SBS East Coast Tour – Washington, DC

If you are in or around DC next week… you should attened the Small Business Server 2003 Partner Group Tour (Oct 19, 2005 @ 6:00PM-8:00PM). You can register and get more information here-http://www.msreadiness.com/IL_abstract.asp?eid=5007218Hope to see you there!

StarWars Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

Ok… so this is not exactly SBS material, but it is interesting nevertheless: As you may know StarWars Episode III is only 71 days away (release date May 19, 2005). Last November the first teaser trailer was released, which was totally awesome (specially that “Lord Vader…. RISE!” part). You can watch the teaser here: http://www.starwars.com/episode-iii/release/trailer/teaser.html Now, the important news is that you can watch the full trailer on Thursday, March 10th at 8 pm, during the broadcast of FOX’s “The O.C.”. If you miss it, don’t worry… you will probably have tons of other opportunities to watch the trailer (more specifically on the movie Robots … Continue reading StarWars Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

Smartphone Review – Motorola MPx220

Last year I was itching for a new phone. My contract was up, my previous phone was pretty old and I wanted to be more “connected”. I did a lot of research on which phone I should get using two great sites: www.phonescoop.com and www.howardforums.com. Since I’m not really a road warrior I opted for a smarphone instead of a PDA/Phone combo and after much debate I got a Motorola MPx220 from Cingular Wireless.   This little phone has really impressed me. It has Quad Band GSM, 1.2MP camera (for still and video), Bluetooth, IR and a miniSD slot for … Continue reading Smartphone Review – Motorola MPx220

Site to Site VPN while keeping ISA in the Mix

If you have a remote office or a branch it might be a good idea to have those users connected to your primary office permanently. You could even have an additional domain controller on the remote site or even make the users login via a Terminal Server on your primary location. To connect the two locations together you have a couple of options:   Connect each computer individually using PPTP VPN to the SBS box directly. Use a PPTP VPN-capable router on the remote site and establish the VPN directly to the SBS box. Use 2 VPN routers (IPSec) to … Continue reading Site to Site VPN while keeping ISA in the Mix

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 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

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?