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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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    Random Musings on SBS - patches, SPs and the like

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    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...
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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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    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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    What's one more blog in my day?

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    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...
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    How to call a "Lift" ball in volleyball

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    Surprise, Roger asked me for my thoughts on what is a “held” ball in volleyball when I'm reffing. This is probably the most argued subjective call a volleyball ref can make, but I'll add in my 2 cents. I've had this discussion many times with...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    ICW options

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    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...
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    More on Exchange SP1 and SBS 2003

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    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...
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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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    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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    SBS fixes

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    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...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Random recent SBS notes

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    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...
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    Languages and Ex SP1 memory updates

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    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....
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    X-country summer trip

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    Just as an FYI - my girlfriend Prashanthi and I will be doing a cross country trip from Ohio to Seattle (this is the move to Seattle trip for her) in the 1st week of August. I'd love to be able to make stops along the way to talk to some SBS folks, but...
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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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