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  • Blog Post: SMB Nation - SBS Presentation

    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 so it's 2/3 me, 1/3 questions and comments....
  • Blog Post: Episode III: The Backup Strikes Back

    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 of hours to make sure everything was going smoothly...
  • Blog Post: Hanging out at SMB Nation

    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 team member to get out and talk with customers and...
  • Blog Post: Life as a Partner: Part Deux

    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 re-scheduled a time to go back and perform the...
  • Blog Post: So this is what life as a partner is like

    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 you to create your own batch files that copy...
  • Blog Post: What does RTM/RTW mean? (Part 2)

    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 to the point where they even can sign off, there...
  • Blog Post: It's dangerous this time of night

    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 Dew caffeine enhanced awareness state she's always...
  • Blog Post: Update on lockouts and SP1

    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/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;842851 ) allows us to...
  • Blog Post: More from the mailbag - user name lockouts

    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 from being "broadcast". Unfortunately, the question...
  • Blog Post: Your questions answered!

    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 answering day! I'll go back through questions...
  • Blog Post: Talk to Bob!

    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 are very committed to our community initative...
  • Blog Post: SBS and Dynamic DNS

    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 setup was awesome and worked with practically no...
  • Blog Post: Catching up - SBS Beta and Watson

    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, dealt with a lot of stuff, got a dog, blah blah blah...
  • Blog Post: Even more on licensing

    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 a Twilight Zone/black hole of information/confusion...
  • Blog Post: More on Licensing Notification

    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 is not yet disabled by default on the server (although...
  • Blog Post: SBS and Licensing/Shutdowns

    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 good) we needed to make sure people didn't take...
  • Blog Post: Whoops - didn't quite get all of it

    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 to think of this as an opportunity for dialogue with...
  • Blog Post: SBS fixes

    The SBS Exchange SP1 QFE is now online and available at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0fe89c95-e767-428c-8621-6a586c655ee3&DisplayLang=en (and is now available in all 18 languages - sorry for the delay in that). The other big update that is in the pipeline is our XP...
  • Blog Post: Random recent SBS notes

    In recent days, I've posted about the issue with Exchange SP1 and SBS. (Susan copied it excellently in her blog) We're working to get a patch that resolves those issues out ASAP, but we want to make sure we only do it once. We'll be asking a small # of folks to try it out in the next few days - once...
  • Blog Post: More on Exchange SP1 and SBS 2003

    Several people have posted back saying they are having issues with alerts from store.exe after applying Exchange SP1. There's also problems with OWA now requiring a domain name when logging in (requiring DOMAIN\ username where username w as OK before). To make a long story short, we screwed this up...
  • Blog Post: Languages and Ex SP1 memory updates

    2 things: 1. I challenged someone to tell me the 18 languages that SBS ships in. I realized 10 minutes later that this is relatively trivial, as you can simply go to any SBS hotfix download page, and the language selection page lists them for you. <sigh> But I have to give props to Marty Garins...
  • Blog Post: Random Musings on SBS - patches, SPs and the like

    So even now I'm not sure what else to post up here - SBS 2003 is established pretty well in the market, and the newsgroups seem to be answering a lot of people's questions. So I'll kind of ramble on here and see if anything else I say picks up any interest. First, if you are an SBS 2003 customer,...
  • Blog Post: ICW options

    Some interesting feedback from folks on how to get people to run the CEICW - most people seem to say “just run it for them”. <sigh> If only we could do that. There are several issues around forcing a user to run a configuration wizard after the setup - most of them are user interaction...
  • Blog Post: What's one more blog in my day?

    Some of the SBS MVPs suggested I start a blog. It's actually something I've thought about doing for a while, so I figured I could add some thoughts and answer questions for people about SBS, and also post some wandering thoughts that go across my mind from time to time. So here's the deal - First...
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