Learning about GPO’s

A newbie SBS’er wanted to know about documentations to read to deploy group policy. Here were suggestions from Brandy Nee [MSFT]:I suggest you that start with the “Implementing Common Desktop Management Scenarios with the Group Policy Management Console”. http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/technologies/management/csws2003.mspx This white paper is more basic for you to start with SBS 2K3 server. It includes coverage of Windows Server 2003 and the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC). I also found some additional information for you, please see: Windows Server 2003 Group Policyhttp://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/management/grouppolicy/default.mspx Frequently Asked Questions About the Group Policy Management Consolehttp://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/gpmc/gpmcfaq.mspx Administering Group Policy with the GPMChttp://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/gpmc/gpmcwp.mspx Also, I would to … Continue reading Learning about GPO’s

2005-07-24 “Raindrops Keep Falling”

It’s summer time here in Florida … lot’s of hot, humid days, rain showers (usually right at rush hour), but  bearable weather in the evenings. The afternoon showers are as predictable as the spam emails that arrive daily in our email boxes. So to all the spammers and phishers in the world … this week’s song goes out to you!Raindrops Keep Falling on My HeadSpammers Keep Sending Me Their JunkWAV: http://members.aol.com/Carouself/Wavs/RAINDROPS.MP3 Spammers keep sending me their junk And just like the guy whose feet are too big for his bunk, spammers are like punks Those spammers keep mailing junk to me, they keep … Continue reading 2005-07-24 “Raindrops Keep Falling”

2005-07-17 “Sloop John B”

Somehow, I missed doing a song of the week last week, and this weekend nearly got away from me again. Over the Fourth of July festivities, they had members of the Beach Boys performing at the US Capitol. So, here’s one of the songs that my children still love to sing:   Sloop John B aka Sloop Bill Gates   WAV: http://www.royallan.com/questalbum/Sloop_JohnB.mp3   We come on the sloop Bill GatesMy brand new server is greatAround Seattle town we did roamCoding all nightTryin’ to make it work rightWell I feel so broke upI want to go homeSo hoist up the Bill Gate’s … Continue reading 2005-07-17 “Sloop John B”

2005-07-02 “Tomorrow”

In the United States, we are celebrating our Independence Day – the 4th of July. One my employees is British, and we were talking about the fact that Canada, Ireland, and even France (Bastille Day) have similar type day. But what about the British? Her repsonse was that “everyone tries to break away from Britain … who’s Britain going to break away from?”.Well, no matter your political or national persuasion, let’s enjoy this weekend, and pray that achieving peace in the world is more than a dream … ’cause remember, the sun will come out tomorrow … hey, what a grand idea … Continue reading 2005-07-02 “Tomorrow”

2005-06-26 “Singin’ in the Rain”

Summertime in Florida means picnics, baseball games, swimming pools, out of town relatives coming in for a visit, and afternoon showers. Somehow, I did all of that, plus some real work, all this past week! Someone asked me the other day why I am always singing, and so happy. I tell them if you’ve got a minute, I’ll give you the short answer; but if you’ve got an hour I’ll give you the longer answer! Well, one of my all time favorite movie scenes is Gene Kelly singing “I’m Singin’ In the Rain”. If you’ve never seen the movie, go … Continue reading 2005-06-26 “Singin’ in the Rain”

Exchange 2003, ActiveSync and SSL – Oh, My!

So, a person has a SBS2k3 w/SP1 installed.  Exchange activesync works with SSL turned off via wireless synchronization locally and over the internet. The questions are: 1.)  What are the security related risks, if any, by not using SSL?2.)  When I try to enable SSL I copy the cert over to the PPC and attempt to run it and it says cannot access certificate. I’m grabbing the cert from \\servername\clientapps\sbscert.  I did install the certificate component from add/remove programs.  Does this screw with it?  I was grabbing at straws trying to figure it out.I don’t know if it matters at all, but I … Continue reading Exchange 2003, ActiveSync and SSL – Oh, My!

Treo 650 and SBS2003

Here’s my initial experience with setting up a Treo 650 to an SBS2003 server. In all cases, I used the VersaMail utility software. Some vendors may automatically install VersaMail on their Treo’s, whereas others supply it on the CDROM and you must upload (install) VersaMail on your Treo. I’ve configured and tested the Treo 650 both accessing Exchange server directly via Activesync, as well as using IMAP to pull email in. Using Activesync, the Treo automatically pulls in emails on a scheduled basis you select (5 min, 15 min, etc.). With IMAP, however, I kept getting errors when the prescheduled download … Continue reading Treo 650 and SBS2003

Moving / Deleting SP1 uninstall directories

In the public newsgroup recently someone asked:  I have 2 locations of what seem to be installation files for SP1 for our SBS 2003 server: c:\Windows\$NtService Pack Uninstall$ and c:\windows\Service Pack Files. Can they be deleted now? The update appears to have installed correctly. I need the space on that volume! Our man on the spot in England (Steve Foster) had the clear, concise answer: Yes, you can archive the %NTServicePackUninstall$ files off somewhere (these are only needed if you uninstall the service pack for any reason).However, do not delete the ServicePackFiles folder, as it is needed since it acts as a supplementary install source for future system … Continue reading Moving / Deleting SP1 uninstall directories