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January 2007 - Posts

Error message when you try to perform a Windows Anytime Upgrade on a Windows Vista-based computer: "The product key you entered cannot be used when installation is started from this edition of Windows":
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=930374
You cannot use an upgrade key to perform a clean installation of Windows Vista:
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=930985
Error message when you try to use a Windows Anytime Upgrade product key during a clean installation of Windows Vista: "To use the product key you entered, start the installation from your existing version of Windows":
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=930375
How to use the BitLocker Recovery Password Viewer for Active Directory Users and Computers tool to view recovery passwords for Windows Vista:
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=928202
When you configure a custom location for the Windows Firewall log file in Windows Vista, information may not be written to the log file:
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=929455

One of the sticky issues that I'm noticing with the Daylight savings patches that our Israeli and Aussie folks are nodding in a telling "yup, we've been there" is the issue right now where if I book an appointment in Outlook, it's off on the phones.  There will be a server side Outlook tool released... but Wayne had a really good suggestion for the "Delta" period.

You put in the subject line the time and date of the appointment... so that regardless of what the computer thinks it is, your visual stamp of what the time of the appointment is, overrides the time on the calendar.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/timezone/dst2007.mspx

Outlook 2003, XP and 2000: An Outlook Data Update Tool will be available in January from the Download Center.

Addressing daylight saving time using the Outlook Time Zone Data Update Tool:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931667
This tool isn't out yet...but as soon as it is, we'll blog about it....

What you can do to minimize impact of DST change

Ultimately end users are the only ones who know if their calendars are correct. To minimize confusion during the DST shift, follow these simple steps:

1. When organizing a meeting during the Extended DST period, write the correct meeting time in the subject line or body of the message. For example, include the following text in the subject line or body of the message:
Project planning meeting – 8:30 a.m.
2. Consider any appointments in the Extended DST period to be suspect. When in doubt, verify the correct time with the organizer.
3. Consider printing out your weekly calendars during the Extended DST period prior to the following two actions:
a. Applying the Windows patch containing the updated time zone definitions.
b. Running the Time Zone Data Update Tool.
You can now keep track of which meetings were scheduled before and after you run the Time Zone Data Update Tool.

Posted Mon, Jan 22 2007 12:45 by bradley | 1 comment(s)
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So .. in full disclosure.... it's all Prince's fault.. or the artist formerly known as or whatever.... you see I had my Zune fired up and listening to a past collection of Prince... you know... 1999 and Let's Go Crazy and all that.... and I was then on Wikipedia and remembered those two girls that were Prince's backup singers... you remember them... so then I go clicking (that's how you can get in trouble you know) and end up on the WendyandLisa.com web site.... and....hmmm....I got that warning...

Hmmmm.. is it real?  It kinda looks real, but this isn't a Windows OS warning but one apparently from Adobe Flash that I don't remember seeing before.  So very carefully... I click on the control and on the help button... and sure enough... it appears to be a legit warning from Adobe. http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/help07.html

  • Do you recognize and trust the person or company ([site1]) that is trying to access the other site? For example, if [site1] is a well-known website that you use frequently and trust, it is probably safe to allow access.
  • Hardly... it's actually sort of embarrassing admitting some of Prince's songs are now in my Zune collection in fact, so blogging that I went in search of Prince's former backup singers is even more embarrassing...

  • Do [site1] and [site2] belong to the same domain? For example, if server1.adobe.com is trying to access server2.adobe.com, you can see that both server1 and server2 are part of the Adobe.com domain, and it is probably safe to allow access.
  • It does appear that the first site is part of the second site doesn't it? But given that it's not a life or death need of mine to click farther... I think I'll be a bit "tinfoily" tonight and just not click.

    So the moral of this story is ... while it wasn't Dancing pigs that got me in trouble... more like a Dancing Prince....but surfing can be hazardous to your paranoia levels.....it's getting harder and harder to know all the "normal" warnings while surfing isn't it?  Add one more to your "normal" warnings... Adobe flash now warns about web sites.

    The background on the Vista OS..that I call "under the Sea" is very pretty.  It's very stylish.  There are other Vistabackgrounds.... one is used in fact on the official Vista blog http://windowsvistablog.com/blogs/windowsvista/

    But there's one thing that it should be avoided with at all costs.... the dreaded death by Powerpoint background

    http://blogs.technet.com/jesper_johansson/archive/2005/08/24/Death-by-PowerPoint.aspx

    Add one more to that list please of annoyances of Death by Powerpoint?

    Vista "under the Sea" background makes for a lousy powerpoint background.  Especially when the writing on the top is a funky font in white.  Find a border, find a footer with the "Under the Sea" stuff... but please, please speakers, please stop using that default Vista background for the entire powerpoint background?

    It doesn't make for a good background and the numrous times I've seen it now, it doesn't do well on Office Live meeting presentations, doesn't give good clarity to the written bullet points. 

    It looks very pretty... but please... dig up a border.  The ones on these in fact are quite nice and quite reasonable.

    You can click on that to make it bigger and see what I mean.... Still the Vista "Under the Sea" influenced background, but so much easier to kill your audience with the real content of your talk and not eye strain trying to read it.
    Posted Sun, Jan 21 2007 19:27 by bradley | with no comments
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    Sometimes you are just honest about things....

    Why did it reboot?  You know.. I really don't know...

    Hmmm.... system rebooted... and upon reviewing the event logs there's not much there... which ... the lack of events tells you that it's the hardest thing of all to figure out.  Hardware issues.

    Sometimes you can run Memory test... http://www.memtest86.com/ sometimes it's a USB drive having issues... and sometimes.. it's just ... well Sunspots... as you can't see any other reason.  So you keep on monitoring.

     

    Posted Sun, Jan 21 2007 18:36 by bradley | 2 comment(s)
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    No one would argue that I'm not a Star Wars fan...but even I, she who has Yoda in a photo taken outside the Newport Beach Movie theater where I saw Star Wars I, II and III, never camped outside in a tent or overnight for tickets.  The pundits are already talking about the lack of buzz about Vista and how people aren't planning to camp outside to get it...

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16709325/

    I hope not... it's an operating system after all... just the foundation for the rest of the stuff that goes on top.  But I do agree that we are going more web-enabled. 

    There's a lot under the hood for us admins to love.... the new event viewer..... the fact that it leaves the Dr. Watson tracking on the system so you can follow up.... for home users, that new parental control stuff is way cool.

    But camping out overnight just to get a new operating system?  I'm reminded of the William Shatner skit on Saturday Night Live who told Trekkies at a Star Trek convention to "get a life".

    If you find yourself outside of a BestBuy at midnight ... please go home and sleep in your comfortable bed.  I'll be at a BestBuy on Sunday for helping with demos and what not... but I'm sure not camping out overnight.

    Posted Sun, Jan 21 2007 14:08 by bradley | 1 comment(s)
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    The Home Server ad.....

    http://blogs.msdn.com/karinm/archive/2007/01/20/bill-gates-tv-ad-for-hp-mediasmart-server.aspx

    Link courtesy of Sandi...

    http://msmvps.com/blogs/spywaresucks/archive/2007/01/20/506172.aspx

    Posted Sat, Jan 20 2007 18:01 by bradley | with no comments
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    You a member of the "All Green" club?  Les Connor has been... I was almost this morning but I had a workstation throwing off a svchost issue that I didn't catch and thus ended up with a Red Update services alert ....

    ...but I was close.... soooo close....

    Posted Fri, Jan 19 2007 23:01 by bradley | with no comments
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    KB 926666 for Exchange is coming down on WSUS and it absolutely, positively needs a reboot... so don't approve it until your ready to bounce that SBS box.  And it also wanted to pull down Trend and IIS and the whole enchalada so just be ready to reboot.

    Now the weird thing on my box is that I manually installed it a few days ago to see what would happen to my phones/time/calendar sync... and yet WSUS/SBS is saying I still need it... wonder what's up with that.

    But bottom line.. don't approve that 926666 unless you are ready... and you may want to make sure that you line up all the time patches at the same time anyway....

    http://blogs.technet.com/vik/archive/2007/01/20/2007-daylight-savings-issues-for-windows-mobile-2003-and-5-0.aspx

    Webcast on Daylight savings patches now available for viewing http://blogs.msdn.com/mthree/archive/2007/01/19/now-available-webcast-on-windows-2000-updates-for-daylight-saving-time.aspx

     

    Posted Fri, Jan 19 2007 22:24 by bradley | with no comments
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    I would hope that new devices being sold now would not need this cab file update...but I'm not sure...

    http://blogs.technet.com/vik/archive/2007/01/20/2007-daylight-savings-issues-for-windows-mobile-2003-and-5-0.aspx

    Bottom line..... ensure that your Mobile devices can handle the upcoming March daylight savings change..... and even though this is USA, because of the connected world we live in, it impacts tons...

    Posted Fri, Jan 19 2007 20:10 by bradley | 2 comment(s)
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    Engadget blogs about how the Iphone must connect to Exchange to be the true business killer app.  http://www.engadget.com/2007/01/14/will-the-iphone-support-exchange-direct-push/  Yup.  If you don't connect to Exchange, you won't get into many businesses.  Even Blackberry has a problem when there's a SBS box in the house.  Why spend money on a BES box when you have nearly all the ingredients you need in house.

    Sure that looks cool...but where's the keyboard for it? All I'll end up is my cheek makeup smeared all over the shiny front anyway...and what?  What's this?  no 3G?

    I just got my 3G card for my Vista laptop and granted... I don't get 3G coverage all the time...but when I do, it's just long enough and good enough that I don't know if I would buy a phone right now, that would give not only Exchange direct push coverage but also the ability to have internet access to a laptop without 3G included.  In fact during Seattle's big wind storm, some folks without power were using cell phones for ISP coverage when their cable connection was down for days.

    So what ingredients do you need to have email on a phone?  Step one you need to go to the carrier in your area and look for the Smart Phones for PDAs.  In this case I'm using examples from Cingular as that's my company locally.. or AT&T..whatever...Now keep in mind for us gals, I prefer the smart phone size versus the PDA...but that's just me, and the Cingular 3125 will fit the bill. When you get a phone plan, look for that Smart phone data only add on, which actually was cheaper than the PDA plan (go figure). But I will admit, I don't email from my phone, I only read email and if I need to respond, I fire up the laptop. This 3125 also isn't 3G and thus couldn't double as a web connection for your laptop.  I prefer to have a separate card in fact for that purpose only.  My current phone the Audiovox isn't sold anymore so if I was looking for a replacement phone, this would be my choice.  The key you are looking for as to compatible phones with SBS.... is merely a Mobile 5 platform.  As that will hook into Exchange which is already in SBS. 

     

    So then it comes down to... do you like the PDAish style with the slide out keyboard like the Cingular 8525.... or...

    Do you like the blackberry-ish style with the keyboard on the bottom like the Palm Treo 750

     

    Or maybe you want the Samsung Blackjack.  The key to look for is to ensure you are getting a Mobile 5 device.

    So once you find the phone, the next step is pretty easy.. you run the CEICW wizard and set up the server for OWA/OMA if you haven't already done so and then, these days... I would probably say... you know... forget the self signed cert way... how about you just buy a third party cert and be done with it.

    So ... your next shopping list item is to purchase a certificate from a Small Biz friendly partner... of which they are linked here:
    https://partner.microsoft.com/global/partner/40027352 and Godaddy even has one: https://www.godaddy.com/gdshop/ssl/ssl.asp?isc=microsoft

    And in case you are not sure how to install that Godaddy cert on your SBS box?  We have a pdf with info linked on Amy's blog -- http://isainsbs.blogspot.com/2006/10/replacing-sbs-self-signed-ssl.html

    More info is in this white paper http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=678d2589-4a71-4618-b4b8-e619a4709ca1&DisplayLang=en 

    So .... do we have our shopping list in order now?

    Phone 

    • 3G or no?
    • Keyboard or not?
    • Data plan (either one for smartphone or PDA)
    • Third party cert

    And we have our Action plan

    • Install cert on SBS
    • Ensure OWA works
    • Get cert on phone
    • Put username/password/domain...and...

    Voila...

    Okay ..one last thing... add a dash of paranoia while we're at it... http://blogs.technet.com/sbs/archive/2007/01/11/remote-wiping-a-device-with-no-user-input.aspx

    .... I'll leave the ring tone shopping to your discretion...  (boy are some of them annoying aren't they?)

     

    Show of hands here... how many have installed IE7 at client locations only to uninstall it?

    http://www.microsoft-watch.com/content/web_services_browser/how_you_see_internet_explorer_7.html?kc=MWRSS02129TX1K0000535

    Joe talks about the reason people are uninstalling/not installing IE7 is that it's too secure.

    No, Joe, it's that we're stick in the muds and we don't like change.  One of the first things I do is to turn the menu button back on, but I know that many folks hate the "favorites" change.  But change.... and technology?  We don't react well do we?

    One of the best resources of "known" issues is this site:  http://www.ie-vista.com/known_issues.html Sandi's extraordinary site on known issues with IE7.

    Posted Fri, Jan 19 2007 18:29 by bradley | 2 comment(s)
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    If you look at 916089 you'll see that it's on Version 4 -- http://support.microsoft.com/kb/916089/en-us - reviewed on 1/17/2007 version

    If you look for KB 927891 you'll see http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=gp;[ln];kberror&style=error 

    If you call in for 916089 you'll probably get 927891...but .. I'm sure you want to know what's in it right?  Cause you want to reassure yourself of what you are installing, right?

    Even if the KB isn't live you can extract the contents of a KB patch and see for yourself.... once you get the hotfix, type in

    C:\AUfixes927891\WindowsXP-KB927891-x86-ENU.exe /extract (that c:\foldername is where you stuck the original patch location after the password extraction)

    When you do that you get the contents of the patch extracted to a folder of your choosing.  Open up the folder and poke around the folders it built...

     

    Inside the SP2QFE folder you'll see that all it is is another msi31.dll is all:

     

    It's just a better later build is all.

    Posted Fri, Jan 19 2007 12:35 by bradley | 1 comment(s)
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    The Vistablog blogs about the upgrade pricing of Vista... and it's something I think us SBSers need to be aware of.

    http://windowsvistablog.com/blogs/windowsvista/archive/2007/01/17/multiple-announcments-today.aspx

    Manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) to upgrade from a more basic version of Windows Vista are:

    • Home Basic --> Home Premium:  $79
    • Home Basic --> Ultimate:  $199
    • Home Premium --> Ultimate:  $159
    • Business --> Ultimate:  $139

    Business and Ultimate are the ones we need to join a domain... and only Ultimate has Bitlocker.

    Posted Fri, Jan 19 2007 12:27 by bradley | 1 comment(s)
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    Microsoft has issued a security warning.  CCH@Hand has detected that your system does not have the latest Microsoft security updates installed.  Please visit Windows Update (below) to obtain the latest critical updates for your system.

    The other day to fix an issue where a workstation couldn't  install .NET 1.1 sp1, I uninstalled a security patch... and then I installed CCH tax software's  program called CCH@Hand, a search tool add on that add a pop up daily tax email that keeps people informed in the office about tax issues.  So I'm installing it..and up on the desktop comes this message....that I'm insecure and CCH has detected it.

    Okay let me get this straight... my tax research software program is now checking security patch levels?  Excuse me? 

    How is a program who will tell me what's deductible for AGI know ... should know... or be the expert on security patches?  What data are they looking at?  I mean it's commendable that they are trying to make patching information more "in your face", but did you tell me that you are/were going to check this?

    Is Quicken going to be scanning for Viruses next?  Anyone but me finding it a bit annoying that so many software is doing more than the thing I bought them for?  I bought antivirus... I didn't ask you to be a "Security Center" and be an annoying firewall too!  I bought you to do research, not install Google Desktop at the same time.

     

    Posted Thu, Jan 18 2007 23:21 by bradley | with no comments
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    The basic recording is live, the full Office Live will be ready later (or soon).


    -+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-

    Susan Bradley has invited you to view a Microsoft Office Live Meeting recording.

    View Recording <https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/winserver_usergroup/view?id=R45S9C&pw=tM%5E%227cR>

    Recording Details

       Subject:              SCE for the SMB world
       Recording URL:        https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/winserver_usergroup/view
       Recording ID:         R45S9C
       Attendee Key:         tM^"7cR

    <http://r.office.microsoft.com/r/rlidLiveMeeting?p1=7&p2=en_US&p3=LMInfo&p4=support>

    Posted Thu, Jan 18 2007 23:19 by bradley | 1 comment(s)
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    In March in the USA our daylight savings will change... and I'm not ready and I'll tell you why I know that ...

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/timezone/dst2007.mspx

    First I installed the Windows OS patch on the servers - all was well. - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928388

    Then I installed the Exchange patch on the server - all was well. - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/926666

    Then I installed the Sharepoint patch on the server - all was well. http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;924881

    Expected this for Outlook.. no worries... Users will then either manually change the Calendar time zone (available from the 'Calendar Options…' dialog on Tools | Options) or respond to the automatic prompts to change their Calendar time zone that will occur 1 to 7 days after the DST rules are updated on the machine.

    Began test.  Set an appointment at 4/1/2007 at 1 a.m.  Invited everyone in the office, told them to "accept" the invitation.  Told the Secretaries to go look at everyone's calendars (they have full rights to do so) to see if everyone's calendar had a 1 a.m. appointment on 4/1/2007.  All was well.

    Then had the folks with Windows Mobile 3 phones to check what time/date that 1 a.m. meeting was.

    Houston ...we have a problem.  Their appointment was for Midnight on 4/1/2007.  Uh oh....the phones need a patch. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/923953

    Blackberry folks look like they are going to have to manually make the change, http://www.blackberryforums.com/bes-admin-corner/60258-impact-north-american-daylight-saving-time-changes-2007-blackberry-device-us.html in which case you might want to wait to apply those time patches as obviously they do have impact.

    Kevin reported that http://pdaphonehome.com/ already had an OS based patch for his Samsung device http://pdaphonehome.com/forums/samsung-i730-i830-i830w/81246-2007-time-zone-update-information-wm-devices.html?highlight=timezone

    Given that my main phones are brands no longer even sold... I'll have to do some digging and see what my options are.  Start, run, regedit on my phone just isn't quite what I had in mind....

    Posted Wed, Jan 17 2007 19:57 by bradley | with no comments
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    http://chat.sbsmigration.com/

    Today at 4 p.m pacific is the SBS monthly chat with Handy Andy Goodman!

    Check it out!

    Posted Wed, Jan 17 2007 12:36 by bradley | with no comments
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    Was installing Quickbooks 2007 on a system and it wouldn't install...come to find out it couldn't install .NET 1.1 service pack 1 and it couldn't install that as "hotfix" 886904 MS 05-004 was already installed http://support.microsoft.com/kb/886904/en-us I had to uninstall 05-004 to get .Net SP1 on there so I could install Quickbooks.

    So if you find that you can't install something.. either Quickbooks 2007 ..or.. NET 1.1 sp1... check to see if you have KB886904 on that system and remove it first.

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    Posted Tue, Jan 16 2007 23:31 by bradley | 1 comment(s)
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