Marcus Hass' [MS] Blog

Interesting tidbits about Microsoft Office 365 and other products. Occasional rants about travel, gaming and gadgets.

Marcus Hass' [MS] Blog

  • Motorola Q ends my phone nirvana!

    I came very close to calling this post "The Motorola Q Turd", but I thought that was a little brash. After all, I have had it for about 8 months and at times it was a good phone and I even talked about it being close to Nirvana at one point . My troubles...
  • 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...
  • Configure your server wizard, never build a server without it!

    I don't think I have ever used the "Configure your server wizard" in Windows 2000 or Server 2003. But, I just spent the day with our lovely support people at Microsoft trying to determine why a white screen mysteriously named "res://ws03res.dll/SecOOBE...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • My iPhone 3G Review

    Call me a traitor. Call me weak minded to the Apple Jedi mind trick. Yes I have a 3g iPhone, the cheapest one of course. My Treo 750, which I really liked , was starting to have some battery fade. In addition, I was using the IE browser on my Treo...
  • Domain Migration vs SharePoint

    As companies get acquired or you migrate off different platforms to AD, there can be quite a mess in terms of Domains and Forests. Lots of ambitious IT folks try and keep a handle on this and consolidate domains quickly as things change. This is a great...
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 cool things

    I have been doing weird, wacky things with SharePoint for the last two years to help customers use it as their Internet facing portal. Through these experiences and tribulations, I have developed my own list of “things to hate about SharePoint Internet...
  • Buh Bye Comcast, Hello Dish Network

    I finally got so frustrated with Comcast's shortcomings , that I had to reexamine my options. I knew some guys at Echostar and asked a bunch of questions about things that urk me about the Comcast DVR's. Here are a few of them: Is there 300x FFWD/RWD...
  • Five things you don’t know about mhass

    I know, I know, it’s been all the rage lately, and I kinda find it entertaining and cool to find out things about your favorite bloggers that you didn’t know. Not that I am anyone’s favorite blogger. Here are a five things you didn’t know about me...
  • 3 months with the Treo 750

    I know I come across as a whiner sometimes about gadgets, especially phones . It's just that I want one device that can do everything from making a phone call to opening my garage door to sending tri-corder data back to my starship in orbit. The Treo...
  • Autodiscover using TargetAddress

    I ran into a pretty unique problem this week migrating to Exchange 2010, but as it becomes more popular many people will start to run into autodiscover issues if all their clients are Outlook 2007/2010.  Autodiscover was a feature that started with...
  • SharePoint 3.0 WSP Deployment Scripts

    I have been working with a customer over the last few weeks to come up with a mechanism that their Configuration Management (CM) team can use to deploy custom WSS code. Fortunately, WSS allows our developers to wrap up their code into a Solution (WSP...
  • Sony is brilliant, PS3 may surpass Xbox 360 in the future

    The reason has nothing to do with games. Pretty much, all games are available on all platforms. The reason is Blue-ray. Is Blue-ray the best technology? No. Is it the cheapest? No. Is the PS3 a cheaper and better Blue-ray player than stand alone players...
  • RANT: Unhappy with EA, BF2

    I have really been looking forward to Battlefield 2 (BF2) since I played the Desert Combat mod on the original Battlefield 1942. I installed it, and played about a week of single player games, trying to get used to flying and driving various vehicles...
  • Xbox 360, the world has no idea

    The Xbox team this morning presented a first look into the Xbox 360 for Microsoft employees. Sitting here in the Denver office, watching it over web cast, I think I annoyed the people around me by saying out loud, "Wow", "Oh my god", and maybe a profanity...
  • PC Gaming Ideas into Xbox Live?

    I used to be a big PC Gamer when I didn't have kids or when I only had kid. These days, I occasionally fire up Counter Strike or better yet Team Fortress Classic (if anyone wants to play), and hang out with my buddies from Team Pfeffer ( www.teampfeffer...
  • Podcasting and excercise

    I grabbed the lastest copy of iTunes, and I have to say that I am addicted to both podcasting and audio books. Since I am now training for the marathon 1.5 hours a day, my music library (pretty big) was starting to bore me. I subscribed to a couple podcasts...
  • Woops, dad I didn't mean to post a picture of your Xbox 360 dev box on the Internet

    Great, now I am going to have to have a talk with my son Mason. Don't take pictures of the stuff daddy works with at Microsoft. I had to laugh, but you never think to tell your kids not to brag or show someone the cool things you get to work with before...
  • 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...
  • HD-DVD going the way of Beta Max?

    It is starting to feel like HD-DVD has lost. With Transformers only available on HD-DVD, I thought there was a glimmer of hope, but I am pretty sure the fat lady is singing. Why? Disney. I think Disney was the camel that broke the straw back. It...
  • Automated install of Outlook Conferencing Addins

    My customer (Mike Vrabel) and I got completely frustrated today in trying to find a way to deploy the Outlook Conferencing Addin for Live Meeting 2007 via SMS. The Office web site gives you a ConfAddins_Setup.exe which is neither an MSI or provides you...
  • ATT Internet problems, too many iPhones?

    My customer just contacted ATT because their on-call phone hasn't been picking up email today via it's data connection. ATT said they are having nationwide Internet problems, but didn't specify the cause. Anyone care to take a stab at the problem? My...
  • On the bench with back problems

    I had been working on a great project with the State of Minnesota (more on that in a future post), when on July 3rd my right leg stopped working.  Well it worked, I just couldn't move it without screaming at the top of my lungs. I was in St. Paul...
  • 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...