Try this on an iPhone!

Susan has moved from SBS and Mini Coopers over to hacking the registry on her sister’s Windows Mobile 3 Smartphone. Thanks for the howto and for the reference to Resco Explorer!  [:)]

Having challenges installing standalone SQL 2008 components?

If you are, then Herleson Pontes has your answer. Windows Installer 4.5 is now out, but according to Herleson it is not available via Windows/Microsoft Updates, so head over to his blog for the link or hit it directly at Thanks Herleson for picking up on this! Steve

Microsoft NEVER sends updates through e-mail

This just came through to my inbox.  Fortunately, Small Business Server 2003’s Exchange filtering snagged the executable but thought this is worth touching on.  Never run an executable from anyone you haven’t explicitly requested it from. You can see from the headers of this message that it really came from a Yahoo mail server, not Microsoft.  I found this one interesting that they are beginning to fake out the PGP key and even took the time to use Steve Lipner’s name in it.  Pretty creative, but still a bunch of baloney. – Steve Microsoft Mail Internet Headers Version 2.0thread-index: Ackrxj/LwJkXJhdjTIq3Bk8lpONEJw==Received: … Continue reading Microsoft NEVER sends updates through e-mail

Eric Ligman has left the building…

Congratulations Eric!  You had me worried there when I was first reading your post this morning that you are no longer with the US Small Business team at Microsoft, but now I see you are on a much bigger mission to help our colleagues world wide.  Keep up the great work and make sure you stop by the PSSBS meetings occasionally to say hi.  🙂 Thank you to you for all you do Eric.  You and your family have a wonderful week as you take some much deserved time off. Steve

SCE issue with upgrades from SBS to EBS

SBS Group Policy is set to have clients check WSUS once an hour.  SCE/WSUS on EBS defaults to once a day, so you’ll need to remove the SBS WSUS Group Policy from your migration in order to keep the database size more manageable.

IISReset /noforce

Pearl of wisdom from Mark Stanfill: On Exchange Servers, always run IISReset with the /noforce switch (“IISreset /noforce”) to ensure it doesn’t force any services off.  Check out this TechNet article for additional info. Thanks Mark!

EBS 2008 – Company Profile; Type your company information

EBS setup alert: Under the Company Profile section of setup, when you get to the “Type your company information” screen, watch what you place in your entries for Company name, Name of certificate issuer, and Administrator’s name (optional). YOU ARE NAMING YOUR INTERNAL CERTIFICATE AUTHORITY HERE.  This is not for use with your third party purchased public cert, so remember that when entering your information (as in do not put in Dotster, GoDaddy, or your favorite cert authority information, use the the company information for the EBS’ location).  There is no redo on this one to my knowledge once it is set.

Migration from SBS 2003 to EBS 2008

  When migrating over to EBS from SBS 2003 there are couple pre-migration steps that will save you a lot of trouble. First: Change the IP address of your SBS LAN IP.  This will allow you to point mail to it during the installation process.  If you do not change it, then you will not be able to have mail hit it if one of your EBS servers (in our deployments, we’ve standardized on .1 for SEC, .2 for MGT, and .3 for MSG) are going to use x.x.x.2 (default SBS 2003 IP address fourth octet). Second: If running SBS … Continue reading Migration from SBS 2003 to EBS 2008

EBS Edge Server Message Routing

EBS 2008 Edge Server Message RoutingTwo send connectors are created – one to send mail to  the Messaging  Server and on to send mail to Internet.  We are being told that mail will queue during setup so don’t leave a production network hanging after this step for too long as it will be queuing up on you. The connectors are created with these settings: Connector to send mail to the existing mail server (Exchange or non-Exchange) Name; SendToMessagingAddress Space:  —            Port: 25Source IP: <Internal IP Address of Security Server>SmartHost : <IP Address of the existing mail server>TLS Required: FalseUsage: IntranetEnabled: … Continue reading EBS Edge Server Message Routing

Thinking of EBS? Here’s a rough cost estimate and some caution for you to consider.

If you are thinking of going with Essential Business Server 2008, here are some numbers to think of while considering it.  These are quick “guesstimates” a few of us came up with while discussing it. $5,000 for the base EBS license 150 x $81 for CALs = $12,510 $15,000 for fixed cost project deployment $20,000 for server hardware $52,000 average cost for an EBS deployment This is why planning and preparation are so important. EBS is not SBS, both in cost and complexity.  If you are an SBS focused admin/consultant and are thinking of going with EBS, that’s great.  Just … Continue reading Thinking of EBS? Here’s a rough cost estimate and some caution for you to consider.