Facebook – Friend or Fiend?

Body: Ok – so I’ve resisted many of the online social networking sites for a while now. I’ve got some info up on LinkedIn and now finally got a Facebook account. I’ve got to ask the question though "Is it too much to be connecting?". What I mean by that is that I have various circles of friends. Some of them overlap, but in broad terms that can be broken down into Business and Personal groups. Do I really want my Business friends knowing that I’m involved in a number of other clubs and groups? Do I want my Business … Continue reading Facebook – Friend or Fiend?

SBS Events in Sydney in November!

Body: Sydney, November, 2007 – that’s the place to be if you want to see some of the best get together and chat about all things SBS and SMB related. There are two key events on in late November.   November 21st, the Sydney SBS Group will be moving their regular meeting to take advantage of a truck load of SBS talent being in town. It’s a $5.00 fee for the event and it’s being held at Microsoft’s North Ryde premises. We only have room for 150 people, so get in quick to register for the event. For those outside … Continue reading SBS Events in Sydney in November!

Preparing for Cougar aka SBS 2008

Body: This is the first in a series of posts around preparing for the next version of SBS (code named Cougar) which we’re expecting to be called SBS 2008. It’s due out next year, some time after Longhorn server is released. Given Longhorn server is to be released in February 2008, that puts Cougar sometime after that. I’m currently writing a book for MS Press called the SBS 2008 Administrators Pocket Companion (the little task focused book). As part of that I’m realizing that there is so much that the SBSer will need to know in order to support Cougar … Continue reading Preparing for Cougar aka SBS 2008

The description for Event ID… in source…. cannot be found

Body: Don’t you hate it when you go to a server to review the event logs and it’s filled with "The description for Event ID (NNNN ) in Source ( SOMETHINGGOODHERE ) cannot be found." Now – in itself these don’t constitute a big problem. They may however be symptomatic of a larger issue. This is a pain as it means it’s very hard to read and decipher what is going on with a server and therefore how to fix it. I had this recently on one of my servers, and left it be for a while until last week … Continue reading The description for Event ID… in source…. cannot be found

SBS 2003 Best Practice Analyser has been launched

Body: Yes- you heard it here first – Microsoft today have launched their new analysis tool for SBS 2003 servers that will help understand some of the common configuration mistakes and advise on how to correct them. The tool is available here http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=3874527a-de19-49bb-800f-352f3b6f2922&DisplayLang=en This tool has been a result of many requests from the community to better configure and understand their SBS servers. Thank you Microsoft for responding to our needs! Category: SBS 2003 R2 Published: 16/10/2007 10:03 AM

Do you get the Name ActiveX Control message on Sharepoint Services 3.0 sites?

Body: UPDATE: I’ve reverted to the old init.js file as if you make the changes below, it removes the ability for you to log in and add webparts to the page using a web browser. I’ll investigate later and sort it. Need to get on with writing today. Prior to today, you may have noticed that when you browse this blog you get the following warning…         No – it’s not some attempt by me to subvert your computer – it’s Microsoft  This issue is due to the functionality built into WSS 3.0 and Sharepoint 2007 … Continue reading Do you get the Name ActiveX Control message on Sharepoint Services 3.0 sites?

MS KB 934525 Breaks WSS 3.0 sites – here’s how I fixed it

Body: This morning I applied the current MS patches to a number of my servers. On some they worked fine, but on this server – my blog server the patch horked up Sharepoint Services 3.0. I was getting the following error Event Type:                    Error Event Source:                Windows SharePoint Services 3 Event Category:                Topology Event ID:                    6800 Date:                            11/10/2007 Time:                            7:31:59 AM User:                            N/A Computer:                    SERVERNAME Description:         The database WSS_Content on SERVERNAME\Microsoft##SSEE is not accessible to missing Windows Internal Database signatures.       For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.     I picked a section of the error message that would not likely generate … Continue reading MS KB 934525 Breaks WSS 3.0 sites – here’s how I fixed it

The joys of beta testing

Body: One of the joys of testing new software is the temporary error messages they have in it. Below is one from one of the packages I’m testing now. At least it’s clear why things don’t work J       Category: Software Published: 9/10/2007 7:24 AM

Testing Email Antispam Solution – now in progress

Body: This morning I’ve started testing of TrendMicros InterScan Messaging Hosted Security product. It’s an in the cloud based Antivirus/AntiSpam/AntiPhishing solution that should offload the task of cleansing my email before it reaches my server. As part of that I’ve had to change my DNS records for mail to have it delivered to their servers first. I’m still running the full CSM for SMB on my server with it’s antivirus/antispam turned on too for the moment. I’ll have a full report over the next few weeks as I trial this in comparison to just CSM for SMB. If you have … Continue reading Testing Email Antispam Solution – now in progress

MVP means you are invulnerable… NOT!

Body: A fellow MVP – Kathleen Anderson has reminded me of a spoof video that Microsoft did a few years back for an MVP summit. The video suggests that the instant you become an MVP that you’ll have hordes of loyal followers, beautiful women throwing themselves at your feet and you become invincible. If only it were true! In reality, becoming an MVP often means that you have a target painted on your back as people try to take you down a peg or two in the belief that you might think your better than everyone else. I’m here to … Continue reading MVP means you are invulnerable… NOT!