6 steps to restore SBS2003 to new server

Les (u da man) Connor’s six steps for moving SBS to a new server: 1. Install the loopback adapter(s) to hold the nic configuration(s).2. Use ghost 2003 to image the existing server to a media that can be connected to the new server.3. Move any hardware (if required) from old to new.4. Restore the image onto the new server5. If windows won’t start on new server, boot from SBS CD1 and run setup, selecting the repair option.6. Transfer nic settings from loopbacks to nics.Depending on whether WS2k3 has native drivers for all the hardware or not, you may need to have those available … Continue reading 6 steps to restore SBS2003 to new server

Ghost’ing an SBS Server

This information comes from Les! I’ve yet to see ghost fail, and I’ve tested various scenarios with SBS. I suspect other imaging solutions will have similar success, but haven’t used anything other than ghost.disk (scsi) to tape (dds)disk (scis) to usb (1.1 and 2.0)disk to disk (scsi to IDE)disk to disk (scsi to scsi)and done restores of each – both to the original hardware, and to drastically different hardware (which is the true test of complete disaster recovery, where the original server is gone).There are a few issues, and they’ll vary by circumstance. For example:a) sometimes Ghost has trouble picking … Continue reading Ghost’ing an SBS Server

Setting workstation logoff/lockout time via Group Policy (GPO)

A commonly question asked is: can I automatically log off workstations after so many minutes of inactivity? Well, through Group Policy you can force to lock down a workstation via a password protected screensaver, but not to log it off. The GPO settings for locking down a workstation via screensaver can be found at: Administrative templates\control panel\display\password protect the screen saver and screen saver timeout. You can also use the WinExit.scr utility to implement the screen saver lockdown method. Check it out here: http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/all/techref/en-us/Default.asp?url=/Resources/Documentation/windowsserv/2003/all/techref/en-us/winexit.asp Finally, there are third party vendors that may provide a solution to that problem.  One third party … Continue reading Setting workstation logoff/lockout time via Group Policy (GPO)

Setting up a public resource calendar in Outlook/Exchange

Q: We are using a public calendar to reserve our conference room. We would like to be able to create an appointment within our own calendar – invite the mail enabled calendar as a resource – and know that when we invite the calendar – it is not busy.I have been able to accomplish all but one thing – showing the user if the conference room resource is busy when scheduling. The only thing it shows is “no information available”. How do I do that? A: To set up a resource so that it can be scheduled requires using an … Continue reading Setting up a public resource calendar in Outlook/Exchange