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September 2008 - Posts

One of the questions I get a lot these days is what do I see the business value of SBS 2008 is. And I'll be dead honest with you that if you wanted me to point out the wizzy bangy thingy that made SBS 2008 an absolute must have over a SBS 2003 that had a few years left on that hardware, was running nicely and had www.ExchangeDefender.com  in front to protect it (like all SBS 2003 boxes should) I'd be hard pressed to argue that you should be ripping out that SBS 2003 box today.

If one already has RWW, one has Outlook over http, it's honestly a hard sell.  What the whizzy bangy stuff comes from is Windows Server 2008.  It's the TS remote apps that is really cool.  (Of course Dana might argue with me over the coolness of the resource mailboxes in Exchange 2007).  It's the replication stuff that's under the hood.  It's the full license of Windows that is included in Premium.  It's the fact that it's supported in Virtualization whereas SBS 2003 is not. 

Migration is an easy job and there will be some that look at some items and go... hmmmm if the mailboxes are under 2 gigs, and the network is small, how about exporting out those pst's and importing them back in. 

The reality is that there HAD to be a refresh of SBS 2003.  One HAS to build a new integrated SMB solution.  If there isn't that "oh I must have that now" reaction to it, and you want it on new hardware only, more power to ya.  That's the way it should be.

At the end of the day it needs to make sense for the business.  And if it doesn't make sense, that's okay.  Servers will still need maintenance, no matter what.

http://blog.mpecsinc.ca/2008/09/clarification-today-is-last-day-for-sbs.html

Philip clarified the Software Assurance story.

Posted Tue, Sep 30 2008 13:19 by bradley | with no comments
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Word is that as of 10/1 that SBS 2008 will be in the pricing lists.  Thus if you want to purchase SBS 2003 with software assurance you will need to purchase retail or OEM copies of SBS 2003 and THEN add Software asurance.

I had heard before that SA would be there until October 31, but it may be that with the October price list that that SBS 2003 is not available under volume license.

If you hear any more info, fell free to ping me at susan-at-msmvps.com

 

http://dnn.ebsfaq.com/EBS/Setup/disableadvancedNetworkcardfeaturesusingCMD/tabid/1848/language/de-DE/Default.aspx

To turn off the advanced networking features like EnableRSS (Receive Side Scalling) and/or TCPChimney which can be somehow slow you setup very much down to the speed of a turttle:

Press Shift & F10 during first setup wizard page on every box:

netsh int tcp show global
netsh int tcp set global chimney=disabled
netsh int tcp set global rss=disabled

netsh int tcp show global

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windows2000serv/reskit/regentry/94176.mspx?mfr=true

As a reminder on a SBS 2003 box, ensure that you disable task offloading.

Setup a reg key under this value

HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters

Under that set up a Dword value called DisableTaskOffload and ensure that it has a value of 1 under there.

To disable checksum offloading:

From the registry you can do:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters

Click Edit, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.

Type DisableTaskOffload as the entry name, and then press ENTER.

Right-click DisableTaskOffload, and then click Modify.

In the Value data box, type a value of 1 , and then click OK.

 

(edit) Disable RSS (and no we're not talking about disabling Newsgator here) but Receive side scaling - more of that Scalable networking stuff - impacting SecureNat

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/912222/en-us

1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit , and then click OK.
2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters
3. On the Edit menu, point to New, click DWORD Value, and then type EnableRSS .
4. Double-click EnableRSS, type 0 , and then click OK.

http://msmvps.com/blogs/bradley/archive/2007/03/18/sbsized-windows-2003-sp2-release-notes.aspx

(redoing this to ensure it's saved under Windows 2003 sp2)

 

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/948472

How to manually extend the evaluation period

When the initial 60-day evaluation period nears its end, you can run the Slmgr.vbs script to reset the evaluation period. To do this, follow these steps:

1. Click Start, and then click Command Prompt.  (ensure that you run as Administrator)
2. Type slmgr.vbs -dli, and then press ENTER to check the current status of your evaluation period.
3. To reset the evaluation period, type slmgr.vbs –rearm, and then press ENTER.
4. Restart the computer.

When you get into the Seattle Airport you go down to the baggage claim area pick up your luggage, then go up to the pedestrian walkway.  Once you get to the pedestrian walkway go down to level three of the garage.  Then go to the Shuttle Express and check in (remember you can make reservations ahead of time on www.smbnation.com)   Then you will pick up the express shuttle from there.

Posted Sun, Sep 28 2008 20:54 by bradley | with no comments
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The other day at the TS2 someone was asking about how to compare and compete Microsoft online services with gmail.  And it got me to thinking, how do you compete against free?  How do you bring a solution to a small business looking at this crazy economy of ours, and urge them to take a service that is for pay and compare it to something that, maybe doesn't work perfectly, but is free?

(Mind you I'd argue that the WAMU muckety muck who gets to keep a 3 million signing bonus and a ten million severance package after he's only been in the job three weeks a bit unreal... but that's another blog venue)

One of the issues that I see over and over again is that when I deal with small businesses (usually Attorneys) that they don't pay any attention to centralized email, and instead use any means of email including but not limited to AOL.com addresses, cable company addresses and any number of other email means that bypass a centralized repository. 

While some would argue that these small businesses are cheap and would never pay for such service, there's sometimes the issue of not being able to see why what they are doing is hazardous to their business. 

Using a home email account to conduct business is a risk to that business.  It opens up issues of evidence discovery.  Of comingingly of business and personal emails (look at the Sarah Palin concerns of her using personal email to bypass government oversight). 

 

Posted Sun, Sep 28 2008 5:45 by bradley | with no comments
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Computer - power cord - batteries

Authanvil token for Admin access for RWW

Travel router for hotel

Linksys router that will broadcast the aircard through the router (yes, I'm packing TWO routers)

Shirt for Wayne (no he's not shirtless... you'll have to ask him about this shirt he ordered)

Rain shoes (since it's like  NINETY EIGHT degrees in Fresno so I'll have to dig out my rain gear

Either the Australian umbrella or the MINI Cooper umbrella (decisions, decisions)

Makeup

Cell phone

Power cords

Clothes

Book the Shuttle Express ticket - http://shuttleexpress.hudsonltd.net/res?USERIDENTRY=SMBN&LOGON=GO

Anything I've forgotten?

http://discuss.itwire.com/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=6919&start=0&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&sid=3e73922460e56788a9138be5751a3a8b#p26785

"The response was largely positive but yet a number of SBS consultants expressed their dissatisfaction. The comments were insightful; my view that SBS advocates recommended the product based on price was challenged. While true it also came to light that another reason for pushing SBS was that the consultant was complacent with just knowing one product. They were happy if their business did not grow. They were happy to lose customers if the customer got too big. Personally, I find such mediocrity disappointing."

Guess David didn't see my follow up, 'eh?

The interesting thing to his follow up is that most of the alternatives are offering alternatives to Exchange... which... these days I'd argue that you need to be also lining up hosted Exchange as a contender.  But SBS isn't just Exchange.  There's a lot more under the hood.

And in this article http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20709/1141/

"Frankly, I think you’d only choose SBS because you’re working to a specific budget. I don’t believe anyone chooses to buy SBS because of perceived feature advantages."

Wanna make a bet?  I do.  I did.  I still do.  As a commenter in your follow up article states..

"Here are some of the items I would miss:
1. Windows Software Update Service. If the clients are Windows based, this is a very necessary component.
2. Remote Web Workplace. Some have expressed their dislike of this. I, and my users, find it very useful.
3. Sharepoint Services. Same as above. The Flexshares on Clarkconnect or the ibays on SME server look as if they could handle the document management.
4. Group Policies"

Make that a me too.  Remote Web Workplace is a feature that I choose.  And logmein does not replace the centralized remote access.  Until you come up with that AD integration, the WSUS, and the Remote Web Workplace, yes, we choose SBS at my office.

"My whole thrust over the last week has been that SBS is a crippled *** relative of its fuller Windows server products."

And I'd say that SBS is the full Windows Server products with specific restrictions that most small businesses and easily live within those.  Not crippled.  Not a ***.  And has integration and features that have yet to be matched.

Posted Sat, Sep 27 2008 0:16 by bradley | with no comments
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Sometimes reading the comments are more fun than the articles.  Because then you scratch your head over some of these comments:

http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-13400-0.html?forumID=102&threadID=274488&messageID=2601113

To the IT consultant in New York, apparently you never heard of SBS which has been a product category since 1999?  SBS 2008 is merely the next version of a server platform that has already been there.

http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-13400-0.html?forumID=102&threadID=274488&messageID=2601638

And I'd also love to see the core business applications that you can't get to run on Vista.  Because on the 32bit platform, I can get EVERY SINGLE sucky application in my business to run.  EVERY ONE. 

On the 64 bit platform I even have Quickbooks back to 2004, Lacerte from 1998 to 2002, and CCH from 2003 to 2008.  They all work.

http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-13400-0.html?forumID=102&threadID=274488&messageID=2601127

And finally ... The extra server you get with both SBS premium and EBS premium can be the platform for Terminal Services. You'll need to buy cals.  But can we stop wanting Terminal Services on our domain controllers?

After all of these years it gets old to see that same request from folks deploying technology solutions.

Posted Fri, Sep 26 2008 23:17 by bradley | with no comments
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When you use the Domain wizard and sign up with one of the built into SBS 2008 vendors like godaddy, you'll see a bit of DNS magic.

Ping the domain name and you get the IP address of godaddy.com

Ping the remote.domain name and you get the IP address of the server's RWW portal.

Right now that IP address is serving up my SBS 2003 RWW at home but next weekend for SMBnation I'll be flipping the router ports so that it points to the SBS 2008 box.

I'm debating if I want to try to do a godaddy trusted cert wizard live demo during the gotchas presentation.. or I might get cold feet and set it up ahead of time.  One thing I will do is demo how to build your own alerts in the console.

Looking forward to presenting with Ofer... I hear that at the San Diego SBS Partner group tour where Matt Damon (aka Sean Daniel) was subjected to Ofer's questions was that he had a question limit placed on him :-)  That's Ofer for you!  Always wanted to get to the bottom of issues.

Posted Fri, Sep 26 2008 22:51 by bradley | with no comments
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Microsoft SMB Community Blog : Is Small Business Server (SBS) 2008 Premium going to ship with SQL 2005 or SQL 2008?:
http://blogs.msdn.com/mssmallbiz/archive/2008/08/11/8848280.aspx

One of the topics this week on the SBS2k yahoogroups was the topic of SQL rights in SBS 2008.  One issue you will need to be aware of (and a gotcha that Ofer and I will be talking about at SMBnation) is the SQL downgrade issue.

SBS 2008 will ship with both SQL 2005 and SQL 2008.  After a year you will need to upgrade to SQL 2008 otherwise you will need to roll back to SQL 2003 to run SQL 2005 workgroup.

Now I somehow had the stupid idea that if you bought SBS 2008 during the first year you could install SQL 2005 or SQL 2008 and you would be legal after that.  I guess I was blonde  it didn't hit me that the requirement will be to upgrade to SQL 2008 in a year.

Given that there is already a patch for post RTM issues for SQL 2008, it will be interesting to see how fast vendors will code for SQL 2008.  http://blogs.msdn.com/psssql/archive/2008/09/26/welcome-to-sql-server-2008-patching.aspx

Posted Fri, Sep 26 2008 19:07 by bradley | with no comments
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The Official SBS Blog : Can I Use Terminal Services in SBS 2008?:
http://blogs.technet.com/sbs/archive/2008/09/26/can-i-use-terminal-services-in-sbs-2008.aspx

Posted Fri, Sep 26 2008 18:27 by bradley | with no comments
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Corporate America: The Technical Side: Backup and Restore Small Business Server 2003 using Data Protection Manager 2007.:
http://ctsitguru.blogspot.com/2008/09/backup-and-restore-small-business.html

Stealing from a newsgroup pot from Andrew Alaniz --

I know this is late, but I wanted to hit up as many forums as I could with 
what I have recently found regarding SBS 2003 and DPM 2007.

Please review my blog at http://ctsitguru.blogspot.com my latest entry 
details performing a bare bones restore of SBS 2003 with DPM 2007.  The catch 
is you must have the Enterprise agent in order to use the System Restore Tool.

I too ran into the issue where the SBS is the only DC/DNS in the network and 
so how do DPM then know it even exists if it fails.  You must first keep 
recovery points using the SRT and file level backups using DPM.

A few other quirks with SBS:

-Do not run DPM backups of the information store or SQL server while also 
running SBS backups.  You will run into issues with conflicts in the 
transaction logs.

-DPM does not recognize WSS2.0 as SharePoint therefore you cannot use it to 
perform file level backups of SharePoint.

-Make sure you have lots of disk space on the server running DPM because any 
decent backup plan for SBS is going to take up a bit of space.

After we put in the 4 24 inch screens that can rotate to Portrait, we found that we wanted one to stay landscape while all the others to go portrait.

The best way to do that is to NOT install the HP "My Display" software that senses that you have some of your displays as landscape and some as portrait.  If you do that they sense the rotation and will blink...... and blink......and blink.......and blink  .......and blink ..........and blink  and .......

You get the idea.  If you just let the nvidia card control the rotation and not have the HP software do it, it works fine.

Moral of this story is that sometimes you DON'T want to install all the software that comes with the monitor.

Posted Thu, Sep 25 2008 18:19 by bradley | 1 comment(s)
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The Official SBS Blog : How to Configure Non-Authoritative Accepted Domains in SBS 2008 (Exchange 2007):
http://blogs.technet.com/sbs/archive/2008/09/25/how-to-configure-non-authoritative-accepted-domains-in-sbs-2008-exchange-2007.aspx

Posted Thu, Sep 25 2008 12:03 by bradley | with no comments
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The question for the evening is...

http://dsc.discovery.com/fansites/mythbusters/mythbusters.html

Exactly how many pigs do the guys from Mythbusters go through in a year?

I mean they give credit to Buster - http://mythbusters-wiki.discovery.com/page/Buster but what about the pig?

(Another one gave his or her all tonight)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxjQeqdQI4s

Registration:

If you would like to pick up your registration material’s prior to the conference, we will have a registration station set-up from noon to 4:00 in the Seattle, Marriott Waterfront Lobby on October 3rd

 

Schedule - Friday, October 3rd

Robin Robins Technology Marketing ToolKit 9:00am -5:00pm Marriott Seattle Waterfront
Join IT Marketing sensation Robin Robins to learn the surprising marketing tactics and systems a small group of computer consultants from across the country are using to generate extreme leaps in profits, sales, and ‘subscription income’ in incredibly short periods of time.

For more information visit:
http://www.technologymarketingtoolkit.com/smbnation/

Making the Most of the HP BladeSystem and Windows Essential Business Server Solution Opportunity 9:00am to 4:00pm Marriott Waterfront

(See the attached PDF for this.. this looks really cool!)

http://msmvps.com/media/p/1648842.aspx

 

Response Point Open Mike 7:00pm-8:30pm Bell Harbor Conference Center

The Microsoft Response Point phone system is quickly growing a base of enthusiasts who appreciate the power it brings to small business telephony, and the rewarding opportunities for specialists who know how to sell and service it.   Join key members of the Response Point team for an evening of sneak previews, Q&A, and mingling with others in the growing Response Point ecosystem.  

Battling the Borg of the Internet with Scott Pinzon 7:00pm-8:30pm Bell Harbor Conference Center
Sure, you've heard of bots and botnets. But have you ever actually seen a bot, bot source code, or a bot herder's Command and Control (C&C) center in action? Now you can.

 In this presentation, Pinzon reveals what makes bots tick. The talk covers topics both beginning and advanced:

·        What a "botnet" is
·        What bot source codes looks like and does
·        How bot herders control bots via C&C centers
·        How a crook might recruit an army of bots 
·        How to render bots powerless on your network 

NEWS FLASH!


TRANSPORTATION
to and from the airport SMB Nation has worked with Shuttle express to offer you a discounted rate on your transportation from the airport to the conference center, and hotels. You will receive a $10 round trip discount when they book a round trip airport reservation!
You will also receive an additional $1 off of each reservation when they book using the online reservation.

 

http://shuttleexpress.hudsonltd.net/res?USERIDENTRY=SMBN&LOGON=GO 

Bell Harbor directions - http://msmvps.com/media/p/1648843.aspx

 

 

Weather

Unfortunately, it looks like Rain for the conference.  Please remember to bring your rain coat and warm clothing.

Posted Wed, Sep 24 2008 21:53 by bradley | with no comments
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In deploying SBS 2008 if you plan to deploy with Forefront, keep this blog in your RSS feed --

http://blogs.technet.com/fssnerds/

The CSS Security Support Team will be posting to this blog to inform FSS customers about common support issues seen in the field.  If you have a topic you would like to see covered, please post a comment and we will attempt to address it.

Thanks,

CSS Security Support Team

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