SharePoint on an Airplane

Body: No – it’s not the title of some B grade movie, but something that I’m doing for real. For some time now, I’ve trialled a number of software packages to take SharePoint sites offline. The aim being to make as much content in a SharePoint site available offline so that I can continue working on it whilst away from the office. I’ve settled on the Colligo Contributor as the one that I’m using due to a number of factors. They have two versions – Colligo Reader and Colligo Contributor. The Reader is a free version that is read-only, whilst … Continue reading SharePoint on an Airplane

SMBNation – I’m on my way

Body: In a few hours I fly out from Sydney heading to Seattle. I’m presenting at SMBNation on conjunction with SBSDiva Ms Susan Bradley on the topic of patch management in the SBS/SMB environments. I must admit, I’ve known Susan for a long time, but I’ve never presented with her, so I am a little bit nervous. After all – this is THE SUSAN BRADLEY… I’m worried that if I say the wrong thing that I’ll get hit with her legendary 2×4.. In addition to SMBNation, I’ve got a few meetings with Microsoft people – in fact, my first meeting … Continue reading SMBNation – I’m on my way

SMB Security Summit – November 23rd, 2007

Body: In conjunction with Trend Micro, I am pleased to announce that on November 23, 2007, here in Sydney, we will be hosting the first ever SMB Security Summit. Come and hear respected industry professionals such as Susan Bradley, Dana Epp, Amy Babinchak, Eriq Neale, Dean Calvert, Ryan Spillane and myself work in conjunction with Trend Micro’s CTO of AntiMalware, Raimund Genes as we discuss the challenges that we as IT professionals face in designing, selling and implementing security solutions for our customers in the SMB market. This event is a free event, but attendance is limited to the first … Continue reading SMB Security Summit – November 23rd, 2007

SMB Security Summit – Sydney – November 2007

Body: I’ve been busy this last week, finalising all the arrangements for the cancellation of the SMBFocus conference that I had planned for November here in Sydney. From the fallout from that however comes something really good and exciting. Trend Micro Australia in conjunction with SBSfaq.com are please to announce the first ever Australian SMB Security Summit. This event will be a community focused event, and whilst largely supported financially by TrendMicro will be all about how we look at security solutions for our customers, how we spec them, how we build a business to sell them and how we … Continue reading SMB Security Summit – Sydney – November 2007

DHCP Server Error

Body: Category – Common Errors The error below occurs during startup only on a number of SBS 2003 servers. It does not occur on ALL of them for some reason. Event Type:    Warning Event Source:    DhcpServer Event Category:    None Event ID:    1056 Date:        16/09/2007 Time:        8:25:54 PM User:        N/A Computer:    SERVERNAME Description: The DHCP service has detected that it is running on a DC and has no credentials configured for use with Dynamic DNS registrations initiated by the DHCP service. This is not a recommended security configuration. Credentials for Dynamic DNS registrations may be configured using the command line "netsh dhcp server set dnscredentials" or via the DHCP … Continue reading DHCP Server Error

SMBFocus 2007 Conference Event – Postponed

Body: It is with a heavy heart that I send this email and regret to announce that I will be indefinitely postponing the SMB Focus 2007 Conference Event originally scheduled for November. A number of business and personal reasons have led to making this difficult decision. I know that many of you have already booked flights to Sydney for the event, and any loss you might suffer from cancelling them weighs heavily I can assure you.  I will be issuing a full refund of the conference and any accommodation booked through the Menzies Hotel and by some way of apology … Continue reading SMBFocus 2007 Conference Event – Postponed

ISA on a DC no longer supported…

Body: Unless it’s ISA 2004 on an SBS 2003 Premium or SBS 2003 R2 Premium server. Microsoft has withdrawn support for ISA 2004 or ISA 2006 on a Domain Controller in certain scenarios. http://www.microsoft.com/technet/isa/2004/plan/unsupportedconfigs.mspx#Installation They have also further clarified that they do not support ISA 2006 to be installed on an SBS 2003 Premium or R2 Premium Server. I’m ok with the later bit as we all knew that anyway. My concern though is that ISA is a damn good security product and in a small business design decisions are always based on cost vs return. It’s often very hard … Continue reading ISA on a DC no longer supported…

Moving SBS2003 from a 5yr old server to a new one using StorageCraft

Body: We normally do a swing migration for many of our clients when we upgrade from one server to another. This has the effect of minimising the downtime to the client and at the same time having a new server in place that’s faster and cleaner than the old one. StorageCraft with their ShadowProtect IT Edition product have now given us an alternate scenario that we can use to move a customer’s old server to new hardware, or even into a Virtualised system. Now – I caution you – just like a swing migration, this is not a case of … Continue reading Moving SBS2003 from a 5yr old server to a new one using StorageCraft

Exchange 2003 to 2007 Migration issues – mail stops flowing.

Body: We’re in the middle of migrating one of our clients from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2007. As part of that we currently have both Exchange servers in the domain and therefore some users on one version and some of the other version. Today we got a call because the users on Exchange 2007 were not receiving any email. Those on Exchange 2003 were. All users could send mail without an issue. The client has onsite IT staff and last night they moved the majority of the users from Exchange 2003 over to Exchange 2007 via the move mailbox wizard. … Continue reading Exchange 2003 to 2007 Migration issues – mail stops flowing.

WSUS 2.0 synchronises but will not download content

Body: Onsite today and I was checking a WSUS 2.0 server to ensure that I approved any waiting patches etc. I found that the WSUS server had stalled in the download process. It could synchronise successfully, but it sat at Downloading 0.00MB of xx MB. Screenshot below.   Checked the event logs and found this error Event Type:    Error Event Source:    Windows Server Update Services Event Category:    Synchronization Event ID:    364 Date:        6/09/2007 Time:        9:18:32 AM User:        N/A Computer:    SERVERNAME Description: Content file download failed. Reason: The parameter is incorrect. Source File: /msdownload/update/v3-19990518/cabpool/windowsserver2003-kb938829-x86-enu_262c3433045b22164aadaae6c3eb761ee7737f18.exe Destination File: f:\WSUS\WsusContent\18\262C3433045B22164AADAAE6C3EB761EE7737F18.exe. For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp. Did a … Continue reading WSUS 2.0 synchronises but will not download content