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  • Blog Post: Zotob, a hard and unfortunate lesson (again) for Enterprises

    Unless you have been on vacation on the moon for the last few days, you know that there is new exploit in the wild that mainly affect Windows 2000 and pre SP2 Windows XP OS’s called Zotob (and variants). This worm is hitting some of the same big name companies that were crippled by CodeRed, Sasser and...
  • Blog Post: LCS and UPN's

    I was messing around with LCS last night here in my lab. I had installed LCS a couple times and helped customers get up and running, but I am not an LCS expert. I was trying to duplicate a customer issue where I wanted to limit how certain users could talk to and add to their various chat client. Instead...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to Windows Vista

    New name for “longhorn” announced as Windows Vista .
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 – Snags during my upgrade

    This week I had some time to spend in my lab at home, so I thought I would catch up on some overdue projects, My biggest project was to get my lab up to Exchange 2007 from 2003. The complication here is that although I have a rack of “real” servers, I don’t have any spare capacity. Virtual PC to the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Support from India

    I admit it, I am not the all-knowing Microsoft consultant I should be. The real truth is, our support folks have the best tools to diagnose problems a lot faster than I can muddle through things. I have had the occasion over the last few weeks to call Microsoft Support (PSS) several times with...
  • Blog Post: Changes to SharePoint 2003 Installs

    I recently worked on another SharePoint project where we did unusual things with SharePoint. But, this time we actually used some of the core SPS functionality like search to index about 5,000 documents for a call center. We built out Production last week and were doing some testing and discovered...
  • Blog Post: IPSEC: Member to DC isn’t supported, but…

    I stumbled across this issue a couple weeks ago, and Steve Riley clarified some of it for me. We have a really, really large project going with some new technology where securing the networks is a priority. We have run into the normal RPC challenges of limited port ranges because the firewall guys don...
  • Blog Post: Windows XP/XPe and Remote Desktop Services Single Sign On

    This week I was working with a retail customer that has plans to place HP Windows XP Embedded devices at their many retail stores. Applications will be served up either locally on the XPe device, through a remote desktop, or through Remote Applications. There is a slight challenge with this setup...
  • Blog Post: Vista RTM + 1 week

    If you have read some of my previous posts around Vista, you know that it was one of few Microsoft products during this “wave” of products that I wasn’t getting excited about. In fact, I had so many issues with B2->RC1 builds that I stopped using it on my tablet back in September. Well, I loaded...
  • Blog Post: Vista: Worth the upgrade?

    I admit that I was pretty skeptical about whether I could see both office users and consumers upgrading to Vista . To me it seemed like Vista was just XP SP 3 that we where going to charge for. After playing with a post Beta 1 build and a Brian Valentine demo this morning, I am convinced that everyone...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Online and SBS 2003

    I have been working with the Microsoft BPOS aka Microsoft Online guys in Enterprise accounts for a while to help big companies migrate to BPOS dedicated. Don’t know what that is? Check out www.microsoftonline.com . To sum it up, it is hosted Exchange, SharePoint, OCS, LiveMeeting, and a few other offerings...
  • Blog Post: Updating drivers from the command line

    So, I am off doing a desktop migration for a customer of approximately 5,000 desktops. Vista you ask? No, not that sexy. Just trying to help one of our core telco customers get everyone off Windows 2000 onto XP. And by the way, get in infrastructure in place like BDD using OSD with SMS (it's cool to...
  • Blog Post: Why I need Office 2007

    I am back to running XP because Vista 5456 just didn’t like my wireless device in my laptop and kept toggling to connection on and off. But, I can’t seem to live without Office 2007. I like the ribbon, and quickly adjusted to it. I really like the contextual stuff like when you have highlighted text...
  • Blog Post: Watch out for sober attack on Jan 6, 2006

    Stephen shares information about a virus attack timed for Jan 6, 2006
  • Blog Post: Get a third admin RDP session for FREE!!

    Many administrators have missed that there is a "hidden" third connection that can be made to Windows Server 2003 servers. I often work with system administrators that are swearing in their cubes because the two admin connections are used up and they can't connect. I ask them why they don't just connect...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2000 to XP Upgrade Nuances

    In the process of helping a customer upgrade their remaining 5,000 desktops from Windows 2000 to XP, I have found a couple entertaining and frustrating issues with the upgrade process. First of all, this only applies to an unattended upgrade of Windows 2000 Professional but it might also affect...
  • Blog Post: Small Business Server 2003 Upgrade from Hell

    Last week, I decided to take a few vacation days and fly out to Ogden, Utah to help my wife’s old company upgrade from Small Business Server (SBS) 2000 to SBS 2003. They are a small, 10 person operation that manufactures high end ski and board apparel ( www.descente.net or www.ridedna.com ). The have...
  • Blog Post: Origins of CTRL-ALT-DEL

    Thanks for the link Mark, check out the origins of CTRL-ATL-DEL . Click the picture of Bill Gates on the left for a QuickTime (of course) video. BTW, if anyone knows where this came from, please comment. It looks pretty old, but I would like to see the entire thing.