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    SMB Nation - SBS Presentation

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    So I just finished my presentation on SBS 2003 SP1 and R2 at SMB Nation, and got a lot of great feedback. Fortunately we had a lot of SBS team members there as well to help me out and take feedback from the partners there. I try to time my presentations...
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    Episode III: The Backup Strikes Back

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    Somehow I managed to get home, crawl into bed, get 6 hours of sleep, and then get up to immediately drive back to the business site to be there by 9:30 AM. Fortunately my morning schedule was pretty open, so I felt that I could hang around for a couple...
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    Hanging out at SMB Nation

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    So before I continue my saga on my experience as a partner, I thought I'd post a quick comment about the ongoing SMB Nation conference currently happening on the Microsoft campus at the Microsoft Conference Center. So far it's been great as a Microsoft...
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    Life as a Partner: Part Deux

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    When last we left our intrepid SBS Release Manager, he had been humbled at the all mighty task of trying to upgrade a pre-existing server box to be able to run SBS. After much consternation, he had gone off and gotten a BIOS upgrade for the machine, and...
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    So this is what life as a partner is like

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    For the past several years I've been having a personal experience of the movie "Groundhog Day", only it happens every year when I go to visit my accountant. It would go something like this: Me: So are you still using that Linux file server, which requries...
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    Request for info on Dell and Windows Server SP1 on SBS

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    To help us pinpoint the root issue with reports of Dell servers getting a BSOD when installing Windows Server 2003 SP1, if you do have a machine in this state, please call SBS PSS and report this issue. We will ask for a dump file (which may take some...
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    What does RTM/RTW mean? (Part 2)

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    When last we left our intrepid release manager, we had a Bill of Materials for all of our SKUs. Now the development team has finished writing and testing the code - what else is there to do, you ask? Plenty! First, in order to get the software team...
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    SBS SP1 is done!

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    On Thursday I sent mail to the entire SBS development team announcing that we have now officially released SBS SP1 in all of our 18 languages! The Redmond SBS team is now focused on the next releases of SBS - and taking a well deserved holiday break...
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    What does RTM/RTW mean? (part 1)

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    Since I've become a Release Manager at Microsoft, I've learned a lot about what it actually takes to "ship" software. From the development team's point of view, the big celebration is when our software is "released" (often abbrievated as RTM or RTW)....
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    Additional release of SP1

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    While I'm here I just thought I would mention that we've now released SBS SP1 in 16 of the 18 languages. Today Czech, Polish, and Hungarian SP1 were released to the web (although I just got back an error through our web publishing tool on the Czech one...
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    Anti-discrimination bill and MSFT

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    I realize most of the world has passed this issue by, but it's been getting a lot of discussion around Microsoft the last several days, so I thought I'd put in my 2 cents along with everyone else. In case anyone has been living under a rock the past...
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    It's dangerous this time of night

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    When you've been up and working late for several weeks, late at night is a dangerous time to be posting to the web. But it's late, I'm playing poker (in ahem... Canada) and so I figured the thome of silence should end. Susan Bradley, in her Mountain...
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    Update on lockouts and SP1

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    My colleague Sean Daniel reminded me that in SBS SP1, we've enabled a new feature in Exchange SP1 to reduce the viability of performing a directory harvesting to get usernames on your SBS server. This feature (documented at http://support.microsoft.com...
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    More from the mailbag - user name lockouts

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    Dan asked (a long time ago, sorry Dan) that he was getting notifications of accounts being locked out due to invalid password attempts. Dan's assuming this is because someone is trying to hack into an account and wanted to know how to stop SBS usernames...
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    Your questions answered!

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    I often get the complaint that I don't post to my blog often enough. (Somehow Eugene even mentioned he got comments about this too - I'm not sure when my blog posting frequency became something that popped on his radar, but oK.....) Well, today is question...
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    Talk to Bob!

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    Here's your chance to talk to Bob Muglia (or just Bob as we know him), VP of Windows Server (which includes SBS), as well as Eugene Ho, the General Manager of SBS. (Basically, my boss's boss and his boss, or something like that) Seriously, Bob and Eugene...
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    SBS and Dynamic DNS

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    Someone asked whether I had any experience with SBS and using a dynamic DNS provider (such as TZO or dyndns). The answer is yes and yes. At home, I used TZO for about a year before finally getting a static IP address. I had no problems with TZO, their...
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    Whew! The finale of volleyball (pt. 2 - long)

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    So arriving on Saturday morning the final match brackets are posted. For all of Friday's matches, officials are rated by the coaches, their partner, and observers/raters. I was extremely honored to be selected to down ref (umpire/R2/whatever) the 2A championship...
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    Whew! The finale of volleyball (long)

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    Warning - this post has nothing to do with SBS, computers, or Microsoft. :-) Those who work/live around me know that between the end of September and Thanksgiving I'm almost always on the move. Between work and the fall volleyball season I'm pretty much...
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    Catching up - SBS Beta and Watson

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    Some people have been asking where the hell I've been. Well, life got a little busy. The short short version: I went home to the east coast, visited family, then drove cross-country with my girlfriend on a week long trip. Came back, had family visit,...
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    Even more on licensing

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    Wow, I didn't realize I was entering such a hornets nest when I started making comments about licensing enforcement. Apparently there's a lot of misconceptions about how we enforce licensing in SBS. I understand licensing with Microsoft is in general...
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    More on Licensing Notification

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    Someone made the excellent point that the Messenger service that SBS uses to notify users of a server in violation of the licensing restrictions of SBS is slated to be disabled in updates such as XP SP2. This is true for the client side - the service...
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    Hockey

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    Peaboy asked what I think about the Flyers draft options. Just as an FYI to everyone: - I grew up in Philadelphia (after living in Ohio for a while) where I became a hockey fan that was reinforced by going to school in Pittsburgh and watching Lemieux...
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    SBS and Licensing/Shutdowns

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    Deep 7 posted asking why it is that SBS shuts down the server "without warning" when we detect that you are using SBS in violation of the licensing. In general, because SBS is such a deal (I mean, really, Windows + Exchange for <$1000 USD is pretty...
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    Whoops - didn't quite get all of it

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    That was kind of weird - my last post didn't have my ending comments. What I meant to add in was that since I didn't have much to report on, I was interested in whatever questions or other suggestions/comments people wanted to send my way. I'd like...
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