How to change your Volume License (VL) key with Windows Server 2003 or R2

Recently I wanted to install R2 on a Volume License copy of Windows Server 2003. When I tried our R2 key the system denied that the key was valid and would not install. Darn it, what key did they use to install? How can I tell? Q article 889713 gave me the clue (though this is not for R2, I will explain in a minute) http://support.microsoft.com/kb/889713/en-us   To find your current PID: 1.      Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties. 2.       On the General tab, the PID appears in the Registered to box. Standard Edition 32 bit retail 69712-000 Standard … Continue reading How to change your Volume License (VL) key with Windows Server 2003 or R2

Virus warning!

There is a dangerous virus being passed electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Worm-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss or anyone else by any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK put on your jacket and take two good friends to the nearest bar. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolator-Neutralizer-Extractor (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Eliminator-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends. … Continue reading Virus warning!

Can I cluster Small Business Server (SBS)?

Susan Bradley recently wrote about clustering SBS – http://msmvps.com/blogs/bradley/archive/2006/06/26/102877.aspx Let me answer the question from a clustering point of view – you can’t do it. Plain and simple. If you truly need that level of High Availability – add a second Domain Controller.

Thank you Boston and Tech Ed 2006

I had an excellent time in Boston and truly enjoyed speaking at Tech Ed. What a great city to visit [:)] I brought my entire family along to enjoy it, my wife and 4 kids – even my Mother to watch the kids while the wife and I painted the town Red. Looking back over my sessions I am overwhelmed by the turn out. If you combine the two clustering sessions approximately 15% of the Tech Ed attendees came to the sessions. That is simply amazing. It was a great feeling to stand in Grand Ballroom B and talk about a … Continue reading Thank you Boston and Tech Ed 2006

Tech Ed 2006 – Boston is almost here and I can’t wait

I have lots planned for next week in Boston. I am delevering 3 sessions, one is a repeat because of demand (http://msmvps.com/blogs/clustering/archive/2006/03/14/86357.aspx). Make sure to arrive early for the clustering session to ensure you get a seat. I have been working with the Windows Server product team and I managed to get them to sponsor some give aways (two boxes full). I will not see what they sent until I arrive on the 10th to my hotel. It’s suppose to be logo stuff. I can’t wait to attend the other clustering and High Availabilty sessions. Talk to the experts on the floor. … Continue reading Tech Ed 2006 – Boston is almost here and I can’t wait

To remove OEM wallpaper

1. Open Regedit on the server. 2. Go to HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop. 3. Look for the Wallpaper value in the right-hand pane. It willprobably point to C:\WINDOWS\system32\DELLWALL.BMP (in the case of a Dell). 4. Double-click on the Wallpaper value. 5. Delete the contents and click OK. 6. Close Regedit.

Cheating at Microsoft Pinball

What is the world coming to? ActiveWin has published an article on just that. See http://www.activewin.com/articles/2006/1.shtml for the low down! I am not a big gamer, but this is funny! The old game gets a new twist!

Detroit Driving Tips for Superbowl Guests

1. First, you must learn to pronounce the city name. It’s Deh-troit. NOT DEE-troit. If you pronounce it DEE-Troit then we will assume you are from Toledo and here for the country Music hoe-down. 2. Forget the traffic rules you learned elsewhere. Detroit has its own version of traffic rules… Hold on and pray!  3. The morning rush hour is from 6:00 am to 10:00 am. The evening rush hour is from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Friday’s rush hour starts Thursday morning. Weekends are open game.  4. If you actually stop at a yellow light, you will be rear-ended, … Continue reading Detroit Driving Tips for Superbowl Guests

Exchange, SQL, ISA, ADAM/MIIS, LCS, SPS, Windows, IIS

Exchange: Understanding Mailbox Enabled and Mail Enabled Recipients in Exchange 2003 http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Understanding-Mailbox-Enabled-Mail-Enabled-Recipients.html   Intelligent Message Filter version 2 (IMF v2) http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Intelligent-Message-Filter-version-2-IMF-v2.html   In-depth look at the Public Folder Improvements in Exchange 2003 Service Pack 2 http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Public-Folder-Improvements-Exchange-2003-Service-Pack-2.html   Booking Resources with Exchange Server 2003 and Outlook System 2003 http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Booking-Resources-ExchangeServer-2003-Outlook-System-2003.html   Understanding the LegacyExchangeDN http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Understanding-LegacyExchangeDN.html   Exchange Does Not Always Use Local GCs http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/archive/2006/01/05/416998.aspx   BlackBerry and GoodLink users may be unable to send messages after applying latest Exchange 2003 store hotfixes http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/archive/2006/01/13/417440.aspx   Public Folder Replication Troubleshooting – Part 1: Troubleshooting the Replication of New Changes http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/archive/2006/01/17/417611.aspx   Public Folder Replication … Continue reading Exchange, SQL, ISA, ADAM/MIIS, LCS, SPS, Windows, IIS

Jargon today

I found this awhile ago 🙂 IM Jargon *poof* has left the chat 20 Location 73 Best Regards 88 Love and Kisses 100 Nature Calls/Pit Stop 404 I have no clue (what you get when you enter a wrong URL) 12345 Talk About School A/S/L? Age/Sex/Location? ADN Any Day Now AFAIK As Far As I Know AFK Away From Keyboard ASAP As Soon As Possible B4N Bye For Now BAS Big A** Smile BBL Be Back Later BBN Bye Bye Now BBS Be Back Soon BEG Big Evil Grin BF Boyfriend BIBO Beer In, Beer Out BL Belly Laugh BMGWL … Continue reading Jargon today