Stop Spam… but not NDRs

I realize that any mail server these days receives tons of spam and that SBSers use employ several methods to cope up with that, but I think that disabling NDRs is not a wise choice. For those who don’t know: NDR stands for Non Delivery Report and its simply that email that you get when the mail cannot reach its destination (or when it is delayed). Some people disable them because sometimes an SBS box can be sending 100’s of spam-related NDRs which takes server resources and bandwidth. Why not disable NDRs then? Let me explain… There are 2 types of NDRs that concerns us: … Continue reading Stop Spam… but not NDRs

Windows XP Partner Pack

This might be old news for some… but I just learned about this. Microsoft has a “partner pack” for XP which consist on 3rd party tools like: Google Deskbar CA’s eTrust (free for 1 year) Microsoft TimeZone (I recommend this) Much more Although I wouldn’t install all those apps on my PCs… I think some of them have great potential. You can check out the Partner Pack here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/partnerpack/ By the way, another set of very useful tools for XP are PowerToys (I realize these are much more common tools). Personally, I really like TweakUI, Image Resizer and Open CMD here.

Happy Birthday to Windows XP!

Did you know that today is the 3rd anniversary of Windows XP? It was officially launched on October 25, 2001. Time flies when you are having fun? Right? J   When XP was released originally I thought it was great…. Two service packs later is even better. I can’t wait for Longhorn.

Switching from POP3 to SMTP

Many people has asked in the past how to switch from using the POP3 connector for retreiving mail to use SMTP instead. Switching to SMTP has many advantages like: -Mail is received in realtime (no 15-min delay)-You have control over which servers can send mail to you (control spam)-You have total control over your mail servers, accounts, etc. Most people think that a static IP is required for using SMTP, but that is not correct. Although it is convinient to have a static IP, you can overcome this by using Dynamic DNS service. In fact, even if your ISP is blocking (incoming) port … Continue reading Switching from POP3 to SMTP

Per Processor Licensing

Although this is old news for SBSers (and not totally relevant)… now Microsoft has made public their policy of using Per Processor licensing (as opposed to Per Core). SBS 2003 is currently limited to 2 physical processors, but it can support 4 HyperThreading (virtual) processors. These are great news, because the experts predict that the chip engineering focus will change in the next couple of years to dual-core (instead of just higher transistor density) processors. Now Intel and AMD can build these chips without licensing concerns. Check out the official statement from Microsoft

Welcome to my blog!

For those who don’t know me, my name is Javier Gomez and I’m an SBS MVP. A geek by definition… I love electronic gadgets, technology, computers and most sci-fi series/movies (my favorite is Stargate SG-1). I was born in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico (think warm and sandy beaches), but now I reside in Delaware (think boring and cold) while doing my PhD in chemical engineering. I must admit that at first I didn’t like blogs, especially since there are so many around. However, after reading Susan’s Blog for a while I now realize their potential. I have been wondering for … Continue reading Welcome to my blog!