Uninstalling ISA 2004 from SBS 2003

As you may know, SBS 2008 will be released on Nov 12, 2008. Migrating from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 will require some work and planning. For sites running SBS 2003 Premium with ISA 2004, you have some additional prep work. You will need to uninstall ISA 2004 and disable or remove your 2nd NIC prior to starting your migration from SBS2003 to SBS2008. But, this is not as daunting of a task as you may think. In fact, I just did it this weekend on my own internal SBS 2003 production server. Blog History:1.0 Original blog1.1 Information on uninstalling the Firewall client from workstations has … Continue reading Uninstalling ISA 2004 from SBS 2003

Windows Search 4 (WS4)

I never thought I would find myself recommending the Windows Desktop Search utility to anyone. But, perhaps with version 4, they finally are getting it right!  The prior version (Windows Desktop Search 3) is now named Windows Search 4. And this is from someone who used the Lookout product for years- that is until Microsoft bought the product, and tried to turn it into MSN Search. I then switched to Lookeen when I moved over to Vista and Office 2007 last year.  I’ve been running WS4 on my Vista SP1 box for all of 24 hours, but already I can say the improvement over the prior … Continue reading Windows Search 4 (WS4)

More on my TrendMicro WFBS Update

I upgraded my Trend CSM 3.6 to their new Worry-Fress Business Security (WFBS) Advance 5.0 solution for SBS, and like the hero from the movie The Rocketeer, I can say, “I like it!”. Without even digging into all the new features, I can say that the spam filtering is much improved, and the Trend console seems snappier and more responsive. The console interface otherwise is the same as before, except with a fresh, up-to-date look to it. On the new feature side, they have a new ‘location awareness’ settings for laptops that move around inside and outside the office that I … Continue reading More on my TrendMicro WFBS Update

Trend Micro renames/enhances CSM

For those of you using Trend Micro’s Clent Server Messaging (CSM) suite for your SBS servers, you should know that Trend Micro on June 2, 2008 recently rebranded the CSM product to “Worry-Free Business Security Advanced (WFBS)” and released version 5.0.  If you are using CSM 3.5/3.6 and are under maintenance, you can upgrade to WFBS Advanced at no charge.. Upgrading to WFBS will preserve all your current CSM configuration parameters. Click here for instructions from Trend Micro on how to upgrade to WFBS. To download the WFBS Advance installation file (768MB), click here. I’ll post back after I’ve installed it on my test server. … Continue reading Trend Micro renames/enhances CSM

SBS Community Survey

OK, folks, please take 3 minutes and respond to Microsoft’s 3rd annual SBS Community Survey. This survey is all about the SBS community, where you find your support, what blogs you find useful, etc. Kevin Beares, who is doing this survey, has done a tremendous work in promoting and supporting SBS through the community, the MVP and the partner channels. So, go ahead and click the link … it will only take 3 minutes and I promise, it won’t hurt! And thanks!

USB Drives and Slow Server

I know that there are plenty of posts that deal with issues related to external USB drives on servers, such as problems when rebooting the server, or the server acting strange when a USB drive is not removed properly. But until today, I had not encountered any of these scenarios. Situation was that the server was slow to log on, and clicking on ‘My Computer’ took several minutes before it would display the full list of server drives. My first attempt to resolve the issue was to uninstall the A/V, but that did nothing. I then tried rebooting the server, but to no avail. Finally, … Continue reading USB Drives and Slow Server

XP SP3 and MCE

As many know, Windows XP MCE by default does not allow you to join it to a domain. Variations of the infamous “Banana Hack” are available to allow MCE systems to join a domain. I posted about my experience here. What the banana hack does is to change the ‘IsLegacyMCE’ register key from ‘0’ to ‘1’. With XP SP3 set to release in a few days, I tried installing the XP SP3 RC2 to my babana-hacked XP MCE computer. The result was that after installing SP3, my computer went into a constant reboot loop. I was able to boot into Safe Mode, and … Continue reading XP SP3 and MCE

No Telnet on Vista

This is for all you IT support people … no, I don’t have to use the ‘telnet’ command often, but when I do, I expect it to be there! So, lo and behold, I have an emergency issue with a client’s SBS/Exchange server today, and I find that I cannot do a simple ‘telnet’ from my Vista workstation. Why? Microsoft decided that it was a necessary tool to be installed by default. To solve this problem, go to Control Panel, then Programs, then under Program and Features select Turn Windows Features On/Off, then scroll down and click to select the … Continue reading No Telnet on Vista

EBS Blog Site Up

The Windows Essential Business Server (EBS) Team Blog site is now up and running. What is EBS, you ask? Here are some possible answers: 1. EBS is SBS on steroids2. EBS is SBS split across 3 or more servers3. EBS is designed for a company with 25-250 users4. EBS is all of the above5. EBS is something else than the above Check out the blog site, and see if you selected the right answer.

SBS2008 coming your way!

[Edited link]  At long last Microsoft officially announced today (20-Feb-2008) the Windows Essential Server Solutions, which includes Windows Small Business Server 2008 (for up to 50 users), and Windows Essential Business Server 2008 (for up to 250 users).