Free TS CALs for SBSers

This is awesome! Get free 5 TS CALs if you buy SBS2k3 + Win2k/2k3. But, you have to hurry because it is only valid from November 1st, 2004 to February 28th, 2005. Order them here: http://microsoft.order-7.com/sbstscals/ I just learned about this when Gavin blogged it today (read the whole article). I’m not sure how this slipped under my radar. Kudos to Gavin! New Info: Apparently this offer is only valid in Canada. I’m waiting for confirmation, but it appears to be that way. 🙁

How to Install Peachtree Classic v11 on Windows XP

This has nothing to do with SBS… so, you can probably stop reading now. I’m avid user of Peachtree (although my “area of expertise“ are the Classic and 2000 versions). I used to spend a lot of time (and still do) on alt.comp.software.financial.peachtree and PeachtreeForums. If I had a cent for each time I have answered this question I would have enough to buy a coffee J. So, I decided to post it here for future reference (I apologize for going Off Topic). Little Know Fact: I “met” Chad Gross long before either one of us became SBS MVPs on … Continue reading How to Install Peachtree Classic v11 on Windows XP

How to add a Mac OS X to an SBS domain

First of all, I would like to apologize for lack of blog posts recently, things are a little hectic around here and I also have a big (relative terms) SBS rollout in December. Although, I’m not a Mac person myself many SBSers in the newsgroups have asked numerous times how to integrate them to the SBS lan. Fortunately, the great people behind MS listened and the SBS documentation team blog just released a preliminary document on “Connecting Mac OS X 10.3 and Higher Clients to a Windows Small Business Server 2003 Network“. It looks pretty good to me… kudos to the … Continue reading How to add a Mac OS X to an SBS domain

How to create an “Offer Remote Assistance” shortcut

One of the features I like most about Windows XP (and SBS 2003) is Remote Assistance. In particular, I love being able to offer unsolicited remote assistance to my users (i.e. without them initiating the RA session, this way the user only has to click “ok” on the RA popup). This translates on helping users faster, not to mention that you can enjoy margaritas from the confort of your home while you help users. ow that I think about it… those “Earn $$$ while sitting in front of your PC at home” scams on the internet might be true after all. Anyway, going … Continue reading How to create an “Offer Remote Assistance” shortcut

Will you roll out XP SP2 now?

Since XP SP2 was released (and even before that) I have been hearing a lot of people complaining about implementing it. That’s why I was pleased to hear that SP2 adoption was much larger in SMBs than in big enterprises, this was a welcomed surprise. Of course, we all are very aware of Susan’s 2×4 influence in the SMB community (so its this might not be a surprise after all). Anyway, if you haven’t deployed XP SP2 by now… What are you waiting for? I think this article by Larry Seltzer on eWeek states pretty much what I have been … Continue reading Will you roll out XP SP2 now?

Jeff’s Swing Migration Site is live!

I don’t know how this slipped under my radar, but I just noticed that Jeff’s swing migration site is now live: www.sbsmigration.com If you don’t know what a Swing Migration is, I encourage you to read more about it. If you are an SMB consultant the swing migration can save you a lot of hard work and it has the benefits that is mostly done offline and works with a much broader set of migration conditions than other methods. Also, keep checking the site regularly because Jeff will keep improving the site will interesting subjects and methos like: http://www.sbsmigration.com/content.php?display=projects Server Hardware Swap … Continue reading Jeff’s Swing Migration Site is live!

User Groups

Last week was hectic and I didn’t have much time to post. However, even when this happened a week ago I must still say it: User Groups are awesome (as if you didn’t know that already). Long story short, a while ago I was really bummed that there were no (active) SBS user groups near me. Thanks to Chad (a.k.a. Mr. Sharepoint) now I’m on 2 user groups. After I signed up I didn’t really know what to expect on the meetings, but as soon as I got there all my doubts vanished. Both meetings were great and surprisingly very different. It was … Continue reading User Groups