2007-12-01 "Do You Hear What I Hear?"

We kick off December with the first of 25 Christmas / Holiday song parodies. We start with one of my favorites, “Do You Hear What I Hear?”  Listen Said the PC to the little Mac,Do you see what I see? (Do you see what I see?)Way up over there, little MacDo you see what I see? (Do you see what I see?) Bill Gates, Bill Gates, working through the nightWhile he tries to make Windows right,While he tries to make Windows right. Said the little Mac to the PC nerd,Do you hear what I hear? (Do you hear what I hear?)Playing on … Continue reading 2007-12-01 "Do You Hear What I Hear?"

SBS and the 3GB switch

For several years, there has been an on going discussion on whether or not to enable the /3GB switch in the boot.ini file for an SBS server. By and far, the consensus of opinion has been to NOT use the /3GB option – especially considering that WSS 2.0 or later versions do not support the /3GB switch. Susan’s blog (2005): http://msmvps.com/blogs/bradley/archive/2005/06/25/55763.aspx   Wayne’s blog (2006): http://www.sbsfaq.com/Lists/FAQs/DispForm.aspx?ID=136   Susan’s blog (2007): http://msmvps.com/blogs/bradley/archive/2007/10/05/the-3gb-switch.aspx   Microsoft KB article (2007): http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb%3BEN-US%3B933560 And, finally, this KB article includes a lot of additional information on the /3GB issue (with thanks to SG for the reminder!):http://blogs.technet.com/sbs/archive/2006/06/30/439628.aspx  

Vista and Sign Certs

Vista handles self-signed certificates differently than XP. If you don’t set it up properly, RPC over HTTPS will not work properly for you. Here’s what to do: 1. Run IE as an administrator (Right click on IE, sleect ‘run as administrator’2. Enter the https URL you wish to visit3. Click through the certificate error4. Click the Certificate Error button in the address bar5. Click View Certificate, then click Install Certificate6. Click ‘Place all certificates in the following store’ option and then choose the ‘Trusted Root Certification Authorities’ Step 6 is the key. If you choose the option to let it … Continue reading Vista and Sign Certs

RWW and Per User Restriction

RWW in SBS 2003 does not allow you to define ‘per user’ restrictions. Here’s an interesting work around if you want to ensure that a particular user can only access specific computers: 1. Go to: Server Management | Standard Management | Users | (rt click) the user account | Properties | Account (tab) | Log On To… | The Following Computers… 2. Then add the target member server to the list AND also add the SBS server. You need the SBS server specified so that the user can authenticate to the server when logging into RWW (however, he will not be … Continue reading RWW and Per User Restriction

iTunes, ISA and SBS

I’m sure this is posted in other blogs, but just in case … if you are running SBS2003 and ISA2004, after installing ISA’s service pack (SP2 or SP3), you may find that you can no longer access iTune’s store. The reason is that with ISA 2004 SP2, users had to disable the compression filter. But with SP3 you have to turn it back on. The cause of the problem is that iTune sends back compressed HTML data, whether or not you (as the client) requested compressed data. You can see the error if you monitor activity from the ISA management console. … Continue reading iTunes, ISA and SBS

Windows Server 2003 SP2 and SBS

Just as a reminder … if installing W2K3 SP2 on an SBS 2003 box, there is a Microsoft KB article (555912) outlining some “known issues” and how to resolve/fix them: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/555912    

Missing Lookout? WDS too slow? Try Lookeen!

Lookout was a marvelous tool for quickly searching through Outlook email and local files fast. It was a mainstay of every computer I used. That is, until Office 2007 came along, and Lookout would not work. I was recently pointed to Lookeen as a possible replacement product for Lookout. It’s still in beta, but you may find you like it!http://www.lookeen.net/en/2,0/Product.html

Laughing at Vista

If I had not already stepped up to the plate, and converted my primary workstation to Vista, I would not be writing this post (see http://msmvps.com/blogs/kwsupport/archive/2007/07/02/vista-sbs2003-and-the-4th-of-july.aspx). I think once in awhile it’s good to laugh at one’s self. And since I am using Vista (and like it!), I feel I can offer this Vista chuckle for the day:http://blip.tv/file/340692 -kw

SBS and Member Servers

It’s always good to remember that various documents exisit for the SBS environment.http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/sbs/techinfo/productdoc/default.mspx For example, here’s how to hook up a member server to an SBS network:http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=62145

SBS with Muscles?

Microsoft officially announced the big brother to SBS — Windows Essential Business Server 2008. This is SBS for the mid-sized companies, and will use e a minimum of three servers. http://blogs.msdn.com/mssmallbiz/archive/2007/11/07/5955270.aspx