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  • Blog Post: SBS 2003 R2 Officially Launches Today!

    Expect a good deal of content, articles, podcasts, etc, etc to be released on this blog shortly. From http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/jul06/07-11SBS03LaunchPR.mspx : Small Businesses, Get Ready: Microsoft Announces Launch of Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Second version of award...
  • Blog Post: Trouble Installing SharePoint 3.0 after WSUS 3.0.

    [Today's tip comes to us courtesy of Chris Puckett] One frequent question often asked of SBS 2003 server installations concerns the order of installing the components, upgrades, and updates that have released over the years. For the most part, the best approach is to install the items in the order they...
  • Blog Post: Error when trying to approve Windows 2003 SP2 within Update Services

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Damian Leibaschoff] When you try to approve the Windows 2003 Service Pack update package from the Update Services->Waiting For Review node in the Small Business Server Management console, you may see the following error: You can safely click Continue and proceed...
  • Blog Post: Getting the error "MMC has detected an error in snap-in"?

    [Today's tip comes to us from Damian Leibaschoff ] After you install Windows 2003 Service Pack 2 or the SBS 2003 R2 Technologies, you might start seeing some MMC snap-ins displaying an error similar to this: The source of the problem is that the snap-in is not fully compatible with MMC 3...
  • Blog Post: New Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Update

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Damian Leibaschoff] An update is available to enable automatic approval of definition updates and to fix two problems in the Update Services component of Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 This update provides 2 fixes and introduces 1 new functionality. New: Automatic...
  • Blog Post: Using SharePoint Database Explorer on SBS

    [Today's tip comes to us courtesy of Ed Walters .] Administrators often need to extract a small number of files or even a single file from a SharePoint database, and may not necessarily want to go through the process of an entire disaster recovery to retrieve them. SharePoint Database Explorer can be...
  • Blog Post: Inside SBS Podcast Episode #20 - R2 and WSUS

    In this week's episode, we finally return to talk about R2 in general terms, and then dive in to WSUS. Direct link to the podcast: { MP3 } Subscribe to RSS feed for the podcast Show Notes: 00:00 Where have you guys been? 01:15 Getting ready for R2 and WSUS 03:00 First impressions - upgraded...
  • Blog Post: Activation Loop After Completing the SBS Transition Pack

    [Today's tip comes to us from Damian Leibaschoff ] We've seen a few cases now where a server is in an activation loop (activation never completes successfully and you are continually prompted to activate on reboot) after either: Upgrading via the SBS Transition Pack Upgrading from Windows Server 2003...
  • Blog Post: Help and Support service missing after installing Windows 2003 Service Pack 2

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Justin Crosby] We have noticed that on some SBS 2003 installs the “ Help and Support ” service will disappear after installing Windows 2003 Service Pack 2. You may see the following error when opening " Help and Support " from the start menu: -------------...
  • Blog Post: New SBS 2003 Updates released through Microsoft Update and WSUS

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Duncan Chalmers and Damian Leibaschoff] Today the SBS SE team released two important updates on MU/WU/WSUS for SBS 2003: 1) “Critical Update for Windows Small Business Server 2003: Vista and Outlook 2007 compatibility (KB 926505)”. This is a ‘critical’ (high priority...
  • Blog Post: WSUS 3.0 SP 1 Released to Download Center

    WSUS 3.0 SP1 is now located at the Microsoft Download Center. To download and to obtain installation instructions, please visit the following Microsoft Web site: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=F87B4C5E-4161-48AF-9FF8-A96993C688DF&displaylang=en For more information, check...
  • Blog Post: Using a Nokia device to sync with Small Business Server 2003

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Peter Gallagher .] Since Microsoft has licensed the ActiveSync protocol to 3 rd parties for implementation , we are seeing a wide variety of devices that are sync’ing with SBS’s Exchange Server. Mail for Exchange is Nokia’s implementation on certain Nokia devices...
  • Blog Post: Error When Trying To Approve Silverlight 1.0 Within Update Services

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Chris Puckett] When you try to approve the Microsoft Silverlight 1.0 (KB946609) feature pack from the Update Services->Waiting For Review node in the Small Business Server Management console, you may see the following error: You can safely click Continue and proceed...
  • Blog Post: Remote Wiping a Device With No User Input

    [Today's tip comes to us from Peter Gallagher . Yes that Peter.] If you have installed the Exchange 2003 ActiveSync Web Administration Tool (also known as MobileAdmin) you probably played with the Remote Wipe feature. You may have noticed that the user must click "OK" to wipe the device. Well, that may...
  • Blog Post: Fax Fails Because of...ORDB

    [Today's tip comes to us from Damian Leibaschoff ] Routing an Inbound Fax to E-Mail fails (Event Id 32083 - 0x80040212). This is a very interesting symptom to an event that at first sight is pretty unrelated to faxing. Most people have started seeing this problem around 1/7/2007. Basically, inbound...
  • Blog Post: How to Backup and Restore Your SBS and Default Group Policies

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Wayne McIntyre] In SBS 2003 we have the 2 default policies just like any Windows 2003 server which are the default domain, and default domain controller policy. Additionally by default SBS 2003 has an additional 7 Group Policies, 3 more when you add R2 Components...
  • Blog Post: Using SBS as a Home Server?

    Matt Clapham and Jesper Johansson have written a really good overview of SBS 2003 R2 for use in a home network: Master Your Domain: Build a Corporate Network at Home http://www.microsoft.com/technet/technetmag/issues/2006/10/SBS/default.aspx The article provides a thorough walk-through of features...
  • Blog Post: R2 Recalled

    ZDNet has the details. http://news.zdnet.com/2100-3513_22-6099857.html [Edit] Eric Ligman also weighs in: http://blogs.msdn.com/mssmallbiz/archive/2006/07/28/682121.aspx
  • Blog Post: Green Check, Meet Blue Check

    Green Check, Meet Blue Check Most people in the SBS space by now have heard about the “Green Check”. From http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/sbs/r2/default.mspx : The “green check” of software health indicates that your computers running Microsoft software are up to date or the daily...
  • Blog Post: WinVerifyTrust update (KB 938759) will be mandatory for WSUS on SBS 2003

    If you are running Update Services in SBS 2003 R2 or just WSUS on any versions of SBS 2003, the WinVerifyTrust update ( KB 938759 ) will be set to mandatory and installed on your WSUS server. See below for more information. From: http://blogs.technet.com/wsus/archive/2008/06/19/winverifytrust-update...
  • Blog Post: WSUS 3.0 SP1 Installation Behavior

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of John Bay] Back in February, we blogged about the release of WSUS 3.0 SP1 to the download center ( http://blogs.technet.com/sbs/archive/2008/02/08/wsus-3-0-sp-1-released-to-download-center.aspx ). WSUS 3.0 Service Pack 1 has recently released to Windows Update. Because...
  • Blog Post: Using CompanyWeb from within WSS 3.0

    There's been a good deal of interest around installing WSS 3.0 on SBS . As we've previously noted on this blog ( here ), upgrading CompanyWeb to WSS 3.0 is not supported. There is a way, however, to display CompanyWeb (or any other WSS 2.0 site) from within WSS 3.0. This post describes a rather simple...
  • Blog Post: Can I Install Windows Server 2003 SP2 on SBS 2003?

    [Today's tip comes to us courtesy of Mark Stanfill] Yes . All component service packs are fully tested against SBS and, in general, can be safely applied to SBS as long as there are no other issues described in the release notes. Windows Server 2003 SP2 was released yesterday to Microsoft Update/Windows...
  • Blog Post: WSUS 3.0 on SBS White Paper Released

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Chris Puckett] WSUS 3.0 has released. You can download it here . For information on installing WSUS 3.0 on your SBS 2003 SP1 or R2 server, check out the Installing WSUS 3.0 on SBS 2003 whitepaper. The issue blogged in February 2007 regarding...
  • Blog Post: WSUS 2.0 and 3.0 Errors On Small Business Server

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Justin Crosby, Damian Leibaschoff, David Copeland, Mark Stanfill, Chris Puckett, and John Bay] We have discovered a new issue today with WSUS on SBS. You may receive the following error accessing Update Services from the SBS 2003 Server Management Console: -----...