HP & Microsoft Coffee Coaching Session on HP’s Server offerings with SBS 2011

If you are a Microsoft Partner currently working with Windows Small Business Server 2003, SBS 2008, or SBS 2011, be sure to tune in to this Wednesday morning at 8:00 AM PDT, July 18, 2012. Details are below: During Microsoft WPC 2012 in Toronto, Microsoft announced the release of Windows Server 2012 Essentials edition beta. On July 18th, 2012 at 8:00 am US Pacific Time join Lucy Ellis (HP) and David Fabritius (Microsoft) for a live webcast that will cover Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Essentials features and benefits, customer scenarios, HP Product portfolio and transition plans. We’ll do a Q&A … Continue reading HP & Microsoft Coffee Coaching Session on HP’s Server offerings with SBS 2011

September 17, 2011 SMB MVP Community Roadshow

Join us at Microsoft’s Redmond headquarters for the “home-field” event of the SMB MVP Worldwide Roadshow. This is one you will not want to miss! We’ve joined forces with our friends to the south in Portland, The Technology Wizards (www.technologywizards.com), to bring in nine Microsoft MVPs for two power-packed days, Friday in Portland, and Saturday in Redmond. For the Redmond event, arrive at 9 AM for coffee and pastries and a chance to mingle with the MVPs before our 10 AM event start time. If you’re feeling the need for travel, sign up for Portland and Redmond’s events and join us … Continue reading September 17, 2011 SMB MVP Community Roadshow

Error 0x80070057 returned from call to Adding routers IP address to the intranet zone().

Added note: In the heat of frustration the evening I first posted this I neglected to mention the initial issue was CEICW failing EVERY time I would run it on the initial installation of the HP ML370.  I even did a repair install since I had a Eula.txt error I told it to ignore during setup.  When if failed after that repair installation I started digging for answers and came across the issue below: HP, I really like your products, but this time you’ve blown it.  Why in the world are you removing the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains registry key in SmartStart?  … Continue reading Error 0x80070057 returned from call to Adding routers IP address to the intranet zone().

Where did my old friend the SBS Console go in SBS 2008 (and EBS 2008)?

I requested of both the SBS and EBS development teams for them to add back into their respective Start Menus their Server Administrative Consoles. They are on the desktop of SBS 2008 (and EBS 2008 Management Server) but not in the menu.  Instead there is the standard Windows Server 2008 Server Management link.  Below was the response from the EBS team and it makes sense for both products after reading the associated blog post.   We’ll take a closer look at this in V2. Note, however, that this is not quite as trivial as it seems. There is no programmatic access to the start menu … Continue reading Where did my old friend the SBS Console go in SBS 2008 (and EBS 2008)?

The Windows Small Business Server 2008 World Wide Community Survey is Live!

Kevin Beares, the Community Lead for Microsoft’s Windows Server Solutions Group (WSSG) asked a few of us to pass this along.  If you haven’t taken the 2008 SBS community survey yet, click on over to Kevin’s Blog and get crackin!  Below is the link and a note from Kevin: The Windows Small Business Server 2008 WW Community Survey is Live This is the third year we have published an SBS WW Community Survey to the SBS Community. We have learned an amazing amount of information from the people who have taken the time to tell us what they thought. Some things we … Continue reading The Windows Small Business Server 2008 World Wide Community Survey is Live!

SBS Migration’s 2008 IT Pro Conference

Wanted to thank all of you who were at Jeff Middleton’s SBS Migration IT Pro Conference in New Orleans this year.  Sorry to miss those of you who are still at the conference on the cruise right now while I’m here in the great Pacific Northwest enjoying a day of overcast skies and rain.  Too many items on the calendar this year to make it, but Linda and I will be on the cruise portion again next year if it is offered as part of the event.  Hope you are having an incredible time right now! Was great to see … Continue reading SBS Migration’s 2008 IT Pro Conference

Microsoft releases the Malware Removal Starter Kit

This is from an email I received this week from Mark Clagett over at Microsoft.  Running into an issue today where I sent it to an end user so figured I would post it here as well.  Thanks Mark for sending out the notice! – Steve ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ I thought you’d be interested in this new Solution Accelerator from Microsoft – it’s called the Malware Removal Starter Kit.  It’s a free download from TechNet, and provides you with excellent guidance and tools to help you restore PCs infected with malware.  Here’s a quick overview of what the kit can do for your organization.  … Continue reading Microsoft releases the Malware Removal Starter Kit

A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart – not what I wanted to see tonight.

Once again the external USB drive strikes again!  I tell you, they are a blessing and a curse. Ran Microsoft Updates on a customer SBS 2003 SP1 Server via RDP session.  On restart it decided to not run IIS or TS services, something that seems to be occurring a lot lately on different boxes after updates.  So I fired up a PPTP VPN to the server logging in as the admin of the customer’s domain.  Successfully establishing the VPN connection I then started a command session in Vista on my Tablet PC running as administrator.  From there I launched a … Continue reading A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart – not what I wanted to see tonight.

When updating to Vista, here’s a time saving tip.

Okay, hopefully you will learn from my mistake.  Thought I would install Windows Vista Ultimate on my HP TC4400 again now that I have RTM bits.  My RC1 upgrade was less than desirable back in September but I have been hearing of great results of running the Windows Easy Transfer Wizard from and then doing a clean build of Vista so I thought why not?  Besides I am presenting on this in Vancouver at the VanSBS User Group so I figured I better get up to speed on it!  😉 Well please learn from my mistake.  I’m not going to … Continue reading When updating to Vista, here’s a time saving tip.