LCS, XP, VS

Clustering webcasts you may have missed…

Support WebCast: Windows Server 2003 Clustering: New Features http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;810220 Good stuff 🙂 They are not new anymore, but they still might be new to you!   TechNet Webcast: A Sneak Peak at the Future of Server Clustering (Level 300) http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032271683%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ProviderID%22+Value%3d%22A6B43178-497C-4225-BA42-DF595171F04C%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22lang%22+Value%3d%22en%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22cr%22+Value%3d%22US%22%2f%5e%7esParams%5e%7e%2fsParams%5e%7e%2fCMTYDataSvcParams%5e I know the URL is long and mighty, but this session is by someone mighty – Elden Christensen, Program Manager, Windows Server Clustering , Microsoft Corporation. Elden is the man at Microsoft when you want to talk clustering. Don’t miss this session.   Support WebCast: Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Clustering http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;325106 So nice they have updated this one … Continue reading Clustering webcasts you may have missed…

Exchange, Security, Windows, LCS, Live Meeting, SMS, SPS, Misc.

Exchange: ExBPA v2.1 Released – The latest update is cluster aware now J YES! http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/archive/2005/06/24/406846.aspx   Lookout v1.2 – I use this and love it! http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=09b835ee-16e5-4961-91b8-2200ba31ea37&displaylang=en   SQL Server 2000 Report Pack for Microsoft Exchange http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=108c2b01-2cc9-4a84-a669-eb22533fa5e2&displaylang=en   Scripting Exchange Using VBScript and ADSI (Part 3) http://www.msexchange.org/articles/Scripting-Exchange-VBScript-ADSI-Part3.html   Configuring Exchange SMTP Gateways at Microsoft http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=85dc356f-301b-4e61-b239-870047251997&displaylang=en   Security: Deploying PKI Inside Microsoft http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=46ca7043-0433-4140-853a-05f01430a30d&displaylang=en   Microsoft Begs To Be Hacked http://www.newsfactor.com/story.xhtml?story_title=Microsoft_Begs_To_Be_Hacked&story_id=36563   Microsoft® Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) – Update which makes it good until Dec 31, 2005. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=321cd7a2-6a57-4c57-a8bd-dbf62eda9671&displaylang=en   Overview of Information Security at Microsoft http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=b0de3b24-46ca-49f4-bead-6e9fbd82b8e9&displaylang=en   Windows: Service Pack 1 for 2003 continues … Continue reading Exchange, Security, Windows, LCS, Live Meeting, SMS, SPS, Misc.

The State of Microsoft Clustering Today…

Merriam-Webster defines a cluster as (http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary): “a number of similar individuals that occur together: as a : two or more consecutive consonants or vowels in a segment of speech b : a group of buildings and especially houses built close together on a sizable tract in order to preserve open spaces larger than the individual yard for common recreation c : an aggregation of stars or galaxies that appear close together in the sky and are gravitationally associated”   Microsoft defines a cluster with one of 4 different definitions:        High Performance Computing (HPC)        Component Load Balancing        Network … Continue reading The State of Microsoft Clustering Today…

Exchange, SQL, Windows, Security, SBS, RMS, News

Exchange: Business Contact Manager Update for Outlook 2003 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=3aec8b42-6dc5-4922-9dfb-1c82237d6b62&displaylang=en Multi-site Data Replication For Exchange Server 2003 – interesting read. http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/archive/2005/06/15/406437.aspx How to Set Size Limits for Messages – Pretty simple stuff… http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Set-Size-Limits-Messages.html Baseline BIS TCO Assessment – v3 – For Windows & Exchange migrations http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=ba662d64-0f48-4122-b974-9d9103300641&displaylang=en SQL: SQL Server 2005 CTP June 2005: Books Online http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=f0d182c1-c3aa-4cac-b45c-bd15d9b072b7&displaylang=en Windows: Deploying Microsoft Windows Server Update Services http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=e99c9d13-63e0-41ce-a646-eb36f1d3e987&displaylang=en Windows 2000 Still Dominates Enterprises – DOH! Support runs out in 14 days folks, its time to move on… http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=164303033 Interesting information about SP1 for 2003 http://www.tokeshi.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=3941 Security: The Services and Service Accounts Security Planning Guide – … Continue reading Exchange, SQL, Windows, Security, SBS, RMS, News

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Exchange, Windows, Security, ISA, SQL, LCS, XP, Virtual PC/Server, Office, SMS, SBS, Misc, News

I know it’s been a few weeks, but my travel schedule, vacation and TechEd all got in the way…   Exchange: The Cliff Notes on System Attendant (MAD.EXE) – Great explanation. http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/archive/2005/06/09/406137.aspx   Demystifying The Exchange Dial-tone Restore Method (Part 1) – Cool. http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Exchange-Dial-tone-Restore-Method-Part1.html   Demystifying The Exchange Dial-tone Restore Method (Part 2) – Cool, part 2. http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Exchange-Dial-tone-Restore-Method-Part2.html   Optimizing your Exchange Server 2003 Deployment using Exchange Best Practice Analyzer 2.0 – I simply the concept of this tool, and I can’t wait until every Microsoft product has one just like it! Way to go! http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Optimizing-Exchange-Server-2003-Deployment-Best-Practice-Analyzer-2.html   Disk Geometry – … Continue reading Exchange, Windows, Security, ISA, SQL, LCS, XP, Virtual PC/Server, Office, SMS, SBS, Misc, News

TechEd 2005 Recap

If you have not been to a Microsoft conference or event, here is what you missed at last weeks TechEd 2005 – Orlando, Florida…   June 5, 2005 Day 0 I first registered to get my badge for the event. Doing this during the week can take as long as 2 hours, so getting in early is a great idea.   I also get the layout of the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), which is huge: 3 million square feet for the North and South building which was 100% occupied by TechEd. 950,282 square feet of Exhibition Space. 94 break … Continue reading TechEd 2005 Recap